|Right-Size Your Staffing|
When times are tight, efficiency is the name of the game. As you and your board begin to strategically evaluate your business model, pay particular importance to staffing. Assess whether you need full-time staff, 12 months of the year. Evaluate performance vs. demand, and employee maintenance vs. productivity. And look for over-specialization of job duties that may be leading to decreased efficiency.
To capitalize on time and energy, association management companies provide nonprofit organizations and associations with the expertise they need, when they need it.
AMCs customize client services, assigning staff specialists as needed to carry out specific goals. For example, a publications editor coordinates a monthly newsletter or annual report to keep members and donors connected to an association's work. An exhibits manager oversees the annual meeting and trade shows, working to gain maximum visibility among key audiences. Or membership specialists are brought in to enhance programming and build an association's membership base.
These specialists operate as an extension of association staff, delivering high quality services that align with and advance the organization's overall mission. Each association pays only for the services rendered, finding more value in concentrated, professional expertise. And by outsourcing functional areas, board members and executives are freed up to concentrate on strategic initiatives.