Executive Director Position, SD Soybean

Company: South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (SDSRPC), South Dakota Soybean Association

Position TitleExecutive Director, SDSRPC & SDSA

Reports ToSDSRPC Chairman, SDSA President

To Apply
: For consideration, send a copy of your resume and cover letter to SDSRPC Chairman Craig Converse.

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The Executive Director of the South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council also includes responsibilities as Executive Director for the South Dakota Soybean Association. The Executive Director is expected to report to and carry out the direction of each Board of Directors and ensuring team participation inclusive of Board members and staff.

The responsibilities as Executive Director shall include facilitating through the checkoff/promotion and the state association board the planning, coordinating, and implementing of informational, promotional and educational programs to benefit the state’s soybean producers. Provide support to the state boards to develop and execute funding, promotion, and membership programs. Build grower opportunities for profit through market development, research and education activities. Oversight of office staff, budget & financial preparations, program and contract administration and compliance coordination activities are required.


A Bachelor degree in Business Administration and/or organizational leadership. Some background in agriculture/farming is desirable. Must have a minimum of 3 years experience managing 3 or more employees, preparing complex budgets, and developing contracts.  Experience and skills in the areas of budget and finance. Must be willing to travel both within and out of the state. Must be willing to locate near the state soybean office. (Sioux Falls) Experience preparing complex budgets, numerous staff and contracts.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Utilizes highly developed skills and expertise in leading SDSRPC/SDSA’s most innovative, visionary and strategic thinking and analysis of trends in the global soybean and value chain industries, to position the organizations for growth, development and relevancy.
  2. Implements SDSRPC/SDSA approved strategic process, planning and ensures continued progress toward achieving strategic objectives through effective performance measurements and increased operational efficiencies aligned with organizational values.
  3. Seeks guidance from the Boards of Directors on matters of governance, budgeting, mission, vision and strategy.
  4. Oversees all programs, services and activities in domestic and international: market development, promotions, research, communications, issues management/analysis and education to ensure organizational goals are met.
  5. Oversees and administers Board approved projects and activities in all program areas to ensure they are in compliance with contracts and meet the objectives of the strategic plan. Evaluates and oversees project proposals for funding. Determines project efficiency and return on investment to soybean producers. Hires board-approved contractors with required expertise and directs their activities.
  6. Directs efforts by the Boards to create new alliances, partnerships and collaborations with other organizations within the soybean and value chain industries.
  7. Assumes oversight responsibility for fiscal and programmatic management, as well as revenue development and financial sustainability. Responsible for the accuracy of accounts and records, as well as accounting procedures for the organizations.Has oversight of the SDSRPC and SDSA budgets. Assists the Boards as they prepare and submit annual budgets.
  8. Collaborates with United Soybean Board, USDA, and the South Dakota Department of Agriculture to see that the South Dakota soybean checkoff program complies with the law.
  9. Oversees the administration of the state checkoff program, including the collection of 5 percent of the net market price per bushel of soybeans marketed in South Dakota. Ensures maintenance of confidential records and ensure program activities comply with the law.
  1. Oversees staff including Board approved hiring, training and professional development. Ensures positive communication and coordination of all SDSRPC/SDSA efforts and polices assuring organization-wide cooperation and productivity.
  2. Ensures the development and implementation of Board approved employee performance evaluations, goal setting and training programs that will provide the human resources necessary for the achievement of the Board’s mission.Ensures an efficient and productive team of employees is in place and maintains a climate which attracts and motivates high quality employees. Ensures employees stay abreast of the latest developments in their areas of expertise. Ensures job descriptions are developed, annual performance evaluations are conducted, and sound human resource practices are in place. Is responsible for supervising and coaching all employees.
  3. Oversees recruitment and renewal of members in the SDSA. Assists the Board in planning and conducting member involvement programs for the Association.
  4. Oversees SDSA Board approved public policy and legislative efforts, including state and federal affairs.
  5. Facilitates, under Board direction, the recruitment and training of SDSRPC and SDSA board members.
  6. Directs SDSRPC approved working relationships with first purchasers, grain and feed associations, other commodity and agricultural groups, as well as state, regional and national research organizations and international consortiums.
  7. Performs other related work as required or requested.The duties and responsibilities of the position may change at the discretion of the boards of directors.

Working Conditions:  Works in a typical office environment. In-state, out-of-state and international travel is required, estimated at, but not limited to, 25% percent of the time. This role may require some physical demands – may need to lift between 35-50 lbs.


  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, financial reports, legal documents, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
  • Exhibits skills that can guide staff, contractors and board effort to maximize achievement of goals in a high-volume work environment.
  • Excellent public relations skills with evidence of ability to work and communicate with people to ensure effective internal and external relationships.
  • Exhibit independent judgment in the development, implementation and evaluation of plans, procedures and policies.
  • Ability to plan, direct and coordinate activities; negotiate and administer contracts; work with producers, vendors, government agencies, commodity groups and other organizations as necessary.
  • Demonstrated leadership, project management, consulting and planning skills.
  • Effective time management skills, including balancing a variety of daily and longer-term projects and demands.
  • Must be able to conceive and execute strategies that support overall organizational goals; communicate and defend strategies and actions to the board of directors and industry; oversee and lead multi-million dollar efforts.
  • Must be an innovator and creative thinker with the ability to flex from one topic to another and draw upon experience to provide new ideas to support organization growth and development.
  • Must have the skills to lead/supervise numerous staff/contractors, and maintain a positive, goal-oriented, professional work environment.
  • Ability to travel in-state, domestically and internationally to attend conferences, training, and other events as required acquiring and maintaining proficiency in fulfilling the responsibilities of the position.