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Executive director
job description


Job Type: Full Time

Location: Manhattan, Kansas

Reports to: U.S. CattleTrace Board Chairman

Salary: $90,000 - $130,000


Essential Functions and Responsibilities

Organizational Vision and Board Engagement

  • Lead the strategic direction of the organization in coordination with the U.S. CattleTrace Board (USCT) and Industry Council (Advisory Committee) volunteer leaders

  • Lead the implementation of the U.S. CattleTrace Vision for the Future strategic plan, including the development of partnerships, programs and resources, data privacy and legal agreements, etc.



  • Manage staff, consultants and contractors

  • Oversee, guide and support the efforts of industry USCT Board and Committees

  • Finalize Phase 1 of the CattleTrace project, effectively move USCT into Phase 2 and lead USCT to Phase 3


Fundraising and Budgeting

  • Manage fundraising and financial operations, budgeting, and reporting

  • Ensure financial resources are utilized effectively and appropriately to advance the USCT mission



  • Manage internal communications for the Board, Advisory Committee and other partners

  • Oversee marketing and branding strategy and efforts


Database Administration

  • Manage the relationship with the database management company

  • Ensure the data access process is meeting expectations of the industry and USCT board

  • Serve as the primary contact for technology partners and data providers – e.g. Micro Technologies, Fort Supply Technologies, etc.


Industry and Stakeholder Relations

  • Ensure U.S. CattleTrace continues to be a leader in traceability on a national level

  • Build and develop current and future partnerships and alliances at the state and national levels to advance the U.S. CattleTrace Vision for the Future plan



  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field is strongly preferred

  • At least five years of experience in leading an organization is strongly preferred

  • A working knowledge of the cattle industry

  • Demonstrate outstanding communications skills, including verbally, visually and in writing to multiple stakeholders

  • Demonstrate an ability to create long-term relationships with donors, partners and other industry stakeholders

  • Ability to articulate a passion for an enhanced disease traceability program to multiple industry stakeholder groups

  • Flexibility to adapt as the organization develops and grows

  • Willingness to travel

  • Understanding of finance, accounting, budgeting, and marketing basics


How to Apply

To be considered, a resume, cover letter and list of references should be sent to U.S. CattleTrace at by the priority deadline of April 1 or until the position is filled.


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