Location: Topeka, Kansas
Job Classification: Full-Time, Exempt
Reporting Relationship: Board of Directors
Under the direction of the Kansas Soybean Association (KSA)
Board of Directors, the CEO plans, organizes, manages and directs
the organization toward its primary objectives, by performing the
following duties personally, or through subordinate managers. The
CEO coordinates all programs and activities to ensure that
objectives are attained, plans are fulfilled, and state and federal
program rules are followed. Additionally, the CEO ensures the
policies approved by the Board of Directors are implemented
including the major contract KSA has with and under the direction
of the Kansas Soybean Commission (KSC) to administer the soybean
checkoff program in Kansas which can include up to 90 to 95% of the
Major Duties (Essential Job Functions)
Directs, leads, motivates, supervises and evaluates staff and
subcontractors including hiring, training, maintaining records and
professional development. Ensures positive communication and
coordination of all KSA/KSC efforts and polices are done in a
timely, accurate and professional manner, safeguarding that all
state and federal employment laws are followed.
Under contract with KSC, administers the soybean checkoff on
behalf of KSC with adherence to the Act and Order and Kansas
Develops the annual KSC Marketing Plan and KSA project work plan
and their budgets for review and approval by KSC and KSA. Manages
the annual request for KSC proposals and all administrative
procedures and grants. Where required, receives and evaluates
reports by KSC contractors.
Maintains financial accounts, develops and implements budgets to
ensure accurate records are kept and funds are used in an approved
manner, making changes as needed to the budget approval and
discussion with the Boards of Directors.
Ensures that audits of KSC’s and KSA’s financial records are
conducted on a yearly basis and reports submitted to the
Records and assumes administrative responsibility for
promotions, industry information, consumer information, producer
communication, research and administrative projects for KSC. This
includes oversight of checkoff remittances, relationships and
audits of first purchasers, remitting appropriate funds to other
states and the United Soybean Board (USB). Provides staff support
for the Commissioners to ensure communication and appropriate
actions are implemented.
Develops and implements the election of commissioners as well as
referendums and/or checkoff polls in cooperation with the Kansas
Department of Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture
Serves as the spokesperson, develops, collaborates and maintains
a favorable image of the soybean industry with the media as well as
industry leaders – state, national and international; represents or
assigns representation to the various organizations the commission
joins and funds, including other commodity and agricultural groups,
as well as state, regional and national research organizations and
international consortiums and other stakeholders: producers,
sponsors, industry partners and other interested parties.
Organizes, manages and attends KSC meetings and provides
financial and business administrator reports.
Establishes current and long-range objectives, plans and
policies, based on the KSC and KSA board members planning. Develops
and encourages leadership development and training for leaders.
Dispenses advice, guidance, direction and authorization to carry
out major plans and procedures, consistent with established
policies and Board of Directors’ approval.
Establishes and maintains an effective system of communications
throughout the organization including the functionality of and
timeliness of information in newsletters, on the website, and other
social, earned and paid media.
Manages the overall programs and activities of KSA by holding
regularly scheduled Board Meetings as well as annual meetings of
KSA. Ensures the policies of the Board of Directors are
implemented. Manages business structure, the financial resources
including soliciting corporate funds as determined by the
respective Board policies.
Conducts yearly state resolution process and ensures proper
delegates for state and national voting delegate sessions. Provides
support to the KSA policy committee to ensure communication and
that appropriate actions are implemented.
Coordinates the state legislative initiatives with the KSA
lobbyist and work with the American Soybean Association (ASA) on
Manages the membership for KSA including, but not limited to,
maintaining membership records, invoicing for dues, recruitment and
other aspects of membership.
Maintains appropriate and adequate insurances for the KSC/KSA
Directors and employees and their assets.
Files all federal, state, county employee benefit and tax
documents for KSA.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to
perform each essential duty satisfactorily.The requirements listed
below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability
Hold a BS or BA degree with additional CAE certification a
Work experience to include a minimum of 10 years or equivalence
in a field closely related to agriculture, nonprofit, trade
association/checkoff management with some legislative focus.
Deep understanding of agriculture with soybean farming and
farming practices preferred.
Collaborative team player who listens to and appreciates the
input and ideas of all stakeholders.
Familiar with project (fund) accounting, experience developing
and implementing budgets.
Highly motivated, organized, accurate, detail oriented with
strong written and oral communication skills.
Possesses good public relations skills, with evidence of ability
to work and communicate with people to ensure effective internal
and external relationships.
Demonstrates ability to manage multiple projects and
Brings a high level of maturity, professionalism, personal
responsibility, humor and humility that earns the respect, support
and engagement of a wide range of stakeholders and partners.
Has a global mindset towards agricultural markets, economics and
political dynamics; adapts behavior and decision making to the
realities of the marketplace.
Experienced strategic thinker and planner, must be an innovator
and creative thinker with the ability to flex from one topic to
another and draw upon experience to provide new ideas to support
organization growth and development.
Understands the importance of KSC’s compliance and documentation
in the stewardship and investment of checkoff dollars—and has the
skills and discipline to adhere to regulations and details related
to those investments.
Strong and visionary strategic thinker who can develop and
implement a long-range plan for the success of KSC and KSA and the
farmers they represent.
Possesses strong oral and written communications skills—and can
communicate effectively and positively with the various large and
small audiences important to our success.
Can manage a wide range of commission projects and initiatives
on both a tactical and strategic level—someone who can not only
"do" but can also innovate, imagine and inspire.
Possesses understanding of state and federal legislative
process. Is familiar with resolution process and how policy is
developed and implemented by grassroots organizations
Frequently required to sit, stand, walk, reach with hands and
arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, talk and
Frequently lifts and/or moves up to twenty-five (25) pounds and
occasionally lifts and/or move up to fifty (50) pounds.
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and
moving and manipulating materials.
30% or less. The job may require up to 30% (100 days) of travel
per year. Travel will be extensively in Kansas, but also in the
United States and internationally.
This is a full-time position located in Topeka, Kansas in the
KSA and KSC building.
Professional and deadline-oriented environment. The noise level
is typically low to moderate.
The organization has a drug free policy in place.
Additional duties and responsibilities may be added to this job
description at any time. The job description does not state or
imply that these are the only activities to be performed by the
employee holding this position. Employees are required to follow
any other job-related instructions and to perform any other
job-related responsibilities as requested by their supervisor.
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