BIFMA, the Business + Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association, is the leading not-for-profit trade association for business and institutional furniture manufacturers and has served as the voice of the commercial furniture industry since 1973. BIFMA exists to create and foster conditions by which the industry can flourish. The organization sponsors the development and refinement of standards, promotes sustainability throughout the commercial furniture life cycle, and offers statistical and educational resources to members and the public. BIFMA members represent the diverse-sized manufacturers ranging from family-owned businesses to specialty and international organizations, including suppliers, customer groups, and services. The association collaborates with related trade groups and advocates with regulatory agencies and legislative bodies.
BIFMA seeks its next Executive Director, who will replace a long-serving and highly-respected retiring incumbent. The Executive Director will lead BIFMA and work closely with the Board of Directors, a highly-engaged volunteer membership, and staff.
The next executive will establish the organization’s strategic direction and implement programs and initiatives in support of organizational strategies. BIFMA has a long-serving and dedicated four-member staff team, with an operating budget of approximately $2M, and located in the highly-ranked community of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
The next Executive Director will have seven to 10 years of executive or senior-level experience, with trade association or nonprofit organization leadership highly desired. Commercial furniture or related industry (ex: design and architecture community), is desired, but not required. Manufacturing knowledge is helpful but not required. A bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and experience is required.
Serving as the organization’s spokesperson and voice for the industry, the Executive Director will have the ability to grasp critical information about the members, industry, and markets, as well as related trade groups and legislative and regulatory bodies. The ideal candidate will have a charismatic and collaborative leadership style, an entrepreneurial mindset with a track record of driving and increasing revenue, and strong outreach and networking skills.
About BIFMA (Business + Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association)
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