The Executive Director is the key management leader. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the association. Other key duties include diversifying revenues sources, marketing and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Chairman and Board of Directors which will also act as the Management Committee.
1) Board Governance: Works with board in order to fulfil the association’s mission.
• Responsible for leading the firm in a manner that supports and guides the association’s mission as defined by the association’s Constitution.
• Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
• Responsible for advising the Board, which retains decision making and executive powers, and implementing the Board’s directives and decisions.
2) Financial Performance and Viability: Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the association.
• Responsible for developing and identifying other revenues necessary to support the firm’s mission.
• Responsible for the fiscal integrity of the firm, to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and quarterly financial statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the association.
• Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the association in a positive financial position.
• Responsible for identifying and pursuing any possible funding opportunities that may be beneficial to the association and its members.
3) Association Mission and Strategy: Works with board and staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach.
• Responsible for implementation of firm’s programs that carry out the association’s mission.
• Responsible for strategic planning to ensure that the firm can successfully fulfil its Mission into the future.
• Responsible for the enhancement of firm’s image by being active and visible in the farmer communities and by working closely with other professional, civic and private associations.
4) Association Operations: Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the association are appropriate.
• Responsible for the hiring and retention of an Administrative officer, as approved by the Board.
• Responsible effective administration of the firm’s operations.
• Responsible for signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the association subject to parameters laid down by the Board of Directors and Statutes.
Actual Job Responsibilities
1. Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of the association.
2. Supervise, collaborate with association staff.
3. Strategic planning and implementation.
4. Planning and operation of annual budget.
5. Ensure that proper books of accounts are kept, PAYE, NSSF and other tax, annual returns and legal obligations and completed within a timely manner, and arrange the audit of the Associations books and accounts in accordance with the Statutes.
6. Serve as the firm’s primary spokesperson to the association’s constituents, the media and the general public.
7. Establish and maintain relationships with various associations and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance firm’s Mission.
8. Engage in fundraising and developing other revenues.
9. Oversee marketing and other communications efforts.
10. Oversee association Board and committee meetings.
11. Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.
Professional Qualifications Needed
• A bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
• At least five years of working experience in agricultural commodity business
• At least one year of experience in handling trade association matters
• Experience in organizational management and control
• Active fundraising experience. Excellent donor relations skills and understanding of the funding community.
• Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting.
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Good written and oral communication skills.