The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) is seeking an independent contractor to serve as Executive Director.
Recognizing the critical role veterinary technicians play in the day-to-day function of veterinary practices, as well as their vital role in preserving animal health and welfare; NAVTA was formed in 1981 with the goal of allowing veterinary technicians to provide input on national issues involving the veterinary profession. Since then, NAVTA has continued to grow and achieve many successes including the declaration of National Veterinary Technician Week; the formation of the Committee on Veterinary Technician Specialties; creation of a national veterinary technician representative network; creation of The NAVTA Journal; the development of a scholarship program and much, much more. The Association provides continuing education for veterinary technicians and related professionals and is involved in advocacy of the profession around the nation. NAVTA also serves as an information resource for and about the veterinary technician profession.
The Executive Director will provide leadership and strategic direction to NAVTA and will oversee and execute the operations and activities of the Association by working with the Executive Board to accomplish NAVTA’s strategic goals and further their mission of “Advancing Veterinary Nursing and Veterinary Technology”.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Association and for providing direction and leadership to achieve the Association's mission, strategies, goals and objectives; and implementing the strategic goals and objectives of the Association.
Ensures the NAVTA Executive Board is kept fully informed on activities and operations, including proactive communication around progress on strategic goals and financial performance.
Utilizes and implements proven, sound association management practices to ensure legal compliance and best practices governing non-profit associations
Maintains collaborative working relationships with federal, state and private agencies with an interest in veterinary medicine.
Serves as the professional liaison to ensure strong relations are established and maintained between NAVTA and other associations, the AVMA, and other state and national organizations.
Serves as the liaison between the public, the media and the Association, communicating the Association’s positions and policies as defined by the Board.
Attends and represents NAVTA at various national, regional and local meetings and events.
Maintains effective relationships with other organizations and ensures that the position of the Association and its members is enhanced in accordance with the policies and objectives of the organization.
Coordinates and communicates with the elected officers, the Board, and the Finance Committee on budget, financial policies, and issues to ensure the fiscal integrity of the Association is maintained and financial records are accurate and up-to-date
Oversees the publication of The NAVTA Journal according to industry standards, recruits advertisements, and supports the NAVTA Journal editor-in-chief to develop and coordinate content.
Works in concert with NAVTA’s team to achieve the legislative objectives of the Association, as directed by the Board.
Membership, Member Services, CE and Meetings
Working with the Board, ensures membership services are robust and responsive to meet the diverse needs of the membership.
Develops and implements programs and policies designed to enhance member recruitment and retention while providing the highest level of customer service.
Maintains the NAVTA membership database, information management system and web site and ensures the database is accurate and up-to-date.
Oversees the planning and execution of the NAVTA Veterinary Technician Leadership Summit and NAVTA Veterinary Technician Leadership Symposium, in accordance with Board directives and in coordination with the State Representative Committee.
Seeks opportunities to establish other continuing education meetings and develop online continuing education opportunities to serve member needs, as directed by the Board and in coordination with the Continuing Education Committee.
Application deadline of February 11, 2019.
To apply, please forward your resume electronically with cover letter in confidence to: Lori Keane, AVMA HR Director, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Bachelor’s degree is required, CAE designation preferred.
A minimum of 5 years of related experience with 4 years in a leadership position; veterinary nonprofit or related association management experience preferred.
Must be an effective, adaptable and visionary leader, able to understand and address the varying needs of NAVTA’s diverse membership.
Ability to build and cultivate strong collaborative relationships with various constituencies and stakeholders.
Excellent and effective communication skills are required, must be a persuasive and passionate communicator, including the ability to articulate the value of NAVTA to its diverse members and external stakeholders.
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work cooperatively with the Board and stakeholders.
Respectful, honest, transparent, and ethical leadership style; strong moral compass.
Knowledge and understanding of the veterinary profession and/or proven association management experience.
Insight and vision in identifying and anticipating trends in veterinary nursing and technology and how they affect the role of NAVTA in the profession.
Meeting management experience.
Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people and build consensus between diverse opinions.
Must be able to think strategically and critically, synthesize complex issues and information for both scientific and non-scientific audiences, and manage change.
Ability to plan and execute organization-wide activities (setting objectives, developing strategies, budgeting, and organizing the functions necessary to accomplish the activities).
Financial Management experience, including budget preparation and implementation.
In-depth knowledge of the organizational management process, especially as it applies to growth and long- term planning.
Successful track record in securing sponsorships and grants, and in building partnerships with sponsors and industry contacts.
Approximately 25% travel.
About National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America
Located in Schaumburg, Illinois, with a Government Relations Division in Washington, D.C., the AVMA is structured to work for its members and acts as a collective voice for its membership and for the veterinary profession. The AVMA provides many benefits to its members, including information resources; state and federal advocacy; opportunities to address issues affecting policies that govern the profession and practice of veterinary medicine; continuing education opportunities; quality publications; and discounts on personal and professional products, programs and services. The work of the AVMA is carried out by a dedicated staff of over 160. The organization is governed by an 18-member Board of Directors and has a $40M+ annual operating budget. Throughout the organization, we take pride in knowing that we make a difference. The AVMA provides excellent employee benefits, including generous health insurance, retirement and paid time-off plans. We enjoy a supportive, friendly and comfortable work environment where work/life balance is evident at every level. We work hard, grow and have fun! For more information, please visit www.avma.org.