Job - Executive Director

Job Title: Executive Director

Job Order #: KH-7697

Location: California

Salary Range: $30000 - $50000

Commission / Bonus:

Benefits: Travel expenses

- Have working knowledge of the organic dairy industry
- Excellent Communication skills (written and verbal)
- Familiar with governmental processes and organizations such as the National Organic Program, the National Organic Standards Board and the USDA
- Must work well with a wide variety of personnel, including farmers, processors, legislators and government officials
- Must be able to work from home and supply their own home office (computer will be provided)
- Able to travel on occasion to dairy farms in the west, conferences, and meetings

Preferred qualifications:
- Must be familiar with social media, email, web pages, and other forms of telecommunication software
- From an organic dairy background
- Grant writing experience
- Fundraising experience

Job Description:

Hansen Agri-PLACEMENT is currently searching for an Executive Director with organic experience in the dairy industry. Position will require approximately 25 - 35 hours per week with some overnight travel required.

Duties and Responsibilities:
- Executive Director is responsible for furthering the mission of organization by working with the Board of Directors and State Reps to manage and develop the organization.
- Provide administrative support, advise and make recommendations to the Board and State Reps, in the development of a long-range strategy for the organization to achieves its mission.
- Ensure that there is consistent and timely progress on achieving the long-range strategy developed by the Board and State Reps.
- Develop and implement an effective fundraising strategy to support and expand the Executive Director position and other staffing needs for the organization.
- Develop, recommend, initiate, and administer projects to promote the role of the organization that are consistent with the long-range strategy developed by the Board and State Reps, in the field of organic dairy including the annual conference, Organization Newsletter, and grant-funded projects to ensure meeting Organization goals.
- Provide leadership and direction for the Annual Conference planning and execution.
- Oversee the production of the Organization newsletter, provide newsletter content, and create an Executive Director column to update membership.
- Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations.
- Be conversant in and maintain a working knowledge of current developments, issues, and trends that affect the breadth of the organic dairy industry, including consumers, farmers, organic milk processors / cooperatives / buyers, the National Organic Program, nongovernmental agencies involved in organic issues and others.
- Keep all Board members apprised of critical issues.
- Provide overall administration of the day to day affairs of the organization.
- Anticipate, design and implement solutions to potential and actual problems with organizational development, and operating, program, and financial problems and issues.
- Staff and attend Board / State Rep meetings /conference calls and participate in and staff.
- Provide the Board with quarterly executive director reports / updates at the same time as quarterly financial reports.

In budget and finance, the Executive Director will:
- Be responsible for developing and maintaining sound financial practices including effective internal controls for the protection of organization assets.
- Work with the treasurer and the president in preparing a budget; see that the organization operates within budget guidelines, and recommend remedial action when situations require a change in the budget.
- Ensure all necessary tax filings are made in a timely fashion.
- Ensure that the short and long term working capital and financial management needs of the organization are available to permit the Organization to carry out its work. Oversee ongoing fundraising efforts. Write grants or hire other Organization contractors to write grants on an ongoing basis.
- Oversee the annual independent financial review process.
- Provide the Board with quarterly financial statements by the end of April, July, October, and January (the month following the close of each quarter). Facilitate Board review and analysis of financial information, proposing appropriate action when indicated.

In communications, the Executive Director will:
- See that the board is kept fully informed on the condition of the organization and all important factors influencing it.
- When writing news and media releases, every effort will be taken to involve relevant Board members in the drafting of the release. Whenever possible, Organization officers will be directly involved in decision making around media releases and communications. The Board and State Reps will be copied on all news, media releases and responses to releases.
- Publicize the activities of the organization, its programs and goals. Ensure that The Organization and its mission, programs, products and services are consistently presented in a strong, positive image.
- Establish sound working relationships and cooperative arrangements with organic community groups, business, advocacy groups, political and other organizations.
- Represent and promote the Organization at meetings and various public forums; attend conferences and meetings; speak and give written testimony at public and government events.
- Maintain and appropriately expand the Organization’s written communication products.
- Ensure that all communications, including email and phone conversations, reflect the organization's policies and the will of the Board.
- Serve as the spokesperson for the organization by only expressing opinions/positions publicly which are either explicitly or implicitly those of the organization. Expression of personal views on organic dairy issues, other than to the organization's board and state reps, is not permitted while under contract with the organization.

Contact Info:
To be considered for this position, please refer to the Job Order # above and email your resume to Kirk Hansen at or call 308-382-7370. You are encouraged to fill out our online application if you are not currently registered.

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