Intellectual Property Owners Association
Executive Director, IPO
Job Description
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for IPO’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. He or she will receive direction from the IPO President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Executive Committee. The Executive Director, assisted by a staff of 17 full and part-time employees and consultants, is responsible for the successful operation of all of the association’s core programs, which include advocacy, IP information for members and the public, meetings and networking opportunities, committees, and related activities. Senior members of the IPO team include the Deputy Executive Director, who is responsible for management and operations including staff, programs and membership, and senior attorneys responsible for government relations, policy and advocacy in the U.S. and globally.
Job Specifications
Location: Washington, DC
Benefits: Competitive benefits package.
Job Requirements
Education: Preferred: J.D. degree from a recognized law school and state bar membership
Travel: International Travel
Minimum Experience: Professional Qualifications The Executive Director must be thoroughly committed to IPO’s mission. All candidates must have proven leadership, coaching and relationship management experience. Specific Requirements:
- Strong command of intellectual property law and practice and a commitment to improving intellectual property rights in the U.S. and worldwide.
- Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget.
- Strong writing and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and project skills.
- Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.
- Demonstrated ability to obtain engagement of a broad spectrum of association members in organized activities.
- Proven understanding of functioning of government bodies and the techniques for persuading government officials to adopt policies.
- Established ability to organize and motivate employees and volunteers to operate the core programs that attract and retain members and funding.
- Ability to understand and represent the association’s position on policy issues

Preferred Skills: These preferred skills enhance the candidacy of the applicants. The absence of certain preferred skills can be offset by strengths in others.
- Proven ability to drive strategic responsibilities for staff, programs, expansion, and execution of overall organizational mission.
- Successful senior management experience with 10 years or more in corporations, firms, or advocacy organizations.
- Relevant government experience in the executive, legislative, or judicial branches.
- Past success working with a Board of Directors with the ability to cultivate existing board member relationships.
- Experience as a volunteer leader or employee in a trade or professional association.
- Experience in government or as a corporate, law firm, or association employee who dealt with government agencies.
- Patent bar membership.
- Proven ability to build coalitions on policy issues.
- International experience, including experience with foreign governments and/or international organizations.
How to Apply Section
To apply, please send a cover letter and a copy of your CV to