Job Description – Executive Director

The Antique & Classic Boat Society, Inc. (ACBS), founded in January 1975, is seeking a full-time Executive Director. This person will assume leadership of the Administrative Staff and will report directly to the Society President and the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors. The organization is evolving from one of a volunteer-run board to a staff-run administrative headquarters. The Executive Director is expected to lead this change.

The vision of the ACBS is to provide an organization wherein people with a common interest in and love of historic, antique and classic boats can come together with friends and colleagues in a spirit of fellowship and fun to share dreams, adventures, knowledge, history and experiences. See the public web site at for further information.

ACBS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation organized under the laws of New York State and US federal tax regulations. It operates internationally with 6,900 memberships and 54 chapters across the United States, Canada and most recently France and Scandinavia. The annual operating budget exceeds $500,000 and is funded primarily by membership dues. Additionally, a Scholarship Endowment Fund is maintained for the awarding of annual scholarships to accredited schools and institutions which teach vintage boat preservation, restoration and building.

Administrative offices are located in Clayton, New York. Organizationally, the ACBS functions with an annually elected president, as well as some 30 committees, including an Executive Committee of the Board. The Board includes about 20 other elected members plus the Chapter Presidents—all unpaid volunteers. Most Directors are elected for three year terms. The Executive Committee re-forms yearly with the loss of only one member—the outgoing Past President. Thus, with each President having served as a Vice President for two years, continuity is maintained. The Secretary and Treasurer, though voted on annually, usually serve several terms, also adding continuity.

The Board meets off-site four times a year for business meetings including an Annual Meeting in September and a winter budget meeting. The Annual Meeting traditionally includes the ACBS International Boat Show. Meetings other than the budget meeting are usually scheduled at varied locations across North America that have strong connections to vintage boating.

Position Summary

The ED provides executive management and supervision of the daily business activities of the ACBS. This person serves under the direction of the President of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors and in cooperation with other Board members, Committee chairs, Chapter Officers and the membership at large. The ED is assisted in his/her work by a small staff of full and part time persons. Daily activities include all actions necessary for the stability and growth of the organization as well as member services and preparation and execution of the operating budget. National travel is required several times a year to represent the organization at various venues.

The organization faces the challenge of an aging membership and a key role of the Executive Director will be to identify and execute strategies to protect the long term viability and growth of the organization.

This position will be located in Clayton, New York where the headquarters and administrative staff are located and it is expected the Executive Director will live in the Clayton area.

Primary responsibilities

  • Embrace and promote the ACBS Mission. (
  • Develop, execute and maintain Strategic Plans in support of the ACBS mission and agreeable to the Executive Committee.
  • Develop and implement strategies that target yearly growth in ACBS membership.
  • Seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for both ongoing operations as well as for new initiatives. Serve as an Ex Officio member of certain board appointed committees.
  • Foster effective relationships with Chapter leaders to ensure Chapter strength, efficiency and commonality of efforts.
  • Actively engage and energize ACBS members, chapters, volunteers, board members, event committees, partnering organizations, and donors.
  • Prepare the yearly budget with the assistance of the treasurer.
  • Participate in and direct the preparation of the financial documents for the annual audit.
  • Assist the President and Executive Committee with Quarterly and Annual Meeting Agendas.
  • Establish and maintain a publicity, marketing and outreach program directed at organizations, associations and businesses that can directly contribute in some manner to further the aims of the ACBS Mission.
  • Direct the planning and management of the Annual Meeting and the International Boat Show.

Qualifications Required

  • Enthusiasm for and dedication to the principles of the ACBS and the vintage boating community.
  • Track record of effectively leading and scaling an organization and staff; ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth and membership engagement.
  • Senior level employment experiences in corporate business and/or association management complimented by progressive leadership experience that included oversight of other personnel and of complex projects/programs and have a high energy level and expectations for advancement. The skills to articulate a vision, create consensus, and motivate and manage staff and member committees are needed. Bachelor’s Degree or other equal professional experiences.
  • Demonstrated skills in marketing to the corporate and public marketplace.
  • Demonstrated skills in budgeting and accounting.
  • Proficient in all basic computer skills; Microsoft Office Suite, Internet research techniques, email marketing, including communication and marketing with social media, etc.
  • Excellent organizational skills; attention to detail, problem solving, multi-tasking, prioritization and scheduling of staff work.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills that include strong verbal and written communications.
  • Goal oriented. Able to meet and exceed objectives set for self and set by others for self.
  • Flexible, adaptable, strong initiative and self-starter.

Compensation is commensurate with experience. Base salary plus incentive plan tied to association growth and assigned objectives.

Where to apply

By email only; submit resume to
Place your name in the email subject line (last name, first name). The deadline for receiving applications will be October 14, 2016.

No telephone calls will be accepted.

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