Flexible: FTSLA seeks Director of Education and Communications

16 Apr
Food Trade Sustainability Leadership Association
Flexible Location – Portland, Oregon preferred

Applications due Friday, May 6, 2011


The Food Trade Sustainability Leadership Association (FTSLA) is seeking a Director of Education & Communications to initiate, develop and manage membership and trade education programs on sustainable business, and external communications. Ideal candidates will have relevant professional experience and dedication to high-level environmental, social and economic sustainability practices. 

FTSLA is a non-profit trade association that works to foster the adoption of leading-edge sustainable business practices in the organic food industry. We seek to achieve this through education, consultation, sustainability reporting, networking and collaborative projects. FTSLA works with member companies from farm to retail to align day-to-day business practices with sustainability principles. More at: http://www.ftsla.org 

Duties & Responsibilities

The Director of Education & Communications leads education programming for FTSLA members and the broader organic trade, as well as external communications. This is a highly collaborative position that works closely with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, member businesses and industry peers. Key responsibilities include:

  • Develop and deliver education on sustainable business topics including industry events (e. g. conferences, tradeshows), online platforms (e.g., webinars) and member meetings.
  • Advise member businesses on sustainability performance measurement, reporting and continuous improvement; facilitate member Forum and Collaborative Work Groups.
  • Serve as staff liaison to the Membership Review Committee, which reviews members’ annual sustainability reports, and membership policies and applications; track member reports and performance.
  • Produce written guidance, resources and reporting metrics and indicators for members.
  • Develop and disseminate external communications website, e-newsletter, twitter and press releases.
  • Draft articles for industry publications on members’ programs, activities and impact.
  • Manage budget and technical platforms (e.g., e-news, webinars, website).

Core Competencies

  • Project and Budget Management.
  • Oral Communication and Presentation Skills.
  • Written Communication Skills.
  • Creative in solving problems and solution focused.
  • Self Confidence.
  • Interpersonally savvy, relates well to all kinds of people.
  • Leading Change and Innovation.
  • Fostering Teamwork and Collaboration.
  • Developing others to be Successful.
  • Technical Expertise.
  • Integrity and Trust.
  • Member Service Focus.


Bachelor’s degree in related field such as business, environmental or social sustainability, or equivalent professional experience. A minimum of three years of business experience (or Masters Degree plus 1 year experience), preferably in the organic/natural food trade and/or with an emphasis on sustainability/social responsibility program management and implementation. Experience with public speaking, sustainability performance measurement, tools and analysis and nonprofits is strongly desirable. Must have strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel and email, and the ability to learn a variety of other computer or web based programs. Must be able to work from home office and travel up to 12 days a year. 

Other desired skills include, published written work on sustainability, food industry or related topics; grant writing knowledge and experience; and proficiency with website management and social media. 


This is a 20 hours per week, salaried exempt position. It is preferred that the position be based in Portland, Oregon or another Pacific Northwest location. Wage will be based on experience. Benefits include, 5 paid holidays, 80 hours of paid time off, flex time and health insurance stipend. Apply by sending a resume, 1 page cover letter, references and salary requirements to jobs@ftsla.org. May 6, 2011 deadline. No phone calls please.

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