Staffing Your Association: AMC or Full-Time Executive?
The power of associations lies in groups of like-minded people collaborating to achieve common goals. In general, associations achieve these goals through the contribution of time, expertise, insight, and passion of volunteers. Each association is led by a board of directors which, often in partnership with a paid staff, sets the strategic direction for the organization, ensures that the organization is legally compliant, and advances the association’s mission.
As an association grows or its needs change beyond what volunteers can handle, the board may want to consider hiring an individual or company to professionally manage the association. Choosing the right staffing option is one of the most critical responsibilities of the board, and can lead to expanded association services, increased member satisfaction, and growth.
There are two primary executive staffing options for a board to consider: directly retaining an individual staff executive as an employee of the association, or hiring an association management company to run the association.
Hiring an association management company
Directly retaining an individual staff executive
Finding, selecting and working with a Consultant
Selecting and working with Legal Counsel
Obtaining Financial Auditing Services
Here's Help Finding and Selecting an Association Management Company
Guide to Association Management Companies