Announcing a Job Search:  CEO, Angel Capital Association

The Angel Capital Association (ACA) is seeking a high energy chief executive with a distinguished track record of achievement to lead the North American association of accredited professional investors in early stage, innovative companies.  (Note: as of January 21, 2019 ACA is not seeking new applications and is reviewing the candidates that submitted applications by the submision deadline.)

The CEO will report to the ACA Board of Directors and be responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization, including implementation of its strategic plan, oversight of a calendar of major events, enhancing its strong public policy presence and delivering value to grow its membership.

About the Angel Capital Association (ACA)

ACA is the world’s leading professional and trade association supporting the success of angel investors in high-growth, early stage ventures. Angels invest their own funds and must meet strict net worth criteria to qualify as an accredited investor. Angels are the source of $25B of investment in American startup companies every year.  ACA’s membership includes over 14,000 accredited investors who invest individually or through angel groups, family offices and on-line platforms. Our membership covers all 50 states, Washington DC, 6 Canadian provinces and Mexico, and includes some of the top angel investors and organizations in the world.  ACA provides professional development, sharing of smart practices, industry analytics, public policy advocacy, and an array of benefits and resources to its members.  The association’s events, content and data are in demand throughout North America and the world and its insights are sought after on Capitol Hill.  The organization was founded in 2004 by angel investors and staff of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and is governed by a 17-member Board.

Key Job Responsibilities

  • Resources.  Growing ACA’s resources with a focus on developing and raising new sources of funding, including membership dues, sponsorships, public grants, and product or service offerings.  Maintains strong relationships with sponsors and other funding sources for ongoing/renewed support.

  • Membership.  Expanding the number and types of members in the association through strengthening the value proposition offered to members, smart marketing, recruitment and implementation of membership programs and value-added activities that ensure strong renewals.  Understands the needs of members and has the foresight to develop new activities, tools and products that help them thrive and grow.

  • Staff Leadership.  Recruits, develops and supervises a team of professionals to manage critical business functions of the organization.  Hires new staff and contractors as budgets and needs permit and building an environment for excellence, strong communication and teamwork.

  • Board Relations.  Communicates, coordinates and works well with the Board of Directors and Committees, providing appropriate support to the Board for setting policy and developing organizational guidance.  Manages the development of programs, organization, and financial plans with the Board and staff and carries out plans and policies authorized by the Board.  Coordinates the work of the Board and Committees, ensuring logistics, reports and other communications are completed and properly disseminated.

Desired Qualifications

  • College degree in business administration, organizational development or related field.

  • Demonstrated track record in managing and directing programs in membership-based organizations, with growing responsibility and increasing fiscal results over time. 

  • Leadership skills, including excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong public speaking experience and proven negotiation skills.

  • Strong project management skills, particularly in an event-driven type organization.  Multi-tasking track record, ensuring all details and logistics are properly handled.

  • Proven track record in motivating and managing a small, high-impact team, serving as both a coach and player.

  • High energy, self-directed, ability to juggle short and longer-term priorities, capable of both delegating and performing the work necessary to keep the organization on track.

  • Strong financial management skills with proven ability to manage to budget, institute financial controls.  Experience in developing and cultivating sponsorship, partnership, and grantor programs. 

  •  Superior sales and marketing capabilities aimed at increasing the revenue base.

  • Ability to travel frequently, sometimes on short notice.

For a complete list of job duties and preferred qualifications please see the ACA CEO position description:

Position Description

Competitive salary and benefits package available. Position currently located in Kansas City, Missouri metro area, but location is negotiable.

Applications:  Cover letter and resumes were due to ACA Chairman Linda Smith by January 15, 2019.  The ACA search committee is currently reviewing the large number of applications we received.

Deadline to Apply has passed.