Executive Director
International Association of Business Communicators - San Francisco, CA

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The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is a global not-for profit organization that supports communication professionals in advancing their careers, from entry into the profession to becoming a senior strategic adviser and business leader. Established in 1970, IABC serves about 14,000 professionals in 70 countries, and provides products, services, activities and networking opportunities to help people and organizations achieve results through strategic communication. Professionals around the world, across industries and throughout business, government and nonprofit sectors use IABC resources to expand their knowledge. IABC members hold positions in public and media relations, corporate communication, digital communication, public affairs, investor relations, government relations, marketing communication, community relations, writing, editing, advertising, photography and video production, graphic design, human resources, internal communication and teaching. Nearly 40 percent of IABC members work in corporations, with others working in agencies, government, the military, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and as consultants. For more information, visit www.iabc.com .

Position summary

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 transormationand growing an innovative, high-performing culture . It's aboutr building the right team 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 varying expectations of vocal, passionate members working in the communication profession in different cultures and countries.

Critical competencies and responsibilities for success

Creating and implementing strategic plans

The Executive Director will work with the International Executive Board and IABC's senior management team to develop and articulate a clear and compelling vision of where the organization is headed. This person will communicate the vision in bold and persuasive terms to external and internal groups/members/networks, and translate these overarching business goals into specific objectives for each member of the IABC staff.

As such, the Executive Director will need to prioritize board direction and staff resources appropriately.

Building relationships and using influence

The Executive Director will have well-developed diplomatic and negotiation skills and will work in partnership with strong personalities throughout a variety of internal and external networks. These networks include a volunteer board of directors, current and past chapter and association leaders, partners, staff, and the media. The incumbent will fulfill a key advocacy role for the profession and the association.

S/he will be an engaging and influential communicator and presenter, readily connecting with others and able to build and sustain excellent relationships at multiple levels in the organization. This person will be able to use his/her internal and external networks to strategically accomplish the objectives of IABC.

Leading, managing and developing teams

The Executive Director must inspire, energize, coach and develop diverse teams of people with multiple perspectives and talents. S/he will motivate and collaborate, seeking input actively from a variety of sources. The incumbent must be committed to fostering an open, inclusive association and an innovative team culture. A strong, member-focused leadership approach is required at the head office with staff and with members.

Driving for results

The Executive Director translates the strategy and goals of the organization into actionable and quantitative plans, using best-in-class benchmarks and his/her own direct experience as catalysts for improvement of the association. S/he will utilize creative and innovative methods to solve issues that arise in the organization. The incumbent is a doer, willing to work alongside staff, board leaders and committee members to accomplish tasks and produce results.

This work is governed by IABC's Code of Ethics and its core values of integrity, honesty, teamwork and innovation.

Ideal experience

Minumum of 10 years' proven experience in building, managing, developing, and leading high-performing teams

Proven experience in managing a significant budget (US $5 million or more) as well as profit-and-loss responsibilities

Strong financial project management, with at least eight years' experience

Experience in serving in the leadership of a professional, industry, or trade association

Clear understanding of the role of strategic communication as a key business driver that impacts the ability of an organization to succeed in reaching, or surpassing, its strategic goals

Digital communication savvy; a solid understanding of how to use and apply such communication and data to benefit the association

Proven ability to operate in a global economy; sensitive to and appreciative of global cultural differences (proficiency or fluency in additional languages is a plus)

Experience in effectively serving multi-generational, culturally diverse constituencies

Proficiency in fundraising/development within an association, foundation or nonprofit organization

Outstanding communication skills, with the ability to translate complex information and concepts into plain language

A minimum of a bachelor's degree or related qualification from an accredited university or college is required; advanced degree(s) and/or professional certification is desirable


The Executive Director will operate within the terms of a contract between him/herself and leadership of the IABC International Executive Board. In addition to offering a ompetitive salary, IABC provides a comprehensive package of health, financial and other benefits.

How to apply

To be considered, please upload your cover letter and résumé in PDF format. Your résumé should include contact information for three references.


All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

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