The National Potato Council (NPC) is the leading advocate for the economic well-being of U.S. potato growers on federal legislative, regulatory, environmental, and trade issues. Founded in 1946 by Irish potato growers from all growing regions, NPC is a grassroots organization that maintains active and direct links to the potato grower community and depends on that community for input and support. NPC also functions as an industry problem solver and convener of the various growing regions to address industry issues that may not have a direct public policy component. Key issues include: international trade, taxes, transportation, research funding, environment, ag labor, availability of ag technology, nutrition and food safety.
WHO ARE WE LOOKING FOR
This position is based full-time in lovely downtown Washington, DC. The position requires significant travel (30%) as this role requires speaking and connecting to all member states during each year. The EVP/CEO is expected to be present at NPC conferences and events.
The successful candidate will possess:
8 - 12 years of executive-level leadership experience in a trade association, high profile corporate setting or related environment is required
5 + Agricultural lobby experience preferred
Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience; advanced degree preferred
A proven ability to attract, retain, manage, train, and develop staff
Strong verbal and written communications skills especially with the ability to speak to a large audience about topical issues
Deep and thoughtful understanding of trade association management preferred
While the successful candidate is not required to have a background in the ag or ag lobbying, he or she must have the aptitude, interest, and commitment to becoming skilled in the ag field.
WHAT ARE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THIS ROLE
Core responsibilities include:
Maintaining the organizational, membership and financial strength to support the development and execution of successful legislative and regulatory strategies that advance the interests of U.S. Potato industry
Lobbying Congress and Federal agencies on behalf of member states on all potato issues
Providing direction and oversight of all NPC activities, serves as NPC Chief Executive Officer and reports to NPC Executive Committee
Taking an active leadership role in the development and execution of legislative and regulatory strategies
Providing senior level management on NPC programs, meetings, finance and Potato EXPO
Identifying potato industry issues not directly related to legislation or regulation where NPC as national voice for potatoes should be actively engaged
Taking leadership role in developing consensus on efforts to resolve national potato issues that may not be solely Washington, DC focused
Successfully and thoughtfully managing a small office with a staff of 5-7 people
Designing, planning and managing a national trade show (Potato Expo)
Creatively fundraising from industry partners and individual members
Dynamically representing Industry-Collaborating with other Ag groups
HOW TO APPLY
Interested candidates should provide a cover letter including salary and updated resume/curriculum vitae electronically to email@example.com.
NPC is an equal opportunity employer, which does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, religion, age, color, sex, sexual orientation, disability, veteran’s status, or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal laws, rules or regulations.
About National Potato Council
The National Potato Council is a voluntary organization supported by quota assessments from state organizations, allied industry memberships and sponsorships, and directly by potato growers through membership dues. Potato growers, along with the U.S. potato industry as whole, directly benefit from involvement in the National Potato Council. NPC supports the U.S. potato industry by: Monitoring issues affecting the strength and viability of the potato industry; Influencing regulators and legislators on issues crucial to the industry's long term success; Ensuring fair market access for potatoes and potato products; and Bringing the unique issues and interests of diverse growing regions in the U.S. together on a national level.