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Position Title:        President

Reports To:            WISPA Board of Directors

FLSA Status:          Exempt

Employment:         Full time

Apply:                   Send resume and cover letter to by August 14th,2017.


Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President is responsible for the overall management of the activities and long-term strategic direction of the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (WISPA).  The President is also responsible for coordinating WISPA’s operations and activities, overseeing the staff charged with planning and execution of WISPA’s two annual conferences, coordinating WISPA’s policy-advocacy activities and shaping the association’s long-term strategic agenda. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Business Plan Creation and Analysis: Analyze and interpret data, make comparable analyses, recommend options and courses of action in order to develop or track business plans. Identify short or long-range issues that must be addressed to achieve plan objectives.

Development Plans, Objectives and Strategies: Develop an overall revenue plan including core metrics and minimum standards of achievement. Identify short and long range problems that must be addressed, and develop objectives and strategies to ensure successful attainment of financial goals. Increase overall WISPA revenue by implementing these plans.

Recruit and develop volunteer leadership: Identify candidates for committee positions. Recruit volunteer candidates and articulate goals, outcomes and objectives for performance to enable candidates to make good decisions regarding achievement of WISPA goals.

Membership Presentations: Develop and present membership presentations to educate and promote WISPA goals and objectives. Serve as the lead staff on all significant membership events. Remain current on membership needs, market trends, and competitor actions to create reliable membership forecasts and to identify opportunities for membership development.

Staff Leadership: Build and maintain a team of “A” player staff. Hire, and oversee the supervision and training of all WISPA staff.

Executive Leadership: Responsible for policy execution and oversight of all WISPA matters. Establish strong relationships with executive, business, & industry leaders while contributing to the general management & direction of WISPA.

The President’s roles also include:

Interaction with the Board of Directors

  • Develop 1, 3 and 5 year business plans for the organization to be approved by the Board
  • Working with the Treasurer and Board to develop annual budgets
  • Working with the Treasurer and outside contractors to prepare routine financial reports for presentation to the Board
  • Prepare reports and materials for the monthly meeting of the Board
  • Coordinate committee-level activities with the Chairmen of relevant WISPA committee

Overseeing WISPA Staff & Service Providers

  • Overseeing all aspects of human resource management for WISPA’s [X] other employees, including but not limited to developing and revising position descriptions, hiring and termination, professional development and continuing education, recommending compensation, and conducting routine performance reviews.
  • Approving budgeted expenses for payment outside of normal payment cycles
  • Leading WISPA’s growth initiative and ensuring membership and revenue growth targets are achieved
  • Oversee the tasking, performance and compensation of third-party service providers such as WISPA’s DC Counsel, Lobbyist, Technical Adviser, Advocacy Communications Adviser, Independent Accounting Firm (in conjunction with the relevant WISPA Committee Chairmen)


Interaction with WISPA Membership

  • Represent WISPA before its members at the association’s annual conferences and other events
  • Communicate WISPA’s vision and strategy to the membership
  • Ensuring the timely development and publication of internal-facing newsletters and other communications
  • Recruit and cultivate volunteer leaders to serve the association in appropriate capacities

Interaction with Outside Groups

  • Represent WISPA before the media and at public events and conferences as appropriate
  • Represent WISPA before legislators, regulators and other policymakers, alone and/or in conjunction with WISPA’s professional advisers and other leadership as appropriate for the circumstances
  • Liaison with other industry groups and associations

Key Skills, Experience and Educational

  • The President must possess sufficient skills, knowledge and qualities to successfully lead the organization as outlined above.  Experience in the telecommunications sector is preferred, with particular emphasis on the wireless ISP industry.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is preferred.
  • Knowledge of or experience in the wireless industry, FCC or legislative experience, executive director/management experience is preferred.
  • The preferred candidate will have substantial experience operating in an industry association environment.  Experience in policy advocacy activities is highly preferred.   
  • Strong written and oral communications skills, as well as fluency with basic business software platforms, are required


The President must be able to travel to attend conferences, training and other events.

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Below is a list of WISPA press releases and news articles about the Association and Industry.

December 16, 2016
Wireless Internet Service Providers Extremely Disappointed by FCC’s Inaction on Small Business Exemption
December 13, 2016
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December 5, 2016
Wireless Internet Service Providers Raise Concerns About Impacts of AT&T-Time Warner Merger; Call On Federal Authorities to Reject It
November 7, 2016
WISPAclips: News from Around the Internet - 11/07/16
October 27, 2016
Fixed Wireless Broadband Providers Appreciate FCC’S Sensitivity to Small Broadband Providers in New Consumer Privacy Rules
October 13, 2016
Fixed Wireless Industry Poised for Robust Growth and Greater Policy Activism (WISPAPALOOZA Wrapup)
September 20, 2016
WISPA Teams with METAvivor for Pink Day at WISPAPALOOZA
August 12, 2016
WISPA Elects New Officers and Board Members for 2016-2017 Term
August 10, 2016
Wireless Internet Service Providers Applaud Federal Court Decision on Municipal Broadband
July 25, 2016
A Growing Consensus That the FCC Must Change Course on Privacy
June 15, 2016
Wireless Internet Service Providers Welcome Senate Committee Vote to Protect Small Businesses and Rural Americans
June 14, 2016
Wireless Internet Service Providers Disappointed by Court's Decision Upholding FCC Regulations
June 8, 2016
Experts to FCC: Change Course on Broadband Privacy Rules
May 25, 2016
Small Internet Service Providers Applaud FCC Action to Promote Broadband Build-Out in Under-Served Areas
May 19, 2016
New Overtime Rules Affect Small Businesses
March 16, 2016
Wireless Internet Service Providers Praise the U.S. House for Protecting Small Businesses and Rural Americans
February 25, 2016
House Committee Action Paves Way to Progress in Full House and Senate
January 12, 2016
WISPA Asks Congress For ISP Small Business Regulatory Certainty
December 16, 2015

WISPA Hails FCC Decision Extending Small Business Relief
November 20, 2015

WISPA Applauds House of Representatives for Support of Small Business Exemption from New Open Internet Disclosure
October 6, 2015

WISPA Appoints New Committee Chairpersons, Officers and Welcomes Elected Board of Directors
August 13, 2015

WISPA Responds to FCC’s Unlicensed TV Band Spectrum Ruling
June 29, 2015

(Wireless Week) - WISPA: Wi-Fi, LTE-U Coexistence Requires More than Just “Benign Intentions”
June 2, 2015

The FCC’s Extension of U-NII Compliance Deadline Benefits WISPA and The Fixed Wireless Industry
May 19, 2015

WISPA Meets With Policymakers on Capitol Hill
May 12, 2015

WISPA Holds Policy Summit in Washington D.C.
May 5, 2015

WISPA Board Member Appointed to FCC Consumer Advisory Committee
May 1, 2015

WISPA Asks FCC to Stay Title II and Internet Conduct Rules
April 28, 2015

WISPA Files For Court Review of FCC’s Open Internet Order
April 17, 2015

WISPA Applauds the FCC’s New Spectrum Sharing Ruling
March 2, 2015

WISPAmerica 2015 Surpasses Attendance Record
February 26, 2015 

Municipal Broadband Ruling by FCC Jeopardizes Private Sector Investments
February 26, 2015  

Open Internet Ruling Receives Mixed Reaction from the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association
February 25, 2015

WISPA Comments on the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Hearing
February 10, 2015

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly to Keynote at WISPAmerica 2015
February 4, 2015

WISPA Urges Regulators to Defer Vote on Net Neutrality Rules
January 21, 2015

WISPA Responds to State of the Union
January 5, 2015

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