Position Title:  Chapter Development Professional
Functional Area/Department: Chapter Services
Reporting to: Senior Director of Chapter Development 


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Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Position Descriptions are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the incumbent(s) of this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and activities required of the position. ABC’s Position Descriptions do not create a contract, express, or imply, or other legal rights between ABC and any staff member, nor guarantee employment or specific duties for any specific duration. ABC may add, change, delete, suspend, or discontinue any of these positions and descriptions at any time without prior notice.


Founded in 1950, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national association with more than 68 chapters representing more than 22,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms with nearly two million employees. ABC's membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors of the industry.

The Chapter Development Professional represents and promotes ABC’s philosophy, policy positions, strategic vision, programs and services to both chapters and members, while also providing consulting services to guide chapters in their quest to be high performing. The Chapter Development Professional provides guidance and training to chapter leadership and staff. Areas of primary focus include the development of strategy for volunteer management, governance, political advocacy, membership, and workforce development. The position engages with volunteer leadership and senior staff members, serving as a change agent to enhance the member value proposition and ensure that ABC’s chapter structure remains high performing. To accomplish this, the Chapter Development Professional serves as a resource and coach to chapter chairpersons, volunteer leaders, and presidents, providing recommendations for strategic direction and guidance for tactical execution. This is a critical position that facilitates chapter excellence through mentoring, collecting, communicating, training, and promoting best practices across the association. The Chapter Development Professional works interdependently with other national staff to ensure association-wide strategic goals are met.


  • Facilitate the strategic planning process at the chapter level working closely with volunteer leadership, chapter presidents and senior management to drive ABC’s strategy and long-range plan based on opportunities and risks, industry needs and organizational capabilities. Assist in planning and implementing goals for membership, government affairs, governance, program development, workforce development and strategic planning.
  • Drive the member value proposition to the chapter level by developing chapter-specific goals and/or providing assistance with attaining their goals.
  • Provide strategic consultation, advice, support, and training to new executives and senior chapter staff ensuring that they have the necessary skills and resources needed to fulfill the organization’s mission.
  • Track and compile best practices in chapter governance activities, government affairs, membership, and workforce development. Build an open and transparent knowledge sharing information base that enables chapters to learn from the successes and failures of others.
  • Educate chapter staff, members, outside stakeholders, and elected leaders on ABC programs, products, services, and events.
  • Research and design the Association’s annual chapter board orientation and Leadership briefing to stay relevant with the newest trends in association management, board development and the construction industry.
  • Conduct board orientations, lead ongoing board development, and board self-assessment workshops for chapters to identify strengths and weaknesses with regards to understanding of fiduciary and board responsibilities, ensuring chapters utilize principles of good governance.
  • Provide training for volunteer leaders and chapter staff. Provide volunteer leaders and chapter presidents with direction, program options, and support to deliver on the association’s mission and strategic objectives.
  • Assist chapters with identifying and building chapter development opportunities and provide ABC resources to accomplish each chapter’s developmental goals.
  • Assist chapters in complying with ABC PAC and FEA and establishing and achieving goals.
  • Support the Chapter Services team in completing the accreditation process.
  • Lead or participate in chapter reviews.
  • Work with the Chapter Development Committee to help chapters achieve minimum association requirements and outline paths to become a high-performance organization.
  • Responsible for enforcement and implementation of bylaws, policies, and procedures of the association to ensure that the minimum standards of the association are upheld. This position provides guidance and feedback on minimum standards across the association.
  • Create support resources and seminars and support conferences that help chapters develop core skills that include volunteer recruitment, retention, and engagement, event organizing, fundraising, communications, financial management, and governance.
  • Communicate with regular phone calls, travel schedule and reports.
  • Other duties as necessary and assigned.

Specialized Skills:

  • Strong research and analytical skills with the ability to creatively translate and communicate information.
  • Outstanding facilitation and presentation skills including use of technology to communicate ideas and strategy.
  • Strong communication skills to effectively collaborate with individuals across the organization, present information, and write cohesive reports for audiences with varying degrees of expertise. Experience in facilitation of long- and short-term planning
  • Experience serving on an association board of directors or intimate knowledge of volunteer boards and governance systems.
  • The ability to speak in front of large groups.
  • Experience in setting and achieving measurable targets, managing resources, communicating, and coordinating between multiple stakeholders.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university, or equivalent work experience
  • 7-10 years related work experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certified Association Executive (CAE)


To achieve our mission, we hire energetic and fun-loving individuals who possess the following skills:

  • Available for extensive overnight travel (up to 50%) by land and/or air.
  • Availability to work some weekends and holidays.
  • Ability to develop and execute strategic goals.
  • Professional demeanor and presentation of self.
  • Ability to organize and manage several priorities simultaneously while working under pressure and deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Organizational awareness & resourcefulness - understanding of whom to engage in order to identify solutions & resolve issues.
  • Effectively utilizes tools/resources to work efficiently.
  • Ability to take ownership of a process.
  • Demonstrates the highest level of personal and ethical standards.
  • Work accurately with close attention to detail.



  • It is the continuing policy of ABC to take affirmative action to assure equal opportunity for all current and prospective employees without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, marital status, familial status, family responsibility, pregnancy or other pregnancy-related conditions, childbirth, disability, military/veteran status, citizenship status, religion or political affiliation, past convictions or incarceration, prior psychiatric treatment, or any other status protected by federal or state law, local ordinance or Executive Orders. ABC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Disability Specifications:

  • ADA: ABC will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Physical Demands:

  • While performing the responsibilities of the Chapter Development Professional, the employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is often required to sit and use their hands and fingers, to handle or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

Work Environment:

  • This position is performed in an atypical office environment, as it is field based. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and vehicles. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.