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Director of Education (Beltsville, MD)

Monday, August 12, 2019 9:26 AM

Position Title:  Director of Education
Location:             Beltsville, MD
Reports To:  President/CEO
Classification:  Exempt 

To apply, send resume to Debbie Livingston -

Basic Function    
Establishes the strategic direction and delivery of relevant educational programming that meets the needs of the construction industry in the areas of apprenticeship, craft training and safety. 

Administrator for the ABC CraftMasters Training Trust (CTT) training Academy. Manages CTT’s profit and loss, budget, finance and operations and is responsible for the management, development and administrative efficiency of staff. 

Ensures compliance with all federal, state and local agencies governing registered apprenticeship programs.

Staff Liaison to  
Craft Training Committee
Safety Committee

Education Coordinator                                   
Administrative Assistant

Responsibilities and Duties    

Grow CraftMasters’ attendance and income:        
  • Develop and deliver world-class apprenticeship, craft training, safety and other skills training programs.
  • Maintain close dialogue with member companies to better understand their educational needs and work with appropriate staff and committees to align ABC’s offerings.        
  • Promote the association’s apprenticeship and craft training programs in a positive and professional manner to members and other stakeholders.        
  • Utilize existing pre-apprenticeship template to bring potential funders to CTT and workers to the industry.        
  • Master an understanding of federal and state registered apprenticeship regulations in order to effectively educate member company personnel.        
  • Collaborate with Director of Workforce Development, where appropriate, to advance ABC’s Careers in Construction efforts.          
  • Participate in the development and implementation of marketing strategies and plans designed to support and/or grow apprenticeship, craft training and safety programs.        
  • Obtain NCCER master trainer certification.  

    General management and oversight of operations and finance:
  • Develop annual plan that addresses members’ training needs and achieves CTT’s financial goals.        
  • Prepare and manage annual budget and regularly provide benchmarking, status and forecasting reports.
  • Understand and facilitate billings and, when required, collections processes.        
  • Recruit, develop, supervise and evaluate ABC staff members assigned to CraftMasters. 
  • Develop administrative policies and procedures and monitor staff’s, instructors’, students’ and others’ compliance.  
  • Establish processes for, and maintain oversight of, accurate apprenticeship, OJT hours, grades and attendance records to meet jurisdictional requirements.        
  • Oversee instructor recruitment and retention efforts.        
  • Negotiate and review contracts before bringing to President for approval.

    Serve as Staff Liaison to the Craft Training and Safety Committees:     
  • Ensure that all record keeping of the committees is accurate and timely, including working with committee chairpersons in the preparation of meeting agendas and meeting minutes.        
  • Establish clear understanding of the committees’purpose and role in delivering educational solutions for members.
    Standard staff responsibilities:        
  • Pursue personal contact with members; including member visits, presentations and networking opportunities.
  • Represent the association in public and private presentations, at career fairs and elsewhere, which could necessitate hours beyond the normal business day. 

    Ancillary Responsibilities:        
  • Serve as liaison to NCCER and sponsored schools to maintain accreditation.        
  • Attend ABC National conference(s), when/if assigned.        
  • Attend ABC’s monthly events and other chapter meetings and events as directed.
  • Attend CTT Board of Trustees meetings and ABC Board of Directors meetings.
  • Perform such other duties as assigned by the President.

  • Chapter staff: Directly supervise, develop and evaluate staff members assigned to ABC CraftMasters. Maintain a professional and collaborative working relationship with other staff members that will help the Association achieve its objectives and ensure a productive work environment.        
  • Chapter committees: Maintain a professional and ethical relationship that will help the committee achieve its goals to the extent that staff and financial resources allow.          
  • Committee chairs: Establish and maintain rapport with committee chairs to ensure a smooth and productive working relationship.     
  • General membership: Respond professionally and promptly to inquiries or requests for help from members.  Requests for services or assistance outside of the department’s resources should be referred to the appropriate department or the President. 

    Minimum Requirements/Performance Standards
  • In-depth knowledge of the English language and grammar, including the ability to write comprehensive, legible sentences, correspondence and other written communication.           
  • Excellent financial and organizational management skills.
  • Strategic and long-term planning capabilities.
  • Excellent computer knowledge and skills in working on common computer programs such as Microsoft Office.       
  • Database management proficiency.
  • Excellent reading comprehension skills.           
  • Able to communicate (speaking and listening) to members, customers and the general public.           
  • Highly professional and able to work well with staff members, volunteers, instructors and the public.
  • Experience in managing people.
  • World-class customer service experience and skills.
  • Professional appearance during working hours.

    Essential Functions
  • Talking on telephone
  • Speaking in public
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Operating computer
  • Operating basic office equipment
  • Planning and scheduling programs and personal schedule
  • Preparing and managing budgets and financial transactions
  • Handling customer relations
  • Working with volunteers and committees
  • Driving

    Work Environment
    The work environment within the office has a low to moderate noise level in a temperature-controlled building. Flexibility in changing tasks is required in order to be responsive to immediate member needs as they enter the office, call or email their requests. The position requires driving in the local area and considerable time outside the office conducting meetings with members, schools, government agencies, business entities, and/or attending events. Driving responsibilities include negotiating city, highway and suburban roads year round.

    Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree OR equivalent experience
  • Construction experience/background helpful
  • Background in educational or association environment helpful

    Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 
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    President & CEO (Corpus Christi, TX)

    Wednesday, July 17, 2019 8:52 AM

    Position Title:  President & CEO
    Location:             Corpus Christi, TX

    To apply, forward your resume with salary requirements in confidence to: 
    Search Committee
    Attention President

    Do not contact the ABC Texas Coastal Bend office. Inquiries and submissions will not be accepted at that location.

    ABC Texas Coastal Bend, a highly awarded, nationally recognized association operating out of Corpus Christi TX, represents over 145 construction-related firms. ABC Texas Coastal Bend members are involved in commercial, industrial, and institutional merit shop construction. They are a financially secure association with plenty of growth potential and geographically located in a large area of South Texas encompassing an area from Rockport Texas to Loredo Texas and the whole of the Rio Grande Valley. The chapter is a well-organized, lean organization with staff of 2 that has been in continuous
    operation since 1983.   

    The President works closely with a very active and engaged Board, assists in formulation and implementation of the strategic plan, provides staff management and leadership, implements Board of Directors’ policies, prepares the annual budget, and maintains ABC’s image as the spokesperson for the Merit Shop Construction Industry. The President has regular contact with the Chapter’s elected officers, Board of Directors and committee members on policy matters and other issues as appropriate, and maintains relationships with other associations, industry, and government officials to further the mission of the Chapter. 

    The successful candidate ideally has a minimum of 5-7 years’ experience in a significant leadership role, a bachelor’s degree is desired, but not a requirement, and is preferred to have been a leader in a membership/trade associations or nonprofit organizations. Familiarity with construction a plus. Must have proven track record in effective leadership, public affairs and association management.

    The Successful Candidate is also:       
  • an excellent communicator both verbally and in writing;·       
  • confident, professional, and possesses well-developed interpersonal skills and abilities;       
  • skillful in budgeting and in methods of revenue production;       
  • ability to interact with members and develop them into greater participation;·       
  • highly effective at managing and developing staff;·       
  • able to engage, mentor and motivate volunteers;       
  • a strategic thinker regarding areas for growth and development of opportunities for membership;·       
  • a good grasp of event planning, organizing, and budgeting for chapter;       
  • resilient in the face of challenges and seeks innovative solutions to problems;       
  • savvy regarding broadcast, print and social media.

  • The Local Community: With a diverse and booming economy and population, the Texas Coastal Bend is strategically located within driving distance of several of the major metropolitan areas Texas.  The region is a great place to live, work, play and raise a family.  From museums to minor league baseball, fishing, hunting, golf, surfing, kayaking, amusement parks, etc.  our area encompasses the city of Corpus Christi, small sea side towns, and rural farming and ranching communities. Furthermore, we are within driving distance of the beautiful and culturally unique area of the Rio Grande Valley and Northern Mexico.  Overall the region has a lot to offer and even more potential with the sheer volume of growth we are recognizing and that is coming in the future.  Read the rest of entry »

    President (Mount Laurel, NJ)

    Wednesday, April 24, 2019 12:50 PM

    Position Title:  President
    Location:             Mount Laurel, NJ 
    Reports To:   Chairman of Board and Board of Directors

    To apply, send resume to

    Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national association representing 21,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms in 69 chapters across the United States. 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 New Jersey Chapter represents members for the entire Garden State. ABC is the construction industry's voice with the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the federal government and with state and local governments, as well as with the news media.

    job description

    Basic Function:
  • The position of the President of the ABC NJ Chapter encompasses the following:
  • Represent the association's interests through government advocacy
  • Develop and maintain a strong membership base
  • Provide valuable and timely education/training opportunities for members and their staff
  • Execute on delivering successful events
  • Communicate effectively with the public, the media, and other groups about ABC’s mission, accomplishments, and activities
  • Work with the Chapter Chairman, Board of Directors, regularly reporting on association activities, and following through on-board approved policies and plans
  • With the Treasurer, oversee the financial operations of the association, reporting to the board regularly, including assisting in developing the annual budget
  • Is the chief staff liaison to ABC National staff, board and events
  • Responsible for management of the association’s staff
  • Runs the day to day operations of the Chapter
  • Is proactive, accountable, discerning, innovative, collaborative, integrity-based, successful and balanced

  • Government Affairs:
  • Is the primary face of ABC in government affairs
  • In coordination with the Government Affairs Committee and the associations lobbyist, review and evaluate proposed legislation and regulation and take action accordingly
  • Communicate to members the importance of government affairs, the most recent information on issues that will affect them and their business, and recruit members to be more involved in the political process

  • Membership:
  • Work with staff to grow association membership and maintain a strong focus on member satisfaction
  • Regularly interface with ABC Contractor members to assess needs and communicate association activities
  • Increase membership engagement with ABC programs and services to assist members in working with each other to increase business opportunity for merit shop contractors

  • Education and Training:
  • In coordination with ABC National resources and our sister chapters, lead ABC New Jersey’s development of a merit shop apprenticeship program       
  • Create and develop management and workforce training programs that assist members and their staff in developing skills to help grow their business 

  • Event Management:
  • Oversee the continued growth of ABC New Jersey’s major membership events/member participation
  • Manage event timelines including effective marketing and budgeting for all events

  • Communications:
  • Effectively communicate with media and trade press
  • Utilize ABC’s various electronic communication channels and social media to share information about ABC’s programs and government affairs efforts 

  • Board and Governance:
  • Attend all ABC Board of Directors meetings and report on the association’s activities
  • Make policy recommendations to board in accordance with national policy and association goals and objectives and report on the associations strategic plan
  • Work with Board Chair and members to identify and recruit volunteer leaders and ensure a strong leadership succession

  • Financial Management:
  • Work with budget committee to establish an annual budget for the association
  • Report regularly on the association’s finances
  • Insure associations policies and financial control procedures are executed  

  • ABC National:
  • Complete all national reports as required by national board policy
  • Attend required national and regional meetings (approx. 4-5 per year) 

  • Staff Management/Human Resources:
  • Oversee all aspects of staff management and human resources including hiring, termination, evaluations and performance of association employees
  • Is a leader of the staff to motivate and create culture of high accountability and productivity

  • Qualifications:
  • Recent association experience preferred, with a focus on nonprofit leadership
  • 3+ years’ experience in upper management
  • Previous experience with construction or other craft driven industry highly desired
  • A focus on establishing long term relationships and skilled at identifying member needs
  • Business acumen with strong organizational skills, a sense of urgency and a commitment to quality
  • Focused and displays a goal and task-oriented work ethic
  • Experienced strategically using social media tools and marketing roll-out
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced and team-oriented environment with a high level of energy, enthusiasm and passion for free enterprise
  • Must exhibit excellent written/verbal communication and exceptional member service skills
  • Driven to succeed with excellent problem-solving skills with integrity, sound judgment and a sense of urgency
  • Ability to work outside of the core business hours when necessary

    Salary to commensurate with experience. Full benefits are available. Company vehicle.

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    Education Director (Mount Laurel, NJ)

    Wednesday, April 24, 2019 12:12 PM

    Position Title:  Education Director
    Location:             Mount Laurel, NJ 
    Reports To:  Chapter President 

    To apply, send resume to

    Job Description

    Basic Function:
    The ABC NJ Education Director will develop, administer, and maintain all educational and training programs for ABC NJ, including but not limited to ABC NJ Apprenticeship program, Safety and Workforce Development programs and  training services for ABC NJ and its members.  

    Specific Responsibilities

  • Coordinate activities of all Chapter Apprenticeship programs and management educational programs
    •   • Act as liaison between the Apprenticeship Committees, Community College, Federal & State apprenticeship funds and students
  • Determine the need for new training programs within the Chapter membership
    •   • Work with the Apprenticeship Committee members to create additional training programs
    •   • Work with Management & Education Committee members to create educational programs to meet the needs of the membership
  • Recruit new instructors for Chapter Apprenticeship programs and instructors for other educational programs.
    •   • Conduct "Train the Trainer Program" for new hired instructors
    •   • Register them with proper school system and NCCER
    •   • Maintain a reserve pool of teachers for future programs, as the need arises
  • Establish and maintain liaison with local schools, U.S. and NJ Departments of Labor Licensing and Regulation (DLLR)and other potential source for recruiting apprentices
  • Maintain accurate files on the progress of all apprentices; with proper records regarding state registration, Veterans Administration, and NCCER
  • Ensure proper maintenance of student records, grades and OJT hours
  • Keep the Trust, Board, and Apprenticeship Committee apprised of all information pertinent to the operation of the chapter apprenticeship program
  • Work with the apprenticeship budget established by the Trust and Board of Directors and under the guidance of the President
  • Provide articles of interest on apprenticeship and other educational programs for the Chapter newsletter.
    Monitor each program on a bi-weekly basis through personal visits to classes in all trades
  • Will personally visit contractors that have potential apprentices an attempt to recruit same additional company participation
  • Ability to work outside of the core business hours when necessary

  • Relationships:

    Chapter President/CEO
  • Directly responsible for all actions
  • Mutually assisting at all times
  • Provide facts and ideas
  • Submit reports covering activities and expenses

  • Board of Directors
  • Provide ideas and information as needed, as well as execution
  • Primarily responsible for maintaining and increasing apprenticeship
  • Make formal report at monthly board meetings

  • Apprenticeship Committee & Management Committee
  • Provide information and recommend policies and procedures for the committees to follow
  • Act as liaison between this committee and the membership-at-large
  • Keep minutes of all committee meetings and establish an agenda prior to each
  • Assist committee chairperson and board liaison in preparing monthly committee reports to the Chapter Board of Directors

  • Qualifications: 
  • Recent association experience preferred, with a focus on apprenticeship and educational training  
  • Displays a passion for education planning and implementation, especially for the construction industry  
  • The ideal candidate would have a college education, knowledge of the construction industry, state and federal apprenticeship training laws
  • Must exhibit excellent written/verbal communication and exceptional member service skills
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced and team-oriented environment with a high level of energy, enthusiasm and passion for free enterprise      
  • Business acumen with strong organizational skills, a sense of urgency and a commitment to quality  
    Knowledge of the construction safety industry and OSHA certifications are a plus

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    Director of Government Affairs (Anaheim, CA)

    Monday, February 11, 2019 8:31 AM

    Position Title:  Director of Government Affairs
    Reports to:  President/CEO
    Location:             Anaheim, CA

    To apply, send resume to Kevin Garrett -

    The Director of Government Affairs is responsible for the coordination of the Chapter’s Legislative and PAC Committees. The position enhances and advances ABC Southern California’s strategic objectives and the Merit shop philosophy.  The Director is the point person for this activity and is responsible for keeping the Association, its leaders and President informed and engaged.  The Director will work to ensure that when various staff and elected officials think construction, they will think ABC Southern California. 


  • Work with ABC contracted lobbyist(s)
  • Recommend positions to take on legislation
  • Track and report events, political opportunities, legislative activity, and member testimony on public record on ABC’s issues to assist legislative agenda
  • Attend legislative hearings, meetings, and events
  • Educate members on issues of importance to the industry
  • Stay informed and educated on legislation that affects ABC members
  • Pursue changes in law that benefit the merit shop while aggressively combating efforts to marginalize merit shop contractors
  • Develop and deliver a successful Legislative Day
  • Develop and send key advocacy messaging for members and elected officials
  • Coordinate visits with members of Congress, California legislators and local government officials to discuss issues of importance

  • Level the playing field by coordinating the PLA fight, challenge PLAs at public hearings where appropriate, monitor and report on PLAs in geographic area, educate committees, members, and staff about the benefits of advancing the Merit Shop Philosophy, and activate members to participate in advocacy efforts
  • Political Action Committee
  • Raise money for, and awareness about, the ABC PAC  
  • Plan ABC PAC events 
  • Fulfill ABC PAC donations rewards and acknowledgments
  • Track PAC contributions by member
  • Secure prior authorization forms from membership
  • Serve as Committee Steward For PAC Board: 
    • • Set up committee and organize meetings
    • • Manage committee meetings
    • • Take and distribute minutes
    • • Report on committee project deliverables, actions and needs
    • • Follow endorsement and PAC contribution guidelines
    • • Track state, local and national PAC donations for ABC Southern California Chapter
  • Specialized Skills:
  • Organized with effective time management skills
  • Self-motivated and administratively self-maintaining 
  • Consultative sales technique
  • Demonstrated ability to close business deals
  • Prior experience and or understanding of association management
  • Demonstrable capability for strategic thinking    
  • General business understanding

  • Qualifications: 
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum of five years as an employee, influencer, lobbyist or senior staff to an elected official working in local and or state government
  • Minimum of three years of experience in a leadership role of a trade association, chamber of commerce
  • Minimum of five years interacting with, supporting or working for a state or local government body
  • Valid California Driver's License, vehicle and insurance
  • Must be able to travel, up to 30% of workweek, in connection with state and local legislative and policy meetings

  • Preferred:
  • Master’s Degree/MBA 
  • Extensive knowledge of the Southern California construction industry


    It is the continuing policy of ABC, Southern California Chapter to take affirmative action to assure equal opportunity for all current and prospective employees without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age (40 or older), genetic information, 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, Southern California Chapter is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

    Disability Specifications:
    ADA: ABC Southern California Chapter will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and any relevant state law. 

    Physical Demands:
    While performing the responsibilities 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 a typical office environment. 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. 

    ABC’s 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. Read the rest of entry »

    Part-Time Instructor (Livermore, CA)

    Thursday, January 24, 2019 2:57 PM
    ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS - northern california chapter OFFICE

    Position Title:  Part-Time Instructor   
    Reports to:  Facility Training Manager
    Location:             Livermore, CA

    Job summary
    Provide classroom instructions in one or more of the following trades (Electrical, Carpentry, Plumbing, Painting and/or Construction Craft Laborer) maintain classroom conduct, information, material, equipment, tools and labs.  The instructor is also tasks with conducting job-site visits to member job sites to ensure compliance with program rules and regulations, job-site safety protocol, and state supervision compliance.

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