Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine
Executive Director Position
The Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine is a public
instrumentality that was created by statute to help promote the ongoing
prosperity of Maine’s wild blueberry industry.
It is currently comprised of 8 Commissioners representing the diverse
interests of the state’s 500 wild blueberry growers and processors. The Commission is not membership based, but
is funded by a state wild blueberry tax that is paid by growers and processors. The Commission manages and oversees the use
of the tax funds, primarily in the areas of promotion, research and
development, and policy advocacy. The
Executive Director is responsible for setting the strategic direction with the
Commission, administering the wild blueberry tax fund, and overseeing the
programs necessary to execute its goals.
Maine is the largest commercial agricultural producer of wild
blueberries in the United States. Wild
blueberry growers and processors have a proud 150+ year history of managing the
crop, 99% of which is frozen. Wild
blueberries are sold to domestic and international markets and are a high
quality agricultural product that is integral to the state of Maine’s economy. Given the broad depth and scope of the
industry, the Executive Director must work collaboratively and be responsive,
creative, and strategic in advancing the future success of Maine wild
blueberries and the profitability of growers and processors.
Orono, Maine. Some telecommuting also
time, 40+ hours per week, weekend work as necessary
travel and some national travel required.
Pay: Salary and full benefits package available,
commensurate with experience.
· State and Federal Administration and Policy
o Educate, communicate, and advocate for Maine
wild blueberry growers and processors in both state and Federal policy arenas
on issues relevant to land use, natural resources and food production,
environmental regulations, food safety, farm migrant labor, agricultural
economics, international trade, and small business development including value
added production support, crop production and management, etc.
o Develop and execute state legislative strategy. Engage
legislators and committees regarding relevant legislation. Research, and monitor legislation and draft
and present testimony as needed. Interface
with Congressional delegation and staff regarding pertinent policy concerns.
o Communicate and collaborate with agricultural,
natural resource, and business groups regarding legislation affecting farmers
and food processors.
o Engage with relevant state and Federal Agencies,
including Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Maine Department
of Environmental Protection, Maine Revenue Service, USDA, and FDA regarding
policy implementation, grant opportunities, rule-making, etc.
· Financial Administration and Management
o Prepare annual budget, manage income, expenses,
and cash flow and accounts, and oversee annual audit. Communicate all necessary
programmatic reporting with state agencies and state legislature.
o Administer and manage Commission and committee
meetings, prepare documentation, and oversee logistics.
o Manage and set workload, schedule, priorities
and resources for Commission staff. Foster a positive and healthy work
environment. Provide guidance, feedback and
conduct annual performance reviews.
· Research and Development
o Interface with the University of Maine’s faculty
and administration regarding the Commission’s annual budget support for
research and outreach activities and communicate the industry’s research
priorities via the Commission’s Advisory Committee.
o Execute the Advisory Committee’s strategic goals
for the University of Maine wild blueberry research, development and Extension
program, and support University researchers in seeking external research funds.
· Promotion and Marketing
o Administer, manage, and guide the development of
long and short term marketing/PR strategies and programs in collaboration with
industry representatives, staff, consultants and third party marketing/PR
agencies for diverse domestic and international markets.
o Manage national public school foodservice
program and export promotion program in target markets worldwide.
o Evaluate and manage marketing budget programs’ progress
o Oversee Commission’s statewide program focused on
increasing public awareness about Maine wild blueberries, including classroom
education, community fairs and events support, legislative education and tours,
and communications and outreach via online and other platforms.
· Collaborate with Partner Organizations
o Collaborate with allied state and national
organizations in the areas of agricultural policy development, berry health
research, food safety regulation, specialty crop funding, value added production
support, and crop management tools, etc.
· Self-motivated individual with demonstrated
leadership ability who can work effectively with a diverse constituency,
promote and recommend strategic priorities, and administer and manage complex policies
· Four year professional degree and demonstrated
business or organizational and personnel management experience is required.
· Legislative, policy development and advocacy
experience or education is essential.
· Experience in operational, business or
non-profit financial and administrative management.
· Excellent critical thinking, interpersonal,
organizational, and analytical skills are essential.
· Strong written and verbal communication and
presentation skills. Successful grant writing experience a plus.
How to Apply:
submit resume, cover letter, three letters of recommendation, and salary requirements
by April 22, 2019.
The Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine is an equal
Location/Region: Orono, ME