The CPA President is the chief executive officer, having general supervision and management of the affairs of the Association under the direction of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
The ideal candidate must have a proven track record of successfully managing an organization that provides the highest quality of service to its members, customers and stakeholders.
The following are key responsibilities:
Lead North American (US, Canada and Mexico) government affairs activities
Serve as industry spokesperson
Assist in developing policy
Implement strategic plan
Oversee Association budget
Supervise a strong and effective staff
Foster positive relationships with key allies
Build coalitions of stakeholders with common interests
Manage a member-centric organization with an emphasis on customer service
SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES:
Polished public speaker
Effective written communications
Leadership by example
Team builder, mentor, consensus builder
Ability to communicate in French or Spanish is a plus
A bachelor’s degree is required and related advance degree is preferred. The successful candidate must have a minimum of 10 years senior and executive management experience in a public or private business and/or non-profit association. Proven experience in advocacy and public policy issue management is a must. The candidate should also possess strong business and financial acumen to oversee the association budget and operational performance. Experience in the wood products industry is a plus, although not required. Domestic and international travel up to 10 or more times per year.
About Composite Panel Association
The Composite Panel Association (CPA), founded in 1960, represents the North American wood-based composite panel and decorative surfacing industries on technical, public policy, quality assurance and product acceptance issues. CPA General Members include the leading manufacturers of particleboard, medium density fiberboard (MDF), engineered wood siding and trim and hardboard in North America, representing more than 90% of industry manufacturing capacity.
CPA Associate Members include manufacturers of decorative surfaces, furniture, cabinets, mouldings, doors and equipment, along with laminators, distributors, industry media and adhesive suppliers committed to product advancement and industry competitiveness.
CPA is headquartered in Leesburg, VA and has an annual operating budget of $3 million with 8 full-time and 6 part-time staff. CPA is considered a tax-exempt association under IRS Code section 501(c)(6).
CPA operates the International Testing Center (ITC), an independent, fully accredited laboratory specializing in formaldehyde testing to support the composite panel industry’s compliance with regulatory emissions limits. CPA is also a recognized third-party certif...ier for regulatory compliance with California and U.S. federal formaldehyde emissions requirements and conducts on-site inspections throughout North and South America.