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Executive Director | Sask Wheat Development Commission

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Executive Director – Sask Wheat Development Commission
Sask Wheat is seeking an Executive Director who, while reporting to the Board of Directors, will manage and direct activities to support the Commissions’ goals and objectives.

Sask Wheat Organization

The Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission (Sask Wheat) was established in 2013. Sask Wheat, under the direction of its elected Board of wheat producers, ensures that Saskatchewan’s 26,000 wheat farmers have the resources, leadership, and representation needed to strengthen the profitability and sustainability of wheat production and ensure the interests of Saskatchewan’s farmers are protected. Sask Wheat is funded by farmers/wheat sales that go towards research, advocacy, grower relations and market development initiatives that improve wheat varieties, grow the marketability of wheat, and provide higher value to producers.

Sask Wheat maintains its office in Saskatoon, Sask.  It has annual revenues ranging from $11 – 15 million per year, which is highly dependent on annual wheat production and producers’ ability to deliver into the grain handling system.  Sask Wheat has a staff of 9 people dedicated to the appropriate investment of funds to fulfill the mission and vision of Sask Wheat.

Principle Accountabilities and Responsibilities Accountabilities
The overall day-to-day management and administration of Sask Wheat’s activities and assets within the policies set by the Boards of Directors, including:

•      Managing finances in a prudent and effective manner to support their ongoing viability and growth.

•      Managing member relations.

•       Overseeing internal and external communications strategies, including public relations.

•       Identifying emerging business issues related to the wheat industry and assisting with strategic policy development to address issue of importance to wheat producers.

Responsibilities
•      In conjunction with the Boards of Directors, developing long-and short-term strategic and business plans for Sask Wheat; effectively interpreting and carrying out the Commissions’ regulatory requirements, policies and procedures.

•      Supervising the development of annual budgets and ensuring adequate funds are available for the Commissions’ operations.

•      Monitoring and managing the Commissions’ finances, including all investment policies, contractual arrangements and regulatory requirements.

•      Playing a key role in the Commissions’ communications, and fostering and managing positive, beneficial member, buyer and media relationships.

•      As required, speaking on behalf of Sask Wheat at government, professional and corporate functions, and participating in the activities of professional groups and organizations.

•      Hiring, training, motivating and evaluating staff.

•      Working closely with the Boards of Directors, staff and contractors to develop board agendas and meeting materials.

•      Carrying out other duties as required by the Boards of Directors.

Qualifications

The successful candidate will have proven understanding, knowledge and experience in project management, agricultural research, marketing, market development and organizational development. The Executive Director will also have broad contacts in the agricultural business and  the professional and government services sectors. The Executive Director must have a proven capacity to effectively and diplomatically communicate to a diverse spectrum of stakeholders including government, researchers, producers and agri-business corporations. Experience with a volunteer producer board is an asset.

The preferred candidate will be strategic with extensive knowledge of human resources, financial planning, contract management and communications.  A Master’s Degree in Agricultural Sciences or a related discipline combined with a minimum of five years of progressive management experience in an agricultural business environment is desired. A background in agricultural research and market development would also be an asset.

Preferred candidates will also have:

•       Working knowledge of public policy and regulations related to agriculture.

•       Demonstrated abilities in problem-solving, decision-making and effective supervision and motivation in a team environment.

•       Demonstrated ability to build and maintain strong relationships with government, staff, board and other organizations

•       Familiarity with operating in management structures in producer/legislative organizations.

•       Excellent presentation and writing skills.

For more information please call  Ralph Kikkert at 905-512-0347 and forward your resume to: exec_search@saskwheat.ca

To apply for this job email your details to exec_search@saskwheat.ca.

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