SmithBucklin, a 100 percent employee-owned association management company, is hiring an Executive Director to work closely with the board of directors for its client, the Battery Council International (BCI). BCI is a not-for-profit trade association formed to promote the interests of the international lead battery industry. BCI has more than 200 member companies worldwide engaged in every facet of the industry: lead battery manufacturers and recyclers, marketers and retailers, suppliers of raw materials and equipment, and expert consultants. As the industry’s principle association, BCI's member services have a global impact.
BCI’s primary goal is to provide members with the most up-to-date information on marketing and technical developments and advocate for the industry in the public policy arena on issues that could affect the global industry. BCI provides ongoing government advocacy for the industry and has established itself as the collective voice of its members and an authority on battery-related information.
BCI also establishes technical standards for battery manufacturing and actively promotes workable environmental, health and safety standards for the industry as a whole. BCI actively promotes the recycling of lead batteries and the use of recycled materials in the development of model battery recycling legislation at both state and federal levels in the U.S. BCI also maintains an ongoing and extensive statistical program.
BCI is seeking an accomplished executive director with demonstrated success in driving business growth, managing advocacy and communications programs, client and sponsor relationships, building and representing a brand, and overseeing operations. The executive director will be responsible for the overall strategic, operational, and financial well-being of the organization. They will work closely with the BCI Board of Directors to implement and manage all policies, programs, services and practices for the association. Success will be measured by one’s ability to provide strategic leadership, deliver service excellence, grow membership, and create meaningful new value for BCI. Also measured is the ability to develop colleagues and create organizational capacity within SmithBucklin.
What You Will Do
Advise, guide and influence the board of directors on association strategy and goals to support its mission.
Provide governance leadership and support to the board of directors, committees and task forces, ensuring a process to identify and recruit future leaders, establish policy and provide overall direction for the business.
Plan, direct, monitor, analyze and communicate association finances, including annual budgets, monthly statements (including interpretation and forecasting), and investments.
Drive membership growth through recruitment and retention, engagement and recognition.
Oversee and coordinate BCI’s advocacy program working closely with outside counsel and lobbyists. Oversee the development of the BCI internal and external messaging and communicate with volunteers and staff regarding BCI’s messaging to industry, policy-makers, regulators and consumers. Ensure all actions, activities and output for association is consistent with the overall communication strategy, BCI policy positions, brand promise and value proposition.
Keep abreast of industry developments, trends, changes and opportunities. Monitor the competitive environment, identify and recommend potential industry alliances with other societies and organizations. Identify industry partners that can help achieve BCI’s goals, develop and manage strategic partnerships, and coordinate advocacy efforts on key industry issues.
Oversee all functional areas of operations, including membership development, event management (annual convention and trade show and regional events), sponsorship and partnerships, marketing, and information technology.
Monitor, evaluate and optimize performance of association programs against goals. Allocate resources and act as the main liaison between the board and staff.
This Role Might Be for You If You Are…
A strategic and visionary leader, with the ability to envision future possibilities and translate them into breakthrough strategies
Action-orientated and someone who comfortably embraces new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy and enthusiasm
Highly collaborative, with a proven record of accomplishment in building partnerships and fostering collaboration with a professional community to meet shared objectives, in addition to sourcing and deploying resources (board, volunteers, partners, staff) effectively and efficiently while anticipating the needs of multiple stakeholders
A strong communicator that has proven success developing and delivering multi-mode communications and implementing public relations strategies that convey a clear message while promoting the mission of the organization
Financially savvy, with a keen understanding of key financial indicators and the highest standards of fiscal accounting, controls and best practices to make better business decisions
Someone with vision and purpose that has a history of painting a compelling picture of the vision and strategy of an organization and motivating others to action
A minimum of 10 years of experience in administrative roles within the non-for-profit sector, preferably with a similar professional association
Minimum 5-7 years of related executive management experience with demonstrated organizational, operational and leadership experience
Experience managing advocacy and communications efforts. Knowledge of EPA and OSHA issues preferred
High level of strategic and financial management experience
Proficiency in results driven sales and negotiation skills
Relationship building skills to cultivate and maintain engagement with member organizations and volunteers
A track record of driving successful programs and influencing a large unpaid/volunteer workforce (200+) is essential
Effective presentation and public speaking skills are required
An undergraduate degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred
CAE (Certified Association Executive) is preferred
Where Do You Fit?
As an accomplished executive, working at SmithBucklin will offer you countless opportunities to advance your career growth, acquire meaningful knowledge and gain rich experiences while leading highly respected membership organization. By working collaboratively with smart, ambitious, multi-talented, genuine and hardworking colleagues, you will build meaningful, deep and enduring relationships that will serve you well throughout your career, regardless of your chosen path. In addition, as a 100 percent employee-owned company, SmithBucklin offers all of our people – regardless of position or compensation – an equal chance to experience the fulfillment and reap the benefits of ownership. As owners, our employees control the destiny of SmithBucklin and are unified in the goal of building a great, enduring company.
Equal Employment Opportunity
At SmithBucklin, Equal Employment Opportunity is our commitment and goal. 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 encouraged to confidentially self-identify when applying. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a reference and background investigation based on position.
SmithBucklin is the world’s largest association management and professional services company. Founded in 1949, the company provides full-service management and outsourcing services to trade associations, professional societies, technology user groups, corporations, government institutes/agencies and other nonprofit organizations. SmithBucklin’s mission is to drive growth for its client organizatio...ns and provide uncompromised stewardship for their long-term prosperity. SmithBucklin offices are located in Chicago, Washington, D.C., St. Louis and St. Paul, Minn. and the SmithBucklin + MCI Worldwide Partnership provides client organizations with seamless association and event management services from more than 40 offices throughout the world. The company is 100 percent employee owned.