The National Creditors Bar Association

Executive Director

Client Overview

The National Creditors Bar Association (NCBA) located in University Park, FL (Sarasota area), is conducting a search for a new Executive Director (ED). This position may work either from the headquarters location or virtually, with a preference for candidates who can easily travel up to 1-2 times per month to work from the Sarasota office as needed. NCBA is a trade association dedicated to serving law firms engaged in the practice of creditors rights law both in state and federal courts. Originally founded in 1993 as the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys (NARCA) the organization has grown to become the pre-eminent association for the creditors rights attorney.  NCBA has broadened its membership base to include firms practicing in foreclosure, bankruptcy and other areas. They have also expanded their educational offerings and networking opportunities. NCBA has a revenue budget in the $2.4 million range and an existing staff of 8. Sterling Martin Associates has been retained to assist with this search.

NCBA’s membership is comprised of over 500 creditors rights law firms and individual members, totaling approximately 2000 attorneys. The NCBA membership also includes defense attorneys and in-house counsel. Members practice in over 20 different practice areas in the 50 states, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.K.  NCBA’s attorney members are committed to delivering the highest professional, responsible and ethical services in their representation of clients and interaction with consumers, the bar, and the public. As a membership requirement, NCBA members must agree to abide by a Code of Conduct and Ethics that requires more than existing state and federal laws. 

For more information, please visit www.creditorsbar.org.

Executive Director

Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, the ED is the key management leader of the NCBA. S/he is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include advocacy, marketing, and outreach. The ED is responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions. The ED is also responsible for fiscal management that anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position. This position requires business travel (other than trips to the current office if the candidate works remotely) approximately 20% of the time.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Planning and operation of annual budget.
  • Establishing and maintaining employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of the organization.
  • Serving as NCBA’s primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media, and the general public.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations throughout the country and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance National Creditors Bar Association’s Mission and Strategic Plan.
  • Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, membership recruitment and resource funding development and to increase the overall visibility of the Association throughout the country and elsewhere.
  • Supervise and collaborate with organization staff and professionals retained by the Association.
  • In coordination with the Board, conduct strategic planning, implementation, and Board development.
  • Oversee Board organization and committee meetings.
  • Oversee strategies for marketing and other communications efforts.
  • Review and approve contracts for services.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.

Critical Competencies for Success

Board Governance: Works with board in order to fulfill the organization’s mission.

  • Responsible for leading National Creditors Bar Association in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.
  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.

Financial Performance and Viability: Develops resources sufficiently to ensure the financial health of the organization.

  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of National Creditors Bar Association, to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and regular financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
  • Responsible for fiscal management that anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.

Organization Mission and Strategy: Works with board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning, and community outreach.

  • Responsible for implementation of National Creditors Bar Association’s programs that carry out the organization’s mission.
  • Responsible for strategic planning to ensure that National Creditors Bar Association can successfully fulfill its Mission into the future.
  • Responsible for the enhancement of National Creditors Bar Association’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic and private organizations.

Organization Operations. Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate. Responsible for the following areas:

  • Effective administration of National Creditors Bar Association’ operations.
  • Hiring, management, and retention of competent, qualified staff.
  • Signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.

Ideal Background & Experience | Qualities & Characteristics

  • Bachelor’s degree required. J.D. is a plus.
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership.
  • Five or more years of senior-level nonprofit or other organizational management experience. Experience working in the legal sector or with attorneys a plus.
  • Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting.
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.
  • Ability to convey a vision of National Creditors Bar Association’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers and stakeholders.
  • Experience reporting to, or working closely with, a Board of Directors and other volunteers.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to interface and engage diverse volunteer and stakeholder groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff.
  • Strong public speaking ability.
  • Experience with current social media platforms and audio/visual formats to promote the Association and deliver educational materials.

Compensation & Benefits | Availability

A competitive compensation package will be offered to attract an outstanding candidate.

To apply, please send a cover letter and current resume (Microsoft Word® format preferred) to [email protected]. A well-written cover letter, outlining how your experience fits the requirements of the position, will be an important factor in considering your candidacy.

The National Creditors Bar Association is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer committed to inclusion and cultural diversity in the workplace. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, color, age, disability, religion, national origin, sexual preference, genetic information or any other protected class.

For more information, contact:

Sterling Martin Associates
1025 Connecticut Avenue | Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036

David S. Martin | Managing Partner
[email protected]

Leigh Beal | Senior Associate
[email protected]