The Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW)
March 13, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
About The Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW)
Located in the old McCleary Mansion a few blocks south of the state capital the Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) is the voice of the housing industry in the state of Washington. BIAW was founded in 1950 and with over 7,500 active members it is the third largest in home builders association in the United States and one of the largest business organizations in Washington State. BIAW exists to unite those in the building industry in Washington State. To accomplish this purpose, the association's primary focus is to educate, influence and affect the legislative, regulatory, judicial and executive agencies of Washington's government. The association is dedicated to ensuring and enhancing the vitality of the building industry for the benefit of its members and the housing needs of the citizens.
BIAW has fourteen affiliated local associations in Washington State and is affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders.
BIAW has several related entities:
Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) is a 501 C6 non-profit corporation
BIAW Member Services Corporation (MSC), a wholly-owned for profit subsidiary manages the group retrospective ratings program named Return on Industrial Insurance (R.O.I.I Select ®) program as well as other programs and activities.
Washington Affordable Housing Council (WAHC) is the BIAW political action committee.
BIAW Employee Benefit Group Insurance Trust oversees a bona-fide association health plan.
Washington Home Builders Foundation (WHBF) is a 501c3 corporation that assists with charitable and educational activities.
BIAW and its related entities plan, manage and operate many national award winning programs and activities.
BIAW values its employees and diversity in the workplace. Employees are encouraged to continuously improve the way business is done, and to meet and exceed the needs of BIAW’s members. To learn more about the BIAW, go to, www.biaw.com.
About the Position
BIAW is seeking a candidate with strong knowledge and background of association management for the Executive Vice President position.
The Executive Vice President serves as chief administrative officer, recommends and participates in formulation and implementation of new policies and makes decisions cooperatively with Senior Officers, Executive Committee, and Board of Directors. Plans, organizes, directs and coordinates the Association and MSC staff, programs and activities to ensure the association’s goals and objectives are met.
This position serves as the Executive Vice President of BIAW, MSC, WAHC, is the Secretary of the WHBF and an Trustee of the Health Trust.
The Executive Vice President leads a team of over 35 professional staff as well as contract lobbyists, attorneys and other consultants.
This position reports directly to the BIAW President and Senior Officers and is responsible to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors as well as the Officers and Directors of the BIAW MSC for profit subsidiary.
Additionally, the Executive Vice President:
Informs the President, Senior Officers (SO), Executive Committee (EC) and Board of Directors (BOD) on the conditions and operations of the association. Attends meetings of the SO, EC and BOD as well as MSC meetings.
Executes all decisions of the SO, EC, and BOD, as well as the board of BIAW MSC.
Manages the administrative operations of the association and related entities and develops specific interoffice policies, procedures and programs to be carried out by staff.
Maintains the assets and resources of the association and related entities and investments in accordance with the established policies and bylaws. Prepares, at the direction of the SO and MSC Board, and recommends an annual budget in cooperation with the Treasurers. Publishes and distributes all completed budgets to the SO, EC and BOD. Insures that all funds, physical assets and other property owned by the association and related entities are safeguarded appropriately.
Plans, formulates and recommends to the President, SO, EC and BOD basic policies and programs which will further the objectives of the association and for profit subsidiary, including finding or creating and development of new revenue sources.
Executes contracts and commitments as may be directed and authorized by the President, SO, EC, and BOD by established policies.
Establishes performance standards and goals and evaluates staff.
Provides liaison and staff support to Committees, Council and Workgroups to enable them to perform their assigned functions.
Maintains effective, supportive and cooperative relationships with all local homebuilders’ associations in Washington State.
Maintains effective relationships with state, local, public and private organizations to ensure the best image and reputation of the association and the housing industry are realized.
Promotes members in all publications, activities and functions of the association. Plans, coordinates with SO, and executes all communications to the membership.
Develops, in coordination with the President and SO, statewide member and non-member education programs to advance the professional skills of the association.
Develops, coordinates and supervises all legislative, regulatory and political efforts and maintains positive and respectful relationships with government officials and agencies impacting the industry as well at other external organizations.
Acts as an important liaison with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), attending all official NAHB Board of Director meetings, as well as NAHB’s Executive Officers Council Conference.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The new Executive Vice President must have demonstrated leadership skills and set a standard by intellectually and emotionally engaging people at all levels – from staff and Board Members to partners and members. ?For this important role the Board seeks a dynamic, highly credible, unifying leader who is deeply committed to the success of the BIAW; is a strategic big-picture thinker; and one who will be able to implement Board direction in delivering the level of services that members value.
The next Executive Vice President must be eager to make a personal investment in the long-term success of BIAW. Proven leadership experience and political acumen are essential. Candidates should bring strengths in both external relations and internal management with an ability to balance the two.
Lead courageously: Continuously build and defend the strength, reputation, and image of the BIAW. Engage, motivate, and inspire staff around shared vision and mission. Demonstrate principled leadership, personal courage and decisiveness.
Build talent pools: Hire, mentor, develop, and manage staff. Continue to build and reinforce a cohesive, dedicated, highly effective team.
Foster collaboration: Provide the tools, systems and resources that create a supportive environment for working as a team. Strive for results: Set high standards of performance, be bold.
Adaptability: Be flexible and able to adapt to changes in the marketplace, association priorities and workloads.
Inspire trust: Communicate honestly, be trustworthy and consistent, follow through on commitments, and create an atmosphere of integrity, marked by fair, respectful behavior.
Speak and write effectively: Explain direction and ideas with conviction in all settings; formal presentations, one-on-one and small and large meetings.
Listen: Actively listen to members, Board, staff and stakeholders.
Promote open communication: Maintain an environment where communication is open and direct, encouraged, rewarded and relevant.
Drive effective external communications: Develop and nurture mission- critical relationships with members, community partners; business and civic leaders; political leaders and the media. Be visible across the state.
Member Focus: Build and maintain program satisfaction amongst internal staff, staff from affiliated local associations and members. Demonstrate sensitivity to members’ perceptions.
Marshal support: Coordinate and cooperate with members and groups having divergent viewpoints and needs. Help them find common ground.
Collaboration: Works cooperatively with members and staff from BIAW affiliated local home builder associations and other business organizations. Actively listen and engage in an open and respectful manner.
Provide visionary insight: Be able to translate big picture vision and goals into both long and short-range plans that are comprehensive, realistic and effective. Identify key opportunities resulting from the intersection of external events to develop and strengthen BIAW’s effectiveness.
Manage change: Oversee the change management process, including successful communication strategies, involving others in the implementation of change and monitoring and reinforcing process and success. Create a work environment that encourages original and innovative solutions.
Fearless commitment to vision: Create and communicate a vision that is aligned with the strategy and direction of the BIAW. Clarify other’s involvement in the vision, inspiring a sense of energy and ownership, creating a culture of high performance and recognizing the efforts of others.
A Bachelor’s degree with experience in an executive leadership role. Familiarity with the construction industry and Washington State’s political structures, laws and regulations regarding housing development and related topics. Legislative, public policy, and advocacy experience is desired. A Masters degree is a plus.
The salary range for this position is competitive. BIAW offers an outstanding benefits package including: health, dental, paid leave, 401k and free parking.
LIVE AND WORK IN A GREAT STATE
Washington State is a great place to live, work, learn, play, and be a part of a community. Washington offers a quality of life that is unsurpassed. From the high-energy urban center of Seattle, one of the nation’s top-ranked cities, to the more relaxed pace of our rural communities, Washington’s distinctive Northwest lifestyle blends a progressive, creative culture with a casual nature.
The position is located in Olympia, the capital city of Washington State. Olympia is a vibrant city with a small town feel conveniently situated between Seattle and Portland, Oregon. Mount Rainier and the rugged Cascade Mountains provide majestic scenery to the east while Washington’s Pacific Coast is just an hour’s drive to the west. Olympia enjoys the benefits of an engaged and educated community and a well-supported school system, augmented by two universities and a community college.
If you are interested in this position, submit a cover letter and a current resume.
If you have questions regarding this announcement, please call Marissa Karras at 360-956-1336. This position will remain open until filled. In order to be considered for the first round of interviews, please submit your application materials no later than April 27th, 2018 by visiting www.karrasconsulting.net and clicking on “view open positions.”
Additional Salary Information: The salary range for this position is competitive. BIAW offers an outstanding benefits package including: health, dental, paid leave, 401k and free parking.