Executive Director – Nebraska Restaurant Association
Who we are
For more than 75 years, the Nebraska Restaurant Association has been advancing and promoting the interests of our members – hundreds of very busy Nebraska restaurateurs and industry purveyors who work in a fast-paced industry with constantly changing regulations and customer desires. We monitor legislation and lobby on issues affecting their bottom line; we offer discounts on services from music to legal to healthcare; and we deliver educational opportunities from food service training for employees to culinary arts programs in 24 high schools across Nebraska.
What we’re looking for
We are seeking an experienced, enthusiastic, and innovative leader with strong financial and communication skills to serve as Executive Director of the Nebraska Restaurant Association and its educational arm, the Nebraska Hospitality Education Foundation. You’ll work with the Board of this highly resourceful and respected organization to build membership and develop collaborative relationships with volunteers, industry partners and key people. You’ll monitor legislation and represent members in hearings, and you’ll attend National Restaurant Association events and conferences. You will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for staff, programs, expansion, and execution of our mission.
What you’ll do
Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors and seek and build board involvement with strategic direction
Engage and energize our volunteers, board members, event committees, partnering organizations, and funders.
Encourage careers in the hospitality industry; reach out to and engage young people in new ways
Strengthen advocacy with and legislative groups
In collaboration with the Board, develop and implement strategic plans and promote a shared vision for the future
Responsible for fiscal integrity, prudent financial management and reports to members
Fund raising and resource development to meet mission requirements.
Monitor and grow revenue from traditional sources and identify new revenue streams and added value member benefits.
Effectively plan and manage all financial resources, including developing operating budgets
Undertake aggressive public outreach, underlining the importance of the hospitality industry to Nebraska’s economy
Deliver clear concise presentations with enthusiasm and passion that demonstrates knowledge of the industry and member interests
Deepen and refine all aspects of communications from web presence to external relations to create a stronger brand
Strategically identify outreach and communication vehicles to various target audiences that will expand awareness of the Nebraska Restaurant Association and grow membership
Develop a network of productive relationships with peers, volunteers, media, board members and committee chairs to generate engaging content and communications opportunities.
Regularly communicate about the activities of the organization, its programs, benefits and goals to the Board, members and public
Manages staff resources, effectively aligning structure and accountabilities to support organizational goals and the mission
In collaboration with staff, streamline systems, processes, and equipment to ensure operational efficiency and effectiveness
Coordinate the workflow and manage day to day operations of the office, staff and volunteers
What you need to succeed
Strong Interpersonal skills. Self-motivated and highly effective organization, communication and analytical skills
Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator
Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning
Results driven with multitasking ability and willing and able to travel within Nebraska and to national industry conferences and events.
Strong planning and organizing skills
Good decision maker and timely problem solver
Education and Experience
Planning and budgeting experience at the $500,000-$1,000,000 level
BA with at least five years of management experience
Past success in working with Boards of Directors and volunteers
You’ll work in Lincoln, Nebraska in a casual environment with an excellent work life balance. We co-locate with two of our industry partners, the Nebraska Retail Federation and the Nebraska Grocers which offers operational efficiencies and good discussions. There will be some travel required. Mainly to Omaha, but some to Western Nebraska.
Please send resume to
Nebraska Restaurant Association
5935 S 56th St. #B
Lincoln, NE 68516
Attn: Search Committee
or Email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org