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Executive Director Resignation Announcement

Executive Director Resignation Announcement

5/15/19

A Message to All AMTA Members,

On behalf of the AMTA Board of Directors, we are writing to share some unexpected news.  Lee Grossman has accepted a new position and will be resigning from AMTA.  This information was shared with the Board President and President-Elect on Monday, May 13, and the AMTA Board of Directors met last night to craft a path forward.  We have shared the news with the staff this morning, are communicating with volunteer leaders at 11 am ET, and will inform the membership by mid-day.

While this change was unexpected, and we are all navigating myriad emotions and reactions, the AMTA Board wants to assure our community that we will successfully manage this unplanned transition.  We are working with Raffa (now Marcum’s Nonprofit & Social Sector Group) to identify a skilled interim executive director from the Washington, DC area; we are planning on a transition to interim leadership in June.  The Transition Committee has been activated and is working with Raffa to effect a targeted relaunch of the search next week.  Raffa has reminded us that we can and will leverage our learnings from the first effort to support this relaunch.  Our goal is to identify AMTA’s new executive by the end of July, with a potential start date in early September.

As you absorb this information, please know that we are here to listen and process your questions, concerns, and thoughts.  Please feel welcome to contact any of the Board members (see list and contact information below) in the coming days and weeks.

Best,

AMTA Board of Directors

 

Executive Director Search Relaunch FAQs

May 2019

1. What is our message about this unplanned transition?

  • Lee Grossman has accepted a new position and is resigning from AMTA.  He was not looking for a new opportunity – an organization that he had worked and consulted with over the past two decades sought him out.
  • Lee notified the Board President and President-Elect on Monday, May 13.  The Board met on May 14 to craft a plan to successfully navigate this transition.
  • Information was shared with staff, volunteer leaders and the membership on May 15.  Additional communications with key stakeholders will be completed by May 17.
  • While the change was unexpected, the AMTA Board wants to assure the community that AMTA will successfully manage this unplanned transition.

2. What is the timing for Lee’s departure and how will AMTA manage the leadership needs?   

  • The Board is continuing its work with Raffa (now Marcum’s Nonprofit & Social Sector Group) to navigate this process.
  • Raffa will support the Board in bringing on skilled interim leadership for AMTA during this transition period. 
  • We anticipate transitioning to interim leadership in June. 
  • The Board is working with Lee to identify the projects and deliverables that he will complete for AMTA before departing.

3. How is AMTA managing a new search?   

  • The Transition Committee has been activated and is working again with Raffa.
  • AMTA will undertake a targeted search relaunch, with the search going live on May 20. 
  • Raffa has reminded us that we will leverage our learnings and experience from the first process to support an outstanding relaunch. 
  • Our goal is to identify AMTA’s new executive by the end of July with a potential start date in early September.
  • The interim executive director will be engaged throughout to ensure continuity and sustainability through this transition period.

4. If someone is interested in applying, referring a potential candidate or learning more about the position, who can they speak to about the search?

  • Please refer all inquiries to Raffa-Marcum’s Nonprofit & Social Sector Group, who is conducting the search relaunch on behalf of AMTA.   
  • Feel welcome to connect anyone interested in applying, referring a potential candidate, or learning more about the position to: Adrienne O’Rourke, Search Associate. Her email is: Adrienne.ORourke@marcumllp.com and her office # is: (202) 227- 4284.

5. How can I support the search process?

When the search goes live, we ask that you share the position profile with your networks and on social media to help promote the search. Please refer any questions about the search to Raffa-Marcum (see Question #4).

6. The members of the Board of Directors are available to answer questions and hear your thoughts and concerns about this unplanned transition.

 

 

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