415 Second St. NE, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20002 (202) 547‐7800 www.wheatworld.org
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Background Information about NAWG
From NAWG’s Strategic Plan, approved March 2008
“Advancing Wheat Through Innovation & Advocacy”
NAWG unites U.S. wheat growers to create beneficial policies for wheat growers, effective
relationships with industry, and profitable opportunities through research and technology.
Critical Success Factors
To be successful, NAWG must effectively address the following critical factors:
• Promote Unity and Partnerships across Wheat Industry
o Establish strong relationships through the wheat chain
o Develop ongoing dialogue with industry partners and expanded relationships –
work toward unified ag policy
o Partner with state organizations to identify all current members and create
programs / actions to increase membership
• Promote Research & Technology advancements for Wheat Industry
• Advance Ag / Wheat Policy
o High level policy development through productive and engaging framework
o Maintain lobbying activities
o Gain approval of GM wheat
• Broaden financial base
o Seek & motivate new members
o Provide increased service to members
• Identify value for wheat beyond food
• Develop additional revenue streams for producers
• Provide training for members to assume leadership roles
• Provide more Effective Communications
o Communication vehicle for Wheat Summit to states
o Establish a message for today’s market prices to Wheat Growers
o Communicate what we’re doing in this planning process to Wheat Growers
o Clearly define and communicate benefits of our industry to the public
o Continue grass roots input
• Create a workable system of accountability for the board
NAWG CEO Job Description
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The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) provides leadership to the organization to assure the
optimum utilization of the Association’s financial, physical, technological and human resources
toward achievement of the Association’s mission and strategic objectives. The CEO reports to
the Board of Directors through the officers of the Executive Committee. All NAWG staff are
supervised, hired, and terminated by the CEO.
The CEO guides the work of NAWG staff to assure focus on governmental affairs and policy
matters as it relates to federal legislation and regulation. He/she guides and directs financial,
educational, communication and meeting organization through the balance of the staff.
The CEO meets with the officers regularly and maintains an outside role in trade, professional,
and industry groups which he/she deems appropriate for Association welfare and objectives.
The CEO is a non-voting member of the Executive Committee (officers), and guidance from the
Committee is implemented through and by the CEO.
The CEO represents NAWG’s interests to membership/partners in achieving growth and in
taking the Association to new levels of industry impact. These high expectations require
demonstrating strategic vision, a talent for execution, and an ability to develop understanding
and consensus among members and partners.
The NAWG CEO serves as the chief executive of the NAWG Foundation (NAWGF), the wheat
industry’s charitable foundation. NAWGF owns an office building on Capitol Hill which houses
NAWG and several outside tenants. Since NAWGF has no employees, it contracts with NAWG
for administrative services that include tenant lease negotiations, building maintenance and
services, and management of other Foundation projects which include three leadership
programs offered in conjunction with agribusiness sponsors. The Foundation is now poised to
expand its efforts and begin executing targeted fundraising campaigns. There is substantial
room for growth in this area.
NAWG operates a political action committee (WheatPAC), and the CEO is responsible for
ensuring that the activities of the PAC are conducted in accordance with appropriate
regulations, statutes, and direction from the NAWG Board of Directors.
Duties and Skills required:
Demonstrates strategic vision, a talent for execution, and an ability to develop
understanding and consensus among growers and alliances with industry partners. The
CEO builds similar enthusiasm and vision of the Association among staff.
Responsible for directing the Association with the objective of providing maximum service
to its members and industry partners, the financial community, government agencies,
professional societies and the public. Establish and promote corporate values and drive the
future and growth of the Association.
Creates an organizational climate encouraging teamwork and open communication between
levels and departments and maintain high executive and staff morale.
Performance of the CEO will be measured by specification and achievement of realistic
strategic operating plans, development of a stable and competent management team,
industry stature of NAWG and harmonious, effective, and profitable relationships with
members and partners.
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Develops and maintains effective and professional
relationships with the Board of Directors to assure actions and results desirable and
advantageous to staff, members, and partners alike.
Ensures that all corporate activities and operations are carried out in compliance with local,
state, and federal regulations and laws governing business operations.
Ensures the adequacy, safeguarding and control of the financial position of the Association
required to achieve current and future objectives.
Energetically implements the goals and directives of the Board of Directors.
Directs the development and preparation of short-term and long-range plans and budgets
based upon broad goals and growth objectives established by the Board of Directors and
makes recommendations to the Board of Directors.
Plans for, implements and monitors the production of new products and services to further
enhance the Association.
Collaborates with the Board of Directors and the Officers in preparing recommendations and
making decisions or matters involving the Association.
Secures and maintains effective relationships with external influences on the wheat industry
such as members, customers, the general public and governmental and industrial bodies.
This includes forging mutually beneficial relationships with his/her counterparts at other
wheat industry organizations and other agricultural organizations.
Possesses a clear understanding of Board of Director responsibilities.
Maintains NAWG’s respect and integrity with legislative and industry groups.
Responsible for all business operations of the NAWG.
College degree or related experience
General management experience in the agricultural sector with experience in the political
Strong personal integrity in supervising the finances and business activities of the
Experience in the development and implementation of a strategic plan.
Demonstrated leadership, motivation and communication skills.
Strong business development skills.
Experience in public speaking and fundraising.
Position offers an excellent salary, retirement plan and comprehensive benefits.
Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter and salary history either via
electronic mail (PDF format), surface mail or express delivery to:
Mr. Karl Scronce
National Association of Wheat Growers
1776 Old Fort Road
Klamath Falls, Oregon 97601
Materials will be accepted through Friday, November 13, 2009.