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RECA’s Open CEO Position

Position: CEO
Location: Austin, TX


Reports to: Board of Directors


Mission Statement:

To be an effective resource and advocate for the interests of the real estate industry and to promote and sustain the Greater Austin region as an outstanding community in which to live.

Organization Overview:

The Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA) is a highly regarded and influential nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization that represents the commercial real estate industry of Austin. It has a membership base (1,900 strong) that includes developers, builders, owners, attorneys, brokers, architects, and engineers. RECA’s mission is to advocate for the commercial real estate community by promoting growth that both fuels Austin’s economic engine and supports smart, sustainable development for a livable city. Daily operations in RECA’s downtown Austin office are managed by a staff of six (two part-time), with oversight by a 13-member executive board. RECA has a budget of around $1.6 million. It has a series of annual events that raise more than $1 million for the organization and charitable causes. The most significant of these events are Knockout Night and Exchange. For more information, please visit

Position Summary:

RECA is seeking an effective leader to help the board establish RECA’s policy positions and communicate them to stakeholders; help develop and execute on strategic actions that support RECA’s goals and vision; and proactively reach out to city officials to establish rapport, the better to communicate RECA’s position and positively influence decision-makers. The CEO will forge alliances with disparate entities and build a coalition of diverse stakeholders, establish and maintain relationships with government officials and civic leaders, and ensure that RECA is involved in decisions surrounding Austin’s growth. He or she will be responsible for the professional development of a dedicated staff and will work to create a cohesive team with a clear sense of mission and purpose. The CEO will work with the team on diversifying RECA’s membership base, including young professionals, and with the board on cultivating member relationships and sponsorships. They will review and update the current strategic plan and address challenges and changes of the last two years.

The role requires a successful influencer and thought leader. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in civic leadership with substantial operations management experience. He or she will be a coalition builder and be quick to engage all stakeholders and potential board members to ensure productive dialogue that gets results. The CEO will be a confident, forceful representative for the organization, who understands and is comfortable with the advocacy role. Political savvy and the ability to navigate political waters in order to move RECA’s agenda forward are required.

Key Executive Objectives & Responsibilities:

  • Establish and cultivate relationships with city hall, the city council, state legislative delegation members, the real estate community, the media, neighborhood associations, and related Central Texas-based stakeholders.
  • Be knowledgeable on all relevant government initiatives and issues and proactively keep the RECA board informed.
  • Develop a strong working and advisory relationship with the mayor’s office.
  • Develop coalitions with diverse groups that share RECA’s mission in support of a livable and growing Austin.
  • Work with the board on developing strategies for identifying and supporting political allies.
  • Act as the face of the organization. Communicate strategically with all stakeholders; stay on message even when speaking off-the-cuff.  
  • Lead and develop an energetic team, promoting professional growth and development.
  • Cultivate board member involvement and expertise; actively engage in diversifying RECA’s members and directors.

Key Executive Skills and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; MBA or Master’s in related field highly desired.
  • At least five years’ experience as a leader of a for-profit, government, or non-profit organization, with responsibility for operational functions.
  • Full management responsibility of a budget of $2 million in revenues or more.
  • Five years’ experience in working at the intersection of business, government, and economic policy, and civic and related projects and partnerships.
  • Political astuteness for effective long-term success.

Executive Competencies & Desired Personal Traits:

  • Passion for RECA’s mission.
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Good judgment and problem-solving skills.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all stakeholders.
  • Professional presence; unflappable under pressure. Able to demonstrate commitment and versatility and to initiate independent action that drives the mission of the organization.
  • Good political instincts and skills.
  • Self-motivated and confident leadership; able to delegate authority and direct the work of professional staff while creating an atmosphere promoting personal and professional success and development.
  • Excellent organizational development, interpersonal, administrative, and personnel-management skills.
  • Well-honed leadership qualities and strong decision-making abilities.
  • Good listener.
  • Servant-leader personality.


Competitive compensation with excellent benefits.

Contact Information:

Jan Lehman | Lehman Associates
Office (512) 478-1131 | Fax (512) 478-1985
Do NOT contact the RECA board or staff directly. All inquiries will be treated confidentially.