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The top priorities for the MBA Executive Director are:

  • Enhance the Association’s leadership position as PA’s premier construction association
  • Ensure exceptional standards of quality, safety and labor relations
  • Successfully deliver Association services
  • Accomplish Chapter goals and plans
  • Support MBA staff to ensure strong performance and engagement​
  • Ensure MBA’s and CAP’s financial integrity, including budget performance and good fiscal execution

​Executive Director - Master Builders’ Association of Western PA, Inc. (MBA)

The Master Builders’ Association of Western PA, Inc. (MBA) and its subsidiary trust, the Construction Advancement Program of Western Pennsylvania Fund (CAP) (collectively the MBA or the Association) are seeking a well-rounded and innovative Executive Director who possesses strong leadership, organizational management and advocacy skills. The ideal candidate is highly motivated and entrepreneurial with construction industry knowledge and the ability to inspire staff and both engage and serve the membership. In this truly cross-functional role, the successful candidate will be charged with the management of the Association’s office and five staff, membership extension, development of income, attainment of strategic objectives and such other duties as assigned by the MBA President, Executive Committee and/or the Board. The Executive Director is responsible for directing and coordinating the activities of the Association in accordance with established policies to achieve the goals, objectives, and standards of the organizations; and aids in formulating and administering the organizations’ policies. The job is challenging but rewarding: you will be expected to improve member satisfaction, boost organizational and industry reputations, bring a positive attitude and always lead with best interests of the membership and Board in mind.

This position reports to the MBA President, Executive Committee and the Board of Directors
Key Responsibilities include:

Board Relations

  • Keep MBA Board of Directors, its Officers and CAP Trustees fully informed on the condition
    and operations of the Association and all-important factors influencing them.


  • Take ownership of Association’s mission and vision and establish credibility and trust with the
    staff, the Board and the Trustees.
  • Ensure financial health by overseeing the development and implementation of budgets,
    earned income strategies and fulfillment of reporting requirements; monitor, analyze and
    ​communicate fiscal realities to assure informed decision making by the Board.
  • Create and direct day-to-day operations of the Association with goals and objectives, including all aspects of general management including property, activities and budgets with the approval of Treasurer and Board of Directors.
  • Provide managerial leadership and direction to assure the effective and efficient operations in conformity with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Direct the implementation of programs, procedures, and services which support Association policies and goals.
  • Direct the selection, supervision, and evaluation of staff in accordance with the needs and budget of the Association.
  • Establish and maintain Association policies and procedures related to work rules and performance standards.
  • Conduct performance evaluations and initiate and implement disciplinary actions as warranted; oversee all personnel matters, providing for the training and motivation of subordinates.
  • Provides leadership and direction, conducting strategic short and long-range planning to formulate the Association’s goals and objectives.

Labor Relations

  • Support collective bargaining for union contractors by developing background data, negotiation strategy and proposals, identifying member issues, and participating in negotiating process.
  • Maintain records of collective bargaining, prepare and distribute information related to collective bargaining - including development of the association labor agreements with the four (4) basic construction crafts.
  • Serve on and/or appoint trustees to the Health & Welfare, Pension, and Apprenticeship trusts for four crafts.
  • Support union contractors by providing interpretation of labor contracts, liaison with various labor union representatives and trusts (medical, pension, etc.), and assist contractors with various grievance and trust issues.
  • Communicate periodic updates on association labor contracts.
  • Maintain a strong Labor Relations function for the Association on behalf of Union contractor members. Coordinate, develop, and support collective bargaining, contract administration, and positive relationships with the craft unions.

Member Service

  • Ensure alignment between member interest and overall strategy, making sure member needs and demands are understood and utilized to improve services.
  • Direct the resolution of inquiries, problems and complaints; responds to the most sensitive or complex inquiries or complaints.
  • Direct member services including all programs and their implementation, networking, customer service and education with a direct focus on member engagement and retention.
  • Ascertain members needs for improved services and take appropriate action to improve existing services or institute or recommend expanded or new services.
  • Conduct annual and quarterly review of service goals, plans and accomplishments.

Industry Relations

  • Represents the Association to local, state and federal agencies, and community groups to exchange information, coordinate operations, provide technical advice, and promote Association interests.
  • Remains connected with evolving construction industry developments and trends, making recommendations to the Board regarding issues, opportunities, and initiatives which may impact the Association, its members and services.
  • Supports assigned association committees, task forces and ad hoc project groups by coordinating and facilitating meetings, ensuring tasks are accomplished. Leads staff committees when assigned.

Experience and Qualifications:

  • A minimum 8 -10 years of progressively responsible executive management and fiduciary responsibilities for not-for-profit organizations. Construction industry experience preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree, law degree or background in law is a plus.
  • Relevant experience with construction labor relations, public policy, construction safety/OSHA, and financial management.
  • Highly motivated self-starter with a proven sense of initiative and ownership, including experience in planning, project management, and board relations.
  • A solid knowledge of nonprofit finances, marketing and governance is required.
  • Previous supervisory experience and sound managerial skills. Proven success in operating an efficient and responsive staff operation.
  • Budgetary experience with an understanding of financial statements, ability to track and adhere to financial plans and communicate financial reports.
  • The ability to inspire confidence, coalesce teams, motivate individuals and influence the behavior of a highly diverse group of people in a variety of situations, both internal and external to the organization to establish consensus and build collaboration.
  • Proven ability to help translate strategic plan objectives into actionable tasks, and guide teams and volunteer members toward the attainment of those objectives on a timely basis.
  • Superb communicator in spoken and written word who has an authentic comfort serving as the face of the organization and can make effective speeches/presentations on controversial or complex topics to top management, clients, external groups, and/or boards of directors.
  • Rigorous attention to detail and ability to interpret complex documents and in turn write reports, speeches and articles using original or innovative techniques.
  • Highly developed negotiation and mediation skills to resolve conflict and disagreements of a sensitive and financial nature.
  • Proficiency with and a “can do” approach to diverse computer programs and software packages, including the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Occasional travel required with evening and weekend assignments possible.

To Apply:
If you are an accomplished association and/or construction industry professional who is ready to serve a mission-driven Board and are eager to work in support of the membership with a group of multi-talented and hardworking colleagues, please send your resume and cover letter, including salary requirements, to elisa@brewerprattsolutions.com.  MBA is an equal opportunity employer and offers a competitive salary and generous benefits package. To learn more about MBA, please visit http://mbawpa.org.

About MBA:
The Master Builders’ Association of Western PA, Inc. (MBA) is a non-profit 501(c)6 trade association serving as the voice for the construction industry in Western Pennsylvania. With an annual operating budget of just under $1 million, MBA provides valuable member services, promoting best practices, and helping to grow a highly skilled workforce. Led by a 13-person board, MBA has a 125+ year track record of industry relevance and impact. MBA serves more than 200-member companies and is a chartered affiliate of the Associated General Contractors of America. To learn more about MBA, please visit http://mbawpa.org.