American Booksellers Association

Chief Executive Officer

The American Booksellers Association (ABA), a national not-for-profit trade organization, seeks a visionary and entrepreneurial leader to serve as its next Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The right candidate will have the ability to appreciate and passionately uphold the association’s mission and assertion that bookstores are vital to our communities. At the core of ABA’s mission is providing its independent bookstore members with the tools and resources they need to be successful. Deeply and historically committed to its members and its mission, the ABA and the next CEO will be positioned to enhance the organization’s impact on local communities through a thriving national platform. 

Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods. Since its creation in 1900, the ABA has been a tireless champion for independent bookstores, helping them flourish in a dynamic and highly competitive industry. The work of the association provides a wide range of educational and networking programs for its members; advocates on behalf of its members with publishers, other vendors, and government; offers cost-effective administrative and marketing services; and offers an exciting platform of digital initiatives, including a full eCommerce platform, to support independent bookstores and booksellers. 

The new CEO will join an organization with an extremely strong financial foundation, including an eight-figure endowment; a growing membership base; and a valued set of programs and services. The ideal candidate for this position will combine strong leadership skills, a keen understanding of the book industry, broad experience in managing a multi-faceted organization, and a proven ability to effect change in a positive, collaborative way. They will be a strategic thinker; able to work in partnership with other ABA staff and volunteer leadership, as well as industry players, to support members; and eager to seize opportunities for greater organizational impact. The position is based at the ABA headquarters in White Plains, New York. 

Please direct all inquiries, expressions of interest, and nominations in confidence electronically to Andrew Lee or Carmen Delehanty at Isaacson, Miller:

The American Booksellers Association is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates for this search. 

Contact Information

Carmen Delehanty, Senior Associate
Isaacson, Miller
1300 19th Street N.W.
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