Chapter Relations, Communications/Editorial, Education and Training
4 Year Degree
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Position
Responsibilities: The COAAExecutive Director serves as the chief staff executive for the Construction Owners Association of America with overall management responsibility for the Association. The ED is responsible to COAA’s Board of Directors and will provide guidance and assistance to the Board in the execution of their corporate responsibilities for policy decisions, as well as supporting long-term planning, financial sustainability, and strategic decision making. Bringing models for best practice in governance, management and other key areas, the ED will oversee and be held accountable for the direction of staff operations and activities of the Association, achievement of organizational goals and for making recommendations to the Board of Directors with respect to these areas.
Skills/Abilities: The following skills are critical to the success of theExecutive Director of COAA.
1. Exhibited strong interpersonal skills.
2. Communication and collaboration skills—written and verbal. Networking capabilities.
3. Demonstrated leadership and strategic decision-making.
4. Proven success in staff management and development. Successful hiring and team-building.
5. Established financial/business acumen—ability to build a sustainable organizational infrastructure and to understand both the broad/strategic and detailed facets of budgets, the accounting infrastructure, and other fiscal matters.
6. Demonstrated success in assisting with the establishment and achievement oforganizational goals.
Duties of the Executive Director
The Executive Director of the Construction Owners Association of America (“(Association”)) reports to the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. The Executive Director shall have responsibility for general and active management of the business of the Association, and shall see that all orders and resolutions of the Board of Directors are carried into effect. The duties of the Executive Director include those duties specified by the Association’s bylaws, other governing documents, the Position Profile, and the duties normally performed by chief executives in similar organizations and include the following:
1. Overall Administration: Work with the Board of Directors to develop and implement strategies to assure the goals of COAA are achieved.
2. Strategic Planning: Initially, develop and implement a short term (1-2 years) strategic business plan and associated marketing tactics to enhance, sustain, and expand COAA’s membership and educational offerings to meet or exceed COAA’s annual budget. The educational offerings include the conferences (currently Fall/Spring Leadership conferences), Owner Training Institute (OTI), webinars as well as new initiatives (e.g. pilot a regional conference). Work with the Membership Committee and Education Committee and staff to plan, promote, and execute the associated offerings and marketing strategies. Subsequently, work with the Board to develop a more long range strategic plan.
3. Budget & Finance: Working with COAA’s Executive Committee, prepare annual budgets for approval by the Board. Oversee and closely monitor COAA’s finances to assure that the organization operates within the approved budget and maintains financial sustainability with sound financial policies, practices and controls in place. Proactively advise the Executive Committee of any financial concerns along with recommendations to address such concerns. Provide quarterly financial reports to the Board and other financial reports as requested. Ensure that the Association maintains compliance with all IRS Tax regulations and requirements.
4. Operations and Administration: Oversee and administer the operation of the Association at its national headquarters office. Duties include, but are not limited to, (i) staff recruitment, retention, training, evaluation and supervision; (ii) planning and implementation of Association activities, offerings and events; (iii) scheduling and preparation of Board meeting agendas and materials and participation in such meetings; (iv) maintenance of official records and documents such as leases, contracts, tax records and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations and legal requirements and (v) maintenance of website and other systems. Ensure that the Board of Directors is kept fully informed on the condition of the Association and all factors influencing it. Prepare documentation and reports as requested.
5. Membership: Develop and implement strategies to attract new members and improve member retention to achieve a minimum 5% increase in overall membership each year.
6. Committees/Programs: Establish staff liaisons to all COAA appointed committee and programs and implement the goals and objectives of the committees as approved by the Board of Directors while working within the Association's budget.
7. Chapters: Provide leadership and management to COAA local chapters and assist local chapter leadership with management and promotion of chapter activities and to assure compliance with COAA bylaws and guidelines as well as to promote fiscal stability and sustainability.
8. Marketing: Develop and implement marketing strategies and materials to support the Associations activities and enhance its visibility and position in the marketplace. Establish sound working relationships and cooperative agreements with construction industry groups and organizations. Represent the programs and philosophy of COAA to agencies, organizations, and the general public. Develop and maintain a working knowledge of the design and construction industry. Serve as COAA’s spokesperson, when appropriate.
About Construction Owners Association of America
About the Construction Owners Association of America
Founded in 1994, Construction Owners Association of America (COAA) is a national organization of public and private owners who manage facilities development and capital improvement projects. COAA members are facility Owners who not only plan, design, and build their projects, but also choose the building sites; select architects, engineers and contractors; and arrange financing. COAA (www.coaa.org) supports Owners' project success through education, information, and collaboration, while facilitating continuous improvement and evolution of the industry.