International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO)
Kansas City, Missouri
The International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO) is a nonprofit educational and research association, and is the premier professional membership organization of government assessment officials and others interested in the administration of the property tax. Founded in 1934, IAAO now has more than 8,300 members worldwide from governmental, business, and academic communities.
IAAO’s Mission Statement: IAAO is a global community of mass appraisal experts who promote excellence in property appraisal, assessment administration and property tax policy through professional development, research and standards. It is the vision of IAAO to “be the global leader and preeminent source of standards, professional development and research in property appraisal, assessment administration and property tax policy.”
The IAAO has a current annual budget of $5 million, 25 full-time employees, and headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri at 314 West 10th Street. The current programs include:
Education - Courses, workshops and seminars in appraisal, assessment administration, policy and legal issues, property tax laws, and special advanced topics.
Professional designations - The IAAO confers six internationally recognized professional designations.
Information Services - including assessment Standards development and the IAAO library, plus an inquiry answering service and technical assistance and consulting services.
Publications - IAAO helps members stay up-to-date with a magazine, journal, and E-news.
Other Membership Services – IAAO provides an annual conference, seminars, an online career center, and support to 92 chapters and affiliates.
The Executive Director provides leadership toward the achievement of IAAO’s philosophy, mission, strategy and annual goals and objectives and is responsible for the general, day-to-day administration of the affairs of the IAAO. The Executive Director reports to and works with the Board of Directors in developing strategies which support the mission of the IAAO, developing and implementing the strategic goals and objectives of the IAAO, and enabling the Board to effectively fulfill its governance function.
The ideal candidate for this position possesses:
Executive experience in a professional association with an active, participatory membership including global chapters.
Skills in monitoring and sustaining sound financial performance and experience in identifying routes to potential members to continue the growth in membership.
Ability to envision and convey the organization’s strategic future to the staff, board, volunteers and members (Mission driven and within objectives of Strategic Plan).
Experience in executive-board partnership, the ability to provide clear information and strong recommendations to a governing board and balance the perspective of staff and board.
Communication and relationship skills in evidence as:
Positive approach, optimistic, with the ability to see opportunities
Transparent and high integrity leadership qualities
Listening to diverse views and communicating information accurately and consistently
A transparent leader with an executive presence who is also charismatic, strategic, and politically astute
An energetic person who can handle and prioritize multiple activities and relationships, including traveling to meet with various stakeholders.
Key Responsibilities of the Executive Director
Key duties and responsibilities include:
Participate with the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the association
Foster effective team work between the Board, the Executive Director and the staff
Be a strong leader who can quickly earn respect and credibility inside and outside IAAO, possessing particular ability to instill confidence and pride in IAAO services and activities.
Management and Planning
Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the association's programs and services
Expand membership through innovative outreach initiatives
Demonstrate the ability and desire to think in international terms.
The Executive Director also serves as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Association and in this role annually prepares a budget for the Association for review and approval by the Board.
Assure that IAAO and its mission, programs, products and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image internally, to the membership at large, and to the public.
Ensure a motivated and capable staff in a positive work environment.
Promote and require high standards of performance, productivity, and accountability while encouraging initiative by staff.
Be an open, personable, people-person who is sincere and accessible and one who can relate with persons and problems involving a wide variety of needs and concerns.
Be capable of attracting, developing and retaining a highly qualified professional staff and projecting positive exemplary leadership qualities.
Professional Qualifications & Personal Attributes
Bachelor’s Degree required; advanced degree such as an MBA and/or a designation such as Certified Association Executive preferred.
Five or more years executive association management experience required, preferably in an international, membership based non-profit association with a focus on professional education and designation programs.
Strong organizational abilities, including planning, delegating, program development, task facilitation, without micro-managing key managers.
Ability to envision and convey the organization’s strategic future to the staff, board, volunteers and donors (Mission driven and within objectives of Strategic Plan)
Transparent and high integrity leadership qualities.
Personnel management experience, including human resource practices and compensation / benefits administration, and the ability to demonstrate appreciation for staff, solicit and incorporate their input.
Additional desirable professional experience:
Demonstrated ability to monitor and sustain sound financial performance
Leading a national or international association
Real estate or property assessment
Proven success working with a senior leadership team and with a Board of Directors, with the ability to cultivate board member relationships.
The Executive Director usually works in an office environment, but the mission of the organization requires overnight travel on a regular basis. As much as 30% of the Executive Director’s schedule may be dedicated to out of town travel.
The Executive Director works a standard work week, but additionally will often work evening, weekends, and extended hours to accommodate activities such as Board meetings and representing the organization.
The projected compensation range for this position will be competitive and in accordance with the background and experience of the selected candidate. IAAO currently provides Medical, Dental, Vision and Life plans, and a 403(b) plan with annual contributions and matching contributions.
Statement of Non-Discrimination
In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at IAAO will be based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. IAAO does not discriminate against any individual in any phase of employment in accordance with the requirements of applicable local, state and federal law.
IAAO provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment. No person working at IAAO is to be discriminated against in employment because of race, religion, color, sex, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information (as defined in the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act), military status, or other categories protected by law. This applies to all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment, including, but not limited to hiring, training, promotion, transfer, compensation, benefits, termination, and retirement.
To apply for this position, submit resume and cover letter to Bruce Scott, The Moran Company, through the link below. Within your cover letter or resume, please be sure to provide a description of your qualifications related to the Position Summary and “ideal candidate” traits.
Please Note: Preliminary interviews will be completed remotely. Currently we do plan for semi-finalist and finalist candidates to complete interviews in person at the offices of IAAO in Kansas City, depending of course upon local/regional restrictions and travel guidelines at the time.
About International Association of Assessing Officers
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