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GALA Seeks Executive Director to Guide Association through Rapid Growth

Wednesday, 12 March, 2008

The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA), an international non-profit association that encourages local communication as an indispensable component of a global strategy, has announced an international search for an Executive Director to guide the organization in implementing its strategic plan and building value for members.  The search for the association's first Executive Director began in February, and the board hopes to conclude it by the end of summer.

GALA was founded in 2002 by 15 companies, and rapidly grew to more than 240 members in its first five years.  Currently there are more than 280 member companies that span the globe with headquarters in Asia, Europe, Middle East, North and South America and Oceania.  Members include: localization service providers, translation companies, globalization consultants, internationalization service providers, industry publications and language technology developers.

To ensure that the association keeps pace with the rapid growth of membership, last year the board put in place an aggressive three-year strategic growth plan.  "We were at a crossroads:  We had enthusiastic members and a hard working board-we needed a plan to give us measured, strategic direction," said Stephen Ryan, immediate past Board Chair of GALA.  "The 2010 Plan has four pillars, which include investment in visibility, resources, regional value and a healthy organizational structure.  One aspect of creating a healthy organizational structure is to have a full-time Executive Director reporting directly to the Board."

The new GALA Executive Director will be charged with managing the association's small staff and executing programs for members from the 2010 Plan, including overhauling the website, increasing PR activities, investing in professional workshops and webinars, and hosting more regional events.  Ryan, who is heading up the Executive Director search committee, explains that the right candidate will have strong leadership, management, interpersonal and negotiation skills.  "We are looking for someone who understands all functional areas required to run a professional organization, including public relations, finance, accounting, people management and more," said Ryan. 

Multicultural and cultural sensitivity skills are also necessary as is travel or work experience outside the candidate's home country.

A full candidate profile for the position is available at:  http://www.localizationcareers.net/c/job.cfm?site_id=699&jb=4271220.  All candidates must submit an application via GALA's career site, www.LocalizationCAREERS.net.