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Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) • Chicago, IL

Posted 13 days ago

Job Snapshot

Travel - Up to 50%
Experience - At least 10 year(s)
Degree - 4 Year Degree
Not for Profit - Charitable, Government - Civil Service, Other Great Industries
Purchasing - Procurement, Management, Executive


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Job Description

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

The National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) is currently seeking a dedicated and highly motivated Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to develop and execute NASPO’s strategic plan.  The CEO will report directly to the NASPO Board.


NASPO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1947 with headquarters in Lexington, KY.   NASPO is a professional association dedicated to advancing public procurement through leadership, excellence, and integrity. It is made up of the directors of the central purchasing offices in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the territories of the United States. NASPO is an organization that helps its members achieve success as public procurement leaders through promotion of best practices, education, professional development, research, and innovative procurement strategies.  To learn more about NASPO please go to


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


The CEO will be responsible for working closely with the Association Management Company and Board of Directors to develop and execute NASPO’s strategic plan.


NASPO delivers on its mission via five major program areas:

  1. Member Engagement: Deliver timely and relevant member services, programs, and technical assistance through engagement and collaboration.
  2. Professional Development: Create and promote innovative strategies in education and professional development.
  3. Influence & Awareness: Influence states and other stakeholders on public procurement issues and policies.
  4. Association Excellence: Build an exceptional professional public procurement association.
  5. Leadership: Align our human and financial resources to support organizational sustainability, proactive planning, and growth.


The CEO shall have primary responsibility for the day-to-day leadership, operational management, and growth of NASPO. Specific duties include:


  • Board Support: Ensure that the Board of Directors is properly informed and that sufficient information is provided to the Board to enable the Directors to form appropriate judgments; implement Board initiatives with fidelity; support the annual evaluation of the CEO’s performance.
  • Establishing a degreed program in public procurement within the higher education system.
  • Updating NASPO’s strategic business plan.
  • Elevating the image and status of the profession and association.
  • Overseeing and directing the development of professional development training programs for public procurement officers.
  • Managing financial matters and association performance, including audit functions and follow-up activities.
  • Public Voice: Serve as the primary spokesperson for the Association and advance awareness of and support for the public procurement profession. Represent NASPO to the public including press, media, strategic partners, and external constituents. Ensure that written and verbal communications from the association reflect the organization’s mission, goals, values and brand.
  • Strategy Development and Management: Lead, in conjunction with the Board, the development of the Association’s five, ten, and fifteen-year strategic direction, goals, annual plan, and metrics. To include measuring, tracking, reporting progress, and making recommendations to allow for course correction where necessary.
  • Exemplary Character: Maintain high standards of organizational citizenship and social responsibility; abide by specific internally established control systems and authorities; lead by personal example and encourage all employees to conduct their activities in accordance with all applicable laws and the NASPO policy manual.
  • Executive Leadership: Provide vigorous, dynamic, visionary and strategic leadership and management; supervise the Director of Professional Development and oversee the activities of the Executive Director which is an employee of the Association Management Company, based on the Association Management Company’s annual work plan. Empower these individuals to succeed in their jobs, developing operating plans and budgets in accordance with board direction, ensuring appropriate input from regional leadership and committees.
  • Effective Communication: Exemplify clear communications and a strong understanding of roles, responsibilities and lines of authority. Build trust by creating and maintaining an organizational climate that attracts, motivates and retains high quality staff and practices. Delegate authority and share information appropriately, establishing accountability across the organization.
  • Financial Stewardship: Oversee all fiscal management activities and, under Board purview, establish and maintain financial policies and procedures to ensure legal accountability and safeguard resources and assets. Recommend and operate within approved annual budget; adopt appropriate forecasting procedures and consistently monitor and report to the Board cash flow, revenues and expenses. Ensure effective internal controls are in place.
  • Policy Setting: Draft policy statements that reflect the approved positions of the Board and incorporate the values of NASPO. Present policies to the board for discussion and approval. Alert the board to external factors that many require policy changes.
  • Risk Mitigation: Assess the principal risks of the association and to ensure that these risks are being monitored and effectively mitigated.



Personal Characteristics


The successful candidate shall be a dynamic, highly credible leader who has had increasing administrative responsibility throughout his or her career and has demonstrable success in leadership roles. The CEO shall have exceptional leadership and diplomatic skills; strong expertise in and appreciation of public sector procurement; significant experience delivering professional development including adult education; and a full understanding of and capacity for association financing and management.


In addition, the new leader will possess strong interpersonal skills, significant passion and vision, a deep understanding of public procurement in the context of current initiatives and total commitment to NASPO’s mission.


The candidate should have a track record for serving as a principal spokesperson for an organization before the media, government officials, and business leaders, and an ability to address complex issues effectively while generating visibility for NASPO’s key messages among targeted audiences and forging strategic partnerships and coalitions with organizations that share common objectives.


NASPO seeks a results-oriented manager who has strong business acumen, is a good manager of assets, people, money and time and has a proven capability of attracting strong talent and building and managing a high- performing team in a results-oriented, fast-paced environment.


The successful candidate shall have the ability and passion for addressing the policy, legal, technology and professional development issues facing the public procurement profession and possess a solid knowledge of the public administration issues and potential obstacle to maximizing the use of public procurement.


It is critical that the candidate has strong credibility and a high level of respect by Chief Procurement Officers, Chief Information Officers, and Chief Administration Officers of the 50 states; members and leadership of NIGP, NCMA, and other public sector and/or procurement associations; demonstrated by an exceptional record of achievement and integrity.


Finally, NASPO seeks candidates with outstanding communications and interpersonal skills, including the ability to relate well to a wide range of constituencies; someone who can clearly articulate the message and command the respect of his or her audience. Diplomatic to sensitive conversations. Positive, detailed, responsive, and solution-oriented customer service communication style.

Job Requirements

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Minimum Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience; Advanced degree in public or business administration, law, or related disciplines preferred.
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of NASPO and the NASPO ValuePoint Cooperative Purchasing Organization, including the organizational structure, operations, mission, values, and objectives of each organization. Experience as a state chief procurement officer, board member, strategic consultant, or association management pertaining to NASPO or NASPO ValuePoint required.
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of developing and establishing a degreed program within the system of higher education.
  • 5 years of demonstrated senior management experience in government, non-profit or business management position(s); 10 years of such experience with five years in an executive leadership position preferred.
  • 5 years of experience in developing and establishing professional development training programs for existing employees or association members including: professional training, adult education, or higher education-based programs.
  • 5 years of experience in developing, implementing, tracking, and reporting of strategic plans for businesses and/or non-profit organizations.
  • Experience in developing strategies to: (a) elevate the image and status of an industry, and (b) create job and employment opportunities for an industry.
  • Successful experience in providing leadership for, working with and developing Boards of Directors.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, implement and manage at both strategic and operational levels.
  • High energy, drive and fortitude to move an organization forward.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, staff and a Board of Directors to create a high-functioning team orientated culture.
  • Experience in public procurement. Credential through UPPCC, ISM, or other professional procurement organization preferred.
  • Experience in Association Management. Credential through ASAE preferred.



Location and Travel


The CEO role is presently a virtual role and may be performed from any location in the US. The association management company is based in Lexington, KY, where a staff of 23 full-time employees led by the Association Executive Director currently oversees operations of NASPO. Frequent interaction with the Executive Director is required. In addition to working with the Executive Director, frequent travel is required up to 40% of the time to attend NASPO conferences and board meetings, NASPO ValuePoint activities, meetings with strategic partners, and to promote the association.



Application Process


Candidates are encouraged to apply by submitting a compelling cover letter, comprehensive resume, salary requirements, and a list of work related references via CareerBuilder no later than June 9, 2017. Only electronic submissions will be accepted.

Submit confidential questions (no resumes or applications) to the Selection Chair  [Click Here to Email Your Resumé]


Only the most highly qualified candidates will be invited for an interview. References will not be contacted until mutual interest has been established. 

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