Executive Director

Washington State China Relations Council
  • Location
    Seattle, Washington
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Advanced
  • Posted
    Dec 28

Position description

Founded in 1979, the Washington State China Relations Council is the leading statewide organization dedicated to strengthening commercial, educational and cultural ties with China. With membership spanning the public sector and global companies in aerospace, banking, business, environment, government, innovation, industry, technology, research, among others – the Council facilitates dialogue and delegations with American and Chinese business and government leaders on key policy issues, including investment, trade, environment, diplomacy, etc. For more information, visit www.wscrc.org 

Opportunity: 

The relationship between China and the US has never been more important or more dynamic. The breadth and depth of connections and mutually beneficial opportunities between Washington State and China based organizations is greater than ever – but the need for an organization that can advocate and demonstrate a new model for US-China engagement upon these foundations is also greater than ever. 

While our history with China is rich and longstanding, in an environment that is continually challenged the Council seeks to maintain its strong leadership position. To that end, the Council has recently expanded its voice and programming to address current issues, and is seeking a dynamic leader in tune with this evolving landscape to both execute these initiatives and take the organization to the next level. 

Mission: 

The Washington State China Relations Council (the Council) is a member-based, private 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization founded in 1979. Its primary missions are to represent the interests of its membership with respect to China, to promote strong commercial, cultural and academic ties with China for the benefit of the Northwest region, and to deepen mutual understanding between the peoples of China and the State of Washington. 

Governance: 

The Council is led by a Board of Directors and its Executive Committee, which consists of the Council’s Chair, Vice Chairs(s), Secretary, Treasurer, and General Counsel. The Executive Committee is the Council’s main governance body, and the Executive Director would report principally to the Executive Committee and especially its Chair. 

POSITION DESCRIPTION 

Funding, Budget & Staff: 

Council activities and its staff positions are funded by annual membership dues, program revenue and revenue from special projects. Current staff includes an Executive Director, a Business Development and Membership Coordinator, and interns and volunteers. 

Key Duties of the Executive Director: 

The Executive Director has overall responsibility for the day-to-day work of the Council. S/he works closely with staff, board members and partner organizations to execute the Council’s missions. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  1. Expand the membership base and support existing members 
  2. Develop and execute engaging China-related business events and educational programs 
  3. Support strategic outbound/inbound business and government delegations to and from 
  4. China and the State of Washington 
  5. Help organize and execute strategy to attract inbound investment from China to the 
  6. State of Washington in collaboration with partners. 
  7. Provide relevant insight and support to local members interested in the China marketplace and Chinese enterprises interested in the Washington State marketplace 
  8. Act as the principal public interface and spokesperson for the Council 
  9. Manage the WSCRC website and other outbound communications and social media, 
  10. Engage government officials at the local, state and federal level to encourage proactive support for a robust and balanced relationship between China and Washington State 
  11. Build a sustaining, collaborative relationship with economic development authorities across Washington State, to include the new Greater Seattle Partners organization 
  12. Engage with WSCRC partner organizations in China to facilitate exchanges 
  13. Supervise all Council staff and interns 
  14. Manage Council budget, contracts, contractors and similar operational functions 
  15. Continue to execute sustainable long term financial management.

Qualifications

  • Minimum 10 year professional experience and education in China-related fields, preferably including significant time working and studying in China 
  • Deep understanding of current business and political environment in China 
  • Marketing and customer service leadership in membership organizations preferred 
  • Chinese language proficiency suitable for business and government settings preferred 
  • Proven ability to build and maintain professional networks in China and the U.S. 
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with multiple stakeholders in government, private sector and academia 
  • Strong oral and written communications and organizational leadership skills 
  • Program management, financial administration and nonprofit development experiences strongly preferred 
  • Personal or professional connection to the State of Washington and its business community strongly preferred 
  • Minimum education B.A. or B.S. degree with a graduate degree in international business or relations with China focus strongly preferred

The position would be based in Seattle, Washington. The position entails travel from time to time between Seattle and other venues and some extended travel to and within Greater China.

Application instructions

THE COUNCIL IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND ENCOURAGES APPLICATIONS FROM PERSONS OF DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS. THE COUNCIL RESERVES THE RIGHT TO AMEND OR ALTER THIS JOB DISCRETION AT ANY TIME AND WITHOUT ANY PRIOR NOTICE. WRITTEN APPLICATIONS MAY BE SUBMITTED TO [email protected] SELECTED FINALISTS WILL BE SUBJECT TO PERSONAL INTERVIEWS AND REFERENCE CHECKS. 

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