Description – Chief Executive Officer
The Rodale Institute®, located in Kutztown, Pennsylvania,
is seeking qualified candidates for the full-time position
of Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The CEO will implement policies
set by the Board of Directors; contribute to the development
of annual strategic goals and objectives; and provide leadership
for financial, program, facilities, human resources, and administrative
management. Guided by the philosophy of The Rodale Institute,
the CEO will lead, direct, and manage staff to achieve the
Institute’s mission, vision, and short-, intermediate-,
and long-term goals.
The CEO reports to the Board of Directors of The Rodale
Institute, and will receive competitive compensation based
on peer group standards, experience, and professional achievement.
About The Rodale Institute
Founded by J. I. Rodale and continuing under the leadership
of the Rodale family, The Rodale Institute is a 501(c)(3)
tax-exempt organization as defined by the IRS. It is committed
to helping people worldwide to achieve a regenerative food
system that renews environmental and human health with the
philosophy that "Healthy Soil = Healthy Food = Healthy
People.” Weaving resilient connections between soil,
farming, food, personal health and community vitality has
been the central thrust of The Rodale Institute for more than
three generations. To achieve its goals of finding solutions
to major health and environmental problems, The Rodale Institute
carries out a uniquely integrated program of agricultural
research, on-farm demonstration, on- and off-site training,
and global communication through print and web-based media.
- Provide leadership and motivation for The Institute staff,
utilizing staff at the highest level possible in the organization’s
research, education, outreach, and operations units.
- Serve as The Rodale Institute’s primary spokesperson,
representing the Institute at local, state, national, and
- Work directly with the Board and Rodale family in development
and implementation of the Institute's dynamic vision.
- Oversee the daily operations of the organization—including
planning, programming, and human resources—and manage
the Institute’s financial and physical resources and
- Serve as the organization’s chief development and
fundraising officer with responsibility for establishing
a strategic development plan, overseeing fundraising operations.
- Obtain and execute contracts, grants, agreements and
commitments of, and on behalf of, the Institute as authorized
by its Board of Directors.
- Support the operations and administration of the Board
by advising and informing Board members, Rodale family,
and staff regarding current and emerging program, administrative,
and strategic issues.
- Demonstrated ability to stimulate shared development and
leadership through delegation, staff empowerment, and unequivocal
commitment to equal opportunity and diversity.
- Ten (10) plus years’ leadership and management
experience, or committed involvement, in the nonprofit (preferred)
or other sectors in the areas of sustainable, organic agriculture,
and food systems.
- Strong background in marketing and sales of programs
and initiatives. Must be able to make written and front-line
presentations to sustainable and other agricultural organizations,
corporations, government, and international agencies.
- Knowledgeable and conversant with the science of organic
agriculture as well as the environmental and social processes
central to translating that science into practical use through
education and outreach.
- International experience and relationships, especially
Third World in-country hands-on knowledge and experience.
- Experience and capability in government relations and
- Extensive experience in development and fundraising.
- Credibility with professionals from the scientific and
- Strong written and oral communication skills in dealing
with the media (print, radio, television), and federal,
state, and international policy makers.
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively
with a variety of stakeholders.
- Willingness to travel when necessary for fundraising
efforts, relevant agricultural/scientific conferences, and
- Demonstrated outstanding leadership, planning, organizational,
and management skills and experience.
- Masters or doctoral degree preferred.
Application Submission Deadline:
Friday, December 15th, 2006
Please submit CV and cover letter to:
The Rodale Institute CEO
c/o Support Center for Nonprofit Management
305 Seventh Avenue, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10001