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National Director, Farm Program

American Humane seeks a highly motivated National Director to drive growth and broaden the reach of American Humane Certified™.  This position will serve as head of and manage the American Humane Farm Program- acting as spokesperson and working with a variety of external constituents, assuming primary responsibility for budget management, developing and leading strategy around Farm Program expansion efforts, and designing and implementing marketing campaigns to that end.  This position is based at American Humane’s national headquarters in Washington, DC and reports directly to the Chief Operating Officer.

Founded in 1877, American Humane is committed to ensuring the safety, welfare and well-being of animals. Our leadership programs are first to serve in promoting and nurturing the bonds between animals and humans.

We are first to serve, wherever animals are in need of rescue, shelter, protection or security. Through our innovative leadership initiatives – from our “No Animals Were Harmed®” program in Hollywood to broad-based farm and conservation animal welfare certifications, to rapid response rescue and care across the country – American Humane sets the gold standard as the most visionary and effective animal welfare organization in the nation.

 

Position summary:  

The National Director, American Humane Farm Program serves as program leader for the first and largest third party farm animal welfare audit program in the nation, the American Humane Certified program, under American Humane’s Farm Program. The person in this position is responsible for driving program growth, recruiting new producers and broadening program reach while maintaining strong relationships with existing certified producers. 

 

Responsibilities:

  • Provide overall leadership to American Humane’s Farm Program and staff
  • Serve as national and international spokesperson for the program, reflecting the mission and values of American Humane
  • Ensure program expansion across species to additional producers and processors
  • Work to differentiate AH and the American Humane Certified program from other third party certification programs and welfare organizations with food agendas
  • Seek to educate farmers/ranchers as well as retailers on the value of third party certification of good animal welfare practices and to educate consumers and children on the taste, nutritional and quality benefits of humanely raised food
  • Foster internal communication and collaboration to ensure successful partnerships, including with other AH leadership in order to foster cross-programmatic opportunities
  • Accountable for fiscal management of the program; responsible for creating, monitoring and possessing a thorough understanding of program budget; controls for variances and cash flow, balancing revenue and expenditures
  • Initiate and oversee, in connection with Chief Veterinary Officer, Director Farm Operations, all program contractual agreements with certified producers and with manufacturers in the Seal of Approval program
  • Select annual trade shows and industry meetings to attend to maximize opportunities to meet influential people and companies in order to increase exposure for the program
  • Seek and deliver public speaking engagements, radio and TV interviews and uses social networking, coordinating public appearances with AH’s communications strategy and Communications department
  • Meet with major certified producers annually
  • Provide stories, data and content for use on website, appeals, funding proposals, projects and general public information
  • Lead by example, adapting to a continually evolving environment and helping others thrive in a results-oriented workplace
  • Ensure that all program and informational materials and web site are up to date and reflective of best practices
  • Monitor national and international farm animal health and welfare trends as well as legislative and regulatory activity and keeps senior management updated on emerging issues
  • Build and maintain a deep and broad network of relationships to strengthen and grow the American Humane Certified Program

 

Essential experience, knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree in related field preferred
  • Ability to run a successful business or program, including budget management required
  • Diversity of marketing and sales experience strongly desired
  • Additional experience in some or all of the following fields highly preferred: agricultural animal health and welfare, agriculture industry (including allied groups), food supply chain, government (state or national), principles and practices associated with animal welfare including animal husbandry or humane education
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; active listening
  • Adept at building collaborative relationships and demonstrating diplomacy with diverse constituencies, including farmers/ranchers, trade organizations, retailers, food services and academics
  • Demonstrated ability to provide effective and timely leadership decisions
  • Ability to work with team members to implement annual program goals
  • Growth oriented and dynamic; self-disciplined
  • Maintain professional demeanor at all times

 

Direct reports:  

Yes

 

 

Physical demands and work environment: 

  • Position is based at American Humane’s national headquarters in Washington, DC – no exceptions
  • Extensive travel, potentially to remote locations
  • Exposure to barns with intensive animal production
  • Exposure to bio secure environments, requiring donning of protective gear

 

Employees are expected to adhere to all organizational policies and to act as role models, demonstrating American Humane’s core values:

Compassion
Accountability
Respect for all
Loyalty to mission
Sustainability
Honesty, integrity, trust

 

American Humane is an Equal Opportunity Employer

 

 

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