Association of Wall-Ceiling & Carpentry Industries of New York

Executive Director

To Apply

The Association of Wall-Ceiling & Carpentry Industries of New York 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
Sabrina Stoker, Senior Director
Harris Rand Lusk
260 Madison Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, NY  10016

Email applications to:  sstoker@harrisrand.com

Please put “WC&C” in the subject line of your emailed application.

The Association of Wall-Ceiling and Carpentry Industries (WC&C or Association) is the principal organization advocating for the interests of contractors, suppliers, and manufacturers in the wall and ceiling industries. The Association provides support for contractors in a number of critical areas including legislative advocacy, insurance, and safety.

Founded in 1953, the Association of Wall-Ceiling and Carpentry Industries has been highly regarded for providing valuable technical and product information, education and training, and the industry contacts essential to operating a successful business. The WC&C mission is to establish cooperative interests among members and to provide service to the building public. Membership offers collective bargaining power for key issues in the industry, networking opportunities, legislative advocacy, and professional development programs in addition to mediation and arbitration of jurisdictional disputes. The current Executive Director, who is highly regarded by all stakeholders, will be stepping down in the near future.

The next Executive Director of WC&C will be responsible for the overall management of the organization, including the direction and oversight of full time staff. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director must be a dynamic leader and manager with the power and presence to advocate successfully and passionately on behalf of WC&C. This a critical, highly-visible position requiring a demonstrated ability to work closely with union councils, trade associations, benefit funds, regulatory agencies, and membership.

The Executive Director will be responsible for for the financial management of the Association and provide oversight for the annual budget in collaboration with the Budget Committee. The Executive Director will be responsible for overseeing annual events, as well as special events and educational seminars for contractor members, and will sit on all standing and ad hoc committees. They will assist Association members in disputes between the members and the Benefit Funds or disputes with the Union Council over payments or Collective Bargaining Agreement interpretation.

The Executive Director must be a leader and consensus builder who is able to promote cooperation, collaboration, and partnerships while advancing the core goals of the organization.  The ideal candidate must be tactful in communicating with the individuals who benefit from the Association, top tier leadership of labor unions, and benefit partners. They must be able to work with all stakeholders in an honest, friendly, and respectful fashion that promotes cooperation and teamwork.

In addition, they  will be solution-oriented, analytical, and possess sound judgment. They will serve as a role model to their staff—consistently demonstrating the highest standards of professionalism, diligence, and integrity in all aspects of work, including member and union leadership relations.


  • Provides general oversight of all of the WC&C activities; oversees the day-to-day operations; and assures a smoothly functioning, efficient organization.
  • Articulates WC&C’s values, mission, vision, and short- and long-term goals.
  • Formulates and recommends programs to further the Association’s service to participants; leads all annual and special events, training sessions, and educational seminars for contractor members.
  • Helps monitor and evaluate the WC&C’s effectiveness to meet the needs of the members; assists in resolving disputes between the members and Benefit funds or with the Union Council over payments or Collective Bargaining Agreement interpretation.
  • Respresents WC&C at all relevant Associations both locally and nationally (such as the BTEA, STA, AWCI, and FCA); is seated as a Trustee on all the benefit funds of the NYCCBF, NASCBF, Local 1974, Drywall Finishers Union, and District Council 9 of the IUPAT.
  • Keeps the Board fully informed of the activities of the Association and the important influencing factors; participates and presents critical information during Board and committee meetings.
  • Keeps informed of developments in benefit administration and labor relations, including changes in laws, rules and regulations affecting participants.
  • Assures a work environment that recruits, retains, and supports quality staff; specifies accountabilities for management personnel and evaluates performance regularly.
  • Oversees the fiscal activities of the organization including budgeting, reporting and audit.

Required competencies:

  • Knowledge of Labor Unions, Collective Bargaining, and Federal Labor Laws: The Executive Director must have demonstrated experience working directly for or with collective bargaining parties–employers and labor unions–and support the core values embedded in this relationship. Ideally, they will be familiar with all laws, rules, and regulations concerning unions and collective bargaining and be able to anticipate changes affecting benefits administration.
  • Leading strategic change: The Executive Director possesses the skills and implements the functions of a leader. They share the WC&C’s values, mission and vision. They consistently display integrity, model best practices and behavior, encourage professional growth, and build teams.
  • Motivating: The Executive Director manages continuity, change, and transition. This individual knows how to influence and enable others.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business, engineering, finance, or related fields. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Deep knowledge of the construction industry; experience working with union members and union leadership.
  • Ten years or more of senior-level experience in management, including staff supervision and team leadership, finance, and negotiation.
  • Strong decision-making and organizational skills with the ability to optimize the use of all available resources and deliver on multiple priorities.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to interact with staff, at all levels of the organization, as well as members, outside professionals, and union leadership.
  • Detail oriented with strong analytical skills, including ability to interpret financial and operating information.
  • Impeccable ethical standards with a history of maintaining the highest levels of integrity and professionalism.
  • Willingness to travel regularly to attend meetings, conferences, and trainings.

The Association of Wall-Ceiling & Carpentry Industries of New York offers a competitive salary in the $250K range commensurate with experience and with a generous benefits package.  All positions are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.

To learn more about the WC&C, please visit https://www.wcc-ny.com

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