Hiring an Executive Director

Job Posting – Executive Director

Real Diaper Industry Association (RDIA)

Overview
RDIA serves its member businesses through the creation of programs that enhance member business activity or activities that seek to change the public perspective regarding cloth diapers thereby increasing the overall level of business activity for cloth diapers.

Vision
As the primary choice for babies, reusable cloth diapers increase sustainability for people, planet, and profit.

Mission
The Real Diaper Industry Association strives to make reusable cloth diapers the primary choice for babies’ parents and caregivers while emphasizing responsibility and sustainability through a focus on people, planet, and profit.  RDIA works toward these goals by providing service and opportunities through business education, industry research, collaborative marketing, and group benefits.

Values

  • We conduct ourselves with integrity and professionalism in compliance with our strict code of ethics.
  • We apply current information and experience within cloth diaper and related industries to analyze, improve processes, and educate.
  • We are an open community fostering cooperative culture, sharing knowledge towards our common purpose.
  • We value diversity within all membership categories; welcoming and supporting qualified businesses of all sizes dedicated to our mission.
  • As members, we are committed to clear and transparent communication within our association.  As board members, we will provide transparent communication to our members regarding decisions of the board and operations.

Strategies

  • Help members help their customers.
  • Harness energy of the entire group to expand membership and strategic alliances.
  • Champion public and private sector programs for the purchase and use of cloth diapers.
  • Optimize internal processes.

Executive Director Job Description

Executive Director is responsible for management of the organization with a focus on member relations and member benefit programs. The position is a part-time, at-will employee who serves at the pleasure of the Board of Directors.

Supervision
Executive Director reports to and works closely with the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors.

Duties
Essential Functions

  • Track existing programs, projects, and committees through project management system.
  • Monitor and maintain member retention efforts.
  • Communicate with members and general public through publications and correspondence.
  • Respond to inquiries via telephone and e-mail.

Further Duties as time permits

  • Develop with Board programs and projects that advance RDIA’s mission.
  • Implement programs and projects that advance RDIA’s mission.
  • Fundraising, including marketing to potential members, development of sponsorship and collaborative marketing opportunities, and event planning.
  • Develop and maintain member benefit programs.
  • Develop and implement industry research projects to benefit members.
  • Create and promote business education programs for members.
  • Update website content as needed.

Experience

  • Familiarity with cloth diapers.
  • Familiarity with small business.
  • Excellent communication, management, and organizational skills.
  • Nonprofit or other corporate management experience.
  • Writing, editing, and graphics skills for communication projects.
  • Leadership experience.
  • Development skills.
  • Knowledge of cloth diaper industry a plus.
  • Education in business, nonprofit, or association management preferred.

Hours & Compensation
10 hours per week at $15-18/hour, depending on experience. Additional hours and compensation after six months based on funding.

Performance Standards
Board of Directors will judge performance of Executive Director in the following areas: financial stability of organization; creativity and strength of member programs; and effectiveness of management team.

How to Apply

Contact: Dennis Frederick
Email resume to: dennis@realdiaperindustry.org

Real Diaper Industry Association is a California nonprofit mutual benefit corporation, with 501(c)(6) tax exempt status, acting as a trade association for the cloth diaper industry.

RDIA to Hire an Executive Director

It’s time. Real Diaper Industry Association is hiring an Executive Director.

Remember those awkward adolescent years? That’s where RDIA is right now.

Nonprofit Lifecycle Stage Adolescence

Nonprofit lifecycles image altered from “Stage-based Nonprofit Lifecycles” by Susan Kenny Stevens.

It turns out, all nonprofits go through this growth phase as they mature. Right now, we have a part-time administrator who helps with membership and programs, but most of the work of RDIA is done by member volunteers—entrepreneurs and solopreneurs who don’t have a lot of time available to grow the organization. We need someone who will be committed to us, strengthening the association every day. We need an Executive Director.

An Executive Director will manage the association, track programs, and make sure that everything members need from their trade association flows smoothly. An Executive Director will guide us through this growth stage and into maturity as an association. It’s time for us to grow for the sake of all of our businesses, and we need a dedicated professional to get there.

The RDIA Executive Director position will be part-time.

RDIA members are donating to the campaign to fund the position for the first year.

Goal: $16,000
Raised so far: $14,800

The proposal to hire an Executive Director required that $12,000 be raised before the hiring process be started. Board members volunteered $14,800 in sponsorships during discussions of the proposal, so that milestone has already been met. A committee has been formed to hire a professional as soon as campaign pledges have been collected.

The Campaign

Donors sponsor new members. Funds will pay the new Executive Director, and new members will benefit from RDIA member programs. The campaign meets two needs at once: organization and growth.

Participate in the campaign.
Buy sponsorship credits now.

Not an RDIA member? Join now.

Farewell from Mia McDonald

Mia-McDonald-origI’ve been tasked with writing a farewell note, but I feel like this is more of a “see you later” than a farewell.  In late 2012, I was nominated to sit on the board of a local healthcare charity.  Not knowing who my competition was and whether or not I’d be voted in, I accepted that nomination.  I soon found out that I’d been voted in as a board member for the Jessie Trice Community Health Foundation.  This kind of honor could not be turned down, so I volunteered my time with both the RDIA and the JTCHF.  However, I quickly felt overwhelmed by my volunteer responsibilities and obligations I have to my business.  In weighing my priorities, my local community volunteerism triumphed.  Therefore, I have stepped down from my board duties with the RDIA.

The work and projects being handled by the RDIA are so important to the future of our businesses.  I couldn’t imagine not being affiliated with the association and I’m sad that I won’t be able to represent our members in an official capacity at this time.  However, I feel so encouraged each time I speak to a fellow cloth diaper business owner.  We all have so much insight and enthusiasm for our industry!  I’d like this “see you later” note to be a call to action for any one of you who has an hour or five to give a week or a month.  The RDIA will continue to thrive through member participation and volunteerism.  How can you help?  Send an email to info@realdiaperindustry.org and tell us your professional background along with what programs and projects you’re interested in.  If you don’t have volunteer time, please participate in webinars, share information about the association and reply to emails – your opinions really do matter!

I’d like to thank the members of the RDIA for believing in me enough to vote for me and I’d also like to thank the board members current and past for their time and direction during my short tenure.  It is my strong believe that as my business continues to grow, I will be able to join the ranks of the RDIA Board of Directors once again.  Until then, you’ll see me on the sidelines: participating and volunteering here and there.  So, I’ll see you later!

Mia McDonald
Mother Earth Diaper Service, Inc.
Former Board Member & RDIA Secretary

You’re Invited…

Have you registered for tomorrow’s webinar yet?

In 2009, Kim Webb created a line of eco-friendly cleaning products that has now become one of the industry’s most recognizable brands: Rockin’ Green.  You are invited to join Kim on February 27th at 2:30 p.m. to learn how to develop a successful brand for your business.

RockinGreen

  • Who do you want to be?  You know your business better than anyone.  Learn how to turn your vision into a successful brand.
  • Wonder how to become recognizable to customers?  An effective marketing strategy can turn your start-up into a nationally or even globally recognized name.
  • Want to know how to stand out against your competition?  Use the market, the industry, and your own personally developed network to your advantage.

It’s not too late to register.  Just click here, fill out your information, & receive a confirmation with a link to the webinar.

See you tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. (EST)!

A Farewell From Kim Meador

EcoBaby and Home store

EcoBaby and Home store in Naples, Florida.

I have truly enjoyed my time on the RDIA Board.  There are certain times when our businesses arrive at a crossroads, and need more time and attention.  For me, this is one of those times, and I will be giving my store and service all my attention going forward.

The Board has met the objectives set out for them including the Accreditation program of which I was proud to be part of.  This established a laboratory testing program as well as the adoption of best practices to benefit our industry.

I have seen the Board work to be more transparent by their communications with the members in various formats including blogs, twitter, facebook, webinars and more.  I urge you as you go forward to continue this trend; our membership growth and continued success depends on it.

It has been my pleasure to be able to work with so many other people that are devoted to the goals of advancing, networking and promoting the cloth diaper industry.  I can attest to, and will continue to be an advocate of RDIA, as well as a witness to how accreditation can boost your business.  Please call me anytime for anything I can do to help with along those lines.

Thank you everyone for your help, inspiration, and friendship.  See you at the changing table!

 

Kim Meador
EcoBaby & Home

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