This is a unique opportunity for the right person to lead a fast-growing business association. The Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition is the association of over 275 Northwest defense and security industry businesses. PNDC strengthens our members’ business growth, our region’s economy, and our nation’s security through training, direct counseling, business-to-business networking, and federal governmental advocacy.
We are seeking a proactive President & CEO to ensure successful planning, budgeting, and execution of the association’s mission. This individual must be entrepreneurial, diligent, and organized. The successful candidate will have the ability to work collaboratively with PNDC’s board, members, staff, and strategic partners. The ideal candidate will be a strongly motivated entrepreneur with a passion for business (specifically with manufacturing and technology firms), association management experience, and knowledge of the defense and security contracting industry.
Job Responsibilities/Essential Functions:
Oversee association’s day-to-day operations and staff in Portland and Puget Sound
Conduct proactive outreach to retain current and recruit new member companies
Make periodic visits to member companies to maintain a positive, collaborative presence and to continually solicit opportunities for improvement
Serve as the primary spokesperson for the association and respond to public inquiries and contacts in a timely manner
Work closely with Board of Directors and Executive Committee to execute strategy and plans
Extensive travel within the Pacific Northwest Region, some travel to other parts of the USA as required
Manage implementation of the association’s budget, and oversee future budget planning and development
Secure outside resources (including event sponsorships) and grant funding
Collaborate with regional organizations, associations, industry leaders, and government officials to promote the interests of the association and its member businesses
Supervise and coordinate a variety of programs
Manage and develop the board and committees to further the association’s mission
Consult with member companies on government contracting and marketing strategies, connect business leaders with mentors and solutions
Ensure that the association maintains positive and productive relationships with media, governmental agencies, sponsors, and other organizations. Represent PNDC with members’ best interests in mind.
Supervise up to nine full and part time staff
Effectively create and implement development plans for staff and structure to support organizational growth
Lead engagements with outside business service partners
Experience, Skills, Knowledge, Abilities, or Education Required:
Association management experienced strongly preferred
Experience with government affairs, political advocacy, and commerce policy strongly preferred
Proven ability to communicate effectively – orally, in writing, and through public presentations – with people of diverse ages and backgrounds, in groups and individually
Proven ability to positively solve problems and effectively lead a team
Ability to read and interpret financial statements is required; experience with managing a budget and operating plan is required
The ability to effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously is required
Understand business and economic concepts
Ideal candidate will possess manufacturing work experience or familiarity
Ideal candidate will possess government procurement experience or familiarity, especially with defense, security, and aerospace contractors
Possess computer literacy sufficient to use various software programs, Internet, and email to produce correspondence, documents, and reports required by the position
BS or BA required, MBA preferred
Prior military experience preferred
Work Conditions and Physical/Schedule Requirements:
Periodic after hours work and frequent Northwest travel required.
Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer; strength to lift and carry materials weighing up to 25 pounds; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate effectively in person and over the telephone.
Qualified candidates should submit cover letter and current resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Priority consideration will be given to applications received by November 20, 2017.
The Pacific Northwest Defense Coalition (PNDC) is the association for over 275 Northwest defense and security industry businesses. PNDC strengthens our members' business growth, our region's economy, and our nation's security through training, one-on-one counseling, business-to-business networking, and advocacy.