Oregon: Food Trade Sustainability Leadership Association seeks Executive Director

13 Dec
Applications due 1/17/2011 

About the Food Trade Sustainability Leadership Association

The Food Trade Sustainability Leadership Association (FTSLA) is a non-profit business association founded in 2008 to work to foster sustainable business practices in the organic food trade through educational programming and annual reporting by member businesses. The FTSLA works directly with businesses in the organic and natural foods trade to align their day-to-day business practices with sustainability principles. We provide education, research, networking for industry leaders to create opportunities for cross-supply chain innovation and advance best practices. www.ftsla.org 

Executive Director

Seeking qualified candidates to serve as Executive Director of a dynamic and growing non-profit business association for sustainable business leadership in the organic food industry. Ideal candidates are proven leaders who can inspire teams and individuals, and who have dedication to ecological, social and economic stewardship and a passion for driving sustainable business leadership in the food industry.  S/he will be a big-picture thinker who is decisive and pragmatic, and demonstrates the ability to work collaboratively with staff, board, committees and other organizations and partners. 

Overview of Responsibilities

  • Serves as the chief administrative officer reporting to the Board of Directors
  • Provides leadership and direction toward achievement of the organization’s mission, strategy, annual goals and objectives
  • Major responsibilities include board administration & support, financial & risk management, human resources management, overseeing program delivery, community & public relations, and fundraising 
  • Acts as the primary spokesperson for FTSLA with the membership, wider food industry, advocacy partners, public policy arena, and the media

Essential Qualifications & Experience:

  • 3+  years of organic/natural food industry experience
  • Significant working knowledge of sustainable business practices, performance measurement and theory
  • Demonstrates ability to conceptualize, communicate and lead FTSLA to carry forward organizational goals and strategy in response to changing needs and opportunities
  • Able to represent FTSLA in a variety of setting including trade events, conferences, public policy arena, and with the media
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including listening, public speaking, meeting facilitation and consensus-building
  • Management and supervisory experience, with strong teambuilding and the ability to motivate and develop others
  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge and experience with financial management, budgeting and reporting
  • Experience with fund development and grant writing
  • Nonprofit experience, including experience working directly for, or as a member of, a board of directors.
  • Bachelors Degree in appropriate field; Master’s or advanced degree a plus
  • Ability to travel domestically several times each year
  • Ability to work from home office
  • Computer/technical skills sufficient to perform required duties

Location, Hours, Salary & Benefits:

  • This is a full time exempt salaried position
  • Benefits include medical stipend, vacation and sick leave.
  • Preference for the position to be located in Portland/Eugene, Oregon, but may consider strong candidates working remotely from other U.S. location.
  • Salary will be commensurate with experience and performance, expected range $50,000-60,000.

How to Apply

Apply by sending:

  • Cover letter summarizing your interest in FTSLA and the Executive Director position, qualifications and compensation requirements
  • Current resume
  • List of three professional references with contact information

Materials should be sent to FTSLA09@gmail.com .  January 17, 2011 deadline.  

Job Responsibilities

The Executive Director works with the Board of Directors. (FTSLA is a membership-based 501c6 nonprofit business association and its members select the Board of Directors.) The Executive Director leads a staff of 2, plus volunteers and interns. 

Administration & Board of Directors

  • Work with board to ensure that the Strategic Plan is implemented and progress reported
  • Work with the Executive Committee to prepare for and coordinate 4 annual board meetings and 1 annual member meeting
  • Ensure bylaws are followed and develop additional policies (with legal council) 
  • Ensure effective communications between board and staff
  • Ensure effective Board of Directors succession and committee representation

Financial Management:

  • Responsible for the consistent achievement of FTSLA’s financial objectives
  • Ensure sound financial planning, risk management, reporting and organizational accountability
  • Direct development of annual budget and implement financial controls and practices
  • Oversee staff in negotiating all contracts

Human Resources Management:

  • Oversee the recruitment, hiring, development, review and release of all personnel
  • Ensure an environment that rewards teamwork, respect, attracts and retains diverse and high caliber staff
  • Ensure quality delivery of member programs and services

Fundraising & Membership Recruitment:

  • Direct and guide development and implementation of a comprehensive fund development plan
  • Oversee the development of Annual Marketing & Member Recruitment Plan 
  • Work with board to conduct member recruitment and fundraising efforts
  • Serve as staff liaison to the Recruitment & Marketing Committee  

Program Management & External Relations:

  • Represent FTSLA at industry meetings and expand industry awareness of the organization
  • Monitor, analyze and inform the board and staff on issues affecting the organic and sustainable business sector
  • Mobilize stakeholders around organic industry and sustainable business challenges and opportunities
  • Develop and maintain effective partnerships and key alliances with other organizations to ensure delivery of broad strategic objectives
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