Tuesday, October 11, 2011

President--Washington International Trade Association (WITA)

Posted on Tuesday 4-Oct-11 10:46 AM
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Summary– JDG Associates has been engaged by the Washington, DC-based National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones (NAFTZ) to conduct a search for the position of President.

NAFTZ, an association of public and private members, is the collective voice of the Foreign-Trade Zones program. Created by the U.S. government in the 1930s to facilitate international trade and increase the global competitiveness of U.S.-based companies, the program continues to thrive in meeting the needs of U.S. companies involved in the global economy. Today, NAFTZ, founded in 1973 as a 501 (c) 6 non-profit organization, has assumed the role of the program’s principal educator and the leader in demonstrating the value of FTZs and their role in the changing environment of international trade. NAFTZ works to:
Promote and improve FTZs and their use
Respond to the competitive needs of zone users
Educate the public on the proper use of the FTZ program
Encourage the growth of FTZs
Ensure advantages of the program stay intact
Improve communications and understanding between U.S. regulators, policymakers and the FTZ community
Specifically, an FTZ is an area within the United States, in or near a U.S. Customs port of entry, where foreign and domestic merchandise is considered to be outside the country, or at least, outside of U.S. Customs territory. FTZs provide a wide range of benefits to their areas of location including primary and secondary employment, improving the competitiveness of local producers in world markets and attracting new industries to a region. The growth in the volume of FTZ use has been substantial, increasing from 7% of US imports in 2004 to 15% in 2010. There are approximately 250 FTZs and another 500 sub-zones in the country at the current time.
The President reports to the Board of Directors and supervises of a paid staff of four. For further information please visit www.naftz.org.

Principal Responsibilities –
Ensure that NAFTZ Officers and Board of Directors are fully informed on its condition and operations, including financial, and on all factors affecting the organization and the members it serves, at all times ensuring open communications with and among members of the Board, as well as assisting Board members in carrying out their responsibilities.
Assist the Board and officers in setting the direction and priorities of NAFTZ, optimizing the breadth and quality of its programs and services within the limits of its resources, and keeping the Board on schedule for making key decisions.
Ensure NAFTZ remains as the principal source of information on FTZs, for current FTZ users and those companies considering their usage, as well as public and private stakeholders. Venues for this include current meeting programs, conventions and exhibits, seminars, as well as electronic media.
Raise the profile of the Association such that it can beneficially impact current and new FTZ stakeholders, promoting the use of FTZs and their contribution to the U. S. economy as well as a heightened awareness of and appreciation by policy makers of the benefits they provide.
Assist the diverse members of the Association identify and nurture areas of common interest to strengthen the internal cohesiveness and effectiveness of the Association and enhance its attractiveness to its membership bases.
Direct staff, including organizational structure, professional development, motivation, performance evaluation, compensation, human resources policies and procedures and develop, implement and administer, in conjunction with the Board, the annual budget of the Association.

Position Type: Full Time
Position Level: Senior
Position Reports To: NAFTZ Officers and Board of Directors
Travel Required: 0% of the time (approximate)
Starts On: 4-Oct-11
Job Requirements
Requirements - Bachelor degree in international affairs, finance, international trade, economics or related field; graduate degree preferred. Leadership ability a must. Proven management, administrative, and fiscal control experience required, especially as regards professional staff development and retention. Knowledge of the legislative and regulatory process and related professional contacts. Able to maintain and develop professional relationships. Also required is a strong track record as an organization’s spokesperson and proven success in impacting the views of others. Association experience a plus. Must be eager to work with members and comfortable in reaching out to other national and international trade and business-related organizations. Creative and innovative identification and use of financial, volunteer, and staff resources, as well as in exploring additional non-dues revenue sources. Must enjoy working with an intelligent, creative, and technically skilled volunteer leadership.
Education Required: Bachelor degree in international affairs, finance, international trade, economics or related field; graduate degree preferred
Fields of Expertise: Trade and Public Economics
How to Apply
Paul A. Belford, Principal
JDG Associates, Ltd.
1700 Research Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20850
301 340 2210 – belford@jdgsearch.com
Company Information
National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones
Contact Information
Paul A. Belford, Principal (Add to Contacts)


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