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Director, MOFGA Certification Services, LLC

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Director, MOFGA Certification Services, LLC

Summary of Position:

Located in rural Waldo County, the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is seeking a director to oversee, administer and maintain in good standing the operations and fiscal outcomes of MOFGA Certification Services, (MCS), LLC. The director is a leader in the organic community and a champion of organic food production.

MOFGA is the sole owner of MCS. MCS certifies more than 500 farms and producers and operates an annual budget of $500,000. Staffing include 7 FTE’s and additional contracted inspectors.

This position is full-time, salaried. Federal Fair Labor Standards Act Exempt. Not eligible for overtime pay. Some evening and weekend requirements.

The director is expected to think strategically, to possess administrative experience and personnel management skills, to delegate effectively, to possess financial skills and business sense, and have a general content expertise of organic farming systems. The search committee is particularly interested in reviewing applicants demonstrating strong skills in business administration and management.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Be primary representative to the MOFGA Board, organic community and the USDA National Organic Program (NOP), including audits and peer reviews
  • Supply required reporting to the MCS Management Committee, MOFGA Board of Directors and USDA/NOP upon request or by schedule
  • Remain current on USDA-NOP regulations and NOSB recommendations, including material review
  • Maintain USDA-NOP accreditation of the MCS program
  • Prepare and submit certification and grant applications or reports necessary or appropriate for MCS operations
  • Work closely with MOFGA to further the mission and shared vision of both entities
  • Develop and monitor yearly operating budget and ensure that financial outcomes are aligned with budgeted expectations
  • Manage and direct certification decisions including adverse actions and other compliance issues
  • Perform needed human resource functions for MCS staff and duties including supervising, hiring, training, evaluating, compensating, and dismissing as well as coordinating contractors and volunteers
  • Coordinate and participate in writing for the Organic Sprout and MOF&G.
  • Coordinate and facilitate necessary meetings
  • Attend committee and Board meetings as requested or required
  • Work within multiple regulatory bodies
  • Develop and maintain a network for soliciting client and community feedback
  • Work cooperatively with State, Local, and University programs
  • Represent MCS at public events and meetings as necessary

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of two years experience in a senior management position associated with a complex administrative/operational organization with statewide market serving multiple related client groups.
  • Financial and business acumen with specific focus on budgeting, forecasting, and strategic and business planning
  • Advanced understanding of concepts and issues surrounding organic agriculture
  • Demonstrated leadership, communications skills and ability to deal effectively with a broad range of constituents, both internal and external
  • Minimum two years experience working in organic certification
  • Minimum educational requirement: four year college degree
  • Computer literacy including an understanding of databases and information technology as applied to regulatory and marketing activities

Additional Information:

Compensation: Salary for this position will be negotiated based on work experience and demonstrated areas of expertise.

MOFGA offers a full range of Benefits (available upon request) including four weeks of vacation time, medical insurance, life insurance, sick leave, retirement benefits, and continuing education.

To apply, send resume, cover letter and references via email, by July 15, 2016, to:
CertificationSearch@mofga.org

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