Chief Executive Officer via AGU

National Ground Water Association (NGWA)

Columbus, OH, US

The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) seeks a collaborative, forward-thinking Chief Executive Officer to lead the organization in partnership with the Board of Directors. NGWA is a hybrid international trade association and scientific professional society working together to advance groundwater knowledge and the success of members through education and outreach; advocacy; cooperation and information exchange; and enhancement of professional practices. NGWA’s vision is to be the leading groundwater association advocating the responsible development, management, and use of groundwater. NGWA also operates a charitable foundation, the NGWA Foundation, focused on education, research and charitable activities related to broader public understanding of groundwater.

The current CEO will retire at the end of 2017. The next CEO must be a talented leader who recognizes successes of the past and charts a course for future impact and growth.  

NGWA has four​ membership sections — contractors, scientists and engineers, manufacturers, and suppliers. The National board has 19 voting members and each membership section has an oversight board. The CEO manages a staff of 29 and a budget of $5.5 Million, and serves roughly 10,500 members.

In close partnership with the Board of Directors and staff, the CEO provides strategic vision and leadership to steward the future of NGWA and cultivates relationships with key policymakers, stakeholders, the media, and partners to advance NGWA’s goals. The CEO has a strong external presence and the ability to engage stakeholders.

As an international association, NGWA works with a network of state and professional associations as well as foreign counterparts serving groundwater professionals. The CEO has a strong external presence and needs a natural ability to collaborate, harness the collective voice of the groundwater industry, and cultivate relationships globally.

The CEO is a visible leader for the NGWA and will:

Be the operational leader that the Board needs to achieve NGWA’s strategic plan.

Successfully achieve NGWA’s goals as established by the Board.

Have strategic vision to assist the Board in setting the best goals.

Work in a collegial, transparent and highly participatory manner.

Be highly knowledgeable about, attuned to, and effective in researching member needs and industry issues.

Identify and foster opportunities to diversify and grow the organization’s revenue through new partnerships and services.

Manage and nurture an exceptional staff.

Possess a high level of business and financial acumen along with experience improving operational efficiencies.

Have excellent communication skills, media experience, and the ability to positively influence others.

Seek opportunities to strengthen cross-organizational collaboration.

Effectively influence public policy and regulatory issues affecting members.

Work to secure legislation and grants from federal government to better our industry and members.

Represent NGWA regionally, nationally and internationally to achieve NGWA goals. Regular travel and public speaking engagements are an important part of this position.

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned executive leader with a strong track record of successfully leading and developing teams, working with an engaged Board, diversifying revenue streams, leading strategic planning, and cultivating relationships with a wide spectrum of stakeholders, vendors, and partners.

This describes the general nature of the CEO position. A full position description will be provided to candidates.

To Apply:

NGWA has retained Nancy Rummel of Nancy Rummel & Associates to assist in this search. Candidates should submit a letter of interest with salary requirement and resume to: [email protected] . Deadline for application is March 31, 2017.

Salary package is commensurate with experience.  

The National Ground Water Association headquarters is located in Westerville, Ohio. To learn more about NGWA, visit: