• Contracts and Acquisition Practice Leader - National Contract Management Association (NCMA) #2019-2504

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    Contracts and Acquisition Practice Leader - NCMA


    The role of Professional Practice Lead has been created to help further establish the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) as a thought leader in the contracting and acquisition practice. Communicating with our members and the greater contracting audience, you will create a community of practice for industry leaders to discuss emerging trends.


    Working with leadership, you will monitor, forecast, explore, and write about a variety of topics relevant to the interests of NCMA members. Subjects could vary from artificial intelligence and robotic process automation to changing regulations. Through articles, social media posts, podcasts, blogs, survey report narratives, and other content, you will drive timely and engaging communication that supports our strategic plan and marketing goals while establishing NCMA products and services as the “gold standard” among members, customers, staff, volunteers, and the contracting community.


    This is a highly visible role where you will be expected to get to know industry thought leaders and monitor media and publications to stay up to date with changes and challenges. Reporting to the chief professional development officer, you will ensure that our products, services, and training are relevant, of the highest quality, and responsive to the ever-evolving needs of our organization.


    This is an exciting time to join our team; externally you will help guide NCMA forward for the next generation of contract management professionals while internally you will be seen as a go-to resource for how to best serve and communicate with our members.


    Organization Overview

    The National Contract Management Association is the world’s leading professional resource for contract management professionals. With over 18,000 members in government and commercial industries, NCMA is dedicated to the professional growth and educational advancement of procurement and acquisition personnel worldwide. With five highly respected industry certifications and three highly successful conferences each year, NCMA strives to serve and inform the profession and offer opportunities for the open exchange of ideas in neutral forums.

    With 30 talented employees, ample financial reserves, and revenues of over $7 million, NCMA is financially stable and growing. NCMA’s strength lies in our loyal and diverse base of membership representing the full spectrum of contract management professionals across government, industry, academia, and the nonprofit sector.


    Responsibilities of the Contracts and Acquisition Practice Leader

    • Establish NCMA as a thought leader in the acquisition and contracting practice.
    • Monitor and predict emerging trends and their potential impacts on members, customers, training products, event offerings and materials serving the needs of the practice community and NCMA members.
    • Understand and communicate to colleagues the needs of the varied segments of our community and membership.
    • Conduct surveys and other research to inform colleagues, board members and committees, and the broader practice community regarding various attributes of the work, workforce, and best practices.
    • Conduct professional research and produce or support professional articles and videos.
    • Build relationships with leaders, subject matter experts, and rising professionals within the practice community.
    • Act as staff liaison to the Professional Development and Certification Committee.
    • Work with marketing to support branding within practice.
    • Lead projects related to thought leadership and standards.
    • Oversee the effective and efficient operations of NCMA’s certification processes to ensure compliance with ANSI standards.
    • Conduct business case analyses for new projects including projects that expand ANSI certifications.
    • Supervise the certification specialist/manager.


    Qualifications of the Contracts and Acquisition Practice Leader

    • Bachelor’s degree is required. Master’s degree in business, contracting, supply chain management, risk management or related field is preferred.
    • 8 to 12 years of government contracting and/or acquisition experience is required.
    • Training and experience in conducting research and analysis is required; practice leader experience is preferred. Published works is a plus.
    • Professionalism, tact, diplomacy and a clear, courteous manner when dealing with board members, constituents and colleagues.
    • Excellent work ethic, exceptional judgment, and unquestionable integrity.
    • Strong attention to detail.
    • Discretion with sensitive business and financial information.
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team.
    • Ability to manage multiple tasks within aggressive deadlines.
    • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written. 


    Attributes of the Contracts and Acquisition Practice Leader

    • Curious. You are attentive to the external landscape your organization operates within, and you think strategically about how to leverage organizational strengths to achieve competitive positioning and a strong reputation in the market.
    • Politically astute. You can understand, respect, and appreciate the challenges of the industry and the ongoing, evolving needs of members. You represent yourself and your organization as polished, credible, and knowledgeable.
    • Communicative. You believe in transparency and shared goals, where everyone can easily see how their contribution supports the overall organizational goals.
    • Collaborative. You can find common ground and build consensus for workable solutions. You know how to take a stand and disagree without being disagreeable.
    • Entrepreneurial. Smart and creative, you intuitively recognize opportunities and you take action.
    • Self-assured. You are confident, assertive, and influential and are not easily discouraged. People follow your lead. You are consistently optimistic.
    • Project manager. You allocate and optimize resources, assign responsibility, manage timelines, reduce risks, and get the project done.


    What’s Attractive to the Right Contracts and Acquisition Practice Leader Candidate?

    • We have a strong leadership team and respectful, collegial staff who are dedicated to NCMA, and work as a team to serve our members.
    • We are financially stable and poised for significant growth.
    • While we take pride in our work, this job won’t consume your life. You can work a steady schedule – without night and weekend chaos.
    • We offer competitive compensation and excellent benefits.


    To Apply for the Contracts and Acquisition Practice Leader position:

    Use the "Apply" button on this page, or simply email your resume to Ellen Greenwood at resumes@staffingadvisors.com with “NCMA - Contracts and Acquisition Practice Leader #2019-2504 SA” as the subject of the email. Please include your resume as a Word or PDF attachment to the email and paste your cover letter in the body of your email.


    Alternative Titles: communications, research, professional development.

    Staffing Advisors has been engaged to find the right candidate and is committed to helping create a diverse work environment for our client. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. This position may require pre-employment screening potentially including a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and/or verification of work history.



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