PLMA Executive Director Search

PLMA is seeking dynamic applicants for a new full-time Executive Director.  At a very exciting time in the evolution of the energy industry, and on the heels of impressive PLMA membership growth, the Executive Director will help drive the completion of new strategic initiatives, bolster a support framework for PLMA’s volunteer leaders and expert practitioners, and build alliances with like-minded organizations that will help drive the global mission of the organization. 

About PLMA.  PLMA (Peak Load Management Alliance) is a 501(c)(6) non-profit that seeks to advance practical applications of dynamic load management and distributed energy resources by providing a forum where members educate each other and explore innovative approaches to program delivery, pricing constructs, and technology adoption.  Founded in 1999, PLMA has grown into the world’s pre-eminent membership-based trade association for load management practitioners, with over 160 member organizations that support a mission that is more relevant than ever in today’s changing energy landscape. 

Position Summary  The PLMA Executive Director will be responsible for driving the mission of the organization responsive to the strategic direction established by the PLMA Executive Committee.  They will interface directly with the PLMA Officers, Planning Groups, and Interest Groups.  The Executive Director will be responsible for helping to architect and implement optimal and cost-effective resource allocation methodologies to ensure that member benefits are maximized and resources are appropriately leveraged and invested in strategic initiatives. The Executive Director will provide oversight to contracted staff or employees and acquire new resources as required.  They will work collaboratively with the PLMA Officers, Executive Committee, and volunteer leaders focusing on building and implementing strategies and alliances that further PLMA’s mission. 

Candidates are expected to have deep load management expertise and practical experience in the implementation of innovative approaches to programs, pricing constructs, and technology adoption.  This expertise should be balanced by excellent social and relationship development skills; the highest levels of professionalism; and, the strongest support for diversity and equity. 

A search and selection committee composed of members of the Executive Committee or others from the Board of Directors will target early January of 2020 to finalize selection and negotiated start date and compensation.  Whether the position will be structured as full-time employee or full-time-equivalent independent contractor will be negotiable. 

Applications are no longer being accepted. Applications should include a cover letter stating intent to apply with summary qualifications, compensation requirements, and employment structure preference (if any) along with a full resume and three professional references. 

Position Description 

Duties of the Executive Director include but are not limited to: 

General Responsibilities:

  • Lead PLMA in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission;
  • Ensure adherence to the by-laws and polices;
  •  Effectively communicate with the Officers and Executive Committee providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for them  to function properly and to make informed decisions;
  • Responsible for member recruitment, conference and training operations, and developing resources necessary to support PLMA’s mission;
  • Keep PLMA members informed of the activities of the organization;
  • Collaborate with the Operations Director and oversee association management staff to ensure the completion of tactical activities in alignment with organization mission and strategy. 

Leadership Support:

  • Participate in and coordinate PLMA Officer, Board, Executive Committee, other Committee, Planning Group, and Interest Group meetings, and ULME meetings as appropriate;
  • Coordinate support and provide strategic direction for Interest Group activities;
  • Ensure strategic vision goals are achieved by working with PLMA Officers, Executive Committee, and Group Co-Chairs and others they designate to implement and complete action items including developing financial plans and work streams to achieve those goals;
  • Maintain and publish the Performance Metrics Dashboard to the Executive Committee to track strategic and operational goals and document achievements;
  • Work with PLMA Executive Committee to determine an appropriate spokesperson and referral resource for incoming press and media inquiries;
  • Promote PLMA at industry events, including trade shows, as a speaker or by coordinating speaker's bureau opportunities;
  • Manage Ally Strategy to build collaboration and partnerships with allied organizations 

Financial Performance:

  • Responsible for fiscal management of the organization including: income and expense tracking; budgeting; revenue development; and, actions to ensure fiscal stability;
  • Monitor and maintain adequate insurance, access to bank accounts, and maintenance of financial management systems (accounting, bill pay, invoicing, and payment systems) while ensuring adherence to the processes and procedures in the PLMA Fiscal Policy. 

Management and Operations:

  • Monitor compliance with PLMA policies and facilitate policy implementation;
  • Ensure adequate operational infrastructure (facilities, equipment, services, etc.);
  • Negotiate and execute contracts as an authorized agent consistent with the Fiscal Policy;
  • File renewal of corporate status in state of incorporation and other required state filings;
  • Provide data required for third-party preparation of IRS Form 990 and/or financial audits;
  • Ensure ongoing compliance with Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(6) requirements;
  • Ensure smooth leadership elections in a manner consistent with the Leadership Election Policy;
  • Other tasks as assigned by Officers.