Manager, Affiliate Relations

Are you good at informed decision making to meet member needs and enhance engagement?  Do you have the financial, management and business acumen necessary to identify and execute new programs, projects and opportunities? If so, the Academy Nutrition and Dietetics has the job for you.  

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals and is seeking a full-time Manager, Affiliate Relations to guide and manage Affiliate Boards of Directors in the development and execution of programs, projects and member benefits in the Affiliate programs.  This position is critical to the Academy and its Affiliate programs, and has a direct influence on member engagement, satisfaction and revenue growth.


  • Facilitate and guide the direction of the activities and programs of work for specific Affiliates in conjunction with the Affiliate Board and internal Affiliate Team. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to, reviewing and analyzing all affiliate projects for policy, legal, financial and procedural impact, guiding and managing the Affiliate Board on various diverse and complex functions, negotiating and resolving conflicts, reviewing contracts with industry partners and vendors, and managing a full range of ongoing projects related to budgeting, financial audits, publications editing and advising on grants and negotiating auxiliary services.
  • Serve in an internal executive administrative role.
  • Organize and prioritize member and affiliate issues/topics, develop plans utilizing strategic planning and track pertinent information and guidelines.
  • Develop and contribute to Affiliate resources.
  • Oversee special Affiliate projects as needed and leverage technology to assist Affiliates in achieving goals.
  • Collaborate with other internal teams and groups on an as needed basis. 


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field.
  • 3-5 years of relevant job experience required.Ideal candidate will have experience working as an Executive Administrator, Association Manager, Volunteer or Project Manager from an association or non-profit or working with an Association Management Company.
  • Demonstrated understanding of professional association environments and general business practices with a customer service/member first approach.
  • Good listening skills and the ability to lead, motivate and instill confidence in Affiliate volunteer leaders.
  • Strong communication, leadership and judgement skills, demonstrated change management skills and the ability to instill trust and confidence in others are necessary.
  • Some travel required.

About Us

The Academy offers a salary commensurate with experience as well as an excellent benefit package including medical, dental, long term disability, tuition reimbursement and 401k match with IMMEDIATE VESTING!  Telecommuting option is available.  

The Academy promotes a friendly, professional and challenging team-based work environment.  Also, the Academy’s office is conveniently located near public transportation: three major Metra train stations (Union, LaSalle and Ogilvie), CTA lines and major bus routes are all within a few blocks.

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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran or disabled status and will not be discriminated against.