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[posted 02/02/12]

United Cranberry

Specializing in Agriculture
Is seeking an Executive Director
For a position in Wausau, Wisconsin, USA


Position Title

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


Position Description

United Cranberry Growers Cooperative’s Executive Director provides the leadership to implement the strategic vision and coordinates all aspects of UCGC’s work. The Executive Director promotes the mission of UCGC through a wide variety of public engagements and through overseeing efficient and responsible use of UCGC’s resources as well as the implementation of priorities and objectives established by UCGC’s Board of Directors.


Qualifications Overview

An understanding and passion for sustainable agriculture, including family farm livelihood, farm conservation and environment, rural development, and food systems issues (graduate-level degree in agriculture or environmental science or public policy strongly preferred). A minimum of five years experience managing personnel, budgeting, grant-writing, fundraising, and strategic planning. Excellent written, verbal, and public speaking skills, and experience with print, radio, and online media. Strong knowledge of agriculture policy, and federal policy-making processes. Experience directing agriculture and grassroots advocacy campaign strategies. Strong leadership and team building skills. Experience with agriculture and grassroots organizations, along with large, multi-organization coalitions.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the United Cranberry Growers Cooperative Executive Director

Governance
Administers UCGC’s Board of Directors (governing body).
Facilitates all communications between outside resources and the UCGC Board of Directors.
Oversees UCGC Board of Directors elections.
Works with UCGC’s fiscal sponsor in fulfilling legal and fiduciary responsibilities.

Personnel Management
Manages future full-time employees and seasonal interns and assures staff activities are in accord with directives established by the UCGC’s Board of Directors.
Develops future staff descriptions and work plans and oversees staffing including hiring, firing, and regular performance evaluation of all staff.
Finances and DevelopmentDirects development of annual budgets, fundraising efforts (including cultivating and meeting with clients), and grant writing and reporting.
Assures that UCGC funds are used effectively in accordance with the cooperative and legal guidelines.
Oversees the relationship with the UCGC’s fiscal sponsors.

Communications and Grassroots Organizing and Outreach
Coordinates overall cooperative message development and communications strategy.
Assists the Board of Directors to oversee the grassroots activities and provides oversight of UCGC’s short and long-term policy campaign strategies and coordination.
Oversees ongoing UCGC membership recruitment and membership services.
Oversees grassroots communications including action alerts, blog posts, email bulletins, and position papers.
Speaks and represents UCGC at meetings, conferences, symposia, and other public settings.

Democratic Process and Planning
Leads strategic planning activities for UCGC and future staff.
Provides primary oversight for the membership’s Board of Directors and committees.

Policy Advocacy
Researches and stays abreast of developments in sustainable agriculture as well as policy perspectives, options, threats, and opportunities.
Oversees policy development, priority setting, and advocacy strategies, with assistance from UCGC’s Board of Directors.
Represents UCGC before policy makers, in coordination with UCGC’s Board of Director, and assists with policy development and outreach on an as needed basis.

Accountability
The Executive Director reports to UCGC’s Board of Directors.

Qualifications
Understanding and passion for sustainable agriculture, including family farm livelihood, farm conservation and environment, rural development, and food systems issues (graduate-level degree in agriculture or environmental science or public policy strongly preferred).
Five years minimum experience managing personnel, budgeting, grant-writing, fundraising, and strategic planning.
Excellent written, verbal, and public speaking skills.
Experience with print, radio, and online media.
Strong knowledge of agricultural policy, and federal policy-making processes.
Experience directing agriculture and grassroots advocacy campaign strategies.
Strong leadership and team-building skills.
Experience with agriculture and grassroots organizations, along with large, multi-organization coalitions.

Compensation and Benefits
Salary will depend on experience and qualifications.
UCGC offers an excellent employment opportunity for the right professional, and a lively and collaborative work environment.

Application Process
Please submit the following application materials to United Cranberry Growers Cooperative. Attention Lori Fenhaus — office@unitedcranberry.com by February 29th, 2012.
An applicant introduction YouTube video link (maximum of two minutes in length)
A cover letter
A professional resume
A writing sample

The United Cranberry Growers Cooperative is an equal opportunity employer.

On the web: http://www.unitedcranberry.com/

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