Job 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 international meetings.
  • 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 facilities.
  • 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.

Qualifications Requirements

  • 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 policy advocacy.
  • Extensive experience in development and fundraising.
  • Credibility with professionals from the scientific and farming communities.
  • 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 other functions.
  • 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
FAX: 212.924.9544