On Nov. 17, 2021, ACSA entered into an agreement with Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA) to conduct a search for its next executive director.
As part of its process, HYA developed an online survey, which was sent to all ACSA members and was open from Nov. 29 through Dec. 15. Participants were asked to identify the state of the association and questions were based on goals from the current ACSA Strategic Plan. Approximately 570 members took part in this survey that identified the current state of ACSA.
HYA also conducted 50 online focus groups, which took place between Nov. 29 and Dec. 13. These meetings included representatives from the ACSA Board of Directors, Leadership Assembly, 17 of ACSA’s Councils and Committees, Region leaders and staff. Approximately 125 individuals participated in the one-hour focus groups, which asked participants to identify ACSA’s strengths and challenges, as well as the qualifications, experience, and characteristics that a new Executive Director should possess.
Data from the survey and focus groups were compiled into a Leadership Profile Report and a Survey Report, which are being made available to ACSA members. These documents provided valuable insights that were included in the desired characteristics and job description for the executive director position.