The ABC President and CEO works with the board to set the association's strategic direction and then builds/leads the team to execute against that plan. He/she is responsible for developing and building consensus around policies, programs and activities designed to serve the needs of a diverse, chapter membership and for ensuring that the organization is run in an effective, ethical and financially responsible manner.
PRESIDENT & CEO - Job Description
Basic Function: The President & CEO is responsible for all issues affecting chapter operations, its staff, Board of Directors and member services.
Responsible To: ABC of the Carolinas Board of Directors
Supervises: The President & CEO oversees all personnel and their performance.
Responsibilities: The President & CEO is responsible for the overall leadership and administration of the association. This includes the assessing of member needs, developing programs to meet these needs and conducting these programs in a strategic manner.
The President & CEO is responsible for the hiring and dismissal of all personnel and performance of same.
The President & CEO is responsible for enforcing and carrying out all policies and procedures as outlined in the HR policy manual.
Budget & Financial Management
The President & CEO is responsible for preparing the annual budget and obtaining approvals from the Board of Directors
The budget is established to fund the day to day operations and resource the strategic plan of the Chapter
The President & CEO is responsible for maintaining all necessary record keeping requirements, including all monthly reporting and tax requirement filings..
The President & CEO is responsible for enforcing and carrying out all the fiscal policies and procedures.
Board of Directors
The President & CEO serves the Chairman and the Board of Directors and is responsible for carrying out the actions of the same.
The President & CEO is responsible for maintaining and preparing all information for the Board of Directors meetings.
The President & CEO is responsible for carrying out the Strategic Plan as developed and approved by the Board of Directors.
Planning & Strategy
The President and CEO is responsible for working with the Board of Directors to create a strategic plan for the Chapter on an annual basis in alignment with the overall ABC Association Wide Strategic Plan.
The President & CEO is responsible for carrying out the strategies and action plans of the Strategic Plan in collaboration with the Board of Directors and the Chapter Committees
The President & CEO is responsible for maintaining and measuring the progress against the Strategic Plan.
Work with the Vice President and Director of Apprenticeship and Director of Safety/Training and various committees to meet the needs of the membership.
Direct and oversee the Vice President, Director of Apprenticeship and the Director of Safety/Training and the entire workforce Development initiatives.
Direct and oversee staff to carry out the strategies and action plans of the Strategic Plan as it relates to the initiatives in Workforce Development.
Work with the Vice President and Membership Directors and various committees to meet the needs of the membership.
Direct and oversee the Vice President and Director of Memberships to promote growth and retention through member programs.
Direct and oversee the Vice President and Director of Memberships to carry out the strategies and action plans of the Strategic Plan.
President & CEO is chief spokesperson for the association as its representative. The President & CEO needs to work with the current Chairman in representing ABC.
President & CEO is responsible for promoting and getting ABC’s name out “When you think construction, you think ABC.”
Work with Vice President and Membership Directors and various committees to meet the needs of the membership.
President & CEO is responsible for working with the Legislative Committee and carrying for the goals and objectives of the committee and the strategic plan.
Prepared to act on old ABC saying, “Get into politics of get out of business.”
Passion for the free enterprise system and merit shop philosophy;
At least 10 years of leadership, management and decision making experience with direct accountability for results at the executive level, with a budget and staff of comparable size and complexity to that of ABC
Experience building consensus among disparate groups and volunteer leaders with varied and often competing interests
Experience serving as a politically savvy face and voice of an industry or group at the state or national level; a skilled and strategic spokesperson and advocate on public policy issues and with the media.
While experience in the construction industry is not a requirement, knowledge of, or the ability to quickly become substantively credible on, the construction industry and the issues affecting it.
Critical Competencies for Success
Strategic Visionary: He/she will be an executive who will tell the merit shop industry's story in a credible and passionate way that enhances the business climate and adds value to ABC's members. The President and CEO will be experienced at anticipating issues and building consensus around policy positions; be an active listener who, in a collaborative but aggressive fashion, cultivates and leverages a network of relationships to advance the industry's agenda. The President and CEO will guide the board to balance long-term strategic thinking with short-term goals. The President and CEO will work collaboratively with the national association leadership in the alignment of strategy with the ABC Association Wide Plan.
Leadership and Management: ABC's next President and CEO will work with the management team and Board to ensure the association's continued operational strength. He/she will demonstrate a transparent and inclusive style; build consensus around key issues and initiatives despite differing member perspectives; and, promote a culture of passion and urgency among the staff.
The President and CEO will help lead ABC to be the most powerful pro-business, pro-free enterprise advocate for the construction industry and lead the association to consistently deliver value to its members and the construction industry.
Other Personal Characteristics
Exceptional communications skills and listening ability
High energy: Someone who approaches challenges with optimism and vigor
About Associated Builders & Contractors Carolinas Chapter
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national association that, through its 70 chapters represents 22,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms that employ nearly two million workers. ABC's membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors of the indus...try.
As the face and voice of the construction industry, ABC represents its members - many of whom are small business entrepreneurs - before the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the federal government and with state and local governments, as well as with the news media. ABC's mission is the advancement of the merit shop construction philosophy, which encourages open competition and a free-enterprise approach that awards contracts based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation.
ABC's activities include government representation, legal advocacy, education, workforce development, communications, technology, recognition through national and chapter awards programs, employee benefits, information on best practices and business development through an online contractor search directory.
ABC was founded in 1950 when seven contractors gathered in Baltimore, Md. to create an association based on the shared belief that construction projects should be awarded on merit to the most qualified and responsible low bidders. Their courage and dedication to the merit shop philosophy spread rapidly, and within time, ABC became the fastest-growing association in the United States.
Today, ABC is recognized as one of the leading organizations representing America's business community and the merit shop construction industry but represents less than 11% of its target market. A key current initiative is to identify strategies that will ultimately double ABC membership.
The Vision of ABC is an environment in which people and companies succeed based on free-enterprise principles within the free-market system.
ABC will continually strive to be the leading voice promoting free enterprise within the construction industry. ABC will promote and defend the merit shop philosophy. This philosophy encourages open competition and a free-enterprise approach to construction based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation.
ABC values economic freedom within a free-market economy, with open and fair competition and diverse participants constantly striving to achieve the highest levels of personal and company performance.
ABC values the highest levels of personal and corporate standards of behavior characterized by responsibility, accountability and integrity, with demonstrated personal and industry professionalism by all participants.
The Core Purpose of ABC is to advance and defend the principles of the merit shop in the construction industry and to provide members and their employees with an opportunity to succeed.
Based on the merit shop philosophy we help our members develop people, win work and deliver work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work.
Every year, the ABC creates a 5 year association wide plan. This strategic plan is the framework for the association overall and is the blueprint for advancement of the Merit Shop Philosophy. The plan is essentially an execution strategy of the association’s Vision, Mission, Core Values and Core Purpose. The plan is created by the collective volunteer and staff leadership from its National operation and 70 Chapters across the USA and informs strategic action for the entire organization. The framework is captured below and measured via a balanced scorecard presented at each of the three Association Board of Directors meetings held throughout the year.
About ABC of the Carolinas
The chapter represents more than 500 members across the two-state North and South Carolina area. The chapter was chartered in 1998, and has grown steadily over the past two decades. Operations and services are provided through a council structure under the chapter board of directors. The Chapter currently has 9 Councils in the Carolinas. Staff is located in key areas in the two states.
The Chapter recently completed a strategic planning process and developed a strategic plan for the next five years.
ABC of the Carolinas Strategic Goals
1. Workforce Development– Be the leading force in the construction industry for Workforce Development and Training in the Carolinas.
2. Political Advocacy – Increase the political influence of ABC to advance the Merit Shop philosophy and Free Enterprise in the Carolinas and Nationally.
3. Health and Safety – Establish ABC’s Members as the benchmark for health and safety in the construction industry in the Carolinas.
4. Membership Growth & Engagement– To continuously grow and deliver value to a diverse and committed membership.
5. Carolinas Chapter Development- To make the ABC Carolinas Chapter the “Construction Association of Choice” in the Carolinas.
For more information: www.abccarolinas.org