Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc. (FBLA-PBL) is the largest career student business organization in the world. FBLA-PBL inspires and prepares students to become community-minded business leaders in a global society through relevant career preparation and leadership experiences. Each year, FBLA-PBL helps over 230,000 members prepare for careers in business.
Poised for significant growth, FBLA-PBL seeks a leader who can fully leverage the resources, network, and passion for the organization’s mission. This is an exciting opportunity to take a longstanding organization and write its next chapter in an innovative way aligned to the digital age. FBLA-PBL’s next CEO will have a strong understanding of and connection with today’s youth to ensure that FBLA-PBL programming resonates with membership across all divisions of the organization.
History and Structure
The FBLA concept was developed in 1937 by Dr. Hamden L. Forkner of Columbia University. The first high school chapter was chartered in Johnson City, Tennessee, on February 3, 1942. In 1958, the first PBL collegiate chapter was chartered in Iowa. The Professional Division, originally the Alumni Division, began in 1979. Joining FBLA-PBL in 1994 was the FBLA-Middle Level for students in grades 5-9.
FBLA-PBL is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, and organized on local, state, and national levels. Business teachers/advisers, supported by student officer teams and advisory councils (including school officials, businesspeople, and community representatives) guide local chapters. State advisers and committee members coordinate state-level activities for the national organization. The national board of directors is comprised of local educators, state education professionals, business leaders, and the division presidents.
FBLA-PBL is funded by membership dues, conference fees, corporate contributions, and grants. FBLA-PBL is recognized by the Association for Career and Technical Education, International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, National Association of Parliamentarians, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Business Education Association, and the U.S. Department of Education.
- Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) for high school students, with over 196,950 members and more than 5,200 chapters.
- FBLA-Middle Level (FBLA-ML) for junior high and middle school students, with over 21,900 members and more than 750 chapters.
- Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) for college students, with over 8,000 members and more than 350 chapters.
- Professional Division (PD) for FBLA-PBL alumni, business professionals, educators, and parents who support the goals of the association, with over 3,900 members.
FBLA-PBL’s programs—Academic Competitions, Publications, and Conferences—focus on:
- Leadership Development—members develop essential soft skills by holding chapter officer positions at the local, state, and national levels; by networking with accomplished business professionals; and by participating in business-focused workshops, seminars, and academic competitions.
- Academic Competitions—members demonstrate their business expertise at high-profile regional, state, and national competitive events. The top students are recognized with trophies and cash awards.
- Educational Programs—members create career portfolios, enhance their knowledge with world-recognized skills certifications, and have access to select college scholarships.
- Membership Benefits—members receive exclusive discounts and enhanced benefits for travel, education, and more.
- Community Service—members work with the March of Dimes to help end premature births by participating in awareness campaigns and the March for Babies fundraiser.
- Awards & Recognition—members build a portfolio of accomplishments with a wide range of awards programs.
The President/CEO reports directly to a Board of 17 members representing education, business, and the member divisions. The President/CEO shall have responsibility for the staff structure; supporting the states and chapters in their membership retention and growth; meeting planning and operations; educational publications; professional development and training; legal issues; fundraising; financial, administrative, and real estate management; technology planning, design, and implementation; and relationship management with strategic partners, sponsors, and external stakeholders. He/she shall be responsible for the management of the physical office and staff of the organization, consistent with adopted management policies.
The President/CEO shall oversee the preparation of the annual budget, which shall be reviewed and approved by Board. He/she shall have signatory powers and shall maintain and have custody of the financial books and other records of the organization. Such records shall be subject to annual audit. The President/CEO shall have the authority to hire, promote, transfer, and terminate staff, and shall enter into such agreements as may be necessary to carry out the activities of the organization. He/she shall be responsible for maintaining positive, proactive relationships with the U.S. Department of Education and other government agencies, as appropriate.
The President and CEO oversees the operations, ensures a compelling value proposition, fosters member engagement and growth, and executes the strategic direction as approved by the Board. He/she must be passionate about the mission of preparing and inspiring young people to succeed in business leadership roles. More specifically, key responsibilities include:
Leadership and Management:
- Provide inspirational and mission-driven leadership that reflects the core values and purpose of FBLA-PBL.
- Facilitate and champion the strategic planning process; lead long-term strategic planning that aligns and supports growth opportunities across current and prospective FBLA-PBL programs and services.
- Build the organization’s ability to responsibly manage and focus on exceptional execution of chapter, state, and national events across divisions; ensure that each division offers a distinctly different, yet coordinated and evolutionary experience and unique value.
- Manage a highly effective and efficient organization as measured by achievement of priority goals, membership satisfaction and growth, revenue generation to support priorities, and quality programs and initiatives; obtain and allocate resources aligned with key strategies.
- Ensure the organization is financially sound and meets short- and long-term financial obligations and commitments.
- Attract, retain, and develop a highly motivated, talented workforce to ensure achievement of the organization’s mission; provide a team-oriented and motivational leadership style that enhances the effectiveness of the staff.
- Work with the national board, officers, staff and volunteers, as well as members, local, and chapters to build a culture that fosters collaboration within and across the divisions and national FBLA-PBL community.
Partnership Development and Revenue Generation:
- Engage student, alumni and professional networks; develop and maintain relationships with key influencers and organizations who can aid FBLA-PBL in expanding its mission and presence throughout the country.
- Play a critical role in establishing fundraising and funding strategies that target and engage key constituents in FBLA-PBL’s work and mission.
- Build a network of external partners who are advocates of FBLA; forge strong relationships with and enhance the organization’s brand identity among major gifts donors, strategic partners, corporate sponsors, foundations, nonprofits, government, and other key constituents across the business and education landscape; maintain and strengthen ties with long-term supporters through the development of new and innovative initiatives that continue to captivate and excite donors.
- Develop and present strategies of new lines of non-dues revenue, and with board approval, implement these strategies to grow and diversify revenue.
Marketing and Public Relations:
- Strengthen and extend the FBLA-PBL brand equity; develop and execute a proactive brand building and public relations strategy that supports the membership and financial growth of the organization.
- Act as a principal spokesperson in all venues, including with the media, government officials, educators, and business leaders.
- Modernize FBLA-PBL’s communication strategy; utilize social media and website to communicate and virtually connect the FBLA-PBL membership community of students, chapters, partners, and other stakeholders, and to ensure that FBLA-PBL is positioned among businesses, educators, and policymakers as the premier career student organization.
- Support the development and execute a board approved strategy to strengthen the recruitment and retention of members.
- Maximize engagement of members through events and member programs; continuously demonstrate FBLA-PBL’s strong value proposition, delivering relevant, high quality programs and initiatives to students.
- Ensure that FBLA-PBL offers engaging and innovative opportunities that provide depth of learning experiences and with distinct unique value across each division.
- Effectively lead the change initiatives needed to assure FBLA-PBL’s continued role as a thought leader with key constituents in career technical education and business and as a leader in delivering innovative, relevant career technical educational experiences.
- Ensure member statistics and data are accurately captured and monitored.
YEAR ONE CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS
- An effective transition into the organization that best serves the FBLA-PBL mission, membership, volunteers, and staff.
- Achievement of key milestones and performance goals in alignment with the Board’s strategic direction.
- Positive representation of FBLA-PBL before all internal and external audiences.
- Identification of strengths/weaknesses of current FBLA-PBL staff members and a recommended strategy for enhancements.
- Identification of strengths/weaknesses of FBLA-PBL’s internal and external communications and a recommended strategy for enhancements.
Key attributes of a successful candidate include the following:
- 5 to 10 years’ management experience in three or more of the following areas: nonprofit operations leadership, for profit enterprises, higher education, information systems, fundraising, publications, public relations, government relations, marketing, meeting planning, or finance/accounting.
- Excellent coalition-building skills with an ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
- Exceptional communication skills; articulate; exudes passion and gravitas; and has an ability to inspire, engage, and influence others to achieve desired objectives, as well as to promote and expand an organization’s presence.
- Brand building experience; understands how to craft, disseminate, and activate strategic messaging to advance an organization’s mission, brand, and visibility.
- Strong financial acumen with experience in short/long-term budgetary planning that support strategic and operational plans.
- Experience in building a strong fundraising and partnership strategy that ensures a continuous pipeline of funds to support the organization’s operations and expansion strategy; ability to raise funds and /or secure resources to support operational needs; capable of soliciting and securing substantial corporate contributions, major gifts, grants, and investments from a diverse array of donors and revenue sources.
- Experience working with Boards to develop strong governance and accountability mechanisms; an ability to leverage board members’ experiences, wisdom, and perspectives to achieve organizational success.
- An understanding of career technical education, youth development, and economic empowerment; an ability to connect with youth and engage with individuals of diverse backgrounds.
- A change agent who is comfortable creating and driving a fast-paced, ever-changing, and dynamic environment.
- An effective network builder; able to engage senior business executives, industry stakeholders, government officials, educators, and other non-profit leaders to engage in partnerships, programming and governance; able to work across sectors and industries.
- An entrepreneurial approach to thinking about the platforms and strategies needed to prepare young people for a successful future and how to launch new strategies for increased member value; creativity and the capacity to think outside of the box; ability to make innovative and resourceful decisions.
- Demonstrated business acumen to assess the business landscape, identify resource requirements, and market products to meet the needs of diverse constituencies.
An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university is required. An advanced degree and/or pertinent experience is preferred.
A competitive compensation package will be offered to attract the most qualified candidates.
Korn/Ferry shall provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified candidates, and will refer candidates without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected basis.