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The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is hiring an Interim Executive Director for an assignment of up to 12 months.

Position Summary
IABC seeks a high-touch interim leader who can engage staff and key stakeholders in providing a strong and stable foundation for the Association as it implements a new strategic direction.

Over the past several years, IABC’s leadership, in consultation with members and stakeholders, has revamped the association’s strategy and activities with a view to increasing its relevance for the 21st century and increasing its value to members and the wider business community. While the change process is still underway, IABC currently needs a charismatic interim executive skilled in team-building and engagement with employees and other stakeholders, especially in times of considerable change.

The position reports to IABC’s International Executive Board, an international, volunteer board of directors, and works closely with other volunteer leaders from across the globe. The interim Executive Director will manage IABC’s San Francisco-based staff (roughly 20 professional and administrative staff), to ensure that programs, administrative functions and operations of the association align with and actively support the new strategic direction.

The Interim Executive Director is expected to foster a service-oriented culture among staff members, and should personally demonstrate the qualities of a servant leader, focused on members and the greater good of the association. The ideal candidate will lead enthusiastically while working alongside staff to deliver new, revenue-generating products and services that support a growing global profession. This person will foster a learning culture and proactively support the development of staff skills and competencies to allow IABC to continuously adapt to the constantly evolving needs of communications professionals around the world.

Responsibilities of the Interim Executive Director will include, but not be limited to:

  • Consolidating strategic changes that have recently been introduced;
  • Pursuing innovative programs, curricula, technology tools and other resources to benefit IABC members;
  • Seeking opportunities to increase the uptake of IABC resources and programs by professionals around the world, both as membership benefits and in other formats;
  • Engaging with current and potential sponsors and service providers to build and maintain mutually beneficial partnerships.

The Interim Executive Director will be located in San Francisco.

Ideal Experience

  • Minimum of five years experience in executive leadership of a significant (more than 10 professionals) high-performing team, as well as budget or profit and loss responsibility.
  • Experience in change management is essential, especially with regard to interpersonal skills and working to rebuild a vibrant, productive workplace in the wake of significant organizational change.
  • Experience with a professional or trade association is highly desired.
  • Demonstrated understanding of strategic business communication’s impact on the ability of an organization to succeed in reaching its strategic goals.
  • Proven capability of operating in a global economy—sensitive to and appreciative of global cultural differences. Proficiency or fluency in additional languages is desired.
  • Experience in fundraising/development within an association, foundation or non-profit organization is a plus.
  • Outstanding written (including editorial) and verbal communication skills, with a need to demonstrate the ability to relate sophisticated information and concepts in plain English are a must. Experience as a public speaker is highly desirable.

Critical Competencies for Success
Managing and Developing Teams
The Interim Executive Director must inspire, coach and develop a diverse team of people with multiple perspectives and talents. S/he will be both motivating and collaborative; seeking input actively from a variety of sources. Moreover, this leader must be committed to fostering an open, inclusive association and workplace culture.

Client/Member Focus
This person will solicit and then act on feedback from board members, current and past chapter and association leaders and current and potential members to ensure that IABC’s activities are focused on providing value to business communications professionals around the world.

Driving for Results

The Interim Executive Director will ensure alignment between the strategy and goals of the organization and actionable and quantitative plans, using best-in-class benchmarks and his/her own direct experience as catalysts for improvement of the association. S/he will utilize creative and innovative methods to solve issues that arise in the organization. While this leader must also be hands-on—willing to work alongside staff, board leaders and committee members to accomplish tasks and produce results—a critical role will be encouraging and enabling distributed leadership and accountability.

Creating and Implementing Strategic Plans
The Interim Executive Director will need to not only communicate the vision in bold and persuasive terms to external and internal constituencies, but also work with each member of the IABC staff to translate these over-arching business goals into specific objectives. As such, the Interim Executive Director will need to work to prioritize board direction and staff resources appropriately.

Building Relationships and Using Influence
This individual must possess well-developed diplomatic and negotiating skills to work with strong personalities in a variety of internal and external constituencies, including a volunteer board of directors, current and past chapter and association leaders, partners, staff, as well as the media. S/he will be an engaging and influential communicator and presenter, readily connecting with others and able to build and sustain excellent relationships at multiple levels in the organization.

The Interim Executive Director will operate within the terms of a contract between the Interim Executive Director and the Chair of the International Executive Board of IABC.

How to apply
To be considered, please submit your resume and a letter of motivation no later than June 12, 2013 to kristen@prospero.be or james.d.lynch@intel.com with the subject “IABC interim application.” All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply, including IABC members and staff. The successful applicant will be eligible to apply for the permanent role of Executive Director, the recruitment of whom will end the interim assignment.

For more information, contact:

Kristen Sukalac, IABC International Executive Board Member
Kristen is based in the Central Europe Summer Time zone for telephone contact her at
+33 6 99 51 94 34.


James D. Lynch, ABC, IABC International Executive Board Member
James is based in the US. Pacific Daylight Time zone for telephone contact at
+1 561.315.2896.