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President (Tallahassee, FL)

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 5:09 PM
Position Title:  President
Location:             Tallahassee, FL


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 North Florida Chapter represents members in 22 counties of the panhandle of Florida. 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.

The position of the President of the Associated Builders and Contractors of North Florida Chapter encompasses the following:


  • • 3+ years’ association management experience with a focus on nonprofit leadership
  • • 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
  • • Strong knowledge and experience in working with QuickBooks
  • • Must exhibit strong event planning skills including pre-planning, execution and event follow-up
  • • Ability to fundraise to support the initiatives of the chapter
  • • Experienced strategically using social media tools and marketing rollout
  • • Ability to work well in a fast-paced 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 frequently work outside of the core business hours
  • • Ability to travel for chapter, state and national events
    *Salary to commensurate with experience. Health care and retirement benefits are available*

Summary Description:

  1. Represent the associations interests through government advocacy
  2. Develop and maintain a strong membership base
  3. Provide valuable and timely education/training opportunities for members and their staff
  4. Execute on delivering successful events
  5. Communicate effectively with the public, the media, and other groups about ABC’s mission, accomplishments, and activities
  6. Work with the Chapter Chairman, Board of Directors, regularly reporting on association activities, and following through on-board approved policies and plans
  7. With the Treasurer, oversee the financial operations of the association, reporting to the board regularly, including assisting in developing the annual budget
  8. Is the chief staff liaison to ABC National staff, ABC of Florida staff, ABC North Florida board and Chapter committees
  9. Responsible for management of the association’s staff
  10. Runs the day to day operations of the Chapter
  11. Is Proactive, Accountable, Discerning, Innovative, Collaborative, Integrity Based, Successful and Balanced.

Government Affairs:

  • • Is the primary face of ABC NF in government affairs on a local level
  • • In coordination with the Government Affairs Committee and the ABC of Florida 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


  • • Work to grow association membership as outlined in the ABC North Florida strategic plan
  • • Maintain a strong focus on member satisfaction and retention
  • • 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 other chapters, lead ABC North Florida’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:

  • • Plans and facilitates all membership events in both Tallahassee and Pensacola
  • • Facilitate the continued growth of ABC North Florida’s major membership events/member participation
  • • Responsible for the management of event timelines including effective marketing and budgeting for all events


  • • 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:

  • • Complete all accounting functions for the daily operations of the chapter
  • • Work with Treasurer to establish an annual budget for the association
  • • Report regularly on the association’s finances
  • • Ensure 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)

ABC of Florida:

  • • Attend required state board meetings (approx. 6 per year)
  • • Attend ABC of Florida Legislative Conference
  • • Attend ABC of Florida Planning Conference

ABC North Florida Chapter:

  • • Attend and execute all chapter events in both Tallahassee and Pensacola (approx. 25 per year)
  • • Attend all chapter board meetings (approx. 8 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

For consideration or questions, email .

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President (Charlotte, NC)

Friday, October 18, 2019 1:08 PM
Position Title:  President
Location:             Charlotte, NC



About Associated Builders and Contractors

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national association that, through its 69 chapters represents more than 21,000 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 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.

About ABC of the Carolinas

The chapter represents more than 300 member companies across an expansive two-state North and South Carolina area.  The chapter was chartered in 1998 and has grown steadily over the past two decades.  There is great opportunity for growth as the chapter is currently at less than 10 per cent of market share.  Operations and services are provided through a council structure under the chapter board of directors. The Chapter currently has seven councils in the Carolinas.  As CEO there is regular collaboration and in person activity with each of the councils given their impact on the development and execution of strategy, programs and services within the chapter.  Staff is in key areas in the two states.

The Chapter completed a strategic planning process in 2017 and developed a strategic plan through 2022.

ABC of the Carolinas Strategic Goals

1. Workforce Development– Be the leading force in the construction industry for Workforce Development and Training in the Carolinas.

2.  Political Advocacy – Increase the political influence of ABC to advance the Merit Shop philosophy and Free Enterprise in the Carolinas and Nationally.

3. Health and Safety – Establish ABC’s Members as the benchmark for health and safety in the construction industry in the Carolinas.

4.  Membership Growth & Engagement– To continuously grow and deliver value to a diverse and committed membership.

5. Carolinas Chapter Development- To make the ABC Carolinas Chapter the “Construction Association of Choice” in the Carolinas.

Position Summary

The ABC President and CEO works with the board to set the association's strategic direction and then builds/leads the ABC team to execute against that plan. He/she is responsible for developing and building consensus around policies, programs and activities designed to serve the needs of a diverse, chapter membership and for ensuring that the organization is run in an effective, ethical and financially responsible manner.  He/she is also accountable for energetically engaging membership to retain current and attract/recruit new ABC members.   This position includes regular travel throughout the two-state area as well as attendance at National meetings four times per year at various locations throughout the US.


Ideal Experience

Passion for the free enterprise system and merit shop philosophy.

At least 10 years of leadership, management and decision-making experience with direct accountability for results at the executive level, with a budget and staff of comparable size and complexity to that of ABC.

Experience building consensus among disparate groups and volunteer leaders with varied and often competing interests.

Experience in engaging, delegating & motivating both staff and volunteers in the execution & implementation of association plans, activities, events.

Experience serving as a politically savvy face and voice of an industry or group at the state or national level; a skilled and strategic spokesperson and advocate on public policy issues and with the media.

While experience in the construction industry is not a requirement, knowledge of, or the ability to quickly become substantively credible on, the construction industry and the issues affecting it is important.

Critical Competencies for Success

Strategic Visionary: He/she will be an executive who will tell the merit shop industry's story in a credible and passionate way that enhances the business climate and adds value to ABC's members. The President and CEO will be experienced at anticipating issues and building consensus around policy positions; be an active listener who, in a collaborative but aggressive fashion, cultivates and leverages a network of relationships to advance the industry's agenda. The President and CEO will guide the board to balance long-term strategic thinking with short-term goals.  The President and CEO will work collaboratively with the national association leadership in the alignment of strategy with the ABC Association Wide Plan.

Leadership and Management: ABC's next President and CEO will work with the management team and Board to ensure the association's continued operational strength. He/she will demonstrate a transparent and inclusive style; build consensus around key issues and initiatives despite differing member perspectives; and, promote a culture of passion and urgency among the staff.

The President and CEO will help lead ABC to be the most powerful pro-business, pro-free enterprise advocate for the construction industry and lead the association to consistently deliver value to its members and the construction industry.

Other Personal Characteristics

Exceptional communications skills and listening ability

High energy:  Someone who approaches challenges with optimism and vigor

Highest levels of integrity, ethics and honesty

Collaborative, synergistic and interdependent

Ability to market, attract and recruit as members individuals/firms on the merits of the Association individually and through staff

For consideration email to receive a full job description, strategic plan and organization chart.  After reviewing the material you may apply by sending your resume and cover letter to

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President (Memphis, TN)

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 9:17 AM
Position Title:  President
Location:             Memphis, TN


To apply, please contact:

Basic Function

Serves as the President, responsible to the Chair and Board of Directors for the effective and efficient operations of the business and financial affairs of WTCABC and oversight of WTCABC staff. Recommends and participates in Board formulation of the Chapter’s mission, goals, objectives, strategic plans and related policies. Within that framework plans, organizes, coordinates, controls, and directs the staff, programs, and activities of the Chapter.

Specific Responsibilities

  • General manager of all office affairs and supervision of all staff personnel.
  • Prepare the annual budget and revise as necessary with the Board of Directors approval.
  • Responsible for working with all committees, including standing committees, and, along with the Chapter Chair, recruiting members to serve on committees.
  • Responsible for oversight of member recruitment and membership retention and working with the Membership Committee.
  • Responsible for working with the Political Action Committee on issues relevant to the construction industry and Chapter members.
  • Responsible for working with the Education and Training Committee on training and educational opportunities for Chapter members and their employees.
  • Responsible for all Chapter and National ABC membership records and submissions to National ABC.
  • Serve as liaison with all local, state, and federal government legislative and administrative sections, as well as boards and committees.
  • Maintain a good working relationship with the National ABC staff, as well as other Chapter staffs.
  • Responsible for giving up-to-date reports to the Board of Directors, the Membership and Committees.
  • Work closely with the General Counsel and others as appointed by the Board of Directors.
  • Promote new business for Chapter Membership.
  • Organize and supervise the efficient operation of all membership meetings, board meetings and other Chapter events.
  • Interact with members and promote ABC and the Chapter to non-members.
  • Market and promote WTCABC services and related products to its members and prospective members.
  • Additional duties and responsibilities that may be assigned by the Chair or Board of Directors.

  • Internal Relationships

    All staff reports directly to the President.  The President, with the approval of the Executive Committee, may employ such additional staff as he or she shall deem necessary to carry out the programs of the Chapter.  The President shall terminate existing staff as he or she shall deem necessary.

    External Relationships

    Has regular contact with the executive committee and the board of directors and its committees on policy matters and other issues as appropriate. Maintains personal contact with other state chapters, the national organization and the general membership to the greatest degree possible. Maintains appropriate relationships with other associations, industry, government, public service organizations, and vendors to enhance the image of the association and the attainment of its objectives.

    Knowledge and Skills

  • Possess Business Acumen
  • Ability to Communicate Proficiently
  • Prior experience with boards of directors
  • Prior experience with managing volunteer committees
  • Possess a Customer/Client Focus
  • Possess Proven Leadership
  • Proven ability at Problem Solving/Analysis
  • Must be Results Driven
  • Must be able to think strategically

  • Work Environment

    This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, email, mass communication systems and website management.

    Preferred Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree in sales, marketing or business administration or equivalent number of years of experience.
  • Five (5) years of related experience with progressive management experience.
  • Prior non-profit experience and leadership.
  • Understanding of small business and corporate operations. Some understanding of the construction industry.
  • Prior experience with delivery of educational programs, especially targeted at non-traditional and/or adult student populations and using distance learning techniques.

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    Director of Education & Safety (Englewood, CO)

    Tuesday, September 10, 2019 9:00 AM
    Position Title:  Director of Education & Safety
    Location:             Englewood, CO


    To apply, please submit a letter of intent, resume, references and salary requirements to

    The Associated Builders and Contractors Rocky Mountain Chapter (ABCRMC) is the leading commercial construction trade association in Colorado & Wyoming. ABCRMC is seeking a Director of Education & Safety to grow, engage and serve the industry.

    The Director of Education & Safety is responsible for developing and administering all the chapter educational training and safety programs. The candidate for this role must be well organized, self-starter and passionate about educating and training people. The Director position requires someone who considers themselves to be a leader to effectively manage and grow the chapters programs serving the industry.


    • Provide leadership working with clients to provide solutions to educate and train their workforce.
    • Grow ABCRMC’s offerings to meet the needs of the industry.
    • Set forth a strategy to create and maintain a culture of safety.
    • Organize and develop programs and events to help maximize retention and attract new investors.
    • Create conditions for ABC’s policy, vision, mission, and related program strategies to succeed.
    • Maintain Education Database.
    • Strategize opportunities for growth in the department.
    • Administer apprenticeship program in Wyoming.


    • Excellent communications, organizational and interpersonal skills.
    • Passion for connecting people.
    • Creative thinker and fast learner, ability to communicate ideas effectively.
    • Self-motivated & proactive.
    • Strong negotiating skills.
    • Willingness to travel within the state of Colorado.
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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
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    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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