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Managing Director, Leadership Development

AFBF Careers & Internships / January 4, 2019

TITLE: Managing Director, Leadership Development

DEPARTMENT: Leadership, Education & Engagement

POSITION OBJECTIVE: To oversee, supervise and manage the leadership and organization development programs of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

REPORTS TO: Vice President, Leadership, Education & Engagement

LOCATION: Washington, DC

• Oversee, manage and delegate the development and implementation of leadership development, organization development and media/advocacy training initiatives for volunteer leaders and employees of Farm Bureau.

• Align and adjust leadership development team’s initiatives and programs to organizational goals.

• Create and lead evaluation plan for AFBF’s leadership development initiatives.

• Provide evaluation reports of team’s progress on organizational goals for internal and external reports.

• Manage the professional development and work performance of staff and support staff on the team.

• Recruit, hire and train employees who are appropriate for staff and support staff positions.

• Design, develop and present professional and leadership development programs for volunteer leaders and employees of county, state and American Farm Bureau. The training topics include a range of programs including public speaking, effective committees, teambuilding and interpersonal skills.

• Develop and manage budget for leadership development programs.

• Manage and lead the strategic planning process for state Farm Bureaus as requested.

• Oversee Farm Bureau University and online learning strategies.

• Review, evaluate and update current training programs.

• Plan and implement professional development conferences for state Farm Bureau staff and volunteers.

• Promote organization development, leadership development, and media/advocacy training services of AFBF to state Farm Bureau decision makers. Build and maintain relationships with state Farm Bureau staff.

• Provide staff assistance at AFBF annual convention and other AFBF programs as needed.

• Maintain an in-depth knowledge of association trends and adult education and leadership development theory and application.


Maintain a team environment with staff and support staff of the Leadership, Education & Engagement Department and other AFBF and state staff. Manage relationships with outside consultants and vendors when necessary.


• Bachelor's Degree in adult education or related field


• Five years related experience

• Excellent presentation skills

• In-depth knowledge of adult learning concepts and instructional design

• Strong time management and organizational skills

• Experience in building and maintaining professional partnerships

• Experience with word processing and preparing visual aids in a Microsoft Windows environment
Preferred Education/Experience/Training/Skills:

• Masters degree in Training and Development or related field

• Management experience

• Experience in associations and/or working with volunteers, especially in agriculture

• Knowledge of distance learning technologies and applications
Other Requirements:

• Public Speaking

• Travel approximately 40-50%


Please send cover letter and resume to The deadline for application is January 28, 2019.

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