Call for the next SSS Executive Officer

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The Southern Sociological Society (SSS) seeks an innovative, organized, and experienced leader to serve as its next Executive Officer. Established in 1935, SSS promotes rigorous research, excellence in teaching and mentoring, and collegiality. As the nation’s largest regional organization of professional sociologists, SSS membership includes a cross-section of academia like small and community colleges, historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), liberal arts schools, and research-intensive institutions.

The Executive Officer oversees the work of the Society, reports to the Executive Committee, and represents its interests with outside groups, allies, and stakeholders. The work of SSS includes publication of a journal and newsletter, an annual meeting, and elections. With its resources provided entirely by dues, fees, and donations, the Executive Officer will be expected to govern those funds wisely as they support SSS in creating a dynamic experience for our members.

Below are a few prominent duties of the Executive Officer. A complete list of the specific duties associated with this position can be found here (See also the SSS By-Laws, Page 6, Article 6, Section 5).

  • Provide institutional memory and organizational consistency across administrations as Executive Officer and as a member of Executive Committee; 
  • Manage the revenues and expenses of the Society and maintaining fiscal records through budgeting and bookkeeping;
  • Coordinate, organize, and manage the SSS Executive Office and work closely with the Assistant Executive Officer (typically, but not mandatorily, a graduate student at the Executive Officer’s institution);
  • Organize, draft, and provide effective communication to SSS membership regarding Society business, events, opportunities, elections, etc., always keeping front and center the fact that SSS is a membership organization;
  • Work closely with the President, Vice President, Program Chair(s), Local Arrangements Chair, and others each membership year to organize and manage the SSS Annual Meeting

The new Executive Officer will shadow the current Executive Officer during the 2023 (in-person) meeting in Myrtle Beach and (virtually) until December 31, 2023, when the current Executive Officer’s term expires. The term of the new Executive Officer is 5 years and will run from January 1, 2024 to December 31, 2028. The position comes with several types of compensation: a $3500 annual stipend, covered travel and lodging to and from both the site visit and the annual meeting, and others. For the shadowing period of 2023, the selected candidate will be paid $3500. 

 (Ideal) Applicants for Executive Officer will be expected to have 1) a doctoral degree in sociology or related field; 2) experience with fiscal management and contract negotiations; 3) management experience in higher education; 4) a collaborative and transparent leadership style; 5) a demonstrated commitment to diversity; 6) prior service on the SSS Executive Committee; and 7) a member of SSS in good financial standing. 

We welcome applications even if you do not meet all identified ideal benchmarks. 

The review of applications will begin October 10, 2022 and finalists will be notified by December 1, 2022. Application packages must include a 1) CV and 2) letter of interest (no more than 3 double spaced pages) outlining the candidate’s qualifications. Completed application packages should be sent to Rhiannon Leebrick at Finalists for the position will be asked to submit three letters of reference.

If you have any questions regarding this position you may contact Earl Wright II (2022-2023 SSS President), Stephanie Bohon (2021-2022 SSS Past-President), or David Brunsma (Executive Officer)