Founded in 1924, the American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) is a national, non-profit association open to all privately owned schools of cosmetology arts & sciences. Our membership is comprised of cosmetology, skin, nail, and barbering schools.
AACS is a leader in the Beauty and Wellness Industry. We provide our members with current teaching methods, industry events and advocacy in Washington, DC.Additionally, we have a committee that focuses onState relations to meet the needs of our members.We do this through a series of seminars, conferencesand conventions held throughout the year. Most of all,AACS members act as a family, often helping each otherwith addressing problems facing beauty education.This “networking” is often listed as the most importantbenefit to membership.For those schools that participate in Title IV funding, AACS lobbies Congress and the Department of Education aggressively to protect the interests of private career schools. AACS is your representative in Washington, DC.
AACS Core Values:
•Integrity •Being Passionate and Determined •Humanitarian Outreach •Embracing Diversity •Members First through Empowerment •Preserving Educational Choice •Fostering a Sense of Community •Creative Learning •Changing Lives
AACS Big Audacious Goal:
The hair, beauty and wellness profession will be recognized as a premier career of choice driven by a thriving member school community.
For more information about AACS, please visit www.beautyschools.org
Reporting to the Board Chairperson/President, the Executive Director will drive the strategic management and operational execution of the Association which encompasses overseeing a budget of approximately $2 million and managing a professional staff.
Ideal Candidate Profile:
The ideal candidate will be a visionary team leader and culture builder, who remains dedicated to the mission and values of AACS. Working closely with the Board, he/she must be committed to goal achievement through teamwork. The successful candidate will be a strategic and forward-thinking executive with a track record of stellar results working in complex organizations, with a reputation for forming strong personal and professional relationships. He/She should be politically savvy, without being political.
The ideal candidate must also have unquestioned personal integrity, professionalism, and a positive work ethic. He/She will have strong presentation and communication skills with an outgoing, personable and inclusive management style. The ideal candidate will develop a workplace culture and environment where staff looks forward to coming to work, where an appropriate sense of humor and camaraderie is a part of daily ways, and work is a passion rather than just a means to earn an income. The ability to communicate with clarity and motivate people is a critical requirement. The capacity to connect with people at all levels, and the humility to accept shortcomings and the thirst for ongoing growth and development is also needed.
The ideal candidate will have command presence and be a transparent, gifted, diplomatic, patient and engaging communicator, whether speaking one on one or in front of a large audience. This individual will act as a “Chief Mission Officer”, with applicable business acumen, and possess a genuine, visible, infectious passion for advancing the reach of AACS.
In concert with the Board of Directors and staff of AACS, develop specific businessplans for the fulfillment of the goals and strategies of the organization. Direct theimplementation of the business plans with an emphasis on targeted programs thatmake efficient use of resources.
Serve as chief spokesperson for the organization, providing knowledgeable inputon beauty industry issues and business matters, as well as be an effective voice forAACS.
Develop and implement programs, policies, procedures, and systems necessary forthe effective and efficient operation of AACS.
Communicate effectively with the Board of Directors and provide administrativesupport which will enable that body to: determine future goals; provide directionand guidance; approve necessary actions; monitor and review operations includinginternal and human resource policies; and effectively carry out all of itsresponsibilities to its members.
Develop and recommend to the Board of Directors comprehensive plans to achieve the stated mission. Periodically update the plans and provide progress reports.
Direct all operations that include planning, recommending and implementing programs and policies and providing general administrative direction.
Develop appropriate internal operating policies to guide the organization, communicate policies to managers and monitor adherence through reports and observations.
Oversee the development of capital and operating budgets for the purpose of forecasting financial outcomes, developing programs and setting operating policies that are fiscally sound and predictable.
Consistently and effectively interact with beauty industry CEOs and managers, employees, members, industry partners, media, Boards of Directors, other marketing and promotion organizations throughout the US, including government agencies and officials, and industry organizations.
Stay current on developments in the industry and continue to develop professionally.
Ensure that AACS is in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations.
Perform other duties and projects as assigned by the Board Chairperson/President, and fill in as needed for other team members.
Make a concerted effort to be highly visible, establish genuine rapport, and form positive working relationships with all key stakeholders including board members, school/partner members, staff, local and national partners (e.g. education and trade associations), etc.
Perform an organizational assessment and make recommendations to enhance operational effectiveness.
Maintain and increase membership in AACS and make the return on investment (ROI) of membership easily visible.
Continue working to enhance the image of AACS and member confidence in the organization.
Evaluate current marketing efforts with an eye toward their return on investment for members.
Seek out innovative ways to further the mission of AACS (foster new ideas; increase the effective use of digital marketing and social media).
Continue the work to evolve and nurture the Board culture and competence through on-going training and development.
Refine and align organizational benchmarks and goals with relevant metrics to track organizational progress.
Ensure succession plans are developed and in place for all key leadership roles throughout the organization.
10-15 year of progressively demonstrated association or organizational management experience
Master of Business Administration, Health and Wellness related, or similar advanced degree
Professional certification in either Association Management, Project Management, or Human Resources Management
Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Marketing, or a related field along with progressively responsible management experience with non-profit organizations, particularly associations, is desired. Advanced degree preferred.
Experience in the development and administration of budgets and work plans, knowledge of human resources and organizational development, and a track record of successful board relations is required.
Experience with government relations and in the education or beauty industry a plus. A successful track record working with small businesses, including family-owned businesses, is also desired.
A highly refined sense of cultural competence and awareness, as well as a proven effectiveness and ease in communicating within a multicultural environment is necessary.
An understanding of the importance and value of diversity that recognizes and embraces the differences that arise from varying backgrounds, life experiences, beliefs, and perspectives is required, as is demonstrated experience working with diverse populations (language, culture, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, etc.).
Moderate travel (30%) is required.
A Strong background in Financial Management with P&L responsibility
AACS is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.
Are you looking for a career in an exciting and passionate industry with the ability to impact millions around the nation? The American Association of Cosmetology Schools (AACS) is looking for a new Executive Director who will become part of a growing sector with limitless opportunities. We are a non-profit association comprised of over 250 member schools who provide career training for all areas of the beauty industry. With a rich history and a growing presence in Washington, DC., AACS is the leader in the private cosmetology education division, with room to grow.