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National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) President & Chief Executive Officer



The NBIA (National Business Incubation Association) seeks a dynamic new President and Chief Executive Officer. Our ideal candidate will be an exceptional leader with business expertise and a passion for entrepreneurship, as well as the drive, intellect, and professional presence to support and promote business incubation and acceleration.

The incoming President and CEO will report directly to the Board of Directors, and it is critical that this individual be well-versed in the broader national and international entrepreneur support ecosystem (including but not limited to business incubation, acceleration, coworking/emerging startup models, and economic environments – i.e. programs serving rural, urban, and developing economies).

Qualified President and CEO candidates must have demonstrated success in executing complex strategic initiatives, proven record of building partnerships with others to strengthen the reputation and foundation of the NBIA, and ability to cast a creative vision for the entire organization.

POSITION PURPOSE + MARKERS OF SUCCESS – over the next 12 months, this President and CEO will:

  1. Grow NBIA’s revenues through high-value partnerships, increased membership, and expanded training activities and programs.
  2. Refine and implement the organization’s vision from existing strategic plan, and achieve key metrics that demonstrate markers of success.
  3. Leverage the NBIA’s new headquarters in Orlando, Florida to create the Global Center for Business Incubation, Knowledge Development, and Practice.
  4. Assess the organization’s structure, then hire and develop a high-performing staff to achieve strategic goals and objectives.


About + Mission

Organization: The National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) is the world's leading organization advancing business incubation/acceleration and entrepreneurship. It provides thousands of professionals with the information, education, advocacy and networking resources to bring professionalism and excellent support to the process of assisting early-stage companies worldwide. Founded in 1985, the association currently has over 2,200 professional members from more than 900 organizations around the globe. The annual budget of $1.3 million is derived from a diversified stream of revenues. Conferences, (along with NBIA trainings, seminars and webinars), and membership dues are the primary sources of revenue. Other revenue sources include consulting, sponsorships, and information services. A sixteen (16) member governing Board of Directors oversees and supervises the Association.

NBIA strives to engage and represent all segments of the entrepreneur support industry and creates value for members by: providing information, research and networking resources to help members develop and manage successful entrepreneur support programs; monitoring and disseminating information about industry developments, trends and best practices; informing and educating leaders, potential supporters and stakeholders of the significant benefits of business incubation/acceleration; building public awareness of incubation/acceleration as a valuable business development tool; expanding valuable resources through the development of industry partnerships; and by offering worldwide consulting and developing specialized training to help participants create and administer effective entrepreneur support programs. It conducts research, compiles statistics and produces information services that provide hands-on approaches to effective program development and management, and promotes industry outcomes and impacts. The Association also tracks relevant legislative initiatives and maintains a speakers’ bureau and referral service to meet membership needs.

NBIA is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) membership organization, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, on the University of Central Florida (UCF) Research Park. Previously located in Athens, Ohio, NBIA will complete its headquarters move in the Fall of 2014 to the UCF/Orlando facilities.

For more information about NBIA, please see our web site at


FINANCIAL LEADERSHIP + RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT – the successful candidate will offer demonstration of:

  • Designing and/or executing a clearly defined and compelling strategic/business plan.
  • Generating top line revenue: successful engagement of an existing member base and development of new programming, events/sponsorships, partnerships, grants, and international opportunities to attract new members and grow revenues.
  • Maintaining the bottom line through sound financial practices and controls, ensuring that all funds are appropriately safeguarded and administered.
  • Managing operations and programs to consistently add value to members, partners, sponsors and other stakeholders.
  • Balancing multiple demands, prioritizing tasks and retaining clear focus in carrying out one’s duties.
  • Ensuring compliance with federal, state and local regulations, organizational bylaws, and relevant policies.

– strong candidates will be known for:

  • Developing a short and long‐term strategy for attracting, and retaining a high-performance staff.
  • Coaching and empowering staff members and ensuring motivation through personalized methods.
  • Introducing and maintaining a culture of innovation, individual accountability, and excellence, leveraging systems and communication tools to drive desired results.

– the successful candidate will offer a history of:

  • Differentiating an organization from similar players, deftly defining an organization’s identity, core purpose(s) and greatest assets.
  • Providing thought leadership (through traditional and new media) that establishes credibility and builds mind-share among key organizations and stakeholders within local, regional, and national entrepreneurial ecosystems.
  • Leveraging the positive points of an organization’s history to reestablish a strong organizational image and implementing a re-branding plan across all stakeholders.
  • Representing a member-based trade association to all constituencies, government agencies, industry organizations and the general public.
  • Displaying cultural astuteness and diplomacy in business development and stakeholder Interactions.

BOARD ENGAGEMENT + LEADERSHIP – the ideal candidate will demonstrate successful delivery in the following areas:

  • Working with a board and staff in the development and execution of strategic plan(s) with successful results.
  • Partnering with the board to design and execute current and innovative revenue strategies and program components that meet organization’s present and foreseeable-future needs.
  • Ensuring the board and its committees are assigned clear roles in achieving a strategic plan, aswell as plans for communication, accountability and deadlines.



  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the area of business, public administration, or a related field.
  2. Preferred: Master’s-level degree from an accredited college or university in the area of business, public administration or a related field, plus a fluent understanding of field of trade association leadership, entrepreneurship, and/or non-profit development.

The successful candidate’s background will include most of the following:

  • 10-15+ years’ career experience, with increasing leadership responsibilities; track record as a President + CEO, Executive Director and/or Founder of his/her own enterprise is an advantage.
  • Expertise in launching and growing nonprofit and/or business entities, including progressive and innovative product development strategies (to include events, sponsorship and international opportunities).
  • Experience in energizing and engaging a membership organization, through new programming and appealing value-add tools and resources.
  • Knowledge of entrepreneurship and business incubation.
  • Industry exposure may include:
    • Business Development/Sales
    • Nonprofit/Trade Association
    • Business Incubation/Acceleration
    • Innovation-Based Economic Development
    • Community Venture Capital
    • Public/Private Partnerships
    • Consulting

Compensation is market-based, corresponding to the experience level, credentials, and professional expertise of the candidate. A full range of employee benefits is offered.

Some travel expected. This position will be based in Orlando, FL.

To Express Interest

Application deadline: December 1st, 2014 @ 5P ET

NBIA invites you to apply for consideration in this outstanding opportunity. NBIA is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to recruiting and considering the most qualified candidate for this position; thus candidates will be screened and referred without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, or age and in full compliance with the 1992 Americans with Disabilities Act.

Applications will be held in confidence and must include:

  • A letter outlining the applicant’s background, qualifications and vision for the position.
  • A current resume and contact information for five professional references.

(All candidates that advance after the initial resume screen and interviews will be required to complete a Predictive Index® behavioral assessment, and a background check will be performed on all finalists. References will not be contacted, and a background check will not be performed without the prior approval of the applicant.)

To express interest or seek further information, please submit application electronically with components outlined above to (no phone calls, please):

We are honored by your interest and hope to be in touch with you. We regret that we are unable to speak with each individual. We review each submission carefully, and will let you know your status in this important search as quickly as possible.




Contact NBIA

Phone: (740) 593-4331
Fax: (740) 593-1996
PO Box 959
Athens, OH 45701-1565