Position Available: Natural Products Brand Administrator-in Asheville, NC

Natural Products Brand Administrator Job Description

The NC Natural Products Association seeks to fill a one year temporary position of Brand Administrator to report to and assist the Board in a wide range of administrative, communications, and brand development project areas centered on successfully introducing and growing the new Blue Ridge Naturally brand in the natural products industry. The Brand Administrator will need to be very self-motivated, organized, and resourceful in executing various routine and special assignments, and in establishing solutions-oriented and sustainable reporting, decision making, and communications systems that can adapt to rapid organizational growth, as this is a start-up organization.
Compensation: $40,000 to $48,0000 per year as a contract position, commensurate with job responsibilities and relevant qualifications.
This is a one year position with potential to continue based on funding and the success achieved in meeting goals during the first year.
More details:
This position will report to and assist the NCNPA Board in a wide range of administrative, communications, and brand development project areas centered on successfully introducing and growing the new Blue Ridge Naturally (BRN) brand in the natural products industry. The chief purpose of the position is to successfully build and maintain the institutional capacity of NCNPA to administer the BRN brand as a self-sustaining stand-alone enterprise serving natural products businesses in the 23 counties of Western North Carolina. As NCNPA is still a start-up organization, the Brand Administrator will need to be very self-motivated, organized, and resourceful in executing various routine and special assignments, and in establishing solutions-oriented and sustainable reporting, decision-making, and communications systems that can adapt to rapid organizational growth.
 Responsibilities and project assignments will include:
  • Serving as the primary contact and client interface for the BRN brand: responding timely to client inquiries; maintaining phone, e-mail, and social media client communications and outreach; educating regional stakeholders on the brand’s significance; and speaking at events to potential BRN clients.
  • Conducting client site audits and facilitating mentoring and training events with NCNPA-approved affiliates, specifically NCSU Herbs of Commerce and/or Cooperative Extension, the BioNetwork’s Natural Products Laboratory, SBTDC, Blue Ridge Food Ventures/Advantage West, Bent Creek Institute, and other WNC regional affiliates.
  • Maintaining the BRN brand’s on-line client interface elements through the BRN web site, the BRN client web sales portal, and related client database management tools.
  • Managing NCNPA’s BRN-related accounting and financial record-keeping on weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual bases using QuickBooks Pro (or similar accounting software) and following generally accepted accounting practices, while preparing monthly, quarterly, and annual internal financial reports for the NCNPA Board.
  • Managing and establishing an accounts payable and accounts receivable system for NCNPA’s BRN-related activities, anticipating the start-up of expense and revenue activities in October 2012.
  • Authoring and revising BRN eligibility, admissions, and audit related client forms, procedure documents, and reports.
  • Participating actively all NCNPA Board and NPIAC Executive Steering Committee meetings and conference calls, and recording, preparing, and circulating key BRN-related notes and assignments from each meeting.
  • Managing, updating, and improving the content, accuracy, and timely functionality of the BRN web site and social media interfaces.
  • Preparing legal business agreements, including NDAs, MOUs, and General Terms and Conditions Agreements for BRN clients according to approved template documents.
  • Traveling to and attending scientific meetings, symposia, client on-site training events, and trade shows, as needed, to build BRN brand awareness and client uptake.
  • Facilitating and participating in year-end financial audits, as needed.
  • Other assignments, as required and authorized by the NCNPA Board of Directors.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
A working knowledge of 501(c)(3) non-profit organizational management , particularly in public-private partnerships is highly desirable. Positive, outgoing, articulate, and team-oriented collaborative communication and interpersonal skills are needed in order to interface successfully with a wide range of scientific, agricultural, and executive counterparts and to provide effective client relationships. A prior working understanding of natural products as a sector and branding of products is highly desirable. Ability to prepare, audit, and interpret organizational scientific, manufacturing, and financial reports is necessary and the ability to make audit reporting recommendations based on those reports is highly desirable. A proven working knowledge of fundamental accounting principles and bookkeeping techniques is essential, along with grant-writing and on-line website management. Minimum 5 years’ working experience in the natural products economy.
1. Required Minimum Training: A Bachelor’s degree in related fields; or an equivalent combination of certified education or experience. Demonstrated proficiency in QuickBooks Pro (or higher accounting), Microsoft Office Suite applications, web design languages, and database management is essential.
2. Additional Training/Experience: Prefer certificate in sustainable agriculture, organic or kosher manufacturing, and/or quality management. Demonstrated success in life sciences-related local, state, or federal grant-writing preferred. Specific experience with funds or grant management accounting is highly preferred. Supervisory and administrative operations experience is also preferred.
3.Life Experience: Prefer a demonstrated personal and professional involvement in natural wellness and healthy lifestyles. Prefer knowledge and literacy in botanical and/or integrative wellness therapies.
If interested, please send cover letter, resume, references, and two support letters by e-mail attachment to the attention of Annice Brown: abrown@sbtdc.org
Please do not call for more information.
Position posting will close on August 31, 2012.

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