Executive Director - ACEC/MS


The executive director of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Mississippi (ACEC) reports to and serves at the pleasure of- an eight to twelve member board elected by the membership of ACEC/Mississippi.  The executive director reports to the President of the organization. The executive director provides leadership to manage, supervise, communicate with and mentor an Office Manager. The executive director is responsible for overseeing the strategic plan, day-to-day operations, fiscal management, marketing and public relations. The executive director ensures proper management of accountability for a $300,000 to $500,000 dollar annual budget. The executive director has in-depth knowledge of operations, which impact ACEC programs and operations.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL WORK:  Includes, but not limited to:

  • Works with board to develop strategy, policy, and advocacy initiatives;
  • Informs board in a timely manner of relevant information;
  • Works with the Mississippi Legislature on issues dealing with our profession. The executive director may be required to obtain registration as a lobbyist in Mississippi. ACEC currently employs a lobbying firm to assist the organization on legislative issues.
  • Responsive to advice and guidance from board;
  • Recognize the best interests of engineering companies/consultants.
  • Actively engages membership to maximize their experiences, talents, networks and partnerships;
  • Executes strategic plan with input and approval of board;
  • Provides leadership, training, mentoring, and feedback to staff.
  • Serves as an advocate and spokesperson for ACEC; engages in speaking events.  Interfaces with state agencies and commissions;
  • Travels throughout state to develop, maintain, and expand membership/stakeholders;
  • Develops cohesive and multi-faceted marketing and public relations plans;
  • Provide leadership to collaborate, and synergize with other engineering organizations, and associate professions like contractors, road builders, architects, etc.
  • Attends national conferences;
  • Provides value-added communications between the Board and general membership;
  • Plans multiple statewide meetings throughout the year;
  • Works with other state executive directors on multi-state conference.


A Bachelor or Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university.  Degree should be in an appropriate field comparable to communication, public administration, business, engineering, political science or a related field and six (6) years of experience related to the duties listed above.  Proficient in Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint. Abilities in Adobe and accounting software such as QuickBooks preferred.


The following competencies describe the knowledge, skills, abilities and attributes that lead to a successful employee in this position.  These competencies are linked to the essential functions of the job.  An employee in this position will be evaluated on these competencies as part of the performance appraisal system. Example behaviors are listed below each competency. Specific behaviors may be identified and included later by the board. It is understood that some of these behaviors might not be acquired until a reasonable time after hire. Failure of an employee to successfully demonstrate some or all of these competencies, as deemed important by the board, may result in the executive director being placed on a performance improvement plan. If after a reasonable period of time, usually three (3) months, the executive director fails to demonstrate successful performance, he or she may be terminated.  These competencies include, but are not limited to, the following:


Integrity and Honesty Demonstrates a sense of responsibility and commitment to the public trust through statements and actions.

Models and demonstrates high standards of integrity, trust, openness and respect for others. Demonstrates integrity by honoring commitments and promises. Demonstrates integrity by maintaining necessary confidentiality.

Work Ethic - Is productive, diligent, conscientious, timely, and loyal.

Conscientiously abides by the rules, regulations and procedures governing work.  Meets deadlines.  Work product is of a high quality. Follows through on assigned tasks until they are completed correctly. Takes ownership of tasks and duties.

Service Orientation - Demonstrates a commitment to quality public service through statements and actions.

Seeks to understand and meets and/or exceeds the needs and expectations of members. Treats members with respect, responding to requests in a professional manner, even in difficult circumstances.  Provides accurate and timely service or re-negotiates changes in expectations in delivery of service. Develops positive relationships with stakeholders. Obtains information and uses it to improve projects and/or services.

Accountability - Accepts responsibility for actions and results.

Is productive and carries fair share of the workload. Focuses on quality and expends the necessary time and effort to achieve goals.  Steadfastly persists in overcoming obstacles and pushes self for results.  Maintains necessary attention to detail to achieve high level performance.  Deals effectively with pressure and recovers quickly from setbacks.  Takes ownership of tasks, performance standards, and mistakes. Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of how to perform one’s job.  Knows the organization’s mission and functions and how it fits into state government.

Self-Management Skills - Effectively manages emotions and impulses and maintains a positive attitude.

Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity.  Fosters commitment and team spirit. Works effectively and cooperatively with others to achieve goals.  Treats all people with respect, courtesy, and consideration. Communicates effectively. Remains open to new ideas and approaches.  Avoids conflicts of interest. Promotes cooperation and teamwork. Continuously evaluates and adapts; copes effectively with change.  Allows self and others to make mistakes and learns from those mistakes.  Adheres to high ethical standards.

Interpersonal Skills - Shows understanding, courtesy, tact, empathy and concern to develop and maintain relationships.

Demonstrates cross-cultural sensitivity and understanding.  Identifies and seeks to solve problems and prevent or resolve conflict situations. Encourages others through constructive criticism and positive reinforcement. Expresses facts and ideas both verbally and in writing in a clear, convincing and organized manner, helping others translate vision into action.   Models appropriate behavior.   Recognizes and develops potential in others; mentors. Builds constructive and effective relationships.

Communication Skills -Effectively receives and attends to, interprets, and responds to verbal messages and expresses information to individuals or groups.  Exhibits effective writing and public speaking skills.

Receives nonverbal cues, such as body language, in ways that are appropriate to listeners and situations.  Takes into account the audience and nature of the information. Listens to others and responds appropriately.  Makes oral presentations. Communicates ideas, suggestions and concerns, as well as outcomes and progress throughout the course of an activity.  Provides thorough and accurate information. Can accurately restate the opinions of others even when he/she disagrees.

Self-Development - Adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.

Seeks efficient learning techniques to acquire and apply new knowledge and skills.  Uses training, feedback, or other opportunities for self-learning and development. Develops and enhances skills to adapt to changing organizational needs. Remains open to change and new information and ideas. Is committed to and actively works to continuously improve himself/herself.


Emotional Maturity - Conducts oneself in a professional, consistent manner when representing the organization.

Has the ability to work through adversity and hold self and others accountable for work actions. Takes risks appropriate to one’s level of responsibility. Acts as a settling influence in a crisis. Exhibits the ability to work through challenges and create opportunities.

Macro Oriented – Exercises good judgment makes sound, well-informed decisions.

Understands and appropriately applies procedures, requirements, and regulations related to specialized areas of expertise. Understands the effects of decisions on the organization and on other organizations.  Acts as a change agent by initiating and supporting change within the organization when necessary.

Working Through Others – Supports, motivates, and is an advocate for staff.

Creates effective teams; shows willingness to get work done through others. Clearly and comfortably delegates work, trusting and empowering others to perform. Reinforces and rewards team efforts and positive behaviors. Is fair, yet firm, with others. Monitors workloads and provides feedback.

Results Oriented – Plans effectively to achieve or exceed goals, sets and meets deadlines.

Identifies, analyzes, and solves problems.  Develops performance standards and outcomes, knows what and how to measure.

Resource Management – Acquires, effectively and efficiently administers, and allocates human, financial, material and informational resources.

Demonstrates ability to plan, prioritize, and organize.


Technical Proficiency The ability and willingness to exhibit competency in the technical areas needed to perform the specific job. Proficient in Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.  Abilities in Adobe and accounting software such as QuickBooks preferred.

Reads, comprehends, interprets and correctly applies all rules, regulations, and policies applicable to work assignments. Performs work in areas that are needed.

Workflow Management:  The ability and willingness to perform work within defined specifications and timelines and to manage conflicting priorities.

Operates under specific time constraints and within specified deadlines.  Effectively prioritizes tasks in order to meet deadlines. Works on appropriate priorities to get the job done.

Problem Solving/Decision Making – The ability and willingness to cooperate with other employees in identifying and solving problems in order to effectively and efficiently complete assigned tasks.

Exhibits ability to identify and address issues. Ensures that all problems encountered are addressed at the appropriate level and communicates all relevant information on a timely basis with accuracy and completeness. Exercises sound reasoning. Displays the ability and willingness to work with other state/national offices and organizations in order to collectively complete assigned tasks or problems that arise.

Member Relations: The ability and willingness to interact and communicate with membership

Proactively provides stakeholders with proper information in an effort to reduce occurrences of future problems. Supports the organization mission and goals in all interactions with internal and external stakeholders. Acts as an advocate for organization policy.


Structural Engineer

Position Type: Full-time Employment


Spencer-Engineers, Inc. is a full service structural engineering company located in Jackson, Mississippi, currently looking to hire a structural engineer for full-time employment.

The ideal candidate that we are seeking would fit the following profile:

1. A licensed P.E. or E.I.T. preferably having 2 to 5 years work experience designing commercial structures.
2. Must have a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from an ABET accredited school.
3. Must have a minimum of 2 structural design classes.
4. Must be fluent in Autocad drafting-Revit modeling is also preferred.
5. Emphasize quality in their work.
6. Think creatively and solve complex problems.
7. Interact and communicate well with others.

Duties will include analysis and design of framing and foundations, production of construction documents, coordination with clients, shop drawing review, and construction site visits. Engineering materials will include structural steel, light gage steel, concrete, wood, and masonry. Project building types will include hospitals, churches, schools, retail, office buildings. etc.

Please send an email with your resume and cover letter. No phone calls, please.

Contact Information

Kenneth S. McGrath, P.E., President
Spencer-Engineers, Inc.
P O Box 4328, Jackson MS 39296-4328


New President and CEO

CMAA seeks a new President & CEO to work with the Board, members, and staff to realize CMAA’s mission: to promote the profession of construction management and the use of qualified construction managers on capital projects and programs. A widely recognized professional organization with a reputation for training and professional development related to the Certified Construction Manager designation, CMAA will offer its next CEO the opportunity to build visibility, foster partnerships within and outside the built environment, and continue to strengthen the skills and expertise of the professional construction manager within the architecture/engineering/construction industries.

The successful candidate will have at least 10 years of leadership experience in association or nonprofit management with at least five spent at an executive level, familiarity with the construction/engineering/architecture environment, a passion for leading people and developing staff, will be adept at strategic planning, an excellent communicator, and a natural collaborator.

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