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Open Position: Western States Communication Association Executive Director

Monday, October 15, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Christina Yoshimura
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By Mark Bergstrom, Chair, WSCA Executive Director Search Committee

Western States Communication Association (WSCA) invites applications for the position of Executive Director (ED), the chief operating officer of the Association.  The term is for three years, 1 July, 2020 to 30 June, 2023, with the ED-select shadowing the current ED during 2019-2020 and being available to the new ED during 2023-2024. The term is renewable.

Benefits of the position include developing new skills, interacting with a broad range of individuals in the discipline, visibility for the individual and her/his department, and service to WSCA.  Support for the position includes a minimum one course per semester buy-out; funding for a part-time administrative assistant; travel to the WSCA and NCA; and office support/financial assistant.

Requirements include a furnished office including computer and telephone; a small storage space for journals and financial records, a 4 drawer filing cabinet; ability to travel four times a year (this includes WSCA and NCA) and 1 trip may be arranged in summer, and department endorsement.  As specified in the WSCA Constitution and By-Laws and the Policies and Procedures Manual, the duties and responsibilities of the ED include, but are not limited to:

      1.  Member services, including assisting the Second Vice President in distributing renewal notices; preparing journal mailing labels; preparing electronic elections and constitution/bylaw changes, and uploading convention registration information.

      2.  Convention planning, including site visits and recommendations, negotiating contracts with convention hotels, scheduling meeting and event facilities; coordinating printing of convention programs, and arranging recognition awards.

      3.   Financial affairs, including working with a bookkeeper or accountant to maintain accounts receivable and payable; developing the annual budget proposal; preparing the annual financial report; having books and records audited annually; filing Federal tax reports, and reviewing investment statements.

      4.  Meeting administration, including scheduling and arranging facilities for the Executive Council and other committee meetings; preparing and distributing agendas, and taking, preparing, and distributing minutes of the Executive Council meetings.

      5.  Clerical functions such as maintaining and distributing handbooks and manuals, the membership database, reports, and minutes. Submitting materials to the archive annually.

      6.  Other administrative duties, including keeping the web site updated with new information, supplying information to members, etc.


The ED must be responsible, well organized, fiscally knowledgeable, attentive to detail, personable, patient, and dedicated to WSCA.

 Applications should include a cover letter expressing interest and detailing qualifications, a vita, three letters of recommendation, and a letter of support from the applicant’s department chair.

 Qualified applicants with experience in ethnically diverse setting and/or who demonstrate a commitment to serving a diverse population are strongly encouraged to apply.  We are particularly interested in receiving applications from women and members of historically underrepresented groups.

Applications should be sent via email to Mark Bergstrom, Chair, WSCA Executive Director Search Committee                       

Deadline for applications is 15 November, 2018.


WSCA Executive Director Search Committee:

Mark Bergstrom,

Janis Andersen,

Teresa Bergman,

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