Thought this might interest some of you. WRDC has been a leader in
Wisconsin rural issues since the early/mid 80s.
SALARY: Dependent on experience and qualifications; $38,000 minimum
BENEFITS: To be discussed
APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 4, 1999
STARTING DATE: July 1, 1999 or as soon as possible
The Wisconsin Rural Development Center seeks a full-time Executive
Director with responsibility for the overall administration and
operation of the organization. The position will be located at the
Wisconsin Rural Development Center's office in Monona, Wisconsin, on
the eastern edge of Madison.
The person will have experience working with membership organizations
and techniques; knowledge of existing federal, state and local
agriculture, resource conservation and rural community development
programs and policies; and familiarity with the experiences of farm
and rural organizations. The person will work closely with other
staff to achieve organizational goals including broadening the rural
support base of the WRDC and meeting the needs of the WRDC's members.
Experiences and Abilities:
. Grassroots organizing, policy development and advocacy.
. Membership recruitment and development.
. Organizational development and strategic planning.
. Board training and development.
. Extensive fundraising experience.
. Administrative skills/staff supervision.
. Working collaboratively with farmers, rural activists, government,
environmentalists and church groups.
. Understanding rural, especially farming-dependent, communities.
. Enthusiasm for the mission and purposes of the Wisconsin Rural
Responsibilities and Duties:
. Manage the development, implementation, evaluation and updating of
programs and projects aimed at achieving the WRDC's goals and
. In conjunction with the Board, develop an annual
organizational work plan, budget and financial plan; also provide
periodic progress reports on plan implementation to the WRDC Board.
. Recruit, train, hire, supervise, evaluate and terminate staff in
compliance with established organizational policies and procedures.
. Help plan and manage the WRDC's fundraising program, including
maintaining relationships with existing funding sources, developing
new sources and grant writing.
. Serve as one of the organization's
. Establish and maintain relationships with
WRDC members, other rural citizens, state and local institutions, and
organizations that impact or are impacted by WRDC programs and
. Arrange for Board, staff and member training as necessary;
also provide support and assistance to WRDC chapters and members as
. Assist in recruiting, orienting and training new Board
. Perform other related duties as assigned by the WRDC Board.
How to Apply:
Submit your resume, three references (including recent supervisors), a
writing sample (preferably persuasive writing), and a cover letter of
no more than two pages responding to the following questions:
. Why are you interested in this position and how does it relate to
your personal goals?
. What are the most important challenges facing farm and rural
advocacy organizations and how can they be addressed?
. What are your most significant accomplishments?
. What are your strengths? (provide examples that demonstrate your
Address your application to: Executive Director Search Committee,
Wisconsin Rural Development Center, 4915 Monona Drive, Suite 304,
Monona, WI 53716. Faxed applications will be accepted at
608-226-0301. The deadline for these materials is Friday, June 4,
About the Wisconsin Rural Development Center:
The Wisconsin Rural Development Center is a membership-based,
nonprofit organization that was formed in 1983 to promote a
sustainable vision for Wisconsin agriculture and rural communities.
The organization was created by family farmers, conservationists,
rural citizens and religious leaders with the following purpose in
mind: to encourage an agricultural system based on small and
medium-sized family operated farms; to protect natural resources; to
foster prosperous rural communities; and to promote social and
economic justice in rural Wisconsin.
Since its inception, the WRDC has been a leader in on-farm sustainable
agriculture research, public education, grassroots organizing, and
public policy advocacy. A main focus has been promoting the adoption
of environmentally sound farming systems through the use of
alternatives to and reductions in pesticide use, intensive rotational
grazing, and development of whole farm, total resource management
plans. Other current areas of emphasis include: requiring banks to
meet community reinvestment act guidelines; working locally, statewide
and nationally to level the playing field for small- and mid-sized
family farms; expanding participation in community supported
agriculture (CSA) and providing access to CSAs by low-income persons;
developing programs for comprehensive land use planning and farmland
protection; and assisting in the creation of sustainable and "value
added" rural businesses.
The WRDC is governed by a volunteer board of directors. 50% of the
board members are farmers; the rest are rural residents, educators and
business people. The board's current programs are implemented by five
full time and two part time staff working with an annual budget of
approximately $500,000. Financial support comes from private
foundation and federal/state agency grants, membership fees,
individual contributions and sales of publications.
-- Wisconsin Rural Development Center 4915 Monona Drive, Suite 304 Monona, WI 53716 608/226-0300 fax 608/226-0301 email email@example.com
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