The International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) has retained Sterling Martin Associates to search for its next President. The position is located in Arlington, VA.
ISEA is the leading association for personal protective equipment and technologies that enable people to work in hazardous environments and is an ANSI-accredited organization that develops and promotes standards. ISEA works closely with manufacturers, test labs, subject matter experts, end-users, and government agencies in the standards development process. ISEA members – leaders in safety equipment manufacturing, testing and application – are united in the goal of protecting workers worldwide. Manufacturing member companies include such familiar names as 3M, Dow, DuPont, and Honeywell, among many others. Distributor and associate companies include Airgas Safety, UL (Underwriters Laboratories), and WW Grainger, among others.
ISEA is a 501(c)(6) trade association. Its member companies are primarily manufacturers (~66); distributors, suppliers, and test labs are associate members (~17). The association was established in 1933, and since 1974 has been headquartered in the Rosslyn section of Arlington, Virginia, directly across the Potomac River from Washington, DC.
ISEA is the secretariat for some of the most important product standards in the industry and participates in standardization activities of other private and government organizations. It is the voice of the industry before Congress and regulatory agencies, and a source of information on government issues and activities. It provides a forum for knowledge access and exchange through market intelligence programs, meetings and conferences, media and liaison with other associations and professional societies. It is the sponsor of a successful training course for industry sales and marketing personnel and is expanding its training and workforce programs and activities.
ISEA is organized by product groups, giving companies the opportunity to focus on their particular products while sharing the benefits of Association-wide programs. Member committees guide government relations, marketing, education, and standards policy and activities.
Overall Association policy and direction are set by a nine-member Board of Trustees who are elected by the entire membership and serve staggered three-year terms. The budget is in the $1.6M range, and six staff members guide ISEA’s daily operations. For more information, please visit www.safetyequipment.org.
The President serves as the chief staff executive of ISEA, responsible to the Board of Trustees and the Executive Committee for the effective conduct of the Association, providing leadership and overall direction of the organization. The President is responsible for the management of all technical, financial, and personnel measures, resource development, and strategic planning. The President establishes and recommends Association goals, objectives, and related policies to the Board of Trustees. Within that framework, the President plans, organizes, coordinates, controls and directs the staff, programs, and activities of the Association in compliance with all pertinent laws and regulations, Bylaws, policies, and procedures. The President is the primary face of the organization and is responsible for developing relationships and raising support for the Association.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Under the general direction of the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, the President is responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:
- Serves as a non-voting member of the Board of Trustees and is liaison between the Board of Trustees and staff.
- Provides oversight and management of the organization’s resources in accordance with the organization’s mission and values and in consistency with Board policy.
- Approves the Association’s operational procedures, policies and standards.
- Reviews and presents activity reports and financial statements to measure performance relative to objectives and revises objectives and plans in accordance with current conditions.
- Represents management of the Association at the Fall Meeting and Executive Summit, Board of Trustees meetings, and other meetings and events, as appropriate.
- Executes, in the name of ISEA, contracts, documents and other instruments authorized by ISEA’s Board of Trustees.
- Assures legal and ethical integrity of the Association and related entities.
Management & Supervision
- Leads the staff to achieve strategic and tactical goals of ISEA.
- Recruits, retains, and manages staff to maintain a high level of enthusiasm and productivity.
- Fosters a smoothly functioning, efficient organization that advances ISEA’s mission and strategic goals; adapts to meet new organizational opportunities and changes in the external context; integrates solutions; anticipates problems and effectively resolves disruptions; self-evaluates and continuously monitors the improvement of internal systems.
- Enhances an environment in which staff members experience commitment, trust, excellence, respect, collegiality, and enjoyment.
- Fosters opportunities for professional development, clarity, and purpose.
- Develops, mentors, and coaches staff and membership to achieve the following:
- Operational excellence with product standards and their processes to ensure approval from ANSI.
- An effective program of membership retention, new member development and membership services.
- Effective operation of product standard committees with staffed leadership positions from within the membership.
- An effective strategic communications program which is responsive to the needs of the membership, including membership outreach, internal/external public relations, and applicable current events and position papers.
- An effective government affairs program to represent the interest of the Association membership to Congress and government regulatory agencies, as appropriate.
- An effective education program to advance the professional technical/managerial skills of the membership.
- An effective Fall Meeting and Executive Summit which includes programs and other events consistent with the objectives of the Association.
- An effective personnel program which includes position descriptions, performance standards, and an equitable compensation system.
- Operational and administrative oversight.
- In partnership with the Board of Trustees, leads and develops the strategic planning process, guiding ISEA to the next level of growth in its core objectives.
- Leads and updates strategies and plans in the areas of advocacy, branding, communications, member services, and programs to ensure that ISEA remains competitive and relevant.
- Plans, develops, and implements strategies for generating resources and/or revenues for the Association’s sustainability to include an annual budget, capital improvement budget, and strategic long- and short-term plans.
- Is accountable to the Board of Trustees for the efficient and effective leadership and operation of ISEA.
- Provides appropriate and timely information to the Board sufficient to make informed and effective decisions; assists the Board Chair in guiding the Board and ISEA.
- Coordinates and facilitates meetings of the Officers, Executive Committee, Board of Trustees, as well as other Association committees and tasks force as needed.
- Provides transparent communication to the Officers, Executive Committee, and Board of Trustees on Association related issues and concerns.
- Responsible for guiding the process for the recruitment and identification of new Board Members.
Membership Development, Retention & Growth
- Expands ISEA membership through planned and focused recruitment efforts, new product standards, development of training programs, and other services that expand ISEA’s outreach.
- Communicates to members on major issues and overall ISEA happenings.
- Establishes, maintains, and enhances relationships with ISEA members and member organizations.
- Recognizes member needs and develops responsive services.
- Identifies opportunities for geographic and industry expansion of the Association, and directs implementation of such activities.
- Builds a network of personal contacts, email, web marketing, social media and special events.
- Promotes the Association through written articles and personal appearances at conferences, media events, and other opportunities to increase ISEA’s visibility.
- Builds alliances and partnerships for impact and growth.
- Works to expand ISEA’s political and policy effectiveness.
- Seeks support for the ISEA’s position on legislative and regulatory issues from state legislatures, government officials, and other constituent groups.
- Represents ISEA at Legislative Sessions, Committee meetings, and formal functions.