Development and Foundation, Executive Director/CEO, Government Relations
4 Year Degree
Working with the Board of Trustees, the Chief Executive Officer of CQI is responsible for casting a strategic vision for the growth and sustainable financial health of the organization and working with the board and staff to create and implement strategies to execute that vision. The CEO will be the key management executive responsible for the operations of the organization and will serve as the most visible face of CQI to partners worldwide.
• Provide strategic direction and insight throughout his/her role, and responsible for development, maintenance, and delivery of CQI’ strategic plan, initiatives and goals of CQI to ensure a sustainable business future.
• Develop strategies and content for the coffee sector with industry, governmental agencies, producer organizations and local partners on production, quality, and market development.
• Oversight of CQI departments including financial, Q programs, Technical Services, partnerships and all marketing and communications as per strategic plan goals Business Development:
• Provide direction and oversee public and private sector business and income development for CQI to drive growth and ensure a diversification in income streams to include a sustainable mix of program income.
• The development of a strategic approach for CQI for all business development that incorporates a private and public sector balance.
• Establish and foster relationships with the global coffee community and its supporters to ensure sustained financial assistance and extended market access for CQI’s programs. Relationships and Partnerships.
• Manage relationships with industry, sector organizations, governmental agencies, producer organizations, local partners, and private sector partners at an executive level and representation with industry leaders and government leaders and officials. Example: SCA, NCA, GCP and other global partners in the public and private sectors
• Represent CQI at industry functions and presentations to ensure that CQI’s mission and work is understood and communicated to the global coffee community.
• Advocate, lobby, and represent CQI in external affairs including advocacies and negotiations at a national level with governmental leaders and officials.
• Provide strategic vision and oversee multiple direct reports (to be reviewed and determined by the Board).
• Talent recruitment and career development for internal talent; mentoring.
• Partnering with the Executive Committee
• Development a strong and well-functioning Board of Trustees
• Investing in board development
• Relevant college degree, master’s degree preferred
• 15+ years progressive experience in leading a global NGO, non-profit business, international development organization or other similar global business with complex international operations. Ability to manage and resolve complex issues and competing interests
• Excellent spoken and written English a must
• Excellent public speaking and interpersonal skills
• Foreign language capability highly required particularly business level Spanish reading/writing. Portuguese also extremely helpful as well as Mandarin Chinese, Korean or Japanese if possible.
• Firsthand experience working in developing nations.
• Extensive international travel is required, including both urban and rural environments.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About Coffee Quality Institute
Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) is a non-profit organization working internationally to improve the quality of coffee and the lives of people who produce it.
Quality is one of the most important variables that influence a coffee’s value. However, many producers do not have access to the tools and support they need to understand the quality of their coffee, improve that quality, access markets that reward that quality, ultimately enabling them to make more informed business choices. That’s where we come in.
At CQI we bring diverse stakeholders together to solve local challenges. Our customized solutions, shaped by coffee experts and decades of experience, result in long-term solutions that emphasize self-sufficiency. With deep roots in the coffee trade, we aim to facilitate market connections that build healthier supply chains and thriving coffee communities.
Our 5 paths to impact are:
- Promoting a common language of quality
- Providing technical services
- Creating a global network of experts
- Accomplishing more together
- Forming market connections