The Austin Apartment Association (AAA) is a successful and financially sound trade association composed of diverse groups that represent and serve the rental housing industry, including owners, managers, developers, suppliers, and service providers. AAA has a rich history in the industry, with more than five decades of service. Its more 1,100+ members are responsible for more than 208,000 apartment homes in Central Texas. AAA’s geographical area – Travis, Williamson, Hays, Burnet, Caldwell, Bastrop, Gillespie, Blanco, Lee, Fayette and Llano counties – is among the fastest-growing in the nation.
AAA serves many functions, including:
Participating in the legislative process.
Promoting professionalism through education.
Providing a means of communication for the industry’s various constituencies.
Encouraging mutual support of AAA members, the industry, and the community.
The AAA executive answers to the organization’s active 24-member board of directors, which works closely with the ED on issues involving the year-round operation of the business and the budget of the association. Chief sources of support include memberships, education, special events, and corporate sponsorships. AAA is a 501(c)(6) organization with seven full-time team members and an annual budget in excess of $2 million. For more information on AAA, visit www.austinaptassoc.com
AAA is seeking a proven, forward-thinking, and dynamic leader to continue the momentum and success of the industry organization, in light of the retirement of its long-time executive, announced for late 2018. The new leader will serve as AAA’s chief executive officer, responsible to the board of directors for the effective conduct of the association’s affairs, with a strong emphasis on advocacy at the local, state, and national levels.
Key responsibilities include:
Recommending and participating in board formulation of the association’s mission, goals, and strategic objectives and related policies.
Planning, organizing, and directing AAA’s staff, program, and activities.
Managing AAA’s day-to-day operations. Departments include membership development, education, marketing and communications, government relations, and meetings and events.
Assessing and improving processes and procedures throughout the organization. Bringing best practices to all operations.
Recruiting, hiring, and training staff and administering an effective personnel program.
Developing and overseeing an effective program of membership development and membership services. Improving member satisfaction and promoting the value of membership.
Formulating successful programs to reach, engage, and maintain next-generation members.
Developing and maintaining a communications program responsive to the needs of the membership.
Developing and conducting education programs to advance the professional, technical, and managerial skills of the membership.
Maintaining an effective government affairs program to represent the interests of the membership to local governments, the state legislature, U.S. Congress, and government agencies.
Developing strong working and advisory relationships with city, county, and state offices.
Coordinating and maintaining an effective Political Action Committee, including fundraising and related candidate support policies.
Managing the finances of the association, including the preparation of an annual budget and long-range cash management.
Serving as the “face” of AAA and primary spokesperson for the association, in conjunction with the chief elected officer.
Maintaining effective internal and external public relations.
Planning and coordinating meetings of the board of directors and the elected officials of AAA; providing the board regular accountability reports that track achievements, address obstacles, and (as necessary) propose mid-course corrections; monitoring and assisting committees of the board and elected officials.
Qualifications and Requirements
A minimum of 10 years of comprehensive management experience, with at least three years of experience in a non-profit trade and/or professional association, and a current executive director or COO role in such an organization. Comparable experience in the public or private sector may be considered.
Proven track record of leading an organization of at least the size and scope of AAA.
Bachelor’s degree required.
Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation helpful.
Demonstrated experience in advocacy, with recognition of the significance of Austin’s location as it relates to the dynamic interaction with city government, state government, Texas Apartment Association, and National Apartment Association.
Understanding of the apartment industry preferred, as is familiarity with the area’s community, culture, and market.
Experience and interest in governmental affairs; knowledgeable about relevant government initiatives and issues and cognizant of the intersection of real estate and politics.
Savvy in the use of technology and social media.
Experience serving in an advocacy and/or “face of the organization” role with media, governmental bodies, and other entities.
Executive Competencies and Desired Personal Traits
Passion for the organization’s mission. Ability to effectively articulate AAA positions on issues affecting developers, owners, and managers. Ability to build strategic relationships with city, state, and federal officials.
Ability to lead, motivate, grow, and diversify volunteer leadership and committee participation, particularly among younger industry professionals.
Knowledge and understanding of other business, community, and political organizations to help form effective alliances to augment AAA positions when appropriate.
Strategic thinker. Able to understand the big picture while paying attention to detail.
Strong verbal and written skills for speaking and advocating on behalf of AAA to the membership, community, media, and government officials.
Effective leadership skills to maintain the high quality of staff to promote advancement opportunities, career development, and innovation.
Strong interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence to maintain and grow relationships with and among staff, board, and external stakeholders. Able to use empathy to effectively work with factions that have different agendas or desired outcomes. Level-headed, flexible, and dependable.
Ability to network effectively and develop relationships in social settings.
Affable and “available” personality; able to bond with staff members and the board, and be responsive to them.
Integrity and honesty above reproach, with a passion for serving in a collaborative environment.
Executive presence, polish, and self-confidence in the public sphere without self-importance; astuteness in political and public arenas.
Please DO NOT contact AAA or its board members directly about this opportunity.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About Austin Apartment Association
Our association is dedicated to serving the needs of those involved in the rental housing industry. We represent over 1050 members locally in an eleven county area. The association has eight full-time staff members, competitive salaries and benefits.