Executive Director Search Update and Request to Membership

By Lee Twyman, Executive Director Search Team Co-Chair

In late September, the IOA Executive Director Search Team began our search for IOA’s next Executive Director. The Search Team values members’ perspectives as we meet the goal of selecting a new ED that represents you, our members, and we wish to share the following update and give you the opportunity to provide input. Our next ED will be a full-time position and work in collaboration with membership, the Board, and our staff to advance the goals of the IOA and the Organizational Ombuds profession. As a reminder, the Search Team includes the following members: Marcia Gee Riley, Juan Lattanzio, Suzanne Diviney, Marcia Martinez-Helfman, Lindsay Jennings, IOA Managing Director, and Co-Chairs Willem Kweens and Lee Twyman. Please view the IOA Board-approved ED position description for reference.

The search process and timeline includes:

  • Outreach and postings for applicants included advertisements with eight relevant associations in the interest of seeking a diverse, experienced, and talented pool of interested applicants. The application process included completing a brief questionnaire, submission of an application letter and resume/CV. Applications were open from late September through 31 October 2021
  • Initial review and screening of applicants: 15 October – 1 November
  • Preliminary interviews of selected applicants: 1–10 November
  • Search Team review of recorded interviews and rating of application materials: 11–18 November
  • Search Team conducts in-depth interviews: 29 November – 10 December
  • Search Team presents finalists for Board review and final selection: mid-December

The applicant pool is substantial, diverse, and varied in experience, skills, and background. The Search Team welcomes input on the process from IOA membership and invites you to review the position description, consider the strategic goals and overall mission of the IOA, and provide your input regarding what are the most important qualities, strengths, background, and experience the Search Team should keep in mind as it reviews candidates. Please send your comments to Lindsay Jennings at [email protected] with the subject line: ED Search Input.

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Thank you,

IOA Executive Director Search Team 

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