Founded in 1940, The California Association of Port Authorities (CAPA) is dedicated to its mission of educating state and federal policy makers on port operations while advocating for the best interests of the maritime community.
On behalf of its members, CAPA maintains a year-round office in Sacramento, CA, and provides educational leadership and advocacy on issues relating to transportation, trade, the environment, land use, energy and other subjects affecting port operations and competitiveness. CAPA also manages governmental relations with California’s legislative and administrative branches of government, conducts targeted outreach to Members of Congress and the federal government, monitors legislative/regulatory proposals related to goods movement and the maritime community, and coordinates with other associations and industry groups.
CAPA maintains formal agreements on behalf of its member ports with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) and provides regular communications with the FMC and other national interests.
SUMMARY: The CAPA Board of Directors is seeking a government or public affairs professional to serve as the organization’s Executive Director (ED) OR an established firm where the company’s principal would serve as ED and CAPA would be a client of the firm.
The Executive Director will report to the Board and ideally have experience managing a private sector firm or trade association. He or she will be currently engaged in identifying and addressing issues of importance to the international trade community and will develop and implement strategies for acting on these issues through the appropriate governmental and legislative channels. The Executive Director will be responsible for the day to day operations of the association (including oversight of any contracted personnel or firm staff), will manage, monitor and maintain agreements with the FMC, develop effective public messaging and lead advocacy efforts on behalf of CAPA’s member ports, and plan events in collaboration the CAPA Board and member ports. The successful candidate will be an assertive and creative leader who will represent the association with the utmost professionalism. He or she will have a proven track record of mobilizing members or clients around matters relevant to the goods movement industry.
LOCATION: California. Sacramento, CA preferred.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE: The ideal candidate will have 10 years’ experience in government or public affairs with current emphasis on the transportation/goods movement industry. Having managed a transportation related association is a plus. He/she will be intimately knowledgeable of legislative issues in California related to moving cargo by water and through inland/intermodal channels and ideally with transportation issues at the Federal level. Familiarity with cargo owners and the various stakeholders in the supply chain is highly desirable. Exceptional collaborative and customer service skills, coalition building and organizing, and representing member ports with assertiveness and professionalism are a must.
COMPENSATION: Open, depending on contractual arrangement with an individual vs. an established firm.
TO APPLY: Please submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Susan Shey Dvonch, Shey-Harding Executive Search: email@example.com, (562) 252-8516, www.shey-harding.com. The initial close date for the search is Friday, May 10, 2019. The posting will remain open until the position is filled.
PROCESS: First round interviews will be conducted the week of May 20, 2019. Finalist interviews will be conducted the week of June 3, 2019.
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