International Association of Business Communicators - San Francisco, CA

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IABC seeks a visionary leader to serve as its Executive Director. The selected candidate will possess experience in turning strategic vision into effective business operations, and also in resolving issues and addressing barriers that hinder the association from serving its members most effectively. The leader will be charged in part with addressing the association’s relevancy within the global communication profession.

The selected candidate will exhibit a passion for the communication profession and a drive to lead boldly. S/he will be evaluated on the ability to develop strategy and create, promote and execute programs that deliver on association objectives and priorities. IABC is looking for someone who is skilled in providing strategic guidance and also has hands-on operational expertise, preferably in an association.

The Executive Director will inspire and energize staff, and recruit and onboard additional staff as necessary, to carry out IABC’s strategic vision and direction. This leader should be able to navigate global change management effectively and foster a highly engaged, service-oriented, high-performance team culture, focused on members and the greater good of the profession.

This will require ensuring the right talent match for achieving business transformation and growing an innovative, high-performing culture . It’s about building the right team and culture.

The selected candidate will also demonstrate experience in pursuing and implementing innovative programs, curricula, technology tools and other resources that align with the association’s philosophy, strategic direction and long-term vision.

This person should also have experience in initiating collaboration, and establishing, building and maintaining mutually beneficial partnerships with current and potential sponsors.

The IABC Executive Director is responsible for leading and managing IABC staff members and directing the programs, administrative functions and operations of the association based on IABC’s strategic plan. The position reports to the chair of IABC’s International Executive Board, and works with the volunteer International

Executive Board of directors. The position is currently based at IABC headquarters in San Francisco, California, where it has been located for the past four decades. Headquarters are always subject to change, as IABC evaluates more cost-effective ways to deliver excellent member service.

To be highly successful in this role, the Executive Director must be able to manage conflict and the v arying expectations of vocal, passionate members working in the communication profession in different cultures and countries.