Senior Crops and Livestock Specialist - Organic Trade Association
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Senior Crops and Livestock Specialist


Organic Trade Association Full-Time Position Open

Position Title:  Senior Crops and Livestock Specialist
Supervisor:  Regulatory Director of Organic Standards and Food Safety
Status: Exempt F/T                                       
Location:  Hall of the States, Washington, D.C., and/or West Coast

Position Summary: Works closely with the Regulatory Director and CEO in developing policy strategy through producer engagement in the interest of OTA’s mission and its members; Serves as lead staff on producer support, membership and alliance development.

Functions as a creative member of OTA’s team; shares information effectively to assist others in doing OTA’s work; builds positive and strong relationships with members and OTA staff; demonstrates personal responsibility in job performance.

Functions: position and alliance development, advocacy and influence

  • Serves as primary staff to OTA’s Farmers Advisory Council (FAC). Working to institutionalize and maximize the impact of the council; actively pursuing strategic alliances to expand and grow FAC.

  • Maximizes relationships with farming community; communicating work of OTA and synthesizing needs of organic producers for service to those stakeholders.

  • Manages task forces related to producer issues: serving as co-chair and/or staff—maximizing member engagement and quality of work deliverables. Facilitate member consensus and position development.

  • Mobilizes members for effective engagement and advocacy.

  • Develops White Papers on critical strategic issues impacting organic producers.

  • Represents and advocates for OTA’s positions through public/conference presentations as approved.

  • Serves as lead technical expert on issues related to crop and livestock input materials and residue testing in organic standards.

  •  Serves as lead technical expert on issues related to crop and livestock residue testing in organic standards.

  • Serves as in-house technical lead to international trade work.

  • Serves as OTA representative on relevant boards as approved. Provides regular briefings to Executive Director to stay up to date on issues pertinent to membership.

Functions: education, outreach, membership development

  • Educates organic and allied industry as well as public officials on issues affecting organic producers.

  • Member prospect outreach, especially within producer community and within assigned geography.

  • Maintains positive relationship with organic industry and allied stakeholders.

Functions: general and administrative

  • Travels to meetings or events as required; may involve extended travel; willingness to meet with members and prospective members as required.

  • Attends staff meetings; contributes to bi-weekly News Flash and quarterly newsletter; maintains relevant web pages; engages relevant member forums (list serves); engages with staff from other departments as necessary for Association purposes.

  • Follows staff travel and home office policies.

Minimum Requirements:

Experience:  Five years plus related experience.

Education:  Bachelor’s Degree; job-related continuing education required.


  • Direct experience, knowledge of and passion for organic agriculture, industry.

  • Extensive and practical knowledge of organic standards with a focus on crops and livestock, as well as corresponding materials issues.

  • Technical expertise in analytical/ residue testing, on farm food safety and related fields.

  • Excellent industry relations and well respected within organic producer/ certification community

  • Excellent facilitation and moderation skills

  • Superb written/oral communication skills; Ability to produce written documents in a clear, concise, timely and accurate fashion

  • Exemplar interpersonal skills including consensus building, meeting and discussion facilitation and active listening.- including comfort with membership outreach and development.

  • Ability to work independently.

  • Ability to work as a team member. Shares information with stakeholders. In a fast-paced diverse OTA environment, sharing of information among key staff is critical to the trade association’s effectiveness.

  • Ability to work well under pressure with critical deadlines.

  • Excellent word processing skills, solid knowledge of spreadsheet, database and word processing software. 

  • Ability to travel – up to 25% of time.

The Organic Trade Association does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation or marital/family status. Persons with disabilities, who require alternative means for communication of program information, should contact us.

Please send cover letter and resume to cstrong@ota.com

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