International Ombudsman Association to Hire First Executive Director

The professional association for Organizational Ombuds has contemplated hiring an executive director for years. The plan now appears close to fruition as IOA's new management company, The Sherwood Group, has opened a search for candidates.

According to IOA's 2008-2013 strategic plan, the Board of Directors hoped to utilize surplus funds and additional investments to expand the association: 

  • Define the roles and responsibilities of an executive director and/or public relations director 
  • Conduct a cost-benefit analysis for hiring an executive director and/or public relations director 
  • Set a strategy to supplement the current role of PMA with those of an executive director and/or public relations director 

An executive director was identified again as a key issue in IOA's 2013 annual report. 

According to Sherwood's announcement, the new executive director, is "a dynamic individual who will provide operational and strategic leadership [and] report to the Board of Directors with the support of the company president and vice president."  Candidates must have at least seven years relevant experience and be well-versed in all areas of association management, including professional development, financial management, building internal consensus and supporting external coalitions and outreach programs, working with an international community, branding and building value, advocacy and component groups.  

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree required; master's degree and CAE are preferred.  Applications are due by January 30, 2014.  (IOA 2008-13 Strategic Plan; Sherwood Posting.)

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