Date Posted

Jan. 3, 2018



Job Location

New York, United States of America

Type of Employment


About the Company

LIMA is the global trade association directed to the character and brand licensing industry. Its headquarters are in New York City and it has branch offices in five other countries and regional representatives in an additional six other countries/regions. It maintains a website and industry database at LIMA has more than 1300 corporate members located in 35 countries. It is the official sponsor of Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, NV and Brand Licensing Europe in London as well as other regional shows in Germany, China, and Japan. LIMA publishes a number of in-house publications including Inside Licensing, and LIMA Newslinks and publishes annually a Global Study on the Licensing Industry, and a variety of research reports. LIMA hosts more than 100 educational programs on licensing annually around the world, including in-person sessions at Licensing University held in conjunction with the Licensing Expo, a wide array of webinars, breakfasts and networking receptions and a number of college programs on licensing at leading universities in more than a dozen countries.

Job Description

The President is the leader and chief spokesperson for the organization. The President reports directly to and is accountable to LIMA’s Executive Committee and ultimately LIMA’s Board of Directors. The President’s primary responsibilities include planning and implementation of the strategic initiatives. The responsibilities should be carried out in accordance with the directions provided by the Board of Directors and within established guidelines so that organizational, fundraising, budgetary, community relations and volunteer objectives are achieved.

Job Requirements

Time Responsibilities
20% - Strategic Leadership
Serves as the principal professional resource to the Board of Directors and key committees, advising them in matters of policy formulation and interpretation. Communicates regularly and openly with the Board. Creates a culture of partnership between Board and staff based on genuine trust and respect for each individual’s contributions of time, talent and resources. Implements the policies established by the Board of Directors through the administration of the organization and its activities. Participates in Board meetings, (i.e., providing input, information and feedback as the organization’s liaison).

15 % - Operational
Manages the operation of the organization, including staff and programs. Directs professional staff by delegating responsibilities as necessary to effectively serve the organization’s members and accomplish its goals. Charged with hiring, evaluating, administering employee benefits, and handling other personnel matters. Develops, establishes and utilizes organizational performance measurement standards; reports results to Board and staff; and, makes necessary changes based upon results.

15% - Budget & Finance
Provides oversight for the financial affairs of the organization. This includes, but is not limited to, preparation of the budget, statements of financial position, and profit and loss statements. Ensures financial policies and procedures are followed. Serves as primary support to the Finance Committee. Ensures ongoing financial growth of the organization.

20% - Strategic Vision
Leads the development and implementation of strategic plans into tactical actions/activities. Presents balanced score card on quarterly basis to Board.

30% - Industry Leadership/Community Impact
Chief spokesperson for the organization. Represents the organization to the community and fosters a good relationship and image among the organization, its members, and the general community.

Internal Contacts - Purpose
Staff– day-to-day communication
Board of Directors– partner, inform and recommend

External Contacts - Purpose
Members, donors, media, service providers, etc.

Title of Immediate Subordinates/Number in Position
1 – Executive Vice-President
3 – Senior Vice-Presidents
1 – Senior Director of Marketing

Total number of employees supervised:
3 - Directly
7 – Indirectly
12 – International MD’s and Regional Representatives

Minimum Requirements
BA with at least fifteen (15) years demonstrated successful management and supervisory experience preferably in the licensing industry. Knowledge of financial statements, budgeting process and accounting procedures. Experience in strategic planning, marketing and managing a P&L. Must have strong international background, collaborative management style, excellent communication skills, and a strong track record in growing a business. Previous experience with a trade association or non-profit organization would be a plus. Requires strong presentation, organizational and analytical abilities.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest with salary requirements, a current curriculum vitae, a list of references. In addition, the submission of a 3-minute video in .mp4, .wmv or .mov format describing your background and explaining why you believe that you are the ideal candidate for this position may be helpful. All applications should be submitted by e-mail to Applications close on January 31, 2018 and it is anticipated that the position will be filled on or before July 1, 2018.


TBD on Experience

How to Apply

All applications should be submitted by e-mail to