Food Northwest, with the support of Association Options, is recruiting and evaluating candidates for the position of President.
About Food Northwest
Organized in 1914 and located in Portland Oregon, Food Northwest supports the needs of the Pacific Northwest food processing industry in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington in a variety of food processing segments: fruits, vegetables, seafood, dairy, bakeries, specialty foods, juices, and more. Food Northwest’s membership includes national companies with operations or headquarters in the Pacific Northwest, regional companies, and locally run family businesses. Food Northwest is one of the nation’s largest food processing trade associations, with current membership of more than 150 processor companies and over 350 supplier members.
Purpose To help members produce, protect, and deliver the food that people eat.
Mission To advance our success feeding the world, through advocacy, education & peer collaboration.
Vision To advance the future of wholesome, safe, and delicious food from the Northwest to the whole world.
Food Northwest is eager to identify a dynamic association executive who is prepared to build upon the current successes of the Association. The successful candidate will serve as the President of Food Northwest, overseeing the operations and activities of the Association. Reporting directly to the Board of Directors, this position administers and implements Board policy and maintains an effective staff to assure attainment of the Association’s goals. Food Northwest’s goals are as follows:
Organizational Capacity – Creates robust organizational systems and finances, and fosters employee and volunteer leadership to enable the attainment of other goals.
Advocacy – Impacts and positively influences Food Northwest public policy actions and positions in the Washington, Oregon and Idaho region, and enlists engaged food processors in those efforts.
Member Engagement – Fosters an engaged community of members that value and utilize Food Northwest programs and services.
Professional Development and Business Success – Enhances members’ business and professional success through delivering exceptional advocacy, services, programs and tailored education, which are relevant to a dynamic industry environment.
Community Engagement – Has a visible and positive impact in the communities Food Northwest members serve.
Essential Duties and Qualifications
The successful candidate will be an experienced non-profit association executive, skilled talent manager with the ability to train, motivate and work with others, and be an effective, innovative and forwarding-thinking communicator and consensus builder.
Within the limits of Food Northwest’s policies and bylaws, the President is responsible for, and has commensurate authority to accomplish, the following duties and responsibilities. The President may delegate portions of his/her responsibilities consistent with sound operations and staff competency, together with proportionate authority for their fulfillment. However, she/he may not delegate nor relinquish any portion of his/her accountability for results.
Provide oversight and guidance to all programs and staff
Provide oversight of a 12-member staff team including monitoring staff performance and ensuring an adequate staffing plan
Provide for a competent staff with competitive compensation and oversight of their professional development
Formulate and recommend policies and programs, including financial and budgeting, for approval by the Board of Directors
See that the development of programs authorized by the Board of Directors are implemented in a timely manner and that they are effectively administered and controlled
Authorize, execute or delegate such contracts, agreements, and commitments as may be necessary to carry out the goals and objectives of the organization?
Execute or delegate such other general responsibilities as may be directed by the Board of Directors or Executive Committee
Develop and maintain effective regulatory and legislative program in the NW states and with the NW congressional delegation
Serve as the spokesperson for Food Northwest with legislators and government officials
In conjunction with Staff and Association Committees, develop an annual budget
Ensure adherence to budget through monthly review of financial statements, forecasting and monitoring
Develop and maintain an appropriate budgetary procedure with the Finance Committee
Oversee the authorized and proper expenditures of funds and assure that all funds, physical assets, and other property of the Association are appropriately safeguarded and administered ?
Board and Volunteer Engagement
Ensure that proper communication is established to keep the Food Northwest Board fully informed on the activities and operations of the Association, including proactive communication concerning progress towards achieving strategic goals and financial performance.
In conjunction with the Board Chair, develop agendas and materials for Board meetings and conference calls as needed
Provide for appropriate staff liaisons to committees and provide authority to staff members to enable them to properly perform their liaison functions; and provide Committee Chairs with the necessary support and assistance
Promote interest and active participation in Food Northwest activities among the membership, and supervise proper communication of activities of the Board and committees through the communication vehicles of the association
Manage relationships with state and national food and business associations ?
Represent the Association with industry – related groups and at industry related meetings
Build and maintain collaborative opportunities and relationships within the Food Northwest membership and the broader community
Oversee all inquiries from the media
Serve as the spokesperson for Food Northwest within the organization and throughout the community
Ensure the appropriate volunteer is designated to address media inquiries
Oversee the development of all press releases
The ideal candidate for this position will be a dedicated leader who is highly motivated to foster a cultural landscape that's conducive to staff and member success. She/he will bring a variety of experiences and attributes to the association including:
Ability to build and cultivate relationships and work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders
Excellent communication skills including the ability to articulate the value of Food Northwest to its members, stakeholders and the community; communicate directly and clearly with staff and volunteers; and active listening skills
Understanding of the importance of strategic planning and the ability to execute and implement an annual work plan to achieve the association’s goals and objectives.
Ability to build (recruit & retain), lead and motivate an effective team of staff, volunteers and leadership
Respectful, honest, transparent, and ethical leadership style
Financial leadership and understanding of sound financial management practices
Respect for and ability to promote diversity on the Board, staff and with members
Progressive, innovative, thoughtful leadership
The President is committed to the Food Northwest mission and vision and should have proven leadership experience. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:
Must have strong written and verbal communication skills and be a persuasive and passionate communicator
Must be comfortable speaking in front of professional groups
Must demonstrate the ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
Must be able to think strategically and critically, synthesize complex issues and information and manage change
Minimum 5 years of management experience
Demonstrated ability to plan organization-wide activities (setting objectives, developing strategies, budgeting, developing policies and procedures and organizing the functions necessary to accomplish the activities)
Financial management, including budget preparation and implementation
A record growing organizations from a revenue and value perspective
Must demonstrate passion, idealism, integrity, and a positive attitude and be mission-driven and self-directed
In-depth knowledge of the management process as it relates to growth and long-term planning
Proven track record of working successfully with a Board of Directors or management committee
Experience managing a team of 10+
Bachelor’s degree or higher required
Must reside in, or be willing to relocate to, the Portland, Oregon area
Willingness to travel to state and national meetings as approved by the Board of Directors
Food industry related experience and/or networks
An understanding of the unique, regulatory and professional standards of food manufacturing
Familiarity with or understanding of the Pacific Northwest
Has served as a CEO, Executive Director or Chief Staff Executive of a non-profit organization
Fundraising experience, including a successful track record in securing sponsorships and grants, and in building partnerships with sponsors and industry contacts
Experience maintaining a presence with the public and elected officials
Experienced Association Executive
Advanced degree, ideally MBA, MPA or similar
Holds CAE (Certified Association Executive)
Please send one PDF application including cover letter, resume and salary requirements by January 11, 2019 to the search firm. If these items are not provided in their entirety by the deadline, your submission will not be considered. In the cover letter, please provide brief details stating how you meet the qualifications listed and how you can positively contribute to Food Northwest now and into the future.
Additional Salary Information: Compensation: Competitive salary; flexible and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Competitive benefits including healthcare, dental, short- term disability, profit sharing and 401K
About Association Optioms
Association Options is a team of association management heavy-weights working towards a common vision, which is to make the highest impact to an organization’s growth and success. With proper planning and implementation, any organization can operate at peak efficiency and provide maximum returns.