Founded in 1949, SmithBucklin today is the world’s largest association management company, providing full-service management and outsourced services to trade associations, professional societies, technology user communities, industry consortia, charitable organizations, corporations and government institutes. SmithBucklin has offices in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Old Lyme, Conn., St. Louis, Bethesda, Md. and San Ramon, Calif., and delivers seamless association and event management services worldwide. SmithBucklin is 100 percent employee-owned.
As the American Evaluation Association’s designated management company, SmithBucklin seeks an accomplished leader to serve as the AEA’s next executive director.
About the American Evaluation Association
Established in 1986 as a result of a merger of three research and evaluation organizations, the American Evaluation Association (AEA) is the United States’ leading professional association for evaluation research, education and practice, serving over 7,400 members and 33 affiliates in the US and worldwide. Members are academics and practitioners who engage in evaluation activities from a social science perspective in a variety of settings. The mission of the AEA is to improve evaluation practices and methods, increase evaluation use, promote evaluation as a profession, and support the contribution of evaluation to the generation of theory and knowledge about effective human action.
About the Opportunity
As a SmithBucklin employee, this person will benefit from a wide variety of opportunities to acquire knowledge, apply expertise, and advance a career in meaningful ways, in the course of leading and contributing to the impact of a highly respected membership organization. As a member of a 100 percent employee-owned company, the new executive will enjoy the fulfillment and reap the benefits of corporate ownership. As owners, SmithBucklin employees control the destiny of the firm, and are unified in the goal of building a great, enduring company.
The successful candidate will lead a strong organization through a period of tremendous growth and opportunity. Evaluation is growing rapidly as a field and a profession, and the AEA is at the forefront of this growth: supporting innovation, creating professional standards, and extending the reputation of the field and its practitioners. With a forward-looking strategic plan, the AEA’s new executive director will have the opportunity to collaborate with the AEA’s members to create a meaningful future for the organization, and to expand the contribution of evaluation as a practice across all areas of human endeavour.
The ED is responsible to manage and grow the AEA’s $2.7 million budget. The ED will report to a SmithBucklin association executive. The position is based at SmithBucklin’s Washington, D.C. office.
Work closely with the Board of Directors to develop long- and short-term goals and strategies to advance the interests of the AEA and its membership
Lead and manage execution of the AEA’s strategic plan
Identify, develop, and secure revenue and revenue streams consistent with achievement of the AEA’s strategic goals
Oversee the development and implementation of existing and new programs and offerings, including a professional development program, in alignment with the AEA’s strategic plan, mission, vision and values
Monitor the effectiveness of organizational programs and enhance the Board’s decision- making ability by establishing effective systems and procedures for data collection, analysis and reporting
Support the effective adoption and practice of Policy Governance (the ‘Carver model’) as AEA’s governing methodology
Manage and develop staff and volunteers to support effective execution of AEA strategic and operational business
Manage AEA budget and finances
Reflect and represent AEA values, including values around diversity and inclusion, in all aspects and domains of work, within the organization and externally.
A strategic leader, with the ability to identify, and realise, ambitious goals
A skilled relationship-builder, with a record of fostering consensus, collaborative solutions, and partnerships within complex multi-stakeholder environments
An effective communicator, fluent across multiple media, platforms and audiences
A strong financial manager, knowledgeable about budget management, standards of fiscal accounting, controls and best practices of high performing non-profit organizations
A talented tactician, comfortable and adept at keeping priorities in focus, while adapting to changing circumstances
A minimum of 10 years’ executive experience within the non-profit sector, including experience as an Executive Director or equivalent
Knowledge of non-profit governance principles and practices, including knowledge acquired through experience managing or reporting to a non-profit board of directors; familiarity with the Carver Policy Governance model preferred
Experience building the capacity and reputation of specific non-profit organizations or programs
Experience leading and managing staff, including managing their professional development
Experience developing and working with volunteer boards, committees, and members
Experience managing all financial aspects a non-profit organization
Operational knowledge of professional membership associations; knowledge acquired through staff or board leadership preferred
Operational knowledge of the field, profession and practice of evaluation
Salary for this role is competitive and consistent with candidate background and experience. SmithBucklin offers employees an extensive benefits package including medical, dental and vision coverage, a 401(k) plan with company match, and an employee stock ownership plan.
SmithBucklin has retained Schaffer&Combs, a certified B Corporation, to support this search. In order to apply, please submit a cover letter and resume that demonstrate how your background and skills address the requirements of the position to SmithBucklinAEA@schaffercombs.com. In the subject line of your email, please include your name, the job title for this position, and the company name (‘Your Name – Executive Director – SmithBucklin). Please submit all documents as Microsoft Word files.
Equal Employment Opportunity
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 invited to confidentially self-identify when applying. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a reference and background investigation based on position.
Please do not contact SmithBucklin or the AEA directly; all inquiries should be directed to Schaffer&Combs.
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