Association Strategies Seeking New Leaders for Non-Profits

July 20, 2017 – Non-profit recruiting specialist Association Strategies has been tapped by the Dredging Contractors of America and the Forging Industry Association to lead in searches for an executive director/ CEO and a president respectively.

Founded in 1986, Association Strategies provides executive search, organizational assessment and transition management services exclusively to non-profit organizations. The firm also offers succession planning, board advisory consulting and other services to help organizations leverage their visibility and influence to achieve strategic goals and tackle long-standing challenges and opportunities.

Pamela Kaul, the firm’s founder, brings nearly three decades in executive search, transition management and organization development. She has delivered talent to hundreds of associations, foundations, NGOs and philanthropic institutions.

Dredging Contractors of America

Located in Washington, D.C., Dredging Contractors of America’s mission is to improve the quality and responsiveness of dredging service delivery to the nation, ensuring that America’s ports, waterways, wetlands and beaches are efficiently constructed and maintained in an environmentally sustainable manner. Its membership includes 12 large companies and 16 small companies that operate on the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific coasts, the Great Lakes, the inland rivers and in Hawaii and Alaska.

The executive director/ CEO is responsible for all management functions of the organization including overseeing a budget of about $1 million and direction of all activities of the association as prescribed by the board of directors. The individual who holds the top roles will be in charge of executing contracts, agreements and commitments for and on behalf of the organization, working with all association committees providing liaison and staff support. The person chosen will be acting as spokesman for the association to help maintain effective relationships with Congress, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, federal agencies and other organizations to advocate the association’s viewpoints.

Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree, preferably in management or business, or government relations, and at least seven to 10 years senior or executive-level experience, including some manufacturing trade association experience. The job requires legislative and regulatory advocacy experience. Knowledge of the federal funding process and federal regulations, such as the Jones Act, that benefit the marine and/ or dredging industry, and familiarity with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, the Coast Guard, EPA and USTR are desirable. Candidates must have strong leadership, management, organizational and coalition-building skills.

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Forging Industry Association

Based in Cleveland, the Forging Industry Association has a staff of seven and a $2 million to $4 million annual budget. Its mission is to improve its members’ global competitiveness. The association’s primary areas of focus are: industry benchmarking, global networking, training and education, public policy advocacy, driving demand for North American forgings, and developing and transferring technology.

The president serves as the chief staff officer and primary public representative for the association. He or she reports to the 13-member board of directors through the executive committee and is responsible for the management of the association. Among the responsibilities of the job, the president oversees the collaborative implementation of the strategic plan and supporting objectives against which programs and activities are measured along with member feedback.

The association seeks a strategic and effective visionary leader with more than 10 to 15 years of experience in a trade association in the manufacturing sector, preferably as president or chief operating officer. The successful candidate should have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. Candidates must have demonstrated staff management and financial business acumen as well as outstanding leadership and coalition-building skills.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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