SBE Kickstarts Search for New Executive Director


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The Society of Broadcast Engineers has formally begun the process of looking for a successor to executive director, John Poray. The society announced earlier that after 28 years in the position, Poray plans to retire on December 31, 2020. To begin the process of identifying a qualified individual to fill the executive director position, SBE President Wayne Pecena appointed Past National President Joe Snelson to chair the SBE Executive Director Search Committee. 

The committee has been working the past several months doing the groundwork to conduct a nationwide search for Poray’s successor. The executive director position has been posted to several job boards that cater to those who work in the association/non-profit career field. Serving with Snelson on the search committee are Pecena, SBE Vice President Andrea Cummis, Immediate Past President Jim Leifer, and SBE General Counsel Chris Imlay.  

The search committee will accept candidates’ resumes through the month of June and initial interviews will begin in July, according to Snelson. The committee hopes to have a final candidate to present to the Board of Directors for approval by September 22, when the board meets during the association’s national meeting in Syracuse, NY. The target date for the new executive director to begin work is no later than January 1, 2021.

In April, the SBE Board approved a job description and requirements that call for a visionary with a proven track record of management skills who will continue to lead the society forward in a time of rapid change in the broadcast and telecommunications industry. The executive director is expected to develop plans and strategies with the board that will ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization and to develop and promote services for the benefit of members.

Responsibilities of the executive director also include managing the administration of SBE, including services, financial resources, staff and property. He or she implements board policies, serves as the primary contact with industry partners, and promotes the society’s advocacy program, building industry and governmental alliances. The executive director also serves as the treasurer of the Society’s 501(c)3 foundation, the Ennes Educational Foundation Trust.

Find information about the SBE executive director position on the SBE website. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by sending a cover letter and resume to: Search Committee Chair at E[email protected] by June 30. The SBE is an equal opportunity employer.

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