Applications, nominations now accepted with review process beginning November 12, 2015
23 October, 2015
The National Association of Campus Card Users posted an official listing for the position of Executive Director. The association will begin the application review process on November 12, 2015 and continue until a successful candidate has been selected.
Lowell Adkins, the association’s current Executive Director, announced his retirement effective June 30, 2016. He has led the group since March 2004.
“Lowell has guided our association through 11 exciting years, and his professionalism and attention to detail have allowed our association to thrive,” says Ken Boyer, AVP and director of auxiliary services at Mercer University and treasurer and chair of the executive search committee at NACCU. “It is our intention for the successful candidate to have the opportunity to learn and shadow alongside Lowell starting in June and then assume responsibilities as our Executive Director July 1, 2016.”
The position reports to the President and the Board of Directors, and is responsible for the service and administrative functions of the association including strategic planning, professional development, program development, financial management, fundraising and member services.
The Executive Director manages NACCU’s four full-time employees and a $1 million annual budget; develops the annual budget for Board approval; develops membership programs to promote retention and growth; and recommends new policies to the Board for review and approval.
As stipulated by NACCU, the successful candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree and will have demonstrated progressively responsible leadership experience in a higher education, association management or non-profit setting. A master’s degree and a general understanding of higher education and auxiliary services are preferred.
The position description includes a desire for the candidate to be mindful that the campus card business is evolving. In particular, the Association highlights the implementation of mobile technologies and other technical and regulatory changes that will affect the profession going forward.
There is significant industry knowledge on the board of directors, so the new Executive Director will have strong professional resources and volunteer leadership in his or her first few years with the association.
Though no salary details are provided, the benefits package includes:
- Vacation: 20 days per year accrued per pay period. Carryover permitted for up to two years, with a maximum accrual of 30 days. 100% payout of accrual upon separation
- Sick leave: 9 days per year accrued per pay period, carryover permitted, with a maximum 120 day accrual; 50% payout of accrual upon separation with at least a two-week notice
- Medical/dental/vision insurance: No benefit
- Term Life: $100,000
- Retirement: SIMPLE IRA with a 3% employer contribution.
The search process
The NACCU Board appointed Mercer’s Boyer to chair the search committee. He will work with the NACCU search committee, and search firm Spellman and Johnson, to assist the NACCU board in appointing Adkins’ successor.
Joining Boyer on NACCU’s Search Committee are institutional members Jessica Bender, West Palm Beach State Community College, Jim Clinton, University North Carolina, and Oralia Carrillo, Trinity University. Also on the committee are Janice Weston of the NACCU National Office and Danny Smith of ColorID.
“Along with the NACCU Board of Directors we reviewed several executive search firms and choose Mark Hall with Spelman & Johnson Group to help us conduct our search,” says Boyer. “SPG has considerable experience helping both Universities and non-profit Associations with executive recruitment efforts.”
Most recently SPG consulted with the National Association of College Auxiliary Services (NACAS) in the search for the association’s new CEO. “SPG will collect all applications on behalf of NACCU and then vet the applicants and refer those that meet our qualifications to the search committee to review and interview,” explains Boyer. “The committee will narrow down the applicants to the top three or four for the NACCU Board of Directors to interview and hire if appropriate.”
Already in full swing, the search has been promising thus far. “We are extremely pleased with the search process thus far and have seen a wide variety of interest from both inside and outside of higher education,” says Boyer. “Our goal is to have a successful candidate identified and ready to introduce to the Association at our annual conference in San Francisco in April.”
Review of applications will begin November 12, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via Spelman and Johnson’s website at www.spelmanandjohnson.com under the “Current Searches” link, and nominations for the position may be emailed to Mark A. Hall at [email protected].
Now based in Phoenix, Arizona, NACCU was first organized in 1993 in Baltimore, Maryland with the original vision of creating an association to educate college and university administrators responsible for developing card systems on their campuses. Today, NACCU serves the national and international community as the only association devoted to the campus card transaction industry. The association provides its members with educational programs, resources, networking, partnerships, insight sharing and professional development as well as hosts an annual conference for the association’s 500 member institutions.