Association managers frequently attend or lead meetings.
Association management is like corporate management, but it is used in an association, which is a distinct type of business. Often, membership management services are performed by membership management companies (AMC). Association management responsibilities include managing employees and finances, as well as setting and meeting goals for the association’s progress. Some AMCs also handle public relations and marketing functions for associations.
An important part of managing associations is planning an organization’s progress so that it can grow and perform its functions successfully.
In the business world, an association is an organization that collects fees from its members in exchange for services that help advance its members’ business interests. Memberships come in various sizes, from just a few members to several thousand members. They also have very different budgets depending on the size and scope of services of the organization and its members.
Association managers oversee staff and finances, and also set operational goals.
Monitoring association conduct means supervising association employees to ensure that they conduct themselves in an ethical manner consistent with the association’s objectives. Rules of ethical behavior for association employees include limits on gifts received by association employees, addressing workplace behavior and preventing conflicts of interest that result from employment or business relationships maintained by association employees. If an association handles confidential information, the association’s administration is also responsible for ensuring that confidential information remains confidential.
An important part of managing associations is planning an organization’s progress so that it can grow and perform its functions successfully. Membership management executives plan goals, design events, and create services in an effort to run and improve an organization smoothly. It is also the function of the association’s management company to devise effective plans for completing tasks related to the advancement of the association and a means of measuring the success of the association under management. Part of that responsibility includes completing the project on time and within the allotted budget.
As association members pay fees to join the association, members are important to the funding of an association. Marketing and public relations are a big part of getting membership for the association. Most AMCs also handle promotion and marketing while managing an association, although some associations have dedicated marketing teams that do not handle management tasks. A large association is more likely to have a marketing department dedicated to public relations than a small company.
Marketing tasks that can be useful in managing an organization include advertising, press and reputation management. Association staff engaged in marketing design ads, purchasing advertising space and connecting with members of the press to make important announcements. When an association has an online presence, marketing may also include an online reputation manager who can handle Internet complaints that affect the company’s overall reputation.