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Established in May 1934, The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) is the only national organization committed to addressing the professional concerns of licensed Professional Engineer's (PE's) across all disciplines. NSPE was keenly aware that the public needed to be able to trust that everyday engineering decisions were being made by qualified, ethical individuals. Therefore, their goal was to create an inclusive, nontechnical organization dedicated to the interests of licensed PE’s, regardless of practice area. Their fundamental values of Ethics & Accountability, Qualification, Professional Advancement and Unity have allowed them to continue to deliver on their promise 86 years later.
Based in Alexandria, Virginia, NSPE is seeking an Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer to join their already focused and aligned institution to continue building upon its successes while stimulating growth for the organization in key areas. NSPE seeks an individual who is a proven leader with energy, experience and the passion needed to continue to advance the organization. The candidate should demonstrate the skills needed to carry out the strategic plan, lead a team of 30, build effective relationships across NSPE’s multi-tiered professional society of volunteers and members, and to plan, manage and control an annual budget in excess of $7M.
The Executive Director and CEO reports to the NSPE Board of Directors and is responsible for guiding the development and implementation of the strategic plan, governance, advocacy, programs, policies, and practices of NSPE.
S/he is responsible for sound management of the NSPE staff, operations, assets, business planning, dues and non-dues revenue generation, and finances.
The Executive Director and CEO will ensure NSPE offers a strong value proposition to it's customers, which include members, affiliated state societies, and the National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies (NICET) certification stakeholders.
S/he is responsible for fostering productive relationships with related organizations, other industry and professional representatives, government bodies, and the media, with the goal of maximizing awareness and productive collaboration in achieving NSPE’s vision of “a world where the public can be confident that engineering decisions affecting their lives are made by qualified and ethically accountable professionals.”
Serves as Corporate Secretary of the association, and ex officio member (without vote) on the NSPE Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
The following traits will be important for success in the NSPE role:
The specifics regarding measures of success, including metrics, will ultimately be agreed upon by the successful candidate and the NSPE Executive Committee, but at the end of the first year the Board would expect the following:
NSPE was established to realize a simple but vital goal:
Create an inclusive, nontechnical organization dedicated to the interests of licensed professional engineers, regardless of practice area, that would protect engineers (and the public) from unqualified practitioners, build public recognition for the profession, and stand against unethical practices and inadequate compensation.
The NSPE Strategic Plan—including our Vision, Mission, Values, and Goals—is developed by the NSPE Board of Directors in collaboration with NSPE’s representative House of Delegates. It is not a static document. Rather, it is a commitment to ongoing, open, and transparent strategic planning and execution.
NSPE's members are among the nation's top licensed professional engineers who share an elite position with other top professionals, like doctors, lawyers, certified public accountants, and registered architects. They have risen to the top of their fields through intense training, licensing, continuing education, and leadership. They are bound by a Code of Ethics to exhibit the highest standards of honesty and integrity and hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public. Meet our members, the people who make NSPE great!
NSPE strives to promote education amongst their members. As a result, they created the PE Institute that has a catalog of live educational events, webinars, and conferences for the professional engineer. As engineering disciplines become more specialized, continuing education becomes more crucial to managing a rising career. Online webinars and conferences can help PEs stay current on a variety of topics. All events provided by NSPE, its state societies, and partners are available to members at a discount.
NSPE’s annual conference typically attracts 350 participants. Due to Covid-19, NSPE converted their August 2020 conference into a virtual event and saw 405 attendees as a result. NSPE’s 2021 conference will be a partnership with the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE). The conference is slated to take place July 7–12 in Philadelphia, providing an opportunity for PEs and those on the path to licensure to connect with like-minded professionals, earn continuing education credits, and learn about the profession’s top issues.
NSPE has two Foundations, the NSPE Education Foundation and DiscoverE. The NSPE Education Foundation focuses on fundraising to distribute educational grants and support programs. DiscoverE was established 30 years ago as the first organization to recognize the need for engineering outreach when it called on engineers to work with young, middle school aged students for Engineers Week 1990. Over the decades, hundreds of thousands in the NSPE community volunteer and celebrate engineers, technicians, and technologists around the globe. According to a 2020 survey 8 out of 10 educators consider these opportunities essential to engaging students in engineering.
NSPE publishes the PE magazine. It is published quarterly and covers news and commentary on professional issues: licensing, engineering ethics, employment, legislative and regulatory issues, education, and many others that have a direct impact on professional engineers.
Founded in 1961, NICET is the certification division of NSPE.
NICET’s vision is that of a Global Leader, providing recognition of qualified technology professionals who reliably apply engineering principles and practices for the benefit and safety of the public.
With a mission to promote excellence in engineering technologies globally through certification and related services, NICET has in excess of 135,000 engineering technicians and engineering technologists that have met their demanding certification criteria.
Throughout the US and internationally, NICET certifications are recognized and even required by many employers and government agencies. NICET promotes the continued professional development of their certified technicians and technologists which provides assurance to the public that an individual has mastered the critical elements in a specific discipline of engineering technology.
NSPE is committed to recognizing contributions made by their members, established professionals and rising stars. They bestow several awards annually to very deserving candidates that include, the NSPE Award, NSPE Distinguished Service Award, NSPE Young Engineer of the Year Award, QBS Award, Engineering Education Excellence Award, PEGASUS Award, PEPP Award, and the Federal Engineer of the Year Award.
The volunteer leadership of the NSPE includes a Board of Directors.
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