HARRIS RAND LUSK

Invest in the USA (IIUSA)

Executive Director

To Apply

Invest in the USA has retained the services of Harris Rand Lusk to conduct this search. Inquiries, nominations, and applications may be directed in confidence to:

Jack Lusk, Managing Partner & CEO
or
Eric Perry
Harris Rand Lusk
122 E. 42nd Street, Suite 3605
New York, NY 10168

Eperry@harrisrand.com

Please put IIUSA in the subject line of your emailed application

Background:
Founded in 2005, Invest in the USA (IIUSA) is a national membership-based 501(c)(6) not-for-profit industry trade association for the EB-5 Regional Center Program (the “Program”).  IIUSA’s members, now numbering around 260, account for the vast majority of capital formation and job creation in the U.S. resulting from the Program.  IIUSA advocates for policies that will maximize the economic benefit to the U.S. from the Program through education, industry development, and research. Accordingly, its primary mission is long-term reauthorization of the EB-5 Regional Center Program by Congress after 23+ years of bipartisan support and current record-breaking economic impact statistics.

Position:
Reporting to the IIUSA Board President, the Executive Director of IIUSA (ED) is the senior staff member charged with management and operation of the organization as well as the lead advocate for and the public face of the EB-5 industry. This person will be a proven leader with a successful track record of working with or for nonprofit membership organizations. S/he should possess a thorough understanding of the IIUSA, its mission, history, operations, membership and customer service orientation, services and programs, culture and environment.

The ED must be a skilled manager and consensus builder who is able to promote cooperation, collaboration and partnerships while advancing the core goals of the organization. S/he should have substantial experience working for or with elected and appointed officials, as well as US and international business leaders, and must demonstrate significant accomplishments and past successes. The successful candidate will be politically astute, a hands-on manager, a strategic thinker and planner, a problem solver and able to respond to crises quickly and effectively. An ability to promote an open, inclusive environment with the staff that emphasizes cooperation and teamwork with a minimum of ego is critical.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Serve as primary representative of the association to external stakeholders such as other industry associations, foreign immigration agents, media, and the general public to create positive partnerships and outcomes for the association
  • Lead in identifying, developing and executing strategic initiatives for the association that align the organization to serve present and future membership needs while providing strong fundraising capabilities to ensure the association’s continuing ability to operate.
  • Together with the President, the ED will set annual goals and objectives. In addition, the ED shall have primary responsibility to design and implement appropriate metrics for the association’s activities to allow the Board to evaluate progress toward the achievement of these goals and objectives.
  • Encourage and lead all association communication efforts, both internal and external, to ensure that the association and the industry are perceived in a positive manner by all stakeholders, and that association objectives are accomplished.
  • The Executive Director must actively and positively engage with Association members at all levels of the organization – general membership, President’s Advisory Council, and the Board, and maintain transparent and positive communication to members and other key stakeholders.

Management

  • Oversee Board of Directors’ operation, organization, communication and administration.
  • Recruit, hire, train and manage staff as well as conduct the annual performance and compensation review of all staff positions. (There are currently four employees with two located in Washington, DC, one in Nashville, TN, and one in Portland, ME.) The ED will communicate recommendations to the Officers and the Board of Directors, including salary recommendations.
  • Work with the Secretary-Treasurer on an annual operating and promotional budget for review and initial approval by the Board of directors and further submission to membership for final approval.

Advocacy

  • Work with staff, Board of Directors, association members, and any retained consultants or lobbyists to build and execute an advocacy strategy for both legislative and regulatory activities related to the EB-5 program
  • Work with staff to conduct industry research that addresses the inquiries of congressional offices, regulatory agencies, media, and association members
  • Collect industry and USCIS statistical data of significance to the industry, to publish as appropriate, and to use in lobbying and public relations activities.
  • Interface with Congress, the White House, and agencies to promote beneficial outcomes for the EB-5 industry

Public Relations and Education

  • Work with staff and contracted professionals to manage a proactive and reactive public affairs strategy for IIUSA and the EB-5 industry
  • Work with staff, membership, committees and legal counsel, as appropriate, to monitor and participate in court proceedings as approved by the Board
  • Work with staff to program event content, and to organize, promote, and deliver events
  • Leverage the statistical research used in advocacy and public relations to create quality education content

Industry and Association Development

  • Lead association membership building and retention strategies to grow membership
  • Work with the staff and committees to develop and promote best practices within the industry
  • Work with staff on business development, both domestically and abroad
  • Drive meaningful membership engagement, across all levels of membership to support members and promote the positive impacts of the EB-5 program
  • Work with staff and leadership on a focused fundraising campaign to provide financial stability to the organization and fund advocacy and PR efforts.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related discipline; advanced degree a plus.
  • Must be an excellent public speaker with experience presenting to large and diverse audiences
  • Must be a dynamic, diplomatic, intelligent, humble, and highly skilled leader with the gravitas to “sell” the organization and the EB-5 program in the US and abroad
  • Experience with non-profit membership organizations, recognizing that the member is the most important stakeholder
  • Superior writing and verbal communication skills
  • Strong fundraising skills
  • Solid experience working with and supporting a Board of Directors
  • Strong organizational skills with proven ability to focus, prioritize and implement
  • Some travel required; international experience is a plus

Salary will be commensurate with experience. For more information on Invest in the USA, please visit http://www.iiusa.org

122 East 42nd Street, Suite 3605, New York, NY 10168