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We offer competitive compensation with outstanding benefits. Check out our current openings on our careers site.

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Restaurants are at the heart of every American community, and this year, more than 15.3 million employees will come to work in the restaurant industry every day. Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the largest foodservice trade association in the world. We represent and advocate on behalf of more than 500,000 restaurant businesses.  
As we announced earlier this year, Dawn Sweeney will be retiring after 12 years of leading the National Restaurant Association and National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. Beginning in 2020, a new President & CEO will lead the Association. This person will be forward-thinking, passionate, and highly collaborative. Their role includes leading the Association and National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, representing the industry at the highest levels of government, and being a tireless advocate for the advancement of the industry across the country.      
Partnership are central to this role. The President & CEO works closely with the Association and Foundation Boards, actively engages with membership, drives successful business outcomes, and works with our State Restaurant Associations to advance our vision and mission.
To learn more about the President & CEO of the National Restaurant Association and CEO of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, we invite you to contact our search partners at Spencer Stuart at
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We attract world-class team members who collaborate to serve our industry. Our teams are engaged and committed to enhancing the quality of life for all we serve.

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Our shared commitments

To grow team member engagement and facilitate openness and trust across our organization, we have adopted four shared commitments, the daily practices which provide a framework for our success:

Hospitality: I graciously exceed expectations to create loyal and lasting relationships.

Trust: I do whatever it takes to create a respectful and supportive environment.

Collaboration: I engage others, and we work together to deliver on our promises.

Innovation: We embrace and relentlessly drive solutions that advance our industry.

We offer a diverse workplace

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, age, disability status, genetic information and testing, family and medical leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We strongly encourage women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans to apply for our job openings. This commitment supports our policy of developing and capitalizing on the abilities of all our team members, as well as selecting, developing and promoting those who are best qualified.