Employment Opportunities

When Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller operated Winrock Farms on the grounds that today house the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, he was known to be friendly with all of his staff, from the highest-ranking ranch managers to the people who cleaned out the stables. Working at Winrock Farms was like being part of an extended family. As part of honoring the legacy of Gov. Rockefeller, the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute has maintained that kind of working atmosphere.

In addition to the camaraderie that exists here, our workplace is a beautiful, 188-acre campus atop Petit Jean Mountain. Lunch is available to employees at the River Rock Grill at a steeply discounted rate. And for benefited positions, our benefits package is tough to beat.

Working at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute means feeling good about the work you do, genuinely liking the people you work with and feeling valued in your job. If you’re interested in joining the Institute’s team, click on the links below to read about job openings, learn about our benefits package or apply for a position. You can also see regular updates of job openings on our Facebook page.

Conference Planner

Department: Conference Services

Status: Full-time, benefitted

Hours per week: 40+


  • Client Relationships
    • Maintain ongoing communication with contacts to insure booking process is complete (contracts, rooming lists, deadlines, etc.)
    • Follow-up on progress of group booking process to confirm rooming lists, deadlines, etc.
    • Finalize details for assigned groups, conferences, and internal program events including completed Banquet Event Orders (BEOs)
    • Work closely with clients while in-house to promote goodwill and foster additional business, repeat bookings and referrals
    • Perform accounting duties to ensure complete payment
  • Conference Planning
    • Maintain a team-minded attitude to ensure meeting room and space concerns are handled
    • Maintain thorough knowledge of meeting space capacities, menu items, AV equipment, meeting room set-up options
    • Communicate with immediate supervisor regarding any concerns or other matters of significance
  • Sales
    • Achieve revenue goals by soliciting, negotiating and booking new and repeat business through various sales efforts (outside sales calls, telemarketing, mailings, networking, etc.)
    • Enhance the Institute’s community image and stay abreast of competition, new developments, sales methods and techniques in the hospitality industry
  • Reporting
    • Prepare, as requested, an informative database for improved management decisions
    • Prepare status and month end reports

Minimum Requirements:

  • One year of recent (last 2 years) work experience in event planning/execution or conference planning in a conference center/hotel; and
  • Recent (last 2 years) work or school experience using MS Office

Preferred Requirements:

  • 2+ years’ recent (last 5 years) work experience in event planning/execution or conference planning in a conference center/hotel
  • Bachelor’s degree in business mgmt. hospitality, marketing
  • Recent work experience using hospitality scheduling/billing software

Competency Expectations:

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule, including nights and weekends
  • Team-minded attitude
  • Positive attitude and personality
  • Proficient computer skills
  • Embrace Core Values
    • Believe the mission
    • See the possibilities
    • Focus on we, not me
    • Do the right thing
    • Have fun

Pay: Based on experience and qualifications

How to apply: Qualified applicants should complete an online application by clicking on the link below. Before submitting application, please attach a resume and cover letter that detail experience and qualifications. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug Free Workplace.


Online Application


Our fringe benefits package for fully-benefited employees includes retirement, annual leave, paid holidays, group health insurance, life insurance, sick leave, dental and vision insurance, career longevity award after 10 years employment, tuition remission at University of Arkansas System schools, and access to group rates on other forms of insurance, including long-term care.

For further information about our benefits package, email our Human Resources department or call 501-727-6205.