One of Oregon’s most respected trade associations, the Oregon Home Builders Association (OHBA) is seeking a strategic and driven leader to serve as its next CEO and Chief Lobbyist. As the statewide voice of the residential construction industry, OHBA represents the interests of builders at the Oregon capitol and state agencies, championing laws and regulations that help ensure that Oregonians have access to affordable housing whether they choose to own or rent. The association further works to meet its 3000 member companies’ business needs by delivering educational opportunities, insurance and other services that enhance professionalism and profitability.
Headquartered in Salem, OHBA is affiliated with the National Association of Home Builders and thirteen local Home Builders Associations around the state. The association works with a roughly $1 million budget, is governed by a geographically diverse 35-member Board of Directors, and is served by five full-time staff and two contractors.
Serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Lobbyist. Recommends and participates in formulation of policies and makes decisions within the bounds of said policies. Plans, organizes, directs and coordinates the staff, programs and activities to ensure the association’s goals and objectives are met.
Shall be the primary representative of the home building, development and housing industry before state lawmakers and state boards, commissions, agencies and departments whose regulatory responsibilities impact home building/rebuilding, land development and housing policy and the business climate for OHBA’s members. Shall coordinate member engagement/involvement as appropriate.
Shall retain and supervise OHBA’s contract lobbyists, including assignment of issues and coverage of legislative or agency activities.
Shall coordinate the development of policy positions through the OHBA Government Affairs Committee, the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.
Shall be responsible for the administration and coordination of all of the Association’s Legislative and Regulatory programs and activities, working with and involving the OHBA Governmental Affairs Committee, Executive Committee, Board and appropriate members to identify priority issues and strategies for same.
Shall identify needs and work with local associations and contracted support to grow the resources for OHBA’s PAC (Oregonians for Affordable Housing), to administer and facilitate the goals of the PAC, and to develop a process to identify and support state and local campaigns and candidates that further the mission of OHBA.
Shall develop and maintain relationships with our affiliated National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) that help in the coordination of association policy and involvement on federal legislative and regulatory issues that may significantly impact OHBA members. Attend and participate in NAHB meetings as appropriate and with the NAHB Executive Officer’s Council.
Shall involve, educate and communicate all legislative and regulatory issues to association leadership and members and will be the primary internal external communication source representing OHBA to the membership, public and press.
Shall have oversight for all association staff. Employ, train, evaluate and discharge such personnel; compensate staff personnel within the limitations of the budget approved by the Executive Committee; direct the work of the staff, develop and maintain an effective system of control over staff functions, Association finances and services.
Shall provide guidance to the OHBA Officers, Executive Committee and Board on matters related to association financial performance, operational needs, policy positions, long-range planning and other areas that will assist the OHBA leadership in the performance of their duties and the overall health of the association.
Shall develop and maintain relationships with the local affiliated HBAs across the State, engaging their staff and leaders as appropriate to help in the development of OHBA policies, positions and priorities, and involving them as able to support the mutual goals of the local HBAs and OHBA to support our membership and industry.
Shall perform such other responsibilities as may be designated from time to time by the Executive Board and the President.
Shall devote their full time and attention to the faithful performance of their duties to the best of their ability and in the interest of the Association, and shall conduct the office in accordance with law, the Constitution, the Bylaws and policies of the Association.
Shall be an ex officio, non-voting member of the Board of Directors, the Executive Board, and all committees and councils of the Association.
The successful candidate will have senior level experience as a lobbyist with a proven track record of building bi-partisan support for issues, preferably with direct experience in the Oregon legislature and/or on complex housing issues and policies. He or she will have at least five years’ experience as a senior staff executive, CEO or related position with responsibility for budget development and oversight, communications and staff management.
Essential skills will require an ability to effectively build coalitions and to develop relationships that allow for partnerships on issues, especially with groups who might have differing agendas on some issues but where common ground can be found to move a positive housing agenda forward.
Applicants should be proven, effective managers with a positive track record in managing staff and contract relationships, including evaluating needs and making effective hiring decisions to meet those needs matched with the CEO’s own skillset. Association management experience is a plus, as is a law degree or background.
The Oregon Home Builders Association has retained the executive search firm 180one to assist in the search for its new CEO and Chief Lobbyist. To apply, please submit resume and letter of interest, in confidence, by September 5th to 180one at OHBA@180one.com
The Oregon Home Builders Association is the unified voice for the home building industry and the housing consumer, providing the resources, education and leadership required to ensure members success and to protect the right of all Oregonians to own a home of their own.As the statewide voice of the residential construction industry, OHBA represents the interests of builders at the Oregon capitol a...nd state agencies, championing laws and regulations that help ensure that Oregonians have access to affordable housing whether they choose to own or rent. The association further works to meet its 3000 member companies’ business needs by delivering educational opportunities, insurance and other services that enhance professionalism and profitability.
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