CEO - Oklahoma Association of REALTORS®

Association HR Outreach

Job Description


The chief executive officer is responsible for all administration and management of the association. The CEO positions the organization based on the strategic plan and current and anticipated real estate industry and member needs. The CEO communicates clearly and effectively with people inside and outside the organization to develop positive relationships. Demonstrates understanding of the nuances of collaboration with the Board of Directors as well as the 17 local associations in the state to work toward common goals. The incumbent upholds high standards of fairness and ethics in everyday interactions, is understanding and sensitive to individual differences, and demonstrates respect in all interactions. Ensures that members, leadership team and others view the chief executive officer as valued resource and industry leader.

The position has oversight and responsibility for the following areas, in addition to other responsibilities:

Governance of Association Structure and Organizational Operation

  • Collaborates with volunteers to determine the organization's vision.
  • Develops and implements programs and events that are in line with the strategic vision of the organization.
  • Is the decision-making authority for all operational procedures. Develops policies and procedures based on association competencies and goals and ensures sufficient flexibility to allow for creativity and responsiveness.
  • Develops, and recommends to the board, specific objectives and time frames for implementation of the board's strategic goals.
  • Ensures that governing documents and policies are flexible enough to allow the association to creatively respond to changing market conditions.

Physical and Financial Resources

  • Ensures strong financial position and revenue sources to operate the association at optimum and future levels with suitable funding available to act quickly on new initiatives. Ensures financial reserves are maintained with a solid investment policy in place.
  • Develops annual draft budget for approval by the Audit and Finance Committee and serves as liaison with accountant for annual audit and with association Treasurer, officers and directors.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Profit and Loss Statements and Balance Sheet.
  • Makes recommendations to management team, officers, directors and committee chair as appropriate.


  • Serves as a visionary leader of the association; delegates day-to-day operations to other staff. Develops and maintains an environment in which senior staff takes initiative and able to make management decisions. Able to spot trends and the industry impact.
  • Plays a proactive role in analyzing, addressing, and impacting legal and regulatory issues. Develops and manages a high level of political- action activities, including special fundraising efforts and candidate development.
  • Ensures staff compensation is nationally competitive.
  • Ensures that professional development opportunities that enhance association capabilities and staff knowledge of industry issues and trends are funded for staff.

Relationship with Members and Local Associations

  • Interprets state, national and member board/association bylaws and other state association governing documents.
  • Analyzes board/association problems, offers suggestions, and makes recommendations for solutions.
  • Provides information about the National Association of REALTORS® and affiliated institutes, societies and councils.
  • Arranges for and schedules president's official visits and accompanies the president as appropriate.
  • Maintains targeted internal and external communications systems and delivery vehicles focused on enhancing current knowledge and discussion of future trends.
  • Provides leadership in educational programs as recommended by the Professional Development Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.
  • Maintains liaison with schools and colleges offering real estate courses.
  • Identifies and implements new strategic initiatives based on member needs and ongoing trends analysis.
  • Positions networking and social opportunities to enhance members' career success and future needs.

Legislative Affairs

  • Supervises lobbyist/vice president of government affairs and keeps President, the Government Affairs Committee and Executive Committee informed on legislative matters.
  • Registers as lobbyist and provides testimony as required.
  • Works with other associations and organizations to meet legislative objectives.
  • Maintains a politically aware organizational culture.

Public Relations

  • Liaison with administrative staff of Oklahoma Real Estate Commission.
  • Serves on National Association of REALTORS® committees as appointed.
  • Supervises content and distribution of Association news releases and other communications, as well as all official association publications.
  • Works with leadership to recruit, develop and nurture volunteer leaders according to a comprehensive leadership development plan; maintains an organizational culture that builds strong partnerships between staff and volunteers.
  • Actively participates in affecting positive and collaborative relationships with local and national associations and maintains a leadership role in state and national meetings.
  • Analyzes, addresses, and impacts legal and regulatory issues and proactively frames the regulatory environment.
  • Positions the association as a recognized leader in governmental advocacy in partnership with local and national associations.

Meetings and Events

  • Plans all OAR conferences.
  • Responsible for determining actual meeting days the president, president-elect, and staff are assigned to attend at OAR-reimbursed meetings.
  • Coordinates attendance at NAR meetings by OAR attendees to ensure broad coverage and participation at events.


The incumbent is expected to demonstrate competency in the following areas:

  • Member Focus/Service.
  • Integrity
  • Planning & Organizing/Visioning
  • Policies, Processes & Procedures
  • Teamwork & Collaboration
  • Coaching & Developing
  • Adapting to Change
  • Interpersonal Communications/Relationship Management
  • Decisive Judgment/In-Depth Problem Solving & Analysis
  • Respecting Diversity


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent preferred
  • 5-7 years/ experience working in for- profit and/or non-profit organizations
  • Advanced proficiency in understanding of technology and trends
  • Advanced understanding of real estate industry
  • Excellent communication and listening skills

Living in the Oklahoma City area provides great quality of life with short commute times, low cost of living, a diverse economy, new development, improved infrastructure, and quality schools. The area has world-class museums, entertainment, sports, shopping, and dining in more than a dozen different districts. The area is energized to build and grow, which creates great an ideal climate and opportunity for Oklahoma Association of REALTORS®.

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