The Executive Vice President (EVP) is responsible for maximizing the organization’s operating performance and achieving its financial goals. The EPV is responsible for ensuring the Association serves the needs and interest of the IPMA/IACS membership, according to its Mission Statement and By-Laws. The EVP will make decisions within the limitations of the Articles of Incorporations, By-Laws and existing policies as approved by the Board of Directors. The EVP has a broad array of responsibilities including but not limited to communicating with the Board of Directors, identifying industry issues that may affect the membership, preparing operating budgets, overseeing a strategic plan, attending periodic training, writing and production of the Oil Can magazine, the weekly bulletin, and other communications with the membership. The EVP must understand the regulatory environment and possess the ability to participate in the development of pertinent state and federal regulations affecting the membership.
The EVP is directed by the Board of Directors, which is the primary policy-setting body of the Association. Additionally, the EVP must be able to work effectively on numerous issues, committees, and assignments as directed by the Board of Directors without close supervision. Functions to include liaising with the Board of Directors, presiding at Board Meetings, ensuring sound financial practices of the organization, managing a strategic plan, ensuring a healthy working environment, and overseeing general operations. The EVP reports to the President of the Board of Directors and is responsible for the supervision, hiring and removal of IPMA/IACS staff. The EVP is the main point of contact for both the staff and the Board of Directors.
The Executive Vice President has a broad array of responsibilities including:
Finance: Responsible for sound financial management of the organization, identify ways to increase revenue and decrease costs, analyze financial reports and work with staff and an audit firm to prepare operating budgets. Set compensation for association staff in consultation with the IPMA/IACS Budget and Finance Committee.
Operations: Be responsible for the development of association public affairs strategy, issues management and lobbying of state and federal legislative issues which enhance and protect the best interest of the membership. Maintain and promote communications with elected and appointed government officials to promote understanding of the industry. Oversee the planning and publication of all newsletters, updates and other publications (printed and electronic) as well as the IPMA/IACS website, news releases, general mailings, and informational material. Assume responsibility for all external relations for the association including all public and media contacts. Monitor the utilization and performance of retained consultants. Supervise and develop an effective marketing program to promote association activities and grow membership. Oversee all facility and technology requirements of the association. Recruit, hire and train employees and administer an effective human resources program to ensure activities are adequately staffed.
Human Resources: Maintain a healthy work environment, ensure sound policies and adhere to procedures that are in place. Administer the organization and staff structure and maintain position descriptions, performance standards and evaluations.
Board of Directors: Sharing information with the Board of Directors to ensure it is kept up to date on activities, provide financial information and attend Board Meetings, and perform duties assigned by the Board of Directors.
M-PACT Convention & Tradeshow: Responsible for all aspects of Illinois’ segment of M-PACT.
Government Affairs: Work to develop a strategy and approach to guide the legislative and regulatory issues concerning our membership to a favorable outcome. Build and maintain relationships with elected officials and staff on both the state and federal level. Engage and supervise any outside lobbyists. Active involvement in organizing and motivating grassroots efforts for its members, provide timely legislative and regulatory updates to IPMA/IACS members. Prepare and present Testimony’s before Illinois’ legislature, Congress, or any federal or state agency. Filing lobbying disclosure reports. Actively participate in organizations such as BIFEC, PMAA, and NACS
To be considered for the Executive Vice President position at IPMA/IACS, candidates must demonstrate success in running a business or association and must have developed a strategy for success. Candidates must be able to understand how various proposed legislation affects the IPMA/IACS membership. Candidates must then be able to clearly articulate both the intended and unintended consequences of the proposed legislation to the membership and to government officials. Prior experience leading staff is necessary as is business travel.
The EVP will possess:
A minimum of seven years of progressive experience in association management/public policy development or the equivalent with a successful history of leadership.
A strong record of effectively working with public officials of both parties and a familiarity with the workings of Illinois Government.
Knowledge of association financial management, operations, and budgeting with an ability to use technology efficiently.
Commitment to the mission of the Association, and its role in the industry.
Exceptional verbal, written and public communication skills with experience in working with a variety of media sources.
Experience in growing and retaining association membership.
Strong personal and professional integrity with an ability to inspire confidence and cooperation.
The self-confidence and personality to work comfortably with a variety of individuals including Board of Directors, Elected Officials, Government Agencies, Education Leaders, Allied Groups, Members and the media.
Proven experience managing and motivating staff, consultants and volunteers.
An organized, focused and goal-oriented personality coupled with a high level of initiative, energy and ability to work independently.
A thorough understanding of laws and regulations concerning associations.
Familiarity with petroleum marketing and convenience store issues and organizations in Illinois.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation is commensurate with experience and record of successful achievement.
About Illinois Petroleum Marketers Association/Illinois Association of Convenience Stores