Employment

Job Title: Executive Director

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Executive Director is employed by the Cranberry Marketing Committee (Committee) to implement and carry out directives and policies as directed by the Committee and to manage and administrate the directives of the marketing order including, but not limited to the areas of financial management, compliance, rulemaking, information management and personnel management.

REPORTS TO: Cranberry Marketing Committee

POSITION SUMMARY: Under the supervision and direction of the Committee and USDA/AMS, the Executive Director is responsible for performing all management functions necessary for the Committee to perform their duties and carry out their responsibilities under the Cranberry Marketing Order. This employment opportunity is a salaried, full-time, management position with varying work hours and time commitments. This position requires travel, supervision of employees, and attendance and participation at a national level with other leaders representing various agricultural commodities. This individual must be able to effectively communicate with each segment of the cranberry industry, while fulfilling the responsibilities outlined by the Cranberry Marketing Committee.

A detailed job description and compensation details are available below.

Experience and Qualifications:
An undergraduate or graduate degree in business administration, marketing, accounting, finance or related disciplines is required. A minimum of 5 years of continuous employment and/or related experiences in a leadership role is a requirement for consideration of this position.

About the Cranberry Marketing Committee: The Cranberry Marketing Committee (CMC) was established as a Federal Marketing Order in 1962 to ensure a stable, orderly supply of good quality cranberries. Authority for its actions is provided under Chapter IX, Title 7, Code of Federal Regulations, referred to as the Federal Cranberry Marketing Order, which is part of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, as amended. Committee leadership consists of 13 grower members, and 9 grower alternate members nominated by the committee and appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture for two-year terms. There is one public member and one public alternate member who are not cranberry growers, processors, handlers, or do not have a financial interest in the production, sales, marketing or distribution of cranberries or cranberry products. Grower members represent each of the four cranberry production regions.

Interested candidates may submit resume and other pertinent information to cmcemployment1@gmail.com.

 

POSITION: Executive Director

OFFICE LOCATION: Wareham, MA

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Executive Director is employed by the Cranberry Marketing Committee (Committee) to implement and carry out directives and policies as directed by the Committee and to manage and administrate the directives of the marketing order including, but not limited to the areas noted below, in financial management, compliance, rulemaking, and information management.

REPORTS TO: Cranberry Marketing Committee. Committee leadership consists of 13 grower members, and 9 grower alternate members nominated by the committee and appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture for two-year terms. There is one public member and one public alternate member who are not cranberry growers, processors, handlers, or do not have a financial interest in the production, sales, marketing or distribution of cranberries or cranberry products. Grower members represent each of the four cranberry production regions.

POSITION SUMMARY: Under the supervision and direction of the Committee and USDA/AMS, the Executive Director is responsible for performing all management functions necessary for the Committee to perform their duties and carry out their responsibilities under the Cranberry Marketing Order.

MAJOR DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. General:
    1. Act as liaison between the Committee and the USDA (Department) in matters pertaining to administration of the marketing order programs.
    2. Ensure that all activities undertaken are authorized under the marketing order and that such activities comply with the USDA, Agricultural Marketing Service policy precluding Committee members/alternates and staff from engaging in lobbying activities on behalf of the Committee.
    3. Recommend research and promotion projects, as authorized, and provide the Committee and USDA with project outlines and complete justification for each project.
    4. Recommend approval of contracts and agreements for outside contractors and consultants. Enter and sign on behalf of the Committee such contractual agreements as may be approved by the Committee.
    5. Provide oversight of research and promotion projects, and contractors and consultants activities associated with such projects.
    6. In consultation with the Committee, see that an independent annual audit is conducted; prepare a marketing policy and compliance policy to address current industry issues.
    7. Serve as a liaison between the Committee and the industry and ensure CMC representation on industry committees and functions as required.
    8. Develop, coordinate and oversee programs that will provide technical assistance and distribution of resource materials to assist grower associations, and other trade organizations in their promotion and communication activities.
  2. Benefits and Requirements:
    1. Full-time, salaried, management position, with varying work hours and time commitments depending on the time of year.
    2. Benefits include health and dental insurance, short and long-term disability insurance, term life insurance, 401k plan.
    3. Salary range is 100,000-175,000 and negotiable based on candidate’s experience.
    4. Remote work is possible with the right candidate
    5. Willingness to travel as per direction of Committee as needed, domestically and internationally
  3. Experience and Qualifications:
    1. 5+ years management experience
    2. Experience managing and directing other employees to be efficient and successful
    3. Highly organized analytical ability to keep all programs, funding, and relations in order
    4. Effective and strong communication skills with other employees, the Committee, and others in the industry
    5. Proficient use of Microsoft Office and other software such as Zoom and database management programs
    6. Experience with Marketing Orders, Commissions, or agricultural related fields beneficial, but not required
    7. Self-motivated and willing to take the initiative to address all matters of the Committee
    8. An undergraduate or graduate degree in business administration, marketing, accounting, finance or related disciplines is required. A minimum of 5 years of continuous employment and/or related experiences in a leadership role is a requirement for consideration of this position.
  4. Personnel Management:
    1. Establish and implement written office procedures and personnel policies as required by the Committee.
    2. Identify staffing requirements; and employ, establish appropriate titles, submit salary recommendations to the full Committee for consideration and, when necessary with the consent of the Executive Subcommittee, discharge any of the employees of the Committee.
    3. Assume the principal responsibility for the work of the employees, including the technical accuracy, timeliness and completeness of work projects.
    4. Assume the principal responsibility for writing position descriptions for key positions and performance ratings, subject to the review of the Committee.
    5. Contribute to the training and development of subordinates, identifying weaknesses and needs, and recommending appropriate training that will result in the improving the effectiveness of the administrative function.
    6. Help to maintain good working relationships among personnel on the staff, resolving minor disagreements, and obtaining Office of General Counsel opinion in any consideration of disciplinary actions.
    7. Provide equal opportunity in all employment practices and delivery of services, and prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or physical limitations.
  5. Financial Management:
    1. Ensure that all Committee funds are used only for purposes authorized under the marketing order.
    2. Establish and maintain a system of financial accounts and fiscal controls to meet USDA guidelines and arrange for an annual audit of the Committee accounts by a Certified Public Accountant.
    3. Monitor income and expenses, anticipating variances in spending or revenue patterns, and advising the Committee of any need for budget or assessment rate revisions.
    4. Provide for a system of billing and collecting handler assessments.
    5. Monitor all Committee accounts for conformance with insurance and collateral requirements, ensuring that all investments of Committee funds are consistent with USDA investment policy, providing that USDA, when requested by the General Counsel, immediately on behalf of the Committee secures compliance from involved governmental agencies regarding USDA’s collateral requirements and interfaces with banking institutions whenever necessary to enable the investment goals to be met.
    6. Prepare reports of Committee accounts as detailed in the June 1999 “Management Guide for Marketing Order Committees and the U. S. Department of Agriculture,” at times specified by the Committee.
    7. In consultation with the Committee, prepare preliminary annual budgets of expenses and accompanying supporting material, plan meeting to consider recommendations for the budget and assessment rate to allow reasonable time for the USDA to complete rulemaking before the start of the fiscal year.
    8. Maintain reserve funds within limits specified in the marketing order.
    9. Ensure that any agreements involving the use or sharing of committee facilities, equipment, or services of committee employees by agencies outside the marketing order are covered under memorandum of understanding approved by the Committee and the Department.
    10. Manage budgets for vendors, events and/or contracts associated with communications and trade show activities being overseen by marketing consultants.
    11. Work with the international and promotional subcommittees to develop and align strategies and tactics to carryout project promotion and communication activities consistent with the CMC budget submitted to the Committee and USDA/AMS at bi-annual Committee meetings.
  6. Compliance: As detailed in the “Marketing Agreement and Order Compliance Manual” the Executive Director is responsible for:
    1. Promoting industry awareness and understanding of program requirements and advising regulated parties of changes in such requirements.
    2. Establish within budgetary provisions a system of compliance planning, detection and investigation of potential marketing order violations, including a procedure for the periodical auditing of regulated handlers.
    3. Investigate alleged compliance violations. Submit prompt and thorough reports of all alleged marketing order violations to the appropriate USDA officials.
    4. Reporting the status of alleged violations cases to the Committee in a manner that does not identify individual handler operations.
    5. Submit an annual compliance program before the start of each fiscal year to the Department.
  7. Record Keeping and Handler Compliance:
    1. Responsible for preparing electronic notifications and reviewing and recording handler report data information obtained from handlers on the acquisition and disposition of cranberries during the fiscal period to ensure reporting accuracy and inquire about any discrepancies.
    2. Prepare a marketing policy following each bi-annual CMC meeting and submit to USDA/
      AMS.
    3. Prepare and provide annual handler compliance plan and CMC’s annual approved August budget to all registered handlers on their electronic handler portal on CMC’s database.
    4. Maintain an updated listing of handlers and producer-handlers.
    5. With the assistance of the Executive Assistant, review handler assessment collection and provide notifications to delinquent handlers.
    6. Maintain a system for compliance planning, detection and investigation of potential marketing order violations, including a procedure for the periodical auditing of regulated handlers.
  8. Rulemaking and other:
    1. Gather, compile and analyze production, marketing and other relevant information for distribution to the Committee for their review and consideration in recommending regulations.
    2. Advise the Committee of changes needed in the order’s administrative rules for their consideration.
    3. Prepare and distribute rulemaking meeting notices to Committee members, USDA, handlers and other interested parties.
    4. Advise handlers and other interested parties of Committee Recommendations for regulatory changes, and publicize USDA action on such recommendations, including the time period for filing comments.
    5. In consultation with Committee members and the CMC’s Marketing Specialist, assist in the preparation of draft amendatory language for needed changes in the marketing order. Assist the Committee in preparing testimony to be given at amendatory hearings and work with the USDA (including the Office of General Counsel) during the amendatory process
    6. Report to the full Committee on the program progress at the Committee’s February and August meetings.
  9. Informational Management:
    1. Perform all aspects of the Committee’s responsibilities which require the collection, review, verification and processing of confidential information.
    2. Monitor Committee procedures to ensure that confidential information is not released to Committee members or any other person, except as directed by authorized USDA officials.
    3. Publish no report or release any information which would reveal commercial or financial information of individual handlers
    4. Ensure that all information collection and reporting forms have received approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act, and that all such printed forms are properly marked with the current OMB control numbers, expiration dates and other required information.
    5. Maintain Committee records in accordance with USDA record retention requirements.
    6. Ensure that all requests by the USDA for documents in response to FOIA requests are expeditiously handled, including promptly supplying the USDA cost estimates, as detailed in the June 1999, “Management Guide for Marketing Order Committees and The U. S. Department of Agriculture.”

 

Interested candidates may submit resume and other pertinent information to cmcemployment1@gmail.com.