EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF SPECIAL DISTRICTS
TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES:
The Florida Association of Special Districts (FASD) requests proposals from qualified individuals or companies for the position of Executive Director. FASD is a statewide association comprised of special purpose governments and vendors such as engineers, architects, accountants and contractors.
The person filling the role and performing the duties of Executive Director for the FASD should be someone that familiar with the Association and special districts, including their various roles and services. This person must have a passion to see the organization prosper and become the leading association that is recognized statewide as representing the special needs of Special Districts. The person should have a vision for the future as it relates to the Association and for Special Districts in general and FASD’s Vision of becoming the recognized collective voice of special purpose government.
The individual or company selected will be responsible to the President of FASD. The agreement entered into between the individual or company and FASD will be an annually renewable contract which shall automatically be renewed each year on January 1st beginning January 1, 2022 for up to three (3) years unless either party terminates the agreement by written notice at least 30 days prior to its anniversary date.
About the Search Process. A search committee, including members of the FASD Board, will oversee the review and screening process and make a recommendation to the full Board. Interested candidates are invited to submit by email the documents outlined in the position description (preferably in one consolidated PDF attachment) no later than 1:00 pm May 5, 2021. The email should be sent to JMillican@lealmanfire.com with “FASD Executive Search” as the subject line. Any proposals received after this time will not be accepted under any circumstances. Proposals delayed for any reason shall not be considered. Late proposals will be returned to the respondent unopened. Faxed proposals will not be accepted.
The FASD reserves the right to reject all proposals in its discretion. The FASD also reserves the right to waive irregularities and technicalities and to re-advertise for additional proposals. All costs and expenses related to preparation and submission of a proposal are the responsibility of the proposer. Questions related to the submission of a proposal should be directed to President Jim Millican, JMillican@lealmanfire.com.
FASD does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability or marital status.
Florida Association of Special Districts
Through a rigorous review and screening process, the Florida Association of Special Districts (FASD) Executive Director Search Committee is seeking an Executive Director who will shepherd the organization beyond its current phase and into its next period of growth and effectiveness. This includes, but is not limited to the FASD Educational Foundation, communications and publications, data and financial management, member relations and services, personnel management and training, strategic planning, resource development and marketing. The organization is volunteer-driven and requires an on-site leader who collaborates, maintains organizational stability, promotes innovation, builds relationships, supports a diverse and inclusive environment, and leverages the talent and commitment of the international leadership, members and staff. Specifically, the executive function’s charge and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
· Possessing a track record of success in managing a nonprofit organization, including fund development, budgets, mission-based programming, educational advancement, and constituent relations;
· Effectively building a strong and sustainable funding base for the organization by demonstrating the ability to generate and/or procure ample revenue and resources required to support the mission and work of the FASD; direct leadership role in the organization's development programs, including its annual fund-raising efforts and budgeting;
· Review and coordinate the annual budgets of the FASD Educational Foundation along with staff in accordance with the FASD Strategic Plan
· Demonstrating access to a nationwide network of leaders, influencers and stakeholders in the public, private, legal and not-for-profit sectors;
· Possessing strategic planning experience, including the ability to think and act strategically and help the Board achieve their goals for the FASD;
· Legislative experience, coordination, and strategic planning;
· Providing the FASD President and the Board support to develop a strong leadership infrastructure to maintain long-term organizational success;
· Consistently deepen relationships with special purpose government membership, associate membership, community organizations as well as individual and organizational donors and foster existing and new collaborations with organizational partners;
· Understanding of the planning and implementation process through which the FASD carries out its mission;
· Facilitating the policy formulation process, and recognizing the key role the FASD plays in development;
· Committee experience, facilitation, and support;
· Actively working with the National Coalition of Special Districts including seeking, providing, and sharing information;
· Actively identify, pursue and secure non-dues revenue sources. Manage relationships with member services-related partners and track financial performance of each program.
· Overseeing and expanding FASD branding efforts and public communication, including the FASD website, digital communiqués and social-media activities;
· Displaying a passion for the mission and work of the FASD, and excellent communication and interpersonal skills to convey that passion to the public, media, legislature and other partners and stakeholders.
· Research, recommend, and execute new membership programs, benefits, and recognition, with a specific focus on programs and services for special interest groups (i.e., clerks, finance professionals, special licensing/certification positions, etc.).
The ideal candidate will have relevant experiences in organizational leadership, executive management and/or development with a proven track record of achieving results; collaboration-building abilities; emotional maturity; an entrepreneurial spirit; and a forward thinking outlook. It is further anticipated that the Executive Director will seek to gain a deeper understanding of and personal experience with the FASD culture, governing documents, and membership over time.
About the Search Process. A search committee, including members of the FASD Board, will oversee the review and screening process and make a recommendation to the full Board. Interested candidates are invited to submit by email the documents below (preferably in one consolidated PDF attachment) no later than May 5, 2021. The email should be sent to JMillican@lealmanfire.comwith “FASD Executive Search” as the subject line.
- A cover letter, addressed to the FASD Executive Search Committee expressing interest in the position and presenting:
(a) A compelling case for why the candidate is the right person for the position (previous successful experiences in Executive Director or leadership roles in terms of fundraising, membership recruitment, organizational management, partnership building, and other relevant areas), addressing key questions such as:
∗ What has been your experience leading/building an organization into a growth phase in terms of membership and revenue generation?
∗ What is your experience in raising funds to ensure a multi-year stable, reliable source of funding for the organization?
∗ What has been one of your professional challenges and how was it addressed?
(b) Clearly articulated responses to the following questions regarding the FASD’s work:
∗ What in your opinion is a major challenge facing an educational, membership organization like the FASD and how would you propose to address that challenge?
∗ Which of your proven competencies is the best fit for the FASD at this point of its growth and why?
∗ What do you see as opportunities for growth for the FASD?
What is your plan to grow membership and how will you implement this plan?
· A detailed résumé listing professional posts; describing job responsibilities and accomplishments in key posts; providing all pertinent academic credentials and professional development training; and sharing any other data the candidate deems relevant.
· A list of three professional references (full names, current positions and titles, email addresses, and phone numbers), describing context of relationship with each.
The FASD vigorously embraces diversity of opinions and ideas throughout its programmatic planning and implementation. We highly value and fully support diversity across all aspects of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, abilities, and military status.
Extensive experience in an executive or senior management capacity.
Demonstrable experience with managing successful fundraising efforts and effectively building and managing budgets in support of strategic priorities and programming.
Applied knowledge of nonprofits and proven success in leading an organization into/during a growth phase.
Successful prior engagement with a Board or senior management team.
Strong written and oral communication and public-speaking skills [Please provide two writing samples].
Entrepreneurial spirit, action-oriented and self-starter.
High commitment to the vision and mission of the FASD and its values.
Experience with data management, data analysis and performance metrics
General budget development and fiscal management experience
Proficient with technology including hardware, software, membership management, and web applications
Preferred: 1) Certification related to association management or the requirements of the position - Certified Association Executive (CAE) preferred. 2) 3-5 years’ experience in meeting planning; pre-event strategies, planning, and event execution; sourcing, contract negotiation, logistics, and operations.3) 1-2 years’ experience in webinar and/or virtual event planning and execution.
About Florida Association of Special Districts
FASD is a 501c-6 organization that provides advocacy and education to staff and Governing Board Officials of special districts in the state of Florida. The Association's goal is to be the voice of special districts in the state of Florida and to ensure their stability and continuance through advocacy and education. The Association, created in 1979, typically has 100-105 District Members and 35-40 Associate members equating to close to 700 individuals. With FASD the district or the company is the member and individuals associated with the district/company receive the member benefits. The FASD Education Foundation, a 501c-3 organization, was created four years ago to support the educational efforts of the Association. FASD was also instrumental in creating, with four other statewide associations, the National Special Districts Association in order to have a presence in DC, promote the creation of statewide associations of special districts around the country and bring awareness of the importance of special districts to the general public.