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President and Chief Executive Officer

Arlington, VA
Job Classification:  Exempt, Full-Time
Reporting Relationship:  National Grain and Feed Association Board of Directors (“Board”)
Location:  Arlington, VA (candidates must live in or be willing to relocate to the National Capital Region)​
Primary Accountabilities:
The President of the National Grain and Feed Association (hereinafter “NGFA”) serves as NGFA’s Chief Executive Officer. This position is responsible for the effective conduct of NGFA, guides and participates in Board directives and policy, and is charged with hiring and managing staff to accomplish Board directives. The President will serve as the liaison for the sixty-five (65) member NGFA Board of Directors and eighteen (18) member Executive Committee.  This position requires frequent overnight travel.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Executes the policies and directives of the sixty-five (65) member NGFA Board of Directors and eighteen (18) member Executive Committee.
  • Maintains ongoing communications with Board and Executive Committee.
  • Plans, coordinates, and implements NGFA’s programs, services, and budget.
  • Manages, and provides overall direction to an executive staff of thirteen (13) professionals. 
  • Recruits and hires staff and support personnel based upon NGFA needs; conducts and maintains employee salary administration, with responsibility for evaluation, promotion, and termination
  • Assigns duties and projects to staff. 
  • Provides motivation and a constructive, positive, collaborative staff work culture.
  • Chairs weekly staff meeting.
  • Consults with NGFA staff director of business operations and treasurer, reviews, and updates, as needed, NGFA’s staff benefit programs.
  • Establishes office operation policies, as wells as reviews and updates the Employee Handbook. 
  • Works with the NGFA Chairman and executive staff to recommend appointments to NGFA’s seventeen (17) policy and subject matter committees.
  • Consults with NGFA Chairman, committee chairs and pertinent executive staff liaisons on filling Board and committee vacancies as they occur during the year.
  • Serves as corporate secretary of the NGFA Foundation, the Association’s research and education arm. 
  • Proposes projects, develops meeting agendas, and writes meeting minutes.
  • Reviews and approves, with in-house general counsel, all minutes of NGFA Board and committee meetings.
  • Reviews and approves all convention, conference, and major meeting locations, in consultation with the NGFA staff vice president for meetings and marketing.
  • Represents NGFA before Congress and federal government agencies on high-priority public policy issues (e.g., agricultural and trade policy, rail transportation, etc.).
  • Interacts with chief executive staff officers of NGFA’s thirty-three (33) state and regional affiliated associations. 
  • Interacts with the chief executive staff officer and staff members of the North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA), which is co-located and has a joint operations and services agreement and strategic alliance with NGFA.
  • Interacts with the chief executive staff officer of the Pet Food Institute, with which NGFA has a strategic alliance.
  • Interacts frequently and on an as-needed basis with chief executive staff officers and leadership of a wide range of national agricultural producer, commodity group, and agribusiness associations.
  • Serves as NGFA’s principal staff liaison to private and public sector organizations.
  • Serves as backup staff liaison in various additional committee support functions, if needed.
  • Reviews content of all NGFA Newsletters, media releases, NGFA and Foundation annual reports, and most testimony and official statements to government agencies prior to publication or filing. 
  • Serves as NGFA’s principal staff spokesperson to media (other executive staff conduct media interviews on topics within their specific areas of expertise).
  • Presents speeches at annual conventions of Affiliated State/Regional Associations and outside organizations.
  • Becomes familiar with past governmental actions and NGFA policy positions to inform and guide NGFA committees and staff in public policy development and association activities.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Skills and Experience Required:
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree in a business or agriculture-related field.
  • Work experience to include a minimum of ten (10) years or equivalence in the industry or management experience.
  • Experience with advocacy, lobbying, or legislative procedures is preferred.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Computer experience including Microsoft Office Software (MS Outlook, Excel, Word and Publisher).
  • Excellent relationship skills.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Sound judgment and decision-making abilities.
  • Ability to problem-solve.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work efficiently under pressure.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality on key matters.
  • Ability to exercise tact and discretion.
Physical Demands:
  • Occasional lifting and/or moving heavy objects
  • Frequent bending, standing or sitting
  • Ability to read computer screens for an extended period
  • 30% or less. The job may require up to 30% (100 days) of travel per year.
Work Environment:
  • Professional and deadline-oriented environment. The noise level is typically low to moderate.
  • The organization has a drug free policy in place.
Additional Duties:
Additional duties and responsibilities may be added to this job description at any time.
The job description does not state or imply that these are the only activities to be performed by the employee(s) holding this position.  Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related responsibilities as requested by their supervisor.

Accepting applicants through: August 12, 2020
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