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Position Announcement: Executive Director

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The Society for Business Ethics is seeking a volunteer Executive Director, for a five-year term in office beginning in August of 2022 and ending in August of 2027.

The Executive Director is the chief executive of the Society, and has responsibility for the general and active management of the business of the Society. That includes but is not limited to the following:

Pertaining to the Governance of the Society:

  • Preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors, and serve ex officio as a voting member thereof
  • Ensure that all orders and resolutions of the Board of Directors are carried out
  • Convene meetings of the Board of Directors and of SBE members
  • Recommend strategic direction and other considerations to the Board, relevant to the Society’s mission fulfillment and sustainability
  • Supervise custody of all official records and reports
  • Coordinate searches for appointed Board members
  • Coordinate elections for elected Board members, at the direction of the Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors, and together with the Society’s membership services vendor
  • Investigate and respond to complaints as warranted

Pertaining to the Society’s Relationships with its Stakeholders:

  • Execute all contracts entered into by the Society, except those that pertain solely to Business Ethics Quarterly
  • Select and manage all vendors in the best interest of the Society
  • Respond to inquiries from the public and from members on behalf of the Society
  • Issue member communications, solicit contributions to and publish the thrice-annual newsletter, and manage distribution of various announcements through Society media
  • Engage with sponsors and donors to support the activities of the Society
  • Work with the Treasurer and the Society’s accounting firm to comply with Federal and state / local taxation requirements

Pertaining to the Annual Conference:

  • Work with the Society’s site-selection vendor to select conference hotels, and to both negotiate and execute contracts with those hotels
  • Share responsibility with the Program Chair for the development of the annual conference Call for Papers and Program
  • Order and troubleshoot food-and-beverage, space, and audiovisual arrangements at the Society’s annual conference
  • Coordinate the selection of award winners, procurement of award plaques, and presentation of awards at the annual conference

Candidates for the Executive Directorship are expected to have the following attributes:

  • A university degree in the humanities or one of the social sciences
  • Familiarity with the Society for Business Ethics
  • Demonstrated attention to detail in prior work
  • Fluency in written and spoken English (near native)
  • Availability to chair SBE Board of Directors meetings, particularly the annual meeting typically held the day of pre-conference activities at the conference hotel
  • Availability to attend the SBE annual conference, typically held over three days at the end of July or the beginning of August in a North American or European city
  • Ability to work independently, cordially, and remotely with a variety of diverse stakeholders
  • Ability to communicate a compelling vision and strategy for the future of the Society to its members and other stakeholders.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Familiarity with the fields of business ethics, corporate social responsibility, or sustainability
  • Experience organizing events
  • Experience managing vendors
  • Experience with fundraising
  • Experience on a Board of Directors
  • An earned doctorate in the humanities or social sciences

The Executive Director would assume office at the end of the business meeting at the 2022 conference, and relinquish office at the end of the business meeting at the 2027 conference, unless their term is extended as provided in the bylaws of the Society. The Board hopes to select the incoming Executive Director by the beginning of January, 2022, and begin including the incoming Executive Director on correspondence and in deliberations shortly thereafter, so that the incoming Executive Director can be familiar with the Society’s policies, processes, and vendors before taking office.

Interested individuals are invited to contact the SBE Executive Director, Dr. Jason Stansbury, Candidates are asked to provide a brief statement of their interest in and qualifications for the position, no later than October 15, 2021.