Executive Director, North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA)
April 17, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
SmithBucklin, a 100 percent employee-owned association management company, is looking for an Executive Director to work closely with the board of directors for its client, North American Wholesale Lumber Association (NAWLA), based in our Chicago office.
The goal of this leadership role is to work with the board, NAWLA members, service providers and business executives to demonstrate the value NAWLA brings to the industry and help it accomplish its mission. This person will work with lumber industry leaders to craft programs and membership activities that are highly valued, and promote the organization’s position in the wholesale lumber industry as a thought leader through well researched, planned and implemented programs, curriculum and publications.
As it celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2018, NAWLA remains dedicated to growing and nurturing every aspect of the lumber industry, from the careful stewardship of forest resources, to the harvesting and distribution of lumber products, to championing wood’s role in a greener economy and a healthier planet. NAWLA represents the best interests of wholesalers, manufacturers and service provider companies, from the planting of seedlings, to the selling of building materials and wood in all of its many forms.
NAWLA is comprised of nearly 500 member organizations spread predominantly throughout North America. Its rich history has afforded the association the opportunity to be viewed as the preeminent trade association serving the wholesale distribution forest products industry. NAWLA serves its members annually through seven regional meetings, multiple face-to-face educational programs, a Leadership Summit, and the Traders Market, which gathers the top 1,500 suppliers, buyers, and sellers for a two-day trade show and educational event every year.
What You Will Do
Establish yourself as a leader in the wholesale lumber community; seek opportunities to assert and represent the organization to the public, media and membership
Advise, guide and influence the board of directors on association strategy and goals to support its mission
Provide governance leadership and support to the board of directors, committees and task forces, ensuring a process to identify and recruit future leaders, establish policy and provide overall direction for the business
Serve as a true C-Suite generalist: In addition to serving as the association’s CEO, the role also entails many of the duties of a COO, CFO, CHRO, CMO and CTO
Plan, direct, monitor, analyze and communicate association finances, including annual budgets, monthly statements (including interpretation and forecasting), and investments
Oversee all functional areas of operations: Drive membership growth through recruitment and retention, engagement and recognition; lead event management (Leadership Summit, Traders Market, Wood Basics, Wood Masters and regional events), cultivate sponsorship and partnerships, drive education, marketing, information technology and operate the NAWLA Foundation
Lead staff, both paid and volunteer, to deliver needed programs and services; track their effectiveness, and identify and implement new sources of revenue that align with the organization’s mission, goals and objectives
Keep abreast of industry developments, trends, changes and opportunities. Monitor the competitive environment, identify and recommend potential industry alliances with other associations and organizations
Enhance the visibility and reputation of the organization to ensure increased participation of existing members, attraction of new members and overall sustainability of the organization
This Role Might Be for You If You Are…
A strategic and visionary leader, with the ability to envision future possibilities and translate them into breakthrough strategies
A confident networker that effectively fosters formal and informal relationships outside the organization by serving as a community builder and networker who works from the outside in, leveraging exceptional interpersonal skills and approaches to deal with a variety of stakeholders
Action-orientated and someone who comfortably embraces new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy and enthusiasm
Highly collaborative, with a proven record of accomplishment in building partnerships and fostering collaboration with a professional community to meet shared objectives, in addition to sourcing and deploying resources (board, volunteers, partners, staff) effectively and efficiently while anticipating the needs of multiple stakeholders
A strong communicator that has proven success developing and delivering multi-mode communications and implementing public relations strategies that convey a clear message while promoting the mission of the organization
Financially savvy, with a keen understanding of key financial indicators and the highest standards of fiscal accounting, controls and best practices to make better business decisions
Someone with vision and purpose that has a history of painting a compelling picture of the vision and strategy of an organization and motivating others to action
You have the ability to travel, up to 20%, including some weekend activities
A minimum of 10 years of experience in administrative roles within the non-for-profit sector, preferably with a similar trade association
Experience as an Executive Director, CEO or the top P&L leader
Experience within the forest products, building materials, or other distribution channel industry is preferred
Profit and loss and budgetary experience
Demonstrated passion for the mission of his/her organization, his/her professional community and cultivating a continuous learning culture
Knowledge and a measurable track record of elevating the profile of an organization through outreach, marketing and public relations
Experience in developing and working with major sponsors
Relationship building skills to cultivate and maintain engagement with member organizations and volunteers
A track record of driving successful programs and influencing a large unpaid/volunteer workforce (100+) is essential
History of leading a staff and managing their professional growth and development
Effective presentation and public speaking skills are required
Proficiency with basic computer programming, including the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
An undergraduate degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred
CAE (Certified Association Executive) is preferred
Where Do You Fit?
Whether you are just beginning your career or are a mid- or senior-level professional, working at SmithBucklin will offer you countless opportunities to develop transferrable skills, acquire meaningful knowledge and gain rich experiences at an accelerated pace. By working collaboratively with smart, ambitious, multi-talented, genuine and hardworking colleagues, you will build meaningful, deep and enduring relationships that will serve you well throughout your career, regardless of your chosen path. In addition, as a 100 percent employee-owned company, SmithBucklin offers all of our people – regardless of position or compensation – an equal chance to experience the fulfillment and reap the benefits of ownership. As owners, our employees control the destiny of SmithBucklin and are unified in the goal of building a great, enduring company.
Equal Employment Opportunity
At SmithBucklin, Equal Employment Opportunity is our commitment and goal. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status or any other protected status designated by federal, state or local law. Applicants are encouraged to confidentially self-identify when applying. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a reference and background investigation based on position.
Internal Number: 475
SmithBucklin is the world’s largest association management and professional services company. Founded in 1949, the company provides full-service management and outsourcing services to trade associations, professional societies, technology user groups, corporations, government institutes/agencies and other nonprofit organizations. SmithBucklin’s mission is to drive growth for its client organizations and provide uncompromised stewardship for their long-term prosperity. SmithBucklin offices are located in Chicago, Washington, D.C., St. Louis and St. Paul, Minn. and the SmithBucklin + MCI Worldwide Partnership provides client organizations with seamless association and event management services from more than 40 offices throughout the world. The company is 100 percent employee owned.