Chapter President (Grand Rapids, MI)


Position Title:  Chapter President/CEO
Location:             Grand Rapids, MI


TO APPLY: Please submit resume to [email protected]

Position Summary

Provides strategic and operational leadership to ensure that the mission, goals, and objectives of the Chapter are achieved in an efficient and cost-effective manner.  In collaboration with, and under the general vision set forth by the board of directors, provides hands-on management of all areas of the Chapter including membership value and development, employee relations and development, finance and accounting, internal and external communication, technology, facilities, and political, government and public relations. As the spokesperson and face of the Chapter, professionally represents the Chapter before both internal and external groups.

Board and Association Relations

  • Plays the lead role in the implementation of the Chapter’s strategic plan. Monitors progress of objectives delegated to key staff to ensure completion.
  • Engages and communicates regularly with the Board of Directors to keep them apprised of progress towards established goals. Provides the board with sufficient internal, economic, legislative & industry updates to enable them to make sound decisions for the Chapter.
  • Attends regular and executive board meetings as a matter of business and special meetings as required.
  • Researches, proposes, and implements changes to policies, by-laws, and programs approved by the Board of Directors that will improve the financial or value position of the Chapter.
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships with Chapter Officers, committees, task forces, trusts, and all key partners & stakeholders.

Internal Relations

  • Works in conjunction with the Treasurer and respective Budget & Finance Committee in order to develop annual budgets that reinforce the mission and are financially stable. Collaborates with the Treasurer to assess and improve the financial status of the Association. With the Treasurer, authorizes all invoices, financial statements, and expenses.  Reviews and authorizes contracts as approved in the budget or as an ad hoc expenditure approved by the Executive Board. 
  • Ensures collection of all membership dues.
  • Leads the entire human resource’s function. Recruits, hires, trains, engages, promotes, coaches, evaluates performance, develops, and terminates staff in accordance with Chapter policies and all federal and state labor laws.   Evaluates current competencies and performance measures to develop an effective team. Is responsible for overseeing and budgeting for all compensation and benefits.
  • Champions an exceptional member service culture by providing staff with the training, technology, equipment, facilities, and support to provide cooperative and efficient solutions to members. Proposes recommendations for improvement or purchase to the Board and implements as appropriate.

Membership Relations

  • Is responsible for membership growth and retention by providing value and enhanced services to Chapter. Uses various mediums to communicate and drive the value proposition to membership. Reaches out to make and cultivate relationships with membership to improve member satisfaction.
  • Proposes, coordinates, and presents high-quality and relevant content to membership events and activities to cultivate member competencies. Researches legislation, data and trends in the industry and interprets implication to members. Recommends best practices.
  • Assist with the structure, design, scope, and administration of membership surveys. Analyzes responses and formulates and communicates findings.

External Relations

  • Networks with, monitors and/or participates in other industry associations, commissions, professional networks, governmental agencies, legislative bodies, etc. to monitor economic, government, industry and public and private sector activities. Maintains contact with personnel to educate and garner support for industry initiatives impacting Chapter and its members.
  • Takes a lead role in Construction industry advocacy issues.
  • Strategically involved in political campaigns, PAC, and organizational fundraising.
  • As a merit shop advocate, has a solid understanding of the region’s current construction industry environment.


  • Manages the Chapter according to the by-laws, Chapter policies, applicable law, and best practices.
  • Monitors and supervises all functions of staff. Is responsible for staff recruiting, hiring, evaluation, coaching, advising, salary administration, promotion, and termination.
  • Administers office procedures and employee evaluations.
  • Responsible for developing the staff and providing training to the staff to reach their full potential.
  • Financial Management including monthly reports to the board.
  • Assures payment of dues and submission of reports to ABC National at appointed time.
  • Budget preparation and monitoring, including development and implementation of Non- Dues Income.
  • Monitors all committee activity through staff reports, constant communications with liaisons and periodic attendance at committee meetings.
  • Maintains personnel and board policy manuals.
  • Provide quarterly progress reports with reference to the strategic plan and 5-year vision.
  • Consults and advises in the selection of Board Members, committee chairpersons, and committee members.
  • Signatory on all Bank Accounts.
  • Maintains Liaison with other chapters and national.

Member Relations 

  • Develops and promotes services for members to insure membership growth, as well as member retention.
  • To the extent possible, get to know members and visit members making them aware that the Chapter is available to assist them.
  • Involvement in Membership recruitment and retention programs.
  • Promotes all aspects of member involvement. Effectively communicate with membership, whether by email, social media and newsletter keeping members informed of Chapter developments, including but not limited to, educational opportunities, social events and legislative activities.
  • Maintains services to members in the following areas:
  • Educational programs
  • Legal referral service
  • Seminars, social events, general membership meetings
  • Information on prevailing wage requirements
  • Information on union activities
  • First Aid and Safety programs
  • Membership Directory
  • Spokesperson
  • Legislative & Public Policy
  • Other services as directed by the board


  • Oversight and support of overall operations for the success of the West Michigan Construction Institute.
  • Participates in all National ABC functions, national board meetings, conventions, leadership conferences, legislative conferences, President conferences and all other activities on a national level in maintaining the stature of the Western Michigan Chapter
  • The President will possess a professional background characterized by integrity, initiative, leadership, organizational skills, coalition building and public involvement. Knowledge of the construction industry, the Merit Shop philosophy and political process desired. This position reports to and works for the Board.

Other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Innovative, visionary, and critical thinker with proven ability to manage day-to-day operations.
  • An inspiring and inclusive leadership style with experience in effectively developing teams.
  • Understanding of nonprofit accounting, including development of budgets and review of financial statements.
  • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills essential.
  • A credible, confident, genuine, humble, positive yet persuasive professional.
  • Excellent professional writing skills.
  • Strong project management, detail, and organizational skills.
  • Familiarity with MIOSHA legislation.

Environmental Conditions

  • A normal office environment without exposure to extreme heat, cold, noise or chemicals or hazardous equipment.
  • Regular travel to chapter members and for chapter functions.
  • Quarterly national travel for association and industry functions.