Executive Director

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
Virginia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Mar 17, 2021
Apr 15, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

The Organization

With more than 500 chapters and nearly 22,000 active members in the U.S. and abroad, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States. NSBE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1975, supports and promotes the aspirations of collegiate and pre-collegiate students and technical professionals in engineering and technology. NSBE's mission is "to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community."

NSBE offers its members leadership training, professional development activities, mentoring, career placement services, community service opportunities and more. NSBE comprises 515 active chapters — 288 collegiate, 82 professional and 145 pre-collegiate — located in six geographic regions. Nearly 20% of NSBE members currently reside outside of the US and Canada. That number grows each year because NSBE’s mission is truly global. Global engineering talent is vital to our society, and NSBE is leading the way to build a pipeline of global engineers. NSBE is governed by an executive board of college students and engineering professionals and is operated by a professional staff at its World Headquarters, located in Alexandria, VA.

The NSBE Torch symbolizes the organization!s everlasting, burning desire to achieve success in this competitive society and to effect positive change in the quality of life of all people. The same light that flows from the NSBE Torch to students and professionals in the United States is also useful for NSBE members abroad. The goal of the Society is to replicate its mission and vision in countries around the world, creating a global network of Black Engineers, scientists and technologists. NSBE has accomplished more for black engineering students than any other organization in the world.

The Leadership Opportunity

The next NSBE Executive Director will be charged with executing against the following objectives:

Leadership & Management:

• Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence and consistent quality of finance and administration, communications, and systems; develop timelines and resources needed to achieve the strategic goals

• Actively engage with, coach, develop, lead and influence NSBE staff, board members, NSBE chapters, partnering organizations and volunteers

Programming & Communications:

• Expand revenue generating activities to support existing program and event operations and new program development

• Deepen and refine all aspects of communications — from web presence and social media to external relations — with the goal of creating a stronger NSBE brand

• Use external presence and relationships to center NSBE in national and international conversations about STEM education, STEM and education public policy, innovation leadership, entrepreneurship, and other relevant topics

Planning & Development:

• Manage and continually refine the long-term strategic and financial plan and execute program expansion accordingly by collaborating with NSBE student leaders to build and implement NSBE’s long-term strategy, Game Change 2025.

• Begin to build partnerships in new program sectors, establishing new and sustaining existing relationships in the education, corporate, and social impact sectors

• Be an external national presence that represents the Society as an inspirational thought leader on STEM education, diverse talent pipeline development, the career impact of Black engineers, and other issues/content as necessary

Leadership Competencies

The Executive Director will be thoroughly committed to NSBE’s mission. The ideal candidate should have proven leadership, operational, program and relationship management experience. The leadership competencies required for this role should be reflected in the prior professional behaviors of candidates. These leadership competencies include:

Servant Leadership

• An institutionalist, first and foremost, with a low ego, and a keen sense of loyalty to the stewardship of NSBE manifested through a desired strategic engagement with NSBE student leaders and board members

• A mission-oriented leader who models a service orientation to all NSBE stakeholders

• A selfless manager and role model who personally and professionally manifests the highest aspirations and principles of NSBE Strategic Influencer

• An exceptional communicator across a broad range of NSBE stakeholders, including the NSBE board, NSBE student leaders, strategic partners, funders, and the media

• A relationship builder and NSBE true believer capable of conveying the inspiration and aspirations of NSBE cogently and passionately to diverse audiences

• An advocate and ambassador of NSBE’s collective interests with the ability to create buy-in for new programs, services, and collaborations with new and existing partners

Pragmatic Visionary

• A long term planner with the strategic perspective to position NSBE for sustainable success over the next era of its growth and development

• A builder and developer of innovative ideas, programs, and partnerships which align with real world budgetary, human capital, and organizational capacity constraints

• A capacity to synthesize coherent strategy and sound decisions from a divergent set of ideas, interests and opinions from key stakeholders

Required Qualifications:

• At least 10 years of management experience; a track record of effectively leading and scaling a performance and outcomes-based organization and staff; an ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth

• Proven direct experience and abilities in operations and administration preferably in a mission-based organization

• Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and aggressively manage a budget

• Strong marketing, public relations, and commercial/development experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders

• Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills

• Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to organizational planning

• Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people

• BS/BA from an accredited US college/university 

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