The World Future Society (WFS) seeks a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead a transformation of the Society from its past success as a membership organization concentrated in the U.S. but with global chapters and affiliates, to its future success as a dynamic, global network for the exchange of ideas about the future that connects members who are eager to create better futures for themselves and for the world. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the CEO is responsible for the strategic, financial, and operational leadership of the Society. WFS is a 501(c)3 research and education organization currently with offices in Bethesda, MD. The CEO position is based in Bethesda but includes travel in the U.S. and abroad to promote the Society and build its network of members and partners. For a short summary of the Board’s thinking about the next CEO, please read the article posted here.
Lead in setting the Society’s vision and formulating the appropriate strategies.
Overseeing the Society’s operations, which include publications, conferences, online outreach, and chapter activities, as well as new offers to be determined.
Ensure the financial sustainability of the Society through business model innovation, which may include new products and services, expanded membership, sponsorship, fundraising, etc.
Expand global awareness of the Society and its mission.
Develop partnerships with other organizations and institutions where it serves the Society’s mission.
Characteristics of the Ideal Candidate:
Able to represent the Society with intelligence, energy, and enthusiasm before diverse, external audiences all over the world.
Able to think with foresight, conceptually, globally, and strategically, with a focus on the most promising opportunities to serve the Society’s mission.
Ability to think creatively about the use of technology in the delivery of the Society’s product and service offerings, both existing and new.
Dynamic and results-oriented, with a desire to make a tangible impact.
A strong drive to transform the Society into precisely what is needed now and in the decades ahead to help humanity explore, articulate, and achieve a better future for itself and its surroundings.
Comfortable and able to work in partnership with a board of directors of internationally recognized leaders from business, academia, and government.
Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and will continue until the completion of the search process. Applications should send the following documents:
A cover letter of up to 3 pages that addresses your current level of awareness of WFS, your WFS membership history (if any), the reasoning behind your desire to apply for this position, and any other information you feel the Board may find relevant;
A full curriculum vita or resume; and
A list of at least three references, of which at least two are people with whom you have had professional relationships through your primary work role (e.g., colleagues, supervisors, investors, directors).
The Board hopes to engage a pool of candidates that is highly diverse across all relevant dimensions, including but not limited to age, gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, and professional background.
For some candidates, being the CEO of the World Future Society at this point in its evolution may be a career-making opportunity that will propel them to still greater heights in the years to come. For other candidates, it may be an opportunity to apply well-honed skills from other sectors to an organization with higher meaning and purpose than the places they have worked in the past. Whatever your reasons, the World Future Society needs you. If you would like to heed this call, please contact the leadership search committee by e-mail to Leadership@wfs.org.
(The following is a suspended position)
- Minimum three years of event management experience to include both national face-to-face meetings as well as online events. Prefer experience planning events for international attendees.
- Assist with contract negotiations with national hotels and vendors.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and membership database/communications software.
- Demonstrated excellence with verbal and written communication skills.
- Bachelors degree or equivalent experience/training.
- Certified Meeting Planner or qualified to take CMP exam, or equivalent experience.
- Availability to travel to several times per year.
- Availability to work some evenings and weekends.
Salary/Benefits: Salary will be based on the experience you bring to the organization. All WFS employees also receive a benefits package.
To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary history to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications without salary history will not be considered. In your cover letter, please outline how your skills and experience meet the qualifications required.
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