Under the Executive Committee and Board of Directors, the Executive Director has two important roles. The first is the responsibility for carrying out the strategic mission of PNWA. The second is the responsibility for managing operations and ensuring PNWA is a leader in providing its members valued services to strengthen the regional economy by increasing economic and environmental sustainability.
Essential functions include:
Coordinates the development of association policies in cooperation with the Executive Committee and Board of Directors.
Serves as PNWA’s principal spokesperson to the State and Federal executive, legislative, and judicial branches, business, interest groups and other agencies.
Works closely with PNWA members, federal and regional officials, and Congress to identify, define, analyze, and resolve federal and regional public policy issues.
Represents PNWA in the region and before federal and regional agencies, Congress, the media, and the public.
Maintains regular communication with PNWA members to maintain a high level of satisfaction and ensure the association is meeting their needs.
Identifies and recruits new members.
Directs and supervises PNWA’s staff and is responsible for teamwork, hiring, goal setting, training and development, succession planning and day-to-day human resource matters.
Responsible for liaison and communications with association membership; coordinates and provides staff support to association committees and other functions.
Develops coalitions with allied organizations and implements cooperative activities in support of the association’s goals and programs.
Interacts with diverse groups and businesses at hearings and other functions, testifies before legislative and administrative groups; drafts testimony, position papers and other written materials; and enhances legislator and other stakeholders understanding of issues and value.
The Ideal Candidate
For this important role, the PNWA seeks a seasoned leader who is deeply committed to the success of the membership and is a strategic big-picture thinker who will be able to deliver the level of services that members value. The ideal candidate will be an accomplished professional who exhibits a high level of transparency, diplomacy, and professionalism.
The Executive Director must be a creative, innovative team player who can work effectively with the association members and Congress. The Executive Director should bring an entrepreneurial spirit and be committed to supporting the best interests of PNWA. This is a visible public position with significant responsibility. Honesty and integrity are critical.
The Executive Director must be politically savvy, comfortable seeking and receiving input from the Executive Committee, Board of Directors and members and adept at working with the media.
The Executive Director must have demonstrated leadership skills and set a standard by engaging people at all levels – from staff and Board Members to partners and members.
The Executive Director must be eager to make a personal investment in the long-term success of PNWA. 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.
In addition, the ideal candidate will bring skills and experience in the following areas:
Ability to identify emerging issues critical to the membership and developing program ideas including forums and publications that position PNWA as a thought leader on those issues.
Skilled at building new and strengthening existing stakeholder strategic relationships and partnerships.
Ability to lead PNWA’s commitment to partnering with other associations, interest groups, and organizations to further the Association’s mission and maintaining its position as leader in the PNW.
Ability to provide strong management and leadership for staff including the oversight of all internal programs and building teams as needed for the development of programs and activities
Skilled at effectively communicating with all members to build recognition of PNWA’s member services
Demonstrated ability to lead and manage fundraising activities and member engagement.
Demonstrated financial acumen needed to assure PNWA’s fiscal health including fundraising, membership, revenue, and cost controls
A reputation of unquestioned integrity and ethics
The Executive Director’s starting salary depends on experience and qualifications. The starting salary range is $150,000-$180,000.
Total compensation is competitive and will be dependent on experience and abilities. PNWA offers an excellent package of benefits.
A bachelor’s degree and seven years or more of progressively responsible leadership and management experience within a not-for-profit, government or a professional association. The preferred candidate will have substantial experience working with elected officials. Experience working with a board, council or commission and an advanced degree is preferred.
Pacific Northwest Waterways Association (PNWA) is a non-profit trade association that advocates for federal policies and funding in support of regional economic development. PNWA is a collaboration of ports, businesses, public agencies and individuals who combine their economic and political strength in support of navigation, energy, trade and economic development throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Established as the Inland Empire Waterways Association in 1934, PNWA led the way for development of infrastructure for navigation, electric power and irrigated agriculture on the Columbia and Snake River System. PNWA’s first act was to petition President Roosevelt and Congress for funds to secure a navigation lock at Bonneville Dam. PNWA then led the way for Congressional authorization and funding to build the remaining seven locks and dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. In 1971 we expanded, adding Puget Sound and coastal members to provide a comprehensive regional perspective.
Our membership has grown to include over 150 entities including public ports, barge companies, steamship operators, grain elevator operators, agricultural producers, forest products manufacturers, union ...labor, electric utilities, irrigation districts, and public agencies throughout Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. For 87 years, PNWA members have advocated for efficient, reliable, and environmentally sustainable waterways.
PNWA strengthens the regional economy by increasing economic and environmental sustainability, while providing a cooperative, regional approach to addressing public policy.
Transportation. Develop the region’s navigation, rail, highway, pipeline and air transportation to provide safe, secure, efficient, competitive links to domestic and world markets.
Trade and Tourism. Expand international and domestic trade and tourism opportunities.
Energy. Ensure adequate, reliable, reasonably priced energy for the region.
Environment. Encourage environmental sustainability while maintaining and improving regional economic vitality.
Infrastructure. Support infrastructure projects that advance the region’s economic health and competitive position in world markets.
PNWA fosters broad participation and values and respects the differing opinions this creates. We are committed to delivering high-quality programs, products, and services to all members; and appreciating and recognizing the diversity of our membership.