Executive Director, Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program
Job Title: Executive Director, Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program
Reports To: CALP Board of Directors
Date: December 23, 2015
DEADLINE TO APPLY: January 12, 2016, 5:00 p.m.
Manages the day-to-day operations and activities of the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP). Represents CALP and affiliate organizations within the agricultural community in the State of Colorado. Serves as the chief communications conduit between class members, alumni, affiliate organizations and the board of directors. Serves as coordinator for all CALP fundraising and budget efforts.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Reports to a board of directors made up of up to 25 individuals and serves as chief administrator of the CALP program. This includes developing, advocating on behalf of and fulfilling the objectives of CALP and its board of directors.
- Serves as the program’s fundraising coordinator. Duties include prospecting and qualifying opportunities, maintaining communications with prospects, preparing and presenting proposals, closing sponsorship and fundraising deals and maintaining continuous follow-up with donors and sponsors.
- Effectively manages the program’s resources and budgets. Ensures that the financial affairs of the program are properly managed, that the program operates within the approved budget and that all required financial reports are accurate and submitted in a timely fashion.
- Manages all logistics and travel requirements of the program within the approved budget. This includes lodging, air and ground transportation, meals and host gift items for local, national and international travel experiences.
- Identifies, plans and coordinates all speaker requests for local, national and international learning objectives.
- Manage and prepare for the Governor’s Ag Forum by overseeing committees the produce, manage and fundraise for the event.
- Coordinate and be responsible for class/committee guidance in execution of the Governor’s Ag Forum.
- Coordinates all alumni functions, gatherings and reunions on behalf of the program.
- Prepares and mails all class participant, board member and alumni correspondence and communications; both in traditional and electronic formats.
- Anticipates and identifies program issues, liabilities or shortfalls and reports to board accordingly. This includes monitoring class participant issues, identifying emerging industry issues and discussion topics, and communicating results to CALP board and affiliate members.
- Serves as industry spokesperson when called upon for testimony or for appointments to committees, commissions or advocacy groups on issues affecting the agricultural industry.
- Maintains and develops an effective public relations program pertaining to CALP by following industry priorities to promote a better understanding of agriculture by the media and general public.
- Develops and maintains close cooperative working relationships with a wide variety of allied industries, affiliates, trade associations and other constituency groups so as to enlist their help in accomplishing the board’s training and leadership objectives.
- Develops CALP involvement efforts in the activities of affiliate groups or events.
- Ensure ongoing maintenance and enhancement of the CALP and Governor’s Ag Forum website as an effective marketing and advertising tool; oversee work performed by outsourced suppliers; provide meaningful content, monitor traffic, and evaluate new technologies.
- Ability to work a flexible schedule which includes nights, weekends and holidays.
This position has no supervisory responsibility and reports directly to the CALP Board of Directors.
SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION:
- BS degree or greater in business, management, agricultural science or in a related technical/environmental discipline. Masters or other advanced degree preferred.
- Minimum of 10 years of experience in fundraising and/or member relations/member services with a major trade association. Professional experience or specialized training may be given over required experience. A functional working knowledge of agricultural businesses and systems is preferred, but not required.
- An acute ability to multitask and deal with a variety of significant issues at the same time.
- Knowledge of issues and forces shaping Colorado’s Rural and Agricultural sectors.
- Excellent written and verbal skills, advanced presentation capabilities, basic skills at conflict resolution and ability to work under deadline pressure are required.
- Energetic, enthusiastic, with a positive attitude.
Effective Date: January 1, 2016
HOW TO APPLY FOR THE POSITION OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF CALP:
The following information must be provided to the President via email at CALPBoard@gmail.com who will forward the documents to the Search Committee to assess your suitability for the position:
A current personal information sheet that includes: Full legal name, Current address, Mailing address (if different), Telephone number, Email address
Your current resume including the names and contact details of two references who have a thorough knowledge of your work performance. These will be contacted only following your expressed permission.
A statement which address each of the selection criteria and answers the following questions:
- Why are you interested in the position of Executive Director of the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Program?
- Describe your past experience with leadership development programs; as a participant or facilitator.
- Describe an issue of paramount importance to rural Colorado and how you’d address it.