Executive Director, Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association of the US
Location: Washington, D.C.
Type: Full Time
Required Education: 4 Year Degree
Verto Solutions is seeking a senior client services executive (Executive Director) in Washington, DC to join our team serving a trade association client.
As the leading trade association management company specializing in ingredients added to food and beverage, Verto Solutions is recognized for exceptional professional services among shared service teams. With recognized synergies across clients, Verto Solutions has the experience and technical depth to navigate the complex issues facing the food industry today.
We are seeking a senior client services executive to join our team who will work with other Verto staff serving FEMA. The successful candidate will be responsible for the operation of FEMA and its long-term health/growth/vision, working under the direction of the FEMA Board of Governors to support its decision-making and policy development.
The scope of the role will include the following responsibilities:
Working closely with the FEMA Board of Governors and other Verto staff serving FEMA as they develop the association’s strategic plan and critical objectives. The Executive Director will work to execute that plan, and will work with the FEMA team at Verto to provide leadership in identifying key issues and challenges facing FEMA and its company members within the U.S. and global flavor industry;
Providing support and leadership to the FEMA Board of Governors to enable attainment of FEMA’s critical objectives. The successful candidate will also work to develop/propose innovative ideas/programs to progress FEMA’s mission and and those of its company members;
Maintaining and further building the association through the recruitment of new company members and the retention of current membership;
Overseeing the work of FEMA’s Committees and Task Forces;
Oversee the development and successful staging of FEMA’s meetings, both in-person and virtual, including the programming of compelling and useful content for the member companies of FEMA;
Leading, managing and collaborating with other Verto team members who also serve FEMA to ensure effective implementation of FEMA’s overall strategic plans and critical objectives based upon guidance, oversight, and decisions from the FEMA Board of Governors;
Overseeing the financial management of FEMA, including preparation of the fiscal year budget, ensuring accurate reporting and appropriate financial oversight of the annual approved budget, and reviewing monthly financial statements to ensure revenue and expenses are in line with budget assumptions;
Providing oversight of Governance Activities in consultation with the FEMA General Counsel to ensure adherence to FEMA’s By-Laws and policies;
Serving as the face of the organization to diverse external organizations to maintain and expand FEMA’s network of contacts and relationships;
Providing executive-level external communications that accurately and appropriately represent and advocate for FEMA and its critical objectives and company member interests to outside parties;
Providing proactive and informative communications to update the Board of Governors, the membership, staff and other stakeholders on FEMA issues, activities and meetings.
Preferred Experience, Competencies and Prerequisites
Communication – Must be an excellent communicator to ensure clarity on priorities, to deliver politically astute positions as needed and to ensure a seamless and collaborative relationship between Verto Solutions, the Executive Director and the FEMA Board;
Leadership – Must be able to lead a trade association whose company members are of diverse size, business interests, and opinions. Must advocate for the long-term benefit of FEMA and provide the leadership required to achieve it;
Network – Must have sufficient contacts/reputation to represent FEMA within the trade association landscape, and have the ability to expand those contacts as needed;
Minimum of four-year college degree;
Minimum of five years of experience in senior-level trade association management;
Job location is Washington DC
The Flavor and Extract Manufacturers Association of the United States (FEMA) is comprised of flavor manufacturers, flavor users, flavor ingredient suppliers, and others with an interest in the U.S. flavor industry. Founded in 1909, it is the national association of the U.S. flavor industry. FEMA works with legislators and regulators to assure that the needs of its member companies and consumers are continuously addressed. FEMA is committed to assuring a substantial supply of safe flavoring substances.
The Association’s emphasis is on activities which individual or small groups of companies are unable to effectively accomplish on their own. FEMA performs its work chiefly through the efforts of industry executives and scientists, augmented by a professional staff experienced in dealing with legislative bodies, regulatory agencies, academic institutions, scientific organizations, media, and industry groups.
The Association draws upon the extensive experience and expertise of industry members through an active committee structure, to address a wide variety of matters of interest to the industry.
FEMA believes that flavors enrich our lives in many more ways than taste. By nourishing the essential connections between food and flavors, we can build meaningful experiences, relationships and communities.
Verto Solutions, LLC is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace.