ResponsibleAg Seeks Program Manager
May 12, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 12, 2014) - ResponsibleAg, a newly formed, independent, nonprofit organization, is seeking a program manager to help the initiative promote accountability and transparency within the fertilizer industry.
The Program Manager is the senior administrator employed by ResponsibleAg, Inc., and will report to a nine-member Board of Directors composed of five representatives of the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) and four representatives of The Fertilizer Institute (TFI).
He or she is expected to provide professional leadership and organizational management to meet the Board's objectives and directives. The position is intended as a contracted part-time role, though likely will require a higher level of activity than half-time in the first year.
Letters of interest and resumes are due May 31. A subcommittee of the board will screen the applicants and conduct in-person interviews with the finalists.
The Program Manager will be responsible for:
  • Managing the affairs of the Board of Directors and committees.
  • Developing and managing the annual budget and policies.
  • Promoting and managing, in cooperation with ARA, TFI and other stakeholders, the recruitment, registration and retention of an estimated 9,000 agriculture retailers, fertilizer manufacturers and distributors.
  • Coordinating the recruitment, training and certification of auditors to effectively implement the initiative.
  • Establishing and monitoring an effective Quality Assurance program.
  • Promoting and representing ResponsibleAg to the media and other stakeholders.
  • Managing relationships with federal and state agencies in accordance with Board policies and directives.
The skills, experience and knowledge beneficial for this position include:
  • Five to 10 years of experience in developing and managing regulatory compliance assessment programs.
  • Ability to travel throughout the United States.
  • Familiarity with federal and state environmental, safety and health (EHS) regulatory requirements.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, creative, motivated, organized, adaptive management skills, outgoing personality, team player.
  • Proven ability to build consensus.
Compensation will be commensurate with the skills and experience of the candidate. The initial contract period will be for three years. Resumes and cover letters detailing relevant experience should be submitted in PDF to