GENERAL: Role (Bylaws Art IV, Sec 2): “The Executive Director shall be the chief executive officer of the Society and shall have general and active management of the business of the Society. The Executive Director shall see that all orders and resolutions of the Board of Directors are carried into effect. He or she shall execute all contracts entered into by the Society, except those that pertain solely to the journal of the Society, Business Ethics Quarterly. The Executive Director shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors. He or she shall give, or cause to be given, notice of all meetings of the Board of Directors and members, and shall supervise the custody of all records and reports. The Executive Director also serves ex officio as a voting member of the Board of Directors.”

The Executive Director reports to the Board and provides an accounting of the Society’s activities to the Membership at the Annual Conference. The Executive Director (ED) is appointed by the Board of Directors and serves a term of five years.  The term commences at the close of the Business Meeting during the Society’s Annual Meeting in August (Article IV, Section 1 of the Bylaws).  The ED serves at the Board’s discretion and may be removed by the Board (Art IV, Sec 10).

Major Responsibilities:

  • Address any strategic issues with the Society that may arise during his/her term
  • Propose and implement (with Board approval) polices related to operations of the Society
  • Supervise/manage any necessary position searches for officers (ED, Treasurer, BEQ Editor, Communications Director)
  • Review quarterly listings of financial transactions with Treasurer.
  • Draft quarterly messages to the membership for the SBE Newsletter.
  • Manage the annual board election
  • Work with Cambridge University Press Membership Services
  • Review and manage SBE Website Content and Activity
  • Organize the annual meeting venue (identify potential hotels and negotiate contracts for conference space, food, receptions, and guest rooms)
  • Supervise any contractor assisting in the planning of the Annual Meeting and other operational tasks necessary to assist the Executive Director
  • Assist the Program Chair in planning the annual meeting.
  • Create the conference program with the Program Chair
  • Work with hotel staff at the Annual Conference
  • Chair the Board Meeting(s) and Membership Meeting at the Annual Conference
  • Host receptions at the Annual Conference
  • Coordinate committees selecting the annual SBE awards
  • Review and sign contracts between SBE and outside vendors
  • Work with the Social Issues in Management Liaison and Governance Committee
  • Respond to queries from members or those external to the organization
  • Assist the BEQ Editor and the Communications Director in their roles

The Executive Director role is critical to the continued growth and success of the Society.  The position involves significant leadership responsibilities that can result in substantial recognition for the individual who is interested in this role.

The position is effective August 2017

 If interested in this position, please contact:

Dawn Elm

Executive Director, Society for Business Ethics

University of St. Thomas

Opus College of Business

Minneapolis, Minnesota