NAWCC Executive Director

NAWCC Executive Director Position Announcement

The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC), a 501(c)(3) educational charitable nonprofit organization, seeks an individual for Executive Director with the skills, talent, and aptitude in the following areas:

• Marketing, Promotion & Fundraising
• Education & Communications
• Strategic Planning & Leadership
• Management & Administration
• Fiscal Oversight

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the NAWCC with its approximately 13,000 members worldwide. Staff consists of 30 full- and part-time employees organized into eight departments (museum and library, education, communications, publications, membership, information services, development, and controller).

The successful candidate must have superior communication and fundraising skills; a willingness to gain a comprehensive knowledge of the field of horology; and a willingness to take on the unique challenges of leading the world’s largest horological organization.

The NAWCC manages the National Watch and Clock Museum, the Library and Research Center, and a robust publications program in addition to serving a large membership base. The ideal candidate is a flexible, self-motivated team player and leader with superb time management skills.

A bachelor’s degree or advanced degree in a related field is required along with ten years in responsible management positions.

The position will be filled by June 2017 with a start date in August 2017. Submit a letter of interest and resume to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 20, 2017. EOE



Title: Executive Director

Location: NAWCC offices, Columbia, PA

Travel: Approximately 4-8 times a year

FLSA Status: Full-time, exempt

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) has overall strategic and operational responsibility for the NAWCC, a 501(c)(3) organization with approximately 13,000 members worldwide. Staff consists of 30 full and part time employees organized into eight departments (museum and library, education, communications, publications, membership, information services, development, and financial controller).

Primary Responsibilities include

1. Marketing, Promotion & Fundraising (40%)

   • Promote and grow beneficial relationships with museums, historical societies, collector organizations, horological industry and other related public and private organizations.

   • Establish new sources of revenue. Increase fundraising, grants, endowments and planned giving.

   • Lead membership initiatives to retain and attract corporate and individual members.

2. Education & Communications (25%)

   • Ensure a robust, high-quality educational agenda that appeals to members and the public.

   • Expand and enhance all aspects of communications, including internet, mobile, social media, email, and collaborative tools to achieve an outstanding user experience, maximize efficiency (reduce costs), and build brand awareness.

   • Expand the breadth of services and products offered to attract additional segments of horological collectors, scholars, educators and the general public where feasible.

3. Strategic Planning & Leadership (10%)

   • Understand issues and opportunities facing the Association; propose and prioritize projects to the Board; formulate and execute action plans.

   • Ensure initiative alignment and coordination across departments, committees and volunteers.

   • Report activities, measures and issues to the Board; assist and advise the Board as requested, facilitate organization of standing meetings, materials and associated agendas. Serve as ex-officio on committees.

   • Foster collaborative relationship with the Board, volunteers and association members.

   • Become a recognized leader and champion of the Association as a global institution of horology.

4. Management & Administration (15%)

   • Attract, develop and retain talent. Manage NAWCC department directors and key staff (currently, 30 full-time and part-time employees plus numerous volunteers). Department directors should be subject matter experts in their areas of responsibility and empowered to manage their respective staff; however, the ED has overall responsibility for all staff and to ensure they are knowledgeable of, and adhere to, NAWCC Bylaws, Standing Rules, human resources policies and other applicable policies, procedures and practices.

   • Ensure product and service excellence, rigorous evaluation and quality monitoring.

5. Fiscal Oversight (10%)

   • Oversee all Association fiscal matters including preparation of annual operating, capital and restricted fund budgets/forecasts.
         ○ Manage Board-approved budget.

Core Competencies

Revenue generation: Demonstrated ability to fundraise and increase grants, endowments, capital campaigns and planned giving.

Technology & Innovation: experience utilizing and applying innovation and technology; knowledge of internet, mobile and social media technologies to deliver products and services, and create efficiencies.

Communications: Serve as the “face” of the organization and must effectively listen, understand and provide timely, situation-appropriate communications, including public speaking and media relations.

Ethics: Champion NAWCC values and objectives and positively influence others to promote the Association, and perform in a manner that is in the best interest of the Association.

Relationship Building / Teamwork: Work collaboratively and maintain positive working relationships with all constituents, both internal and external.

Financial management: Understanding of budgets, financial planning and fiscal controls to maximize efficiency.

Content Awareness: Has knowledge of ability to quickly become acquainted with horology and associated terminology.


The ED will be thoroughly committed to the mission of the NAWCC. All candidates must have proven leadership, experience managing a large staff, and working with a Board of Directors.

At least 10 years of senior management experience.

Experience leading a 501(c)(3) organization preferred.

Advanced degree preferred.

Strong marketing and fundraising track record.

Excellent communication and multidisciplinary organization skills; action oriented and self-directed.

Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email required. Experience with association software or similar group management software desirable.

Work can be computer intensive and physically demanding. Employee is regularly required to stand; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear.

The employee is frequently required to walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and stoop, kneel, crouch and/or crawl.

The employee is required to sit for long periods of time and occasionally climb and balance.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and color vision. The ED must be able to speak clearly and be heard from a distance of 50 feet.




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