Duties and Responsibilities: The primary focus of the Executive Director is to work under the guidance of the Board of Directors and is responsible for the implementation of the policies, goals, and annual objectives set by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director is charged with the financial, program, and administrative management of the Cranberry Institute. The Cranberry Institute is dedicated to supporting research and increasing awareness about the health benefits of the cranberry.
Qualifications: A bachelor’s degree or higher is required. Advanced degree preferred, however extensive experience would be considered in lieu of an advanced degree. Management and/or leadership experience in the agricultural, environmental, communications, business, government or educational fields. Candidates with demonstrated management of agricultural, environmental, or health disciplines at a university, corporation, or similar trade association will be considered.
Salary:We offer a competitive salary and benefits package including health and dental insurance and retirement plan.
Location:The Cranberry Institute office is in Plymouth, MA. The Board of Directors may consider a remote workplace environment; however, the Board of Directors encourages working from the Plymouth, MA office or in another cranberry producing state.
To Apply: Applicants should mail, email, or submit through the job posting portal an introductory letter and resume, including salary history to:
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Executive Director is the chief staff executive charged with general management of the association. This is an exempt position.
The primary focus of Cranberry Institute’s Executive Director is to work under the guidance of the Board of Directors that are elected by the Institute’s supporting members whom provide the financial foundation for the organization.
As a key leader representing the CI stakeholders, the ED will create and maintain a cooperative, productive relationship with the entire industry including cranberry growers associations, handlers, and any other group, individual or organization that is critical to the success and mission of the Institute.
Drive results by fulfilling annual objectives outlined by the CI Board of Directors in a continuously changing industry and marketplace. These objectives will vary and may include but are not limited to cranberry production needs, horticultural research, environmental circumstances, industry communications and health research.
Serve as the primary representative of Cranberry Institute with the intent to create and maintain relationships with other agricultural and/or industry associations, growers and handlers to establish positive partnerships and platforms that will assist in completing objectives outlined by the Cranberry Institute Board of Directors.
Establish and maintain relationships with any organization, group, corporation or governmental agency that may be critical to the agricultural production of cranberries throughout the world.
Establish and maintain a relationship with government agencies, departments, and elected officials that may assist in completing objectives outlined by the Cranberry Institute Board of Directors.
ACCOUNTABILITY #1 - Communication
Lead all communication efforts, both internal and external, to ensure that the Cranberry Institute and/or the cranberry industry are perceived in a positive manner.
Support and interface with CI board members and all committees.
Provide information and support for CI supporting members within the by-laws.
Represent cranberry industry interests through participation in agricultural coalitions, business organizations, universities and trade associations.
Strengthen and maintain cranberry industry relationships and collaboration between all segments of the agricultural community.
Proficiency in a wide variety of communications platforms and social media formats to relay industry news, issues, and press releases.
ACCOUNTABILITY #2 – Financial
Prepare an annual operating budget for review and approval by the Board of Directors.
Focus and management of operational expenditures, contractors, and projects.
Leverage association and other industry funds to maximum benefit.
Utilize grant opportunities in areas that benefit the Cranberry Institute.
ACCOUNTABILITY #3 – Leadership & Managerial
Provide cranberry industry leadership through the pursuit of the Cranberry Institute’s mission.
Lead the process of identifying and setting annual objectives.
Oversee Board of Directors operations, organization, communication, and administration.
Perform overall day-to-day executive management of the organization.
Management of a full time Executive Assistant and any other Cranberry Institute staff, employees, contractors or representatives working for or on behalf of the Cranberry Institute.
Provide primary support and leadership for the cranberry industry crisis management and communication team.
A bachelor’s degree or higher is required. Advanced degree preferred, however extensive experience would be considered in lieu of an advanced degree. Management and/or leadership experience in the agricultural, environmental, communications, business, government or educational fields. Candidates with demonstrated management of agricultural, environmental, or health disciplines at a university, corporation, or similar trade association will be considered.
About Cranberry Institute
The Cranberry Institute is a nonprofit trade association [501 (c) (5)] representing cranberry packer/processor members and growers in the US and Canada. Primary programs and activities include: support for cranberry production and environmental research; interface with state and federal regulatory agencies; interface with agricultural chemical industry; support for and communication of cranberry health benefits research; resource for issue and policy awareness for industry stakeholders; operation of industry crisis management and communication team; and communication to stakeholders on issues of common interest. More information available at www.cranberryinstitute.com.