February 10, 2020 – The public sector is in the midst of major transformation. It faces an array of challenges that range from shifting public expectations to budgetary pressures and a growing demand for operational efficiency. To successfully navigate these issues, government organizations need leaders who are focused, tenacious and adaptable, with the capacity to deal with significant scale, complexity and ambiguity, say recruiters who specialize in the field.
Rockville, MD-headquartered executive search firm JDG Associates has been engaged to conduct the search for a new CEO for the NAFA Fleet Management Association, the world’s largest not-for-profit membership association for individuals who manage the vehicular fleet and mobility responsibilities for their employers.
“NAFA offers an exceptional opportunity for a high energy, professionally committed association professional looking to head a premiere organization in its field as it meets important technological, organizational, industrial and demographical transitions,” said JDG Associates. Taking leadership of a well-regarded and highly motivated staff, NAFA’s new CEO will be expected to play a substantive role in the development of a new strategic plan and assume oversight and leadership of new initiatives in membership development, certification, continuous improvement and publications.
The CEO supervises outsourced functions of IT, accounting, finance and marketing support, and also serves as the liaison with NAFA’s legal counsel. NAFA has had a long-term and successful relationship with a Washington D.C.-based advocacy firm which works directly with NAFA’s government affairs committee, as well as closely with the CEO.
NAFA wants someone with association experience along with a proven track record in leadership and strategic thinking, with a high degree of comfort in openness to the ideas of others. Success in responsibility for an annual trade show is highly desired, as is success in the development and execution of membership development and retention programs. “Also of interest would be success in working in a membership organization, especially one where demographic pressures have been encountered and worked through,” said the search firm. “While traditionally a services-driven organization, government relations and advocacy have become increasingly important to NAFA members and experience here, or a desire to work in this area, would also be of interest.”
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JDG Associates has been providing executive recruitment services to Fortune 1000 corporations, associations and non-profits, federal, state and local governments, research and consulting firms and defense contractors since 1973.
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Darren DeGioia is president of JDG Associates. He has spent 20 years conducting senior-level search assignments for research and consulting organizations as well as the public sector. His areas of expertise include information technology, accounting and finance, the quantitative sciences, operations / general management, marketing and communications.
JDG Associates recently celebrated 47 years in business. The firm’s research-intensive process and personal approach have resulted in more than 4,000 senior-level searches across a broad spectrum of industries and disciplines in the Washington, D.C. region and nationally.
“While we have diversified our practice areas throughout the years, we have never lost sight of the fact that we are accountable for each search engagement,” said Mr. DeGioia. “We are performance driven and never waver on our promise to build long-term, mutually rewarding partnerships. Although much has changed in the executive search industry, one thing remains constant: our mission to deliver the best candidates to our clients.”
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media