Executive Director Position

POSITION TITLE: Executive Director
REPORTS TO: MRII Board of Directors

The MRII is accepting nominations for a new executive director for 2019.


MRII is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1995 by a group of industry leaders and the University of Georgia with the vision of fulfilling the continuing education needs of the market research profession worldwide. Since 1995 the program has enrolled more than 8,000 researcher practitioners from around the world in its online Principles of Market Research, Principles of Mobile Market Research and Principles of Pharmaceutical Market Research courses offered through the University of Georgia. In 2018 the Institute will begin to roll-out a totally re-written course, redesigned with the intent of making individualized modules of the Principles Course available as standalone courses.

The executive director is an independent contractor of the Market Research Institute International (MRII) and reports to a volunteer board composed of market research practitioners from around the world. The executive director is expected to provide professional leadership and organization for the Institute and be the face of MRII to the market research industry. This is a part-time position (approximately 30 hours a week). However, the duties and domestic/international travel responsibilities require a flexible work schedule, and so the executive director is exclusively contracted by MRII, even though the position is part time.


  • Provide the leadership and management for the planning and scheduling of the working committees of the board.
  • Work alongside executive committee members in establishing the work agenda for the organization and specific committees.
  • Support committee activities with agendas consistent with the strategic plan and past meeting minutes, be up-to-date on tasks and work to date and produce timely minutes of decisions and required actions.
  • Represent MRII at national and international market research meetings.
  • Serve as a central “voice” representing the institute through a meaningful thought leadership presence within all media and in the market research industry.
  • Assist in the recruitment of “learners” (research practitioners) to MRII courses.
  • Identify and recruit potential members for board positions.
  • Act as the chief fiscal officer of the organization and work alongside the treasurer to manage the funds within the organization and produce financial reports for the board.
  • Insure that all revenue and expenses are properly accounted for and bills paid on time.
  • Represent MRII in all partnership activities with the University of Georgia (UGA).
  • Direct and manage the strategic planning for the organization.
  • Act as the liaison between MRII and other professional market research organizations.
  • Other duties as assigned by the board.


  • MBA or equivalent.


  • Several years’ management experience in senior positions on the buyer or supplier side of the market research industry.
  • Several years’ experience working with industry associations, preferably in leadership positions, either voluntary or paid.


  • Knowledge of the market research industry.
  • Strong network within the research associations and among industry thought leaders.
  • Ability to work independently, following a general strategic plan and committee decisions.
  • Skill in dealing with the sort of personalities and diversity typical within international volunteer organizations.
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks requiring different skill levels.
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity.
  • Ability to conduct business in international markets, to arrange and participate in trade shows in around the world.
  • Be highly detail oriented.
  • Have strong knowledge of financial management and reporting appropriate to a volunteer organization.
  • Ability to take the leadership role within an organization of up to 36 senior volunteers.
  • Ability to think strategically within an established industry faced with rapid evolution on many fronts and stay current with that evolution.
  • Strong strategic planning skills.
  • Strong sales ability and persuasive skills.


  • MRII has no formal office. The executive director works from a home office with the Institute covering the costs of incremental services such as telecommunications and office supplies.
  • All administrative duties associated with the position are the responsibility of the executive director. This includes, but is not limited to, doing the accounting, scheduling meetings, distributing and sometimes taking minutes, maintaining the mrii.org website, developing ad copy, drafting email promotions, and managing the prospects list.
  • As the association has no full-time staff, the executive director is responsible for coordinating the activities of other contractors providing services to MRII.
  • Much of the Institute’s business is conducted by telephone and conference calls, with two in-person board meetings held annually in cities within the United States. The position involves considerable travel to major conferences and trade shows in The United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.
  • The executive director must be self-motivated and initiate actions in the best interest of MRII, board members and UGA.