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Executive Director Position

The Executive Director will serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. The Executive Director will report to and be evaluated by the NSCA Board of Directors (BOD). The successful candidate will demonstrate knowledge, skills, and successful experience in all aspects of the Executive Director Job Description.

Job Description:

Core Competencies

The Executive Director will prove competence in some or all of the following:

  1. Adaptability: Demonstrate a willingness to be flexible, versatile and/or tolerant in a changing work environment while maintaining effectiveness and efficiency.
  2. Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behavior and business practices, and ensure that their own behavior and the behavior of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the association.
  3. Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the association.
  4. Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner using appropriate and effective communication tools and techniques. Will adhere to a regular schedule of reports and other communications to both the staff and the BOD as defined by the BOD.
  5. Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the association and to create new opportunities.
  6. Focus on Member Needs: Anticipate, understand, and respond to the needs of members to meet or exceed their expectations within the organizational parameters.
  7. Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
  8. Lead: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the association.
  9. Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the association.
  10. Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities.
  11. Plan: Determine strategies to move the association forward, set goals, create and implement action plans, and evaluate the process and results.
  12. Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.
  13. Think Strategically: Assess options and actions based on trends and conditions in the environment, and the vision and values of the association.
  14. Personal Education: Show the willingness to learn by continuing education to build upon their knowledge base and to add new areas to their skills.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The Executive Director performs all or part of the following:


  1. Participate with the BOD in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the association. 
  2. Identify, assess, and inform the BOD of internal and external issues that affect the association.
  3. Act as a professional advisor to the BOD on all aspects of the association's activities.
  4. Foster effective teamwork between the BOD and Executive Director and between the Executive Director and staff.
  5. In addition to the President of the BOD, act as a spokesperson for the association.
  6. Conduct official correspondence on behalf of the BOD as appropriate or jointly with the BOD as appropriate.
  7. Represent the association at community activities to enhance the association's community profile.
  8. Represent the association with public and private agencies concerning the improvement of the strength and conditioning profession for athletic performance and fitness.
  9. Represent the association in negotiations with representatives of government, business, labor, and other organizations, and hold news conferences, deliver speeches, and appear before legislative bodies to present the association’s viewpoints and encourage acceptance of goals and objectives.
  10. Interpret and delegate direction from the BOD to the staff.
  11. Act as the hands-on leader while working with staff and others.

Operational Planning and Management

  1. Develop an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work toward the strategic direction of the association.
  2. Ensure that the operation of the association meets the expectations of its members and BOD.
  3. Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the association.
  4. Draft policies for the approval of the BOD and prepare procedures to implement the organizational policies; review existing policies on an annual basis and recommend changes to the BOD as appropriate.
  5. Ensure that personnel, member, donor and volunteer files are securely stored and privacy/confidentiality is maintained.
  6. Provide support to the BOD by preparing meeting agendas and supporting materials.
  7. Plan, develop, and implement new programs and ideas, and confer with committee leaders to evaluate services and recommend methods to promote and increase membership involvement.

Program Planning and Management

  1. Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the association's programs and services.
  2. Ensure that the programs and services offered by the association contribute to the association's mission and reflect the priorities of the BOD.
  3. Counsel the BOD on the needs, growth, and stability of the association; initiate proposals and develop plans to meet those needs.
  4. Direct and coordinate association functions, such as conventions, exhibits, or local or regional workshops, to present membership with committee proposals on goals or objectives, familiarize membership or public with new technology or products, and increase public acceptance of association objectives.
  5. Monitor the day-to-day delivery of the programs and services of the association.

Human Resources Planning and Management

  1. In conjunction with the BOD, determine staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery.
  2. Oversee the implementation of the human resources policies, procedures and practices including the development of job descriptions for all staff.
  3. Establish a positive, healthy, and safe work environment in accordance with all appropriate legislation and regulations.
  4. Recruit, interview, and select staff that have the right technical and personal abilities to help further the association's mission.
  5. Ensure that all staff receives an orientation to the association and that appropriate training is provided.
  6. Implement a performance management process for all staff which includes monitoring the performance of staff on an on-going basis and conducting an annual performance review of each employee.
  7. Coach and mentor staff as appropriate to improve performance.

Financial Planning and Management

  1. Work with staff and the BOD to prepare a comprehensive budget.
  2. Work with the BOD to secure adequate funding for the operation of the association.
  3. Oversee the development of fundraising/sponsorship plans and write funding/sponsorship proposals to increase funds of the association. Fundraising and attracting sponsorship is seen as one of the key responsibilities of the Executive Director.
  4. Participate in fundraising and sponsorship activities as appropriate.
  5. Develop ways to increase the association’s non-dues income.
  6. Approve expenditures within the authority delegated by the BOD.
  7. Ensure that sound bookkeeping and accounting procedures are followed.
  8. Provide prudent management of the funds of the association according to the approved budget and monitor the monthly cash flow of the association.
  9. Provide the BOD with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditure of the association.
  10. Ensure that the association complies with all legislation covering taxation and withholding payments.
  11. Work with the association’s internal accounting staff and outside auditors to insure proper procedures are explicitly followed.

Community Relations/Advocacy

  1. Communicate with members to keep them informed of the work of the association and identify changes in the strength and conditioning community served by the organization.
  2. Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the association.
  3. Represent the association in the local (Colorado Springs) community as opportunities present themselves.

Risk Management

  1. Identify and evaluate the risks to the association's people (members, staff, management, BOD, & volunteers), property, finances, goodwill, and image and implement measures to control risks.
  2. Ensure that the BOD and the association carry appropriate and adequate insurance coverage.
  3. Ensure that the BOD and staff understand the terms, conditions, and limitations of the insurance coverage.
  4. Work with the NSCA legal counsel to insure all applicable State and Federal non-profit regulations are explicitly followed.


  1. A minimum of a Master’s degree. A degree in administration or management and CAE certification is preferred.
  2. Effective written and oral communication skills are required in order to serve as an established spokesperson that can communicate easily with senior level officials, government officials, and the media.
  3. A minimum of five years of progressive management experience in top management such as the Chief Executive Officer or similar position of a national association, preferably professional non-profit.
  4. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with an ever-changing BOD, staff, and community leaders.
  5. Strong consulting, negotiation, problem resolution, mediation, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  6. Demonstrated sound business judgment and the ability to work successfully with all levels of professionals, backgrounds, and perspectives.
  7. Exceptional leadership and management skills and the ability to motivate, develop, and inspire a team while creating a highly effective association.


Salary and support of the Executive Director’s office is commensurate and competitive with associations of similar size and complexity.


Nominations and Applications

A review of applications will begin November 1, 2012, and continue until the position is filled. Application material include a letter of interest stating how your qualifications and accomplishments meet the needs of the position and a curriculum vitae or resume, and the names, positions, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references. These should be mailed or emailed to the following:

Executive Director Candidate Search Committee
National Strength and Conditioning Association
1885 Bob Johnson Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

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