Job Opening: PCO Executive Director
Posted: Thu, February 13, 2020
Spring Mills/ PA job
Phone Number: 8144220251
Pennsylvania Certified Organic (PCO), is seeking an Executive Director to further its
mission to “Ensure the Integrity of Organic Products and Serve our Farming
Community”. The Executive Director will provide strategic direction and leadership for
the organization in partnership with PCO’s Leadership Team, Board of Directors, its
members, and regional stakeholders.
The ideal candidate will possess a passion for the organic industry and a vision for its
future as described by PCO’s core values. A successful candidate will have an
established track record of ensuring efficient operations while driving organizational
growth, development, and results. In addition, PCO is seeking an individual who has
supervised, managed, and nurtured staff members and teams. A proven history of
excellent communication skills and the ability to build, cultivate, and steward
relationships in a variety of settings are essential to the role. Remote candidates will be
PCO, located in Spring Mills, PA, is a nonprofit, USDA-accredited, organic certifying
agency positioned for growth. Founded in 1997, PCO provides organic certification
services to more than 1600 member producers and processors in Pennsylvania and U.S.
PCO has grown to be one of the top five certification agencies in the U.S. with an
incredibly talented and dedicated team of 30 staff, and over 50 contracted inspectors,
located in 16 states. PCO is a unique nonprofit, that generates the vast majority of its
revenue from a fee for service structure, which allows for opportunities for future
development of innovative services and organizational growth.
● Minimum of 5 years of successful executive level leadership in the non-profit,
professional services, or related industry.
● Experience or working knowledge of the organic farm and products sector,
certification and organic regulations.
● Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
necessary to fulfill the requirements of the position.
● Experience successfully supervising, evaluating, and supporting staff, and
managing effective teams.
● Aptitude for implementing technology-driven approaches to ongoing work
processes , leveraging technology for business development, and experience
embracing technology and data to inform decision-making.
● Exceptional organizational abilities, and the ability to present PCO persuasively
to a wide range of stakeholders representing diverse interests and perspectives.
● Work with a mission-driven organization.
● Participation in a compliance driven, highly regulated industry.
● Collaboration with a Board of Directors.
● Strong change management skills and a commitment to being proactive and
building trust among stakeholders.
● A demonstrated history of community involvement
This is a full time, exempt position. Salary range: $92,500-$127,200
Benefits: health, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance; Simple IRA, generous
holiday, and paid time off.
Priority will be given to applicants who apply by March 15, 2020. Please submit a resume
and cover letter through our application process: www.paorganic.org/openings or by
emailing Stacey Budd at email@example.com .
PCO Employee Value Statement
Our core values serve as a guide for how PCO works and makes decisions every day.
Through our Core Values, we recognize the interdependent relationships between all
our stakeholders: certified clients, supporters and members; PCO staff and
independent contractors; partner organizations; community and environment.
We keep people at the center of every action, interaction, and decision. We value
● Care intensely about our stakeholders and their ability to succeed.
● Show deep respect for human beings inside and outside our company and for
the communities in which they live.
● Listen well and seek to understand before reacting.
● Are empowered to provide proactive solutions.
● Communicate in a clear and timely manner.
We promote restorative practices that improve the world for future generations. We
value employees who:
● Provide sensible enforcement and understand how that impacts people, the
environment, and the organic industry.
● Create a network of support by connecting stakeholders to resources.
● Are an advocate for PCO and the industry – building trust in organics from the
Embrace transparency and integrity in all our work. We value employees who:
● Embrace humility, own mistakes, and honor commitments.
● Actively welcome and give constructive feedback.
● Foster a participatory workplace through inclusive discussion and decision
At PCO we strive to promote a work culture that promotes caring, purpose, and results.
PCO is committed to providing opportunities to all qualified applicants regardless of
race, color, religion, national origin, age, ancestry, political beliefs, union membership,
disability (in accordance with the American With Disabilities Act and the Pennsylvania
Human Relations Act), veteran status, gender or sexual orientation, marital or familial
status, genetic information, and any other characteristic protected by law.