Position Title:  Chapter President
Location:             Spokane, WA


To apply: send resume to [email protected]

About Associated Builders and Contractors

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national association that, through its 68 chapters represents 22,000 merit shop construction and construction‐ related firms that employ nearly two million workers. 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.

As the face and voice of the Merit shop construction industry, ABC represents its members ‐ many of whom are small business entrepreneurs ‐ before the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the federal government and with state and local governments, as well as with the news media. ABC's mission is the advancement of the merit shop construction philosophy, which encourages open competition and a free‐enterprise approach that awards contracts based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation.

ABC's activities include government representation, legal advocacy, education, workforce development, communications, technology, recognition through national and chapter awards programs, employee benefits, information on best practices and business development through an online contractor search directory.

ABC was founded in 1950 when seven contractors gathered in Baltimore, Md. to create an association based on the shared belief that construction projects should be awarded on merit to the most qualified and responsible low bidders. Their courage and dedication to the merit shop philosophy spread rapidly, and within time, ABC became the fastest‐growing association in the United States.

Today, ABC is recognized as one of the leading organizations representing America's business community and the merit shop construction industry but represents less than 11% of its target market. A key current initiative is to identify strategies that will ultimately double ABC membership.

The Vision of ABC is an environment in which people and companies succeed based on free‐enterprise principles within the free‐market system.

ABC will continually strive to be the leading voice promoting free enterprise within the construction industry. ABC will promote and defend the merit shop philosophy. This philosophy encourages open competition and a free‐enterprise approach to construction based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation.

Core Values
ABC values economic freedom within a free‐market economy, with open and fair competition and diverse participants constantly striving to achieve the highest levels of personal and company performance.

ABC values the highest levels of personal and corporate standards of behavior characterized by responsibility, accountability and integrity, with demonstrated personal and industry professionalism by all participants.

Core Purpose
The Core Purpose of ABC is to advance and defend the principles of the merit shop in the construction industry and to provide members and their employees with an opportunity to succeed.

Based on the merit shop philosophy we help our members develop people, win work and deliver work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work.

About ABC Inland Pacific Chapter

The chapter represents more than 130 member companies across an expansive service area. The Chapter is chartered by ABC for the eastern half of Washington State and the entire state of Idaho. The chapter was chartered in 1975 and has grown steadily since then. There is great opportunity for growth as the chapter is currently at less than 13 percent of market share. Operations and services are primarily clustered around the Greater Spokane, Washington Metro area. The office and all staff are in Spokane.

The Board of Director of the Inland Pacific Chapter have identified the following key goals to guide the Chapter’s operations in the next 3 years:

  1. Workforce Development– Be the leading force in the construction industry for Workforce Development and Training.
  2. Political Advocacy – Increase the political influence of ABC IPC to advance the Merit Shop philosophy and Free Enterprise.
  3. Health and Safety – Establish ABC’s Members as the benchmark for health and safety in the construction industry in the region.
  4. Membership Growth & Engagement– To continuously grow and deliver value to a diverse and committed membership.

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, 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. Authorizes all invoices, financial statements, and expenses regarding the day-to-day operation of the Chapter. 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 resources 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 overseeing 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 engagement. Keeps apprised of legislation, data, and trends in the industry that can have an implication to members and brings such information to the chapter’s Government Affairs Committee for further analysis.
  • 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.
  • Responsible for ensuring ABC is positioned as a leader on Construction industry advocacy issues by strategically engaging in political campaigns, the PAC and organizational fundraising.
  • Staff Liaison to the chapter’s Government Affairs Committee responsible for carrying forward the goals and objectives of the committee and the strategic plan.
  • 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.
  • Maintain Building and Property.

Member Services

  • 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 programming 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


  • 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 Inland Pacific 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 legislative issues pertaining to the construction industry.

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.