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Global VSAT Forum Invites Secretariat Applications

 The Global VSAT Forum (GVF) is a global non-profit association of the satellite industry.  Founded in 1997, it brings together Member organizations engaged in the delivery of advanced broadband and narrowband satellite services to consumers, and commercial and government enterprises worldwide.  GVF’s aim is to facilitate expanded access to satellite-based solutions. This is achieved through regulatory, policy and spectrum advocacy; training and certification; product quality assurance; best practices for space sustainability; industry promotions; and collaboration with user groups and other satellite stakeholders.

Applications are invited for two positions in the GVF Secretariat:

Position: Secretary General

Experience: 10+ years of relevant experience

Education: Advanced Degree Preferred

Position Start Date: June 25, 2018

Location: While the position would ideally be based in the Washington, D.C. area, alternative locations may be considered. Working from a home office may be an option.

Travel: Requirements vary from month to month, but average 40-50% of the time.

Salary: Salary will be commensurate with experience, plus a performance bonus, competitive benefits package (medical, dental, disability, 401k).

Reporting Structure & Responsibilities: The Secretary General reports to the GVF Board of Directors. With support from an Executive Assistant (see below) and GVF’s London-based Chief of International Programme Development, the Secretary General has oversight of multiple working groups and chairpersons, as well as partner organizations, stakeholder alliances, contractors and other parties that work together with the association. Collaborative management and leadership experience in the communications industry are essential to grow the association while ensuring that its mission objectives are met or exceeded. 

GVF’s over-arching mission is to facilitate improved or expanded access to satellite-based solutions throughout the world. The ways that the Secretary General ensures that the mission is achieved evolve to meet changing conditions; the current operational areas presently include the following…

  • Regulatory & Policy Advocacy: Supporting the Regulatory Working Group, a volunteer-based unit of the association where consensus-based positions are established and introduced to governments at the national, regional and global levels.
  • Spectrum Affairs: Coordinating global satellite industry initiatives for effective access to spectrum. This involves collaboration with user groups and other stakeholder interests in preparation for the ITU World Radiocommunication Conferences.
  • Industry Promotions: Developing and managing conference, exhibition, social media, web-based, print publishing, and other platforms that heighten awareness of the industry in general and of the Member companies in particular.
  • Quality Products & Services: Providing oversight for industry initiatives including training (15,000 personnel enrolled), terminal testing (planned 2018 implementation), and other activities that reinforce quality products and services.
  • User Group Outreach: Engaging with stakeholders who depend upon satellite solutions for a range of applications including disaster preparedness & response, maritime, aeronautical, defence, energy, consumer Internet access, and more.

In addition to the above-noted responsibilities, the selected candidate will be responsible for managing the administration and operations of the organization. This includes oversight of payroll, tax payments, health and other employee benefits, management of income and expenses, and more. New members are to be confirmed, and existing members are to be retained to the extent possible. Monthly status reports are provided to the Board of Directors.

GVF is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, veteran or disability status.

To receive full consideration, completed applications – including a cover letter and resume – must be sent by May 19, 2018 to applications@gvf.org

 

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Position: Executive Assistant, GVF

Experience: 5+ years of relevant experience

Education: Degree Preferred

Position Start Date: July 25, 2018

Location: While the position would ideally be based in the Washington, D.C. area, alternative locations may be considered. Working from a home office may be an option.

Travel: Requirements are not extensive, averaging 5% of the time.

Salary: Salary will be commensurate with experience, plus up to a performance bonus, competitive benefits package (medical, dental, disability, 401k).

Reporting Structure: The GVF Executive Assistant reports to the Secretary General and works closely to support various aspects of the above-noted operational areas, as well as key administrative functions.

Responsibilities:

  • Administration: Co-ordinating with the Secretary General to assure timely and accurate maintenance of official company records – including membership-contact spreadsheet, and minutes – whilst helping to ensure compliance with legal requirements. Achievement of this objective is documented through audits and annual review. Invoicing and following up on payments is also a mission requirement. 
  •  Sales & Fundraising: Supporting the Secretary General by providing assistance with recruiting new  members, events sponsorships, and other opportunities that may arise.
  •  Member Services: Contacting GVF Members regularly in order to involve them in GVF programs, ensuring that they are receiving the GVF newsletter, and obtaining feedback on how GVF can better achieve its mission.
  • Promotions Support: Helping to finalize GVF event-related programs (e.g. inviting/confirming speakers, making venue arrangements, event planning, etc.) as instructed by the Secretary General, as well as coordinating GVF social media (e.g. Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube), GVF websites and other e-media outreach.

   Skills:

  •  Advanced Microsoft Office & Google Docs skills, with an ability to become familiar with firm-specific programs and software.
  • Proficiency in social media applications, such as Twitter and LinkedIn.
  • Strong organizational, project management and problem-solving skills with impeccable multi-tasking abilities.
  • Proficiency in HTML, building websites, graphic software/applications (such as MS Publisher and Adobe), and invoicing a plus.

GVF is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, veteran or disability status.

To receive full consideration, completed applications – including a cover letter and resume – must be sent by May 19, 2018 to applications@gvf.org