Current Office Location: Vidalia, Georgia
Job Title: Executive Director
GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Vidalia Onion Committee (Committee) employs the Executive Director to implement and execute directives and policies as instructed by the Committee. This includes managing and administering the Federal marketing order in areas such as financial management, compliance, rulemaking, information management, personnel management and litigation.
REPORTS TO: Vidalia Onion Committee
POSITION SUMMARY: The Executive Director performs all managerial functions necessary for the Committee to carry out their duties and responsibilities under the Federal Marketing Order No. 955. The role is under supervision and direction of the Committee and USDA/AMS. The Executive Director is a salaried, full-time position. Candidates should be prepared for varying work hours and time commitments based on obligations throughout the Vidalia onion season and remainder of the year. The Executive Director will be required to travel, supervise employees and engage with other agricultural commodity leaders. The position requires communicating effectively with each segment of the onion industry to fulfil the outlined duties established by the Committee.
Experience and Qualifications:
- An undergraduate or graduate degree in business administration, marketing, accounting, finance or related disciplines is required
- Minimum of 3 years of continuous employment and/or related experience in a leadership role is required
Equal Employment Opportunity
The VOC does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service or other non-merit factor.
About the Vidalia Onion Committee:
The Vidalia Onion Committee was established by Federal Marketing Order No. 955 in 1989, to stipulate where the Vidalia onion crop can be grown and help with research and promotion of Vidalia onions. The Vidalia Onion Committee administers FMO No. 955 and authorizes production research, marketing research and development and marketing promotion programs. This federal program along with Georgia state laws that protect the Vidalia trademark have provided a legal framework for the industry. Committee leadership consists of 8 members and 8 alternate members, 1 public member and 1 public alternate member nominated by the committee and appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture for two-year terms.
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