The President of RISE holds responsibility for the overall active management and direction of the programs, activities, business operations, and other affairs of RISE. As a CropLife America employee, the RISE President reports directly to the CropLife America President & CEO but is accountable to the RISE Governing Board. Working with the RISE Governing Board, the President is responsible for establishing strategic direction and setting annual priorities to meet the unique needs of the specialty pest management and fertilizer industries on a national, state and local level. The RISE President sets the tone for the RISE staff by establishing priorities and ensuring proper resources are secured and allocated to address the needs of the organization and its members. RISE’s advocacy can take many forms, from interfacing with key decision and policymakers at all levels to engaging in grassroots activities.
This role is the primary interface between RISE Members, the RISE Governing Board and Committees, the RISE staff, and the program activities that serve our industry.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Staff, Board and Member Duties
Work closely with the board of directors to continuously evaluate the organization’s Vision and Mission and evaluate and advise on the impact of long-range planning, introduction of new programs/strategies and regulatory action.
Provide vision and leadership in establishing strategies, objectives, and procedures for communicating and carrying the RISE Vision, Mission, Strategy to staff, RISE members and potential members.
Serve as an effective advocate/spokesman for specialty pest management and fertilizer industry.
Collaborate closely with relevant CropLife America departments on outreach, advocacy, communication, regulatory and legislative efforts.
Provide leadership to staff, ensuring an environment of collaboration, teamwork, professional growth and professional development.
Understand the priorities and needs of the RISE committees and work with staff to shape committee activity consistent with the RISE strategic plan.
The President will oversee the budgeting process, seeking to align budgets with the strategic needs of the organization, looking for ways to do things more effectively with the available budget dollars, and making recommendations on priorities informed by RISE Board.
Conduct monthly reviews of actual vs. budget spend, adjusting as needed to meet budgetary and strategic goals.
Conduct an ongoing assessment of effectiveness of budget allocation and spend.
Ensure goals are being met and revising plans as needed.
Establish key performance indicators driving operational efficiency and excellence.
Work with the CLA controller and RISE Treasurer to maintain transparency and accountability while communicating to the RISE Board.
Work with the RISE Board to ensure the financial decisions are being executed and carried out in a responsible manner.
Review operational procedures, developing new ones as needed.
Ensure resources and assets are properly safeguarded and invested.
Establish credibility inside and outside the organization with members, legislators, influencers and other stakeholders to advance the advocacy of our industry and improve our freedom to operate.
Be visible and proactive in representing the organization to its members, legislators, media and other stakeholders including the general public.
Serve as a spokesperson for relations with the media, government agencies, other trade associations, and RISE membership.
Identify and form alliances and work with other industry organizations (ex: NALP, NPMA etc.) to ensure RISE is operating in a collaborative manner to advance the needs of our industry and take a LEADERSHIP role on behalf of our industry.
Work with staff to ensure they are engaged and always up to speed on current events and activities that impact the specialty actives industries and our members.
Develop and maintain a deep knowledge base of our industry, including legislative activity and grassroots efforts by counter industry groups that could undermine our freedom to operate.
Keep abreast of the political climate and work collaboratively with CropLife America’s legal staff, to ensure the RISE legislative plan is well prepared and executed.
Visit member (and potential member) companies to engage and understand industry needs as well as promote the benefits of RISE membership to these stakeholders.
Competencies, Knowledge and Skills
Proven and demonstrative history of leadership and managing people and accountability for delivering results within budget.
A track record of integrity and operating ethically.
Strong interpersonal skills, a high EQ with a history of accomplishments in a matrixed, influencer environment.
Expertise in issue management, conflict resolution and problem solving in a non-traditional operating structure.
Basic understanding of operating in a regulated industry (FDA, EPA).
Preferred expertise or knowledge of active ingredients used in our industry.
Experience operating in a legislative environment and influencing multiple stakeholders. Basic understanding of legislative and regulative process.
Experience handling public affairs and media issues.
Experience in handling issue management, conflict resolution and problem solving.
Education and Work Experience
Ten years senior or executive level leadership experience of a trade association, government agency and/or industry experience preferred.
Working knowledge of nonprofit financial management is essential.
Experience supporting a governing board in its governance role, fostering its ongoing development, and engaging its members in strategy and resource development.
Masterful communication with stellar interpersonal and networking skills; a communicator who inspires genuineness and trust.
Experience and ability to interact with diverse audiences and stakeholders.
Strategic thinking with well-honed business acumen; proven experience with fiscal management, budgeting, and operations.
Broad-based advocacy background, with accomplishments driving legislative and regulatory change at both national and state levels. Experience as a lobbyist is not required.
Proven track record of budgetary and fiscal management for an organization with an annual budget between $3 to $5 million, including budget development and financial statement interpretation.
A successful track record developing relationships with funders, cultivating and expanding donor relationships, and securing funding.
A well-honed shared/collaborative leadership style, including experience inspiring and motivating staff and fostering professional advancement across the organization and a successful track record managing a professional staff and building a team.
Demonstrated experience that proves a commitment to cross-sector collaboration and partnership building.
To apply for this opportunity, please send your resume and a cover letter and salary expectations to email@example.com. We will accept cover letter and resume submissions from August 1, 2019 – September 6, 2019.
RISE is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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About RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment)®
RISE, a subsidiary of CropLife America, represents manufacturers, formulators, distributors, and other sectors engaged with specialty pesticides. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., RISE is engaged in advocacy the federal, state, and local levels. We promote the safe use of pesticides and fertilizer to control pests and invasive species that are detrimental to our health and our environment.