The new CEO of the Washington Retail Association (WRA) will join one of the most vibrant, respected and successful retail associations in the country at a time of significant change for the industry, particularly in the state of Washington. This is an opportunity for a seasoned association executive to lead a large and diverse membership and advance retail’s interests with elected officials, the media, and industry executives state-and nation-wide. WRA has also distinguished itself through its member services, including a highly successful retroactive ratings program through the Department of Labor and Industries.
The Washington Retail Association was established in 1987 by merchants concerned with advancing and safeguarding the well-being of the retail industry. Today the Association is recognized by businesses, legislators, state officials, and other trade groups as a powerful and effective spokesperson for retail. Its office is located in Olympia, the state capitol.
WRA represents over 3,500 retail storefronts, from the largest national chains to the smallest independent businesses. Members include wholesalers, dealers, professional services, and mall owners/ operators. The Association is a valuable source of critical information and provides members and the public with timely updates on important legislative and regulatory issues, as well as key retail industry news. WRA members rely on the Association as an effective intermediary with state government and for its business resources and Retroactive Rating Services program (RETRO).
Candidates should have a minimum of 10 years of experience in progressively responsible, hands-on executive leadership roles. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent industry experience is required. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential. Prior financial management experience is necessary; oversight of budgets of $1M or more is preferred. A track record of successfully managing high performing teams and driving entrepreneurial efforts is particularly important. Diverse professional experience is valued and may include the nonprofit sector, trade associations or chambers of commerce, or government or policy organizations.
The Washington Retail Association is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage all qualified candidates submit both a cover letter and resume via Waldron’s candidate web portal. Cover letters should be addressed to Tom Waldron and Sarah Meyer and thoughtfully crafted to articulate your interest in the position and fit for the role.