Overall Purpose and Main Objectives:
- Manages and administers the Council’s operations on a daily basis to ensure the organization fulfills its statutory purpose of pursuing nutrient research and providing educational programs to ensure the adoption and implementation of practices that optimize nutrient use efficiency, ensure soil fertility, and address environmental concerns with regard to fertilizer use.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Responsible for management and administration of the Council’s day-to-day operations.
- Works closely with the Council in scheduling and coordinating Council and committee meetings.
- Prepares meeting agendas for review by Chair and distribution to all Council members and committee members in a timely manner.
- Assure Council materials and Notice of Meetings complies with the Open Meetings Act.
- Record minutes of the meetings for approval by the Secretary.
- Oversees and maintains all NREC corporation documents, by-laws, policies and procedures, research proposal templates, research contracts, NREC correspondence, insurance policies, etc.
- Works closely with the Council to develop and assure adherence to policies and procedures for the Council and committees.
- Coordinates with the entity responsible for managing NREC’s finances to assure timely preparation of financial reports, payment of accounts receivable and contractual payment obligations, and assures annual filing of tax return.
- Assures compliance with the Freedom of Information Act, when applicable.
- When necessary, consults with legal counsel to assure the Counsel’s compliance with all state and federal laws.
- Serves as the primary point of contact for the Council; this includes interaction with government organizations, non-governmental organizations, agricultural and environmental organizations, universities, individual researchers and project managers, the media and the general public.
- Responsible for frequent written and verbal communications regarding NREC activities including but not limited to outreach to farmers, the agribusiness industry and other nutrient stakeholders to ensure awareness, support and implementation of NREC objectives.
- Maintains the NREC website and timely posting of information on the website.
- Organizes events to bring attention to NREC research and demonstration projects and facilitates interaction between the ag industry, media and public with NREC project leaders.
- Communicates NREC’s priorities for needed research to the research community and other stakeholders.
- Assists the NREC Research Coordinator with the compilation and distribution of annual NREC report and other tasks associated with the communication of project proposals, the peer review process, and the collection and dissemination of required project reports.
- Establishes and maintains positive working relationships with the Council’s member organizations. Performs other duties as assigned by the Council.
Required Qualifications and Skills:
Education and Work Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Five years of agricultural organization, environmental/natural resources, or business experience.
- Previous experience managing an organization including working with independent contractors, preparing budgets, financial management and business related requirements of a not for profit organization.
- Strong working knowledge regarding the use and purpose of agricultural nutrients and the fate of nutrients in the environment.
- Demonstrates effective leadership ability to successfully carry out the objectives of the organization and assure positive working relationships among nutrient stakeholders and research/education providers.
- Demonstrates strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills in dealing with the public, organizations and staff, and news media.
- Possesses general computer and Microsoft Office skills.
- Ability to work effectively without direct supervision.
- Work may extend beyond normal business hours as business needs dictate.
- Able to work from home and travel. Must have valid State of Illinois driver’s license, and be willing to use personal vehicle for business travel (reimbursement will be at prevailing IRS mileage rate).
- Some overnight travel in-state and out-of-state as needed.
Preferred Qualifications and Skills:
- Master of Science or M.B.A. degree and ten years of agricultural organization, environmental/natural resources, or business experience.
- $75,000 – $100,000 commensurate with experience and abilities.
- Benefits are negotiable
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, or skills required of the individual in this position. Hiring is subject to review of credit, criminal and driving records.