The National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC) is a 501c(6) organization with a $2 million annual budget and ample financial reserves. We proudly serve the needs of the elevator, escalator, and accessibility equipment industry. Our members are vital to keeping passengers safe and essential businesses and entities functioning.
As the Executive Director, you will coach and develop our current staff of 6 (with 4 vacancies) and support the needs of over 700 independent elevator contractors, suppliers, and associate members. NAEC membership has been remarkably stable for decades, yet still holds significant potential for growth. Our members are close-knit, forging lifelong bonds of friendship at our events. Many of our members are second and third-generation business owners. Competitors and vendors find common ground at NAEC, feeling like they are “doing business with friends.”
Working here, you will forge strong and lasting relationships with members and prospective members, investing the time to understand their needs and help them get more value from their membership investment. You will build consensus for new ideas and support the remarkable cohesiveness that the board has shown over decades of work. You will work closely with the board on strategic planning and financial management – formulating plans to address industry trends, adapt to changing education needs, launch certification programs, grow membership, and ensure that our trade show and other events continue to provide the value our members want and need.
NAEC provides safety, training, and education to all facets of the elevator, escalator, and accessibility equipment industry, promoting safe and reliable vertical transportation through education, networking with peers, and exposure to new technologies.
NAEC membership fosters positive business relationships and promotes trade between suppliers, contractors, and customers from around the world. From our yearly convention to quarterly conferences, monthly newsletters, and our website, we promote discussions, dialogue, and member participation. NAEC is a forum for discussing technical issues and promoting awareness of the latest standards, as well as a resource center that members can use to find answers to crucial questions or share their expertise with others.
Key Priorities as the Executive Director
Strategic leadership with the board. Support volunteer leaders by turning strategic planning into action.
Facilitate strategic planning sessions with the board to develop the 3-5-year strategic vision.
Develop new programs and services to expand NAEC’s reach and/or relevance.
Serve as a steward of the organization’s resources, supporting strategic goals and elevating any challenges to the board for consideration.
Assist with the recruitment of new board members.
Staff leadership. Develop the current team, guiding and motivating team members to act on strategic goals and recruiting new staff as needed.
Membership growth. Because many startup organizations are not aware of the support NAEC provides, you will guide staff efforts to methodically identify and cultivate new members, determining the value proposition for different types of members, developing new programs and services to meet their needs, and increasing their participation in existing programs.
Education and certification. NAEC helps our members stay current with technological and safety advancements in the industry. You will guide the staff in their efforts to increase participation in the Certified Elevator Technician (CET) and Certified Accessibility and Private Residence Lift Technician (CAT) education and certification programs, as well as the Vertical Transportation Management Program (VTMP) education program. You will also lead the launch of our newest certification, the Qualified Elevator Inspector (QEI).
External relationships. You will serve as the primary external ambassador for NAEC, building and strengthening relationships with like-minded associations (such as NAESA, EESF, CECA, IAEC, and Elevator U) and other potential external partners. You will also manage our OSHA alliance through the Elevator Industry Safety Partners.
Financial stewardship. You will maintain the financial health and stability of the organization, growing revenue from education, membership, and events while controlling overhead costs.
Qualifications of the Executive Director
Bachelor’s degree required. An advanced degree or professional designation (CAE, FASAE, CMP, etc.) would be a plus.
8+ years of successful senior leadership in a nonprofit, preferably a 501c(6). Experience providing oversight for all association operations – finance, events, membership, marketing, and education. Experience launching new certifications/accreditations is preferred.
Experience serving in a public-facing “ambassador” role, developing lasting relationships on behalf of the organization with the board and other external partners.
Familiarity with OSHA would be a plus.
Ability to travel up to one-third of the time.
Attributes of the Executive Director
Diplomatic. You work well with members, understand their concerns, and realistically manage their expectations. You find common ground, manage a smooth process, and build consensus for workable solutions. You address the interests and concerns of the various stakeholders while staying true to the larger vision.
Focused. You smoothly manage through ambiguity and remain focused on key priorities. You think ahead, consider the variables, and anticipate challenges. You shape answers to questions where no template exists and do whatever it takes to get the job done.
Leader. You confidently engage with staff at all levels to define needs and expectations. You listen to and learn from others, collaborate on projects, and communicate results. You are confident and influential, and you insist on respect and accountability.
Listener. You take the time to learn what is valuable and important to others. You ask questions and listen, talking only after first understanding. You easily “read the room.” You solicit input, listen to what is being said, share information when appropriate, and welcome and respect divergent points of view.
Relationship-builder. You build trust and buy-in and dedicate time to building successful and effective relationships. People know you have their best interests in mind and that you are sincere in your communications; you earn trust by your actions and you faithfully keep your promises. People find you likable, approachable, and responsive, and members want to do business with you.
Team-builder. You enjoy leading and building teams and you are good at it. You have a naturally collaborative style and are generous in your acknowledgment of a job well done. You are articulate, persuasive, and willing to listen to and respect the views of others.
What’s Attractive to the Right Executive Director Candidate?
NAEC is financially healthy and respected and we create real value for our members. The industry we serve is vibrant, financially stable, and important to the national infrastructure.
Our members are the “salt of the earth” – caring, warm, helpful, intelligent, and collegial. In this role, you will form friendships that last a lifetime.
Our staff is talented and dedicated. We have earned the respect of our members.
Your work will contribute to the economic health of the industry, the career advancement of our workforce, and the safety of our employees and passengers.
Atlanta is a great city to call home.
We offer a competitive benefits package that includes 100 percent covered health insurance for the employee and a 10 percent retirement contribution.
To Apply for the Executive Director position:
Simply email your resume to Bob Corlett at firstname.lastname@example.org with “NAEC – Executive Director #2020-2575 ASAE” as the subject of the email. Please include your resume as a Word or PDF attachment to the email and paste your cover letter in the body of your email.
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