May 11, 2021 – The American Dairy Science Association, the science-based organization working to advance a sustainable global dairy industry, has retained Washington, D.C.- based executive recruitment firm Vetted Solutions to help find its next executive director. This is a unique opportunity for an individual with the right mix of proven business management skills and a demonstrated ability to work constructively within a vibrant, science-driven learning environment, the search firm said. The American Dairy Science Association’s new executive director will be expected to work collaboratively within an intellectually and financially robust organization comprising academics, industry personnel and other individuals dedicated to meaningful scientific advancement in all aspects of the dairy industry.
Operating in a highly collegial and inclusive environment, Vetted Solutions said that the “executive director will help manage and administer a wide variety of programs and activities designed to generate the science-based solutions needed to keep the American Dairy Science Association at the forefront of efforts to meet growing global food needs and evolving consumer expectations.”
The successful candidate should possess a deep appreciation for the vital role played by science in guiding the evolution of a global dairy industry and offering science-based solutions that are economically sound, environmentally responsible and socially responsive. A minimum of five years of association management experience would be ideal with a history of success working with a volunteer board of directors and the ability to cultivate board member relationships. Vetted Solutions also said the next leader should have the proven ability to lead an organization and manage all aspects of a headquarters office. Evidence of effective financial management, including financial planning, budgeting, and strategic growth of the income and assets of an organization is also desired.
The successful candidate for the American Dairy Science Association executive director position will be:
- A strategic thinker and a strong communicator.
- Honest, with a highly developed sense of ethics.
- Driven to succeed.
- Entrepreneurial in approach.
- A “people person” who can engage with diverse personalities.
He or she will have:
- Intellectual curiosity.
- An appreciation for science as it relates to agriculture and food systems.
- A member-centric mindset.
- A collaborative leadership style.
The American Dairy Science Association is an international organization of educators, scientists, and industry representatives who are committed to advancing the dairy industry and are keenly aware of the vital role the dairy sciences play in fulfilling the economic, nutritive and health requirements of the world’s population. The organization was founded in 1906 with 19 charter members. Currently, it has about 3,000 members in student, professional and corporate categories. The American Dairy Science Association’s members hail from over 60 countries, although most reside in North America.
Vetted Solutions, a specialist in conducting non-profit, government, and association sector recruiting assignments, focuses on recruiting board members, CEOs and senior staff positions for prominent and well-known organizations nationwide. Recent searches that the firm has conducted include executive director for the Association for Creative Industries, chief operating officer for the American Society of Microbiology, executive director for the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and executive director of the American Academy of Optometry.
The firm’s president and founder Jim Zaniello has worked for more than two decades in positions ranging from non-profit executive director to publisher of a leading tool for non-profit executive search. He is also said to have an intimate understanding of the complex demands of the executive office through his own experience as executive director at several associations and non-profits.
Vetted Solutions was also recently selected by the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) to lead its search for a new executive director. The search firm is seeking a dynamic leader to head the world’s largest composites industry trade group. Vetted noted that this is an “exciting opportunity for a seasoned executive with a mix of experience, entrepreneurship, vision, financial savvy, and a collaborative spirit to lead a dynamic trade association to the next level of success and member satisfaction.” Working in tandem with a committed board of directors, the CEO will build on past successes to expand the membership, develop innovative products to serve those members, build, elevate and protect the composites market, and solidify ACMA’s immediate and long-term financial stability. ACMA’s CEO will couple proven expertise in managing associations or other complex, service-driven organizations with a strategic perspective and a collaborative approach. Those skills will be focused on reaffirming the association’s role as an influential and articulate advocate and promoter for its members and the often complex products they offer to the world, said the search firm.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media