The International Welfare Poultry Alliance (IPWA) and U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry & Eggs (US-RSP&E) are seeking an Executive Director to assist each organization with the development of tools and information that evaluates and demonstrates the core principles, values and mission of each organization.
Sustainability and animal welfare are key concerns and focal points for poultry production companies, allied industry, retail and food service companies, academia & civil society. While different stakeholders may have unique perspectives about sustainability and animal welfare, most agree that there is a common ground from which a proactive, united and collaborative approach can be used to generate and transparently communicate continuous improvement.
IPWA was originally conceived by poultry industry professionals and animal welfare leaders to address a growing need to better address and communicate information on poultry care, poultry welfare and poultry behavior as this was beginning to be defined by other groups with dissimilar agendas than IPWA’s stakeholders. The vision of IPWA is to foster open dialogue amongst a global group of diverse stakeholders to support poultry production that is ethically, socially, scientifically, and economically responsible and best supports the welfare of poultry.
The US-RSP&E represents a diverse group of individuals and organizations that represent the entire poultry and egg industry value chain. The vision of the US-RSP&E is to sustainably provide safe nutritious, affordable, poultry and egg products that prioritize the four areas of people, planet, poultry and profit through multi-stakeholder engagement.
The two organizations, IPWA and US-RSPE, formed independent but parallel paths in their development. As the organizations got closer to inception in the last 6 months, it became apparent that there were significant synergies that could be capitalized on if the groups joined efforts through a formalized relationship. Some of these synergies included:
Alignment of mission and vision
Overlap of strategic scope (pillars)
Common stakeholder groups
Need for a full-time director to provide administrative, creative and functional oversight
Recognizing these synergies and the need to optimize funding and focus efforts, IPWA and US-RSP&E decided to offer dual-membership, which will allow stakeholders to participate in both organizations for one membership fee.
From a governance perspective, IPWA and US-RSP&E will each operate under a dedicated Board of Directors. Both organizations will utilize a committee structure to conduct functional work and achieve their stated goals, and will maintain independent websites to provide resources for members and to educate stakeholders within their respective areas. IPWA committee work that fits within the scope of the US-RSP&E (ex: poultry welfare as it relates to sustainability) will be directly linked to the committee work of US-RSP&E. This collaboration will enable both organizations to be aligned and to work towards a common goal of improving poultry welfare and sustainability outcomes.
This Executive Director will report to the Board of Directors for each organization (IPWA and US-RSP&E). A five-person Executive Committee that is comprised of members from the Board of Directors from the IPWA and the US-RSP&E will be responsible for establishing the Executive Director’s priorities if time constraints or conflicts arise between agendas for the IPWA and the US-RSP&E. From an administrative point, the position will be closely linked with the US Poultry & Egg Association (USPOULTRY). USPOULTRY will assist the Executive Director with administrative tasks related to symposium planning, meeting coordination, collection of dues, handling and control of finances, etc. as deemed necessary.
The Executive Director will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the IPWA, US-RSP&E and other tasks delegated to it by the Chair of each organization. This includes but is not limited to:
Drafting, measuring, monitoring and managing the budget and all financial matters;
Recruiting new members and responding to the needs of existing members
Supporting the General Assembly, Board of Directors, Committees and Working Groups;
Managing internal and external communications and fundraising activities;
Planning and helping execute meetings and seminars for IPWA and US-RSP&E
Coordinating with institutions and organizations; supporting and or managing projects with other organizations and donor agencies serving IPWA and US-RSP&E stakeholders and any interested party, and any other responsibilities delegated to it by the respective Chairs.
Required skills, knowledge and ability for the position:
Computer skills: experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) required. Experience with web-based communication and data analysis and reporting required. Previous experience with development of website and educational materials a plus.
Communication skills: strong verbal, written and presentation skills. Ability to effectively communicate with all levels of leadership within the relevant stakeholder groups for IPWA and US-RSP&E. Ability to think and act pro-actively, to plan and schedule work.
Management skills: experience or demonstrated ability to perform budgeting, accounting and scheduling activities. Exceptional attention to details, organization, professionalism, follow-up, and interpersonal skills.
Interpersonal and professional development skills: Ability to quickly establish professional rapport with a diverse group of program collaborators that represent the entire poultry and egg industry value chain. This includes but is not limited to: academia, researchers, environmental and animal welfare nongovernmental organizations, poultry and egg industry personnel, allied industry personnel, government, and retail and restaurant industry personnel.
Special skills and certifications: Understanding of sustainability topics and issues including animal welfare, water, energy and land conservation, triple bottom line analytic concepts as well as related issues of governance. Thorough knowledge of poultry production (hatchery, pullet and breeder farms), poultry handling, poultry behavior, animal welfare standards, sustainability reporting, food and worker safety a plus. Fluency in a second language a plus.
Travel: ability to travel 10-15 times per year. Some overnight travel and occasional night work may be required.
Preferred knowledge for the position
Familiarity with the people and organizations carrying out animal welfare and sustainability program development in the agricultural industry, government, nonprofit organizations and the private sector.
Preferred skills to perform the job duties
Relevant experience in event organizations and management.
Relevant experience in program development.
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience
The U.S. Poultry & Egg Association is the world's largest and most active poultry organization. Membership includes producers and processors of broilers, turkeys, ducks, eggs, and breeding stock, as well as allied companies. Formed in 1947, the association has affiliations in 26 states and member companies worldwide. USPOULTRY is a non-profit organization which progressively serves its poultry and egg members through research, education, communications and technical services.