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Executive Director

Portland, OR
Company: Wheat Marketing Center
Job Title: Executive Director
Employment Classification: Full-time, Salaried/Exempt
Supervises: Technical Director, Operations Manager, Office Manager
Reporting Relationship: Wheat Marketing Center (and Affiliate) Boards of Directors
Location: Portland Oregon 
Salary: based on experience 

To apply, please include a Resume and Cover Letter.

Posting open through: January 21, 2022

About Wheat Marketing Center:
The Wheat Marketing Center (WMC) is a dynamic and multifaceted non-profit research and technical training entity with both a national and international focus. Funded by eight state wheat commissions, WMC promotes multiple classes of U.S. wheat by demonstrating their quality and functionality in end products including Asian noodles, crackers and biscuits, tortillas and flatbread, and other wheat foods. WMC also partners with U.S. Wheat Associates to provide technical training for key customers and to evaluate the quality of the annual white wheat crop.

WMC’s pilot scale production lines, state-of-the-art quality testing equipment, and internationally recognized technical expertise provide great value to state wheat commission partners, wheat industry stakeholders, and milling and food manufacturers around the world.

WMC has two affiliate entities:
  • WMC Lab Services, the for-profit subsidiary providing commercial testing services and proprietary research and product development for domestic and international customers.
  • WMC Title Holding Co., the entity responsible for managing the WMC’s partnership interest in the Albers Mill Building.
Role Summary:
The Executive Director coordinates with the Board of Directors of Wheat Marketing Center (“WMC”) and its affiliates, WMC staff, and stakeholders to fulfill the organization's vision, mission and goals. The Executive Director manages daily WMC operations and is accountable for the effective delivery of services and programs related to conducting wheat utilization research, educating the wheat industry on end-use quality characteristics, promoting partnerships, and facilitating dialogue among wheat industry leaders, both domestically and internationally. The Executive Director oversees development of an annual budget of $1.5+ million. This position leads a 6-person staff, plus part time, seasonal and Visiting Scholar positions. The Executive Director publicly represents the organization, and reports to the Board Chairpersons of the three (3) Boards of Directors and works under general direction of the WMC Board of Directors and its affiliates.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Board of Directors 
  • Ensures effective engagement of all three Boards' members through regular communication with the boards and committees
  • Plans two WMC board meetings per year, prepares high quality Board materials, and oversees meeting coordination and follow-up
  • Plans committee meetings as needed to accomplish detailed work related to finance, human resources, and board governance and nominations
  • Interprets trends in the domestic and international wheat industry for the Board
  • Supports Board member recruitment and development in partnership with the Chair and the nominating committee
  • Performs other related duties as assigned
Strategic Planning
  • Provides strategic leadership for the organization, engaging staff, Board, and stakeholders in effective planning efforts
  • Aligns the annual budget with action plan priorities, creating opportunities for participation and feedback from staff, Board and stakeholders
  • Monitors trends in applied research affecting the wheat export and processing industry
  • Implements goals, objectives and performance measures established by the Board of Directors
  • Leads periodic strategic review of mission, programs and priorities
Business Development & Implementation
  • Oversees design and implementation of programs to achieve goals in strategic and annual plans
  • Sets program priorities and creates budget for individual activities
  • Identifies new business opportunities for Wheat Marketing Center and WMC Laboratory Services, and works with WMC team members to implement new programs
  • Ensures independent third-party evaluation of programs and incorporates recommended improvements
  • Prepares annual budgets consistent with approved mission, goals and objectives
  • Prepares annual funding requests for state wheat commissions
  • Negotiates funding contracts with wheat commissions and other funders
  • Oversees financial management and reports regularly on actual to budget results for both operating and capital resources
  • Ensures proper internal controls for financial operations
  • Manages preparation for annual financial audit
  • Develops recommendations for the Treasurer for the strategic investment and management of WMC funds
  • Monitors and actively participates in the Albers Mill Building Partnership
  • Works closely with the WMC attorney on Albers Mill Building Partnership management
Organizational Operations
  • Ensures compliance with all legal, contractual and fiduciary obligations
  • Recommends policies to the Board for consideration and adoption to ensure efficient operations and performance
  • Communicates in a timely and responsive manner with state wheat commissions and other partners
  • Develops and maintains solid working relationships with key stakeholders in the grain trade, federal inspection services, producer organizations, reporting achievements and pursuing mutual opportunities for collaboration
  • Reaches out to partner organizations with related missions, identifying opportunities to strengthen existing efforts and initiating new ways to achieve fulfill common interests.
  • Represents the organization in regional, national and international forums designed to further wheat education, research and utilization, brand recognition, and the benefits of U.S. wheat
  • Handles public relations and media inquiries, explaining the WMC’s function to stakeholders and key constituents
  • Gives presentations to funders, farmers and others related to WMC’s mission
Supervisory Responsibility
  • Directly hires, supports and supervises staff responsible for all organization functions. Mutually defines annual programs, priorities and targets, monitors progress and provides effective management
  • Ensures that all organizational responsibilities are designed and fulfilled in an effective and service-oriented manner
  • Creates both individual and collective team training and development opportunities to enhance professional growth
  • Creates an inclusive environment and positive culture where staff is engaged, achievements are recognized, and individual and collective accountability is fostered
  • Builds an esprit de corps among staff that invites different viewpoints and results in clear business solutions, decision-making and effective communication
  • Supervises and directs staff in the performance of their duties, being ultimately responsible for ensuring the quality and effectiveness of their work
  • Evaluates the performance of staff members, jointly sets work goals with individual staff, and provides coaching as necessary to encourage enhanced staff performance
  • Encourages communication between team members to increase effective operation
Qualifications and Skills Required
  • Minimum five (5) years managerial experience with demonstrated expertise in agribusiness, food processing, financial and personnel management, and decision-making for an organization of comparable size, complexity and focus
  • Bachelors from an accredited university or equivalent experience, required
  • M.A. or M.S. in agribusiness, preferred
  • Proven ability to work effectively with governing boards and committees
  • Deep familiarity with wheat quality, industry issues and business development
  • Proficiency with Windows operating systems, Microsoft Office, electronic marketing platform, webinar and meeting hosting platform, and project management software.
  • Experience in supervising/leading staff, and appropriately prioritizing, organizing and planning strategically for effective program design and delivery
  • Demonstrated ability to monitor and sustain financial performance
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including effective public speaking
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, and travel as needed
  • Bilingual skills a plus
Physical Demands
  • Ability to sit for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to read computer screens, e-mail and mail, talk on the phone.
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends and attend events required.
Work Environment
  • Professional and deadline-oriented environment in an office setting.
  • Exposure to wheat dust, airborne particles, and gluten allergens
  • Interaction with staff, clients, stakeholders, and Board members
  • Domestic and international travel is required, approximately 30% including weekends. Valid driver’s license and passport are required.

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 holding this position. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related responsibilities as requested by the Board.
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