Mendocino County Farm Bureau
DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Mendocino County Farm Bureau is a non-governmental, nonprofit, voluntary membership advocacy organization whose purpose is to protect and promote agricultural interests throughout the county and to find solutions to the problems facing agricultural businesses and the rural community.
The Deputy Executive Director is the second-highest-ranking staff member of Mendocino County Farm Bureau and reports directly to the Executive Director. The Deputy Executive Director supports the organization in all phases of administration and management of the organization, which includes overseeing advocacy efforts, educational programs, membership development and internal/external communications. This position requires in-office work except when out-of-office presence is necessary to further the organization’s purposes. Partial remote work scenarios may be allowable.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Ensure that policies and directives set by the organization’s Board of Directors and the Board’s Executive Committee are carried out.
- Provide for the achievement of the vision, mission, and Board policy or directive by developing short-term goals or tactical plans to achieve the results required.
- Represent Mendocino County Farm Bureau effectively and persuasively to elected officials, Farm Bureau members, the media and the community at large. Act on behalf of Farm Bureau at meetings and public hearings and provide public testimony, when required.
- Fully understand Farm Bureau’s structure at the county, state, and national levels and, if directed, coordinate local activities with CA Farm Bureau and American Farm Bureau Federation functions.
- Research and develop information on issues and problems. Draft position papers to keep the Executive Director and Board of Directors adequately informed.
- Supervise office staff in a cooperative manner in the absence of the Executive Director.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Traits
- Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university with academic course work in a relevant discipline (i.e., communications, public relations, business administration, or other closely related fields of study) is preferred but not required.
- Excellent English language communication skills including the ability to read and summarize material in a broad range of professional publications and the ability to write clear, concise, and compelling reports. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from Farm Bureau leadership, members, elected officials, and the public. Fluency in languages other than English is a plus.
- Ability to write content that promotes or advocates for Mendocino County agriculture. Such content might include the preparation of fact sheets or white papers to share with the Executive Director, leadership, members, elected officials, or local media.
- Experience in supervising employees and volunteers.
- Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from leadership, members, and the public.
- Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to coordinate multiple projects or tasks. The employee is frequently required to stand, move, or walk for prolonged periods. The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
- The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Compensation and Benefits
Salary: Salary commensurate with qualifications, experience and skill level.
Health plan (employee-only coverage)
Dental plan (employee-only coverage)
Vision (employee only-coverage)
Life Insurance (employee-only coverage)
Company cell phone or $50/month cell phone stipend
Two weeks (80 hours) vacation after first year of employment
Six days (48 hours) of paid sick leave per calendar year
Paid Holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day.
Only qualified candidates who meet or exceed the qualifications should apply by the deadline of
October 14, 2022.
Application Packet Must Contain:
- Current Resume
• Three letters of reference from previous employers and/or professional contacts
• Contact information (phone number and email) for three additional professional or business-related references
• Word or PDF document that answers the following questions (each answer should not exceed 1,000 words):
– Why do you want to work for the Mendocino County Farm Bureau?
– Detail your government relations and/or advocacy experience, particularly as it relates to agricultural policy.
– How do you see yourself enhancing the work of Mendocino County Farm Bureau?