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Job Detail: Executive Director


The Executive Director reports to the ADSA Board of Directors in coordination with the ADSA President. In partnership with the Board on strategic direction, the Executive Director has overall operational responsibility for the mission, programs, and services of the ADSA and its Foundation. The Executive Director is also a key advisor to FASS Inc., ADSA’s non-profit management organization.

Position Responsibilities: 

  • Collaborate with the Board in the formation of new policies, procedures, and programs. 
  • Administer and direct programs approved by the Board. 
  • Serve as executive staff to the Board and its Executive Committee by organizing meetings and preparing and distributing meeting agendas, materials, and minutes. 
  • Serve as a non-voting member of the Board. 
  • Maintain regular communications with the Board and provide an annual report on the state and accomplishments of the organization.
  • Facilitate strategic conversations within the Board, contribute to the development of the ADSA Strategic Plan, and create an Operations Plan to support the accomplishment of strategic goals. 
  • Maintain the organizational structure, ensuring sufficient human resources needed to carry out ADSA’s mission and work plan. 
  • Actively engage and energize members, volunteer leaders, board members, industry partners, and other stakeholders to move the ADSA forward. 
  • Manage the day-to-day business operations of ADSA, collaborating with FASS staff and overseeing the performance of independent contractors and contractual partners. 
  • Act as a resource to the FASS Executive Director. 
  • Serve as a non-voting board member of FASS Inc. and an advisor to the FASS Board and management. 
  • Oversee the work of the ADSA Foundation and serve as executive staff to the Foundation Board.
  • Work with the ADSA Finance Committee and Treasurer to develop and propose ADSA’s annual budget. 
  • Manage the approved budget and provide regular financial reports to the Board, highlighting areas of concern or opportunity. 
  • Work with ADSA’s investment advisor to effectively maintain and grow ADSA’s assets and reserves. 
  • Arrange for a Certified Public Accountant to conduct an annual audit of ADSA finances and ensure the provision of the data needed to perform the audit
  • Develop a marketing and communications strategy that identifies member needs, effectively communicates the member value proposition, raises the visibility of ADSA products and services, and promotes the important work conducted by ADSA's members. 
  • Serve as an active ambassador representing the interests of members and continually enhancing ADSA’s credibility. 
  • Ensure that ADSA’s programs and services meet members’ needs. 
  • Promote the dairy science profession and membership in the ADSA. 
  • Supervise and coordinate program development, marketing, and administrative support for the ADSA annual meeting and regional meetings. 
  • Coordinate all fundraising and sponsorship activities. 
  • Nurture existing partnerships and create new strategic partners to enhance ASDA’s grants and education programs. 
  • Work with existing corporate members to develop a service program to meet their needs while simultaneously enhancing the work of the ADSA.
  • Champion ADSA members in ways that advance their professional status and the work of the profession. 
  • Ensure a favorable publishing contract and oversee the business management of the Journal of Dairy Science and JDS Communications. 
  • Support the development of ADSA’s publications program. 
  • Maintain an up-to-date and vibrant web presence

Position Qualifications:

  • A deep appreciation for the vital role played by science in guiding the evolution of a global dairy industry and offering science-based solutions that are economically sound, environmentally responsible, and socially responsive. 
  • A minimum of five years of association or related business management experience (ideal). 
  • Experience in the management of a scientific organization (desirable). 
  • A history of success working with a volunteer board of directors and the ability to cultivate board member relationships. 
  • Proven ability to lead an organization and manage all aspects of a headquarters office. 
  • Evidence of effective financial management, including financial planning, budgeting, and strategic growth of income and assets of an organization.
  • A strategic thinker and a strong communicator 
  • Honest, with a highly developed sense of ethics 
  • Driven to succeed 
  • Entrepreneurial in approach 
  • A “people person” who can engage with diverse personalities He or she will have 
  • Intellectual curiosity 
  • A deep appreciation for science as it relates to agriculture and food systems 
  • A member-centric mindset 
  • A collaborative and mentoring management style

How to Apply: 

All interested parties should email a cover letter and resume to or call +1 202 544 4749.



About the job

Location Champaign, IL
Field Administrative
Time Full-time
Date 06 December 2019

About the company

Company name American Dairy Science Association
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