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ANA starts search

Do you have what it takes to run the American Numismatic Association?

Now is your chance.

The ANA began accepting applications Dec. 6 to fill the executive director position that has been vacant since Larry Shepherd’s employment ended in controversy Sept. 28.

Deadline for submission is Jan. 31, 2012.

“We think we’re ready,” ANA President Tom Hallenbeck said of the search process. “We wanted to do it right. We didn’t want to rush into it.”

However, he said, the position no longer is a leadership role.

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“The ANA board leads” Hallenbeck said. “We’ve been working hard behind the scenes putting things in place for more accountability; the board wants more accountability.”

He also said whomever is selected will earn “less than Shepherd,” who held the position for about three and one-half years.
Compensation would be “more in line with nonprofits” of the size of the ANA, Hallenback said.

In any case, he explained that pay also would be commensurate with the experience level of the person who is chosen, as well as other factors.

In its formal candidate search statement, ANA says it is looking for someone with a minimum criteria of five years management experience in a nonprofit or related organization, including supervision of at least a 30-person staff, along with strong communication, fund-raising, consulting, business, negotiation, problem resolution, mediation, communication and interpersonal skills. Experience working with a board is highly desirable. The selected candidate must be willing to relocate to Colorado Springs, Colo., be able to work on weekends and evenings and travel periodically.

Ideally, the search statement says, applicants should have knowledge of and experience within a collector-based community – such as numismatics – in roles such as a collector, dealer, author or researcher. They must be able to build relationships within the numismatic community, to understand and implement the ANA’s mission, objectives and strategic goals and be able to convey that understanding and implementation to the board of governors, ANA members, staff members and others outside the numismatic field.

Resumes will be accepted in two forms. Job candidates can send them to Tom Hallenbeck, President, Executive Director Search – Confidential, American Numismatic Association, 818 N. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903, or by e-mail to ExDirSearch@money.org.

“We will respond to everybody who applies,” Hallenbeck said.

ANA is not using a head-hunting firm, Hallenbeck said. Initial screening of resumes will be done by a seven-person committee consisting of Hallenbeck, Vice President Walter Ostromecki, Gov. Wendell Wolka, former ANA President Barry Stuppler and ANA personnel committee members Mark Lighterman and Sam Deep. The seventh member is Deb Lovejoy of Employer’s Resources of Colorado, which is located in Colorado Springs. ERC is a human resources and benefits company.

Hallenbeck hoped the ANA board of governors could join in the screening process when it meets at the Florida United Numismatists convention during the first week of January.

For the full job description go to the ANA’s website: www.money.org/AM/Template.cfm?section=About_ANA.

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