Chief Executive Officer

Req Number: XW449
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Posted: 7/26/2021
Category: Government/Not-For-Profit : Education
Job Type: Permanent


Founded in 1966, The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) advocates for the social, environmental, and economic sustainability of U.S. pork producers and their partners by fighting for reasonable public policy defending their freedom operate and expanding access to global markets.  

Through robust public-policy outreach, NPPC represents 42 affiliated state associations and fights for reasonable legislation and regulations, trade initiatives, develops revenue and market opportunities, and protects the livelihood of America’s 60,000 pork producers.  NPPC also has its own political action committee, PorkPAC, dedicated to educating and supporting federal lawmakers and candidates who support pork producers. 

In addition to serving as the primary voice representing the interests of the pork industry at the federal level, NPPC also has a leadership development program called Legislative Education Action Development Resource (LEADR).  It seeks to provide pork producers with the necessary skills to become part of the grassroots mobilization of producers and industry allies to tell the story of U.S. pork.  

NPPC leverages its standing committees for regular fundamental program input and also uses ad hoc task forces to study various industry issues.  NPPC maintains strong relationships with other channel partners through the Packer Processor Industry Council and the Pork Alliance partners and members. In addition, the NPPC CEO works closely with the National Pork Board to address critical issues facing the industry as directed by the NPPC Board of Directors.  By uniting these allied industry associations, and working with industry members, NPPC is able to fund outreach for legislative and regulatory industry priorities, including foreign trade access, environment, food safety and animal-welfare issues. 


The Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) will serve as the strategic leader and advocate for NPPC by partnering with the Board of Directors, staff and key stakeholders to address the dynamic needs of members and the pork producing industry. The CEO will be responsible for overseeing the council’s operations with a strong emphasis on building meaningful relationships with members to ensure their engagement with NPPC programs and policy priorities.

The successful candidate will provide inspirational leadership and effective management of the $12.5M organization and professional staff of 28 employees in both the Des Moines, IA and Washington, DC offices. The CEO will foster a collaborative culture of member and staff engagement, education, and advocacy.

Specifically, the CEO is responsible for the following:

  • Board Relations. Builds and maintains a trusting, collaborative, and transparent relationship with the Board of Directors. Provides regular feedback to the Board on strategic, operational, and programmatic matters impacting the organization, keeping them apprised of progress and challenges in meeting key goals in strategic and operational plans. 
  • External Affairs.  Serves as the organization’s primary spokesperson and proactively represents NPPC’s members before a wide range of constituencies including policymakers, the media, peer associations, and other external stakeholder groups. Builds and supports partnerships and coalitions consistent with NPPC’s overall mission and priorities. Develops, maintains, and strengthens relationships with government officials to advance policy priorities and advocate on behalf of membership before key government bodies. 
  • Strategic Direction. Implements NPPC’s long-range strategic plan in conjunction with the Board, ensuring the organization continues to innovate, adapt and grow in response to evolving industry trends. Provides leadership in achieving the vision and mission of the organization and ensures alignment with financial and operational goals.
  • Programs and Services. Ensures NPPC delivers strong value to members by developing and delivering relevant offerings, tools, and services that address the latest industry trends. Develops timely and relevant programs and educational offerings to help members adapt to a rapidly changing industry. 
  • Revenue Generation. Builds an overarching revenue development strategy for the organization that builds upon the current financial health of NPPC to fund the important work of the organization. Develops innovative programming, events, and educational resources to continually increase value and engagement for members. Actively drives NPPC’s long-term financial growth and stability to secure funding from a diversity of sources through collaboration and partnership with industry leaders.
  • Staff Leadership. Leads and engages professional team of approximately 28 staff who demonstrate a commitment to excellent member service and delivery of relevant and timely educational programs, tools, advocacy, and events.  Attracts, inspires, and retains a strong, motivated staff and drives organizational succession planning by developing future leaders for NPPC. Creates a dynamic system of key performance metrics that empowers staff to contribute to the organization’s overall success while establishing clear measures for performance objectives including regular performance reviews, career training and development, and cross-training opportunities. Fosters an environment that promotes career growth while also establishing accountability and allows team members to achieve excellence through their roles.
  • Financial and Operational Oversight. Develops and ensures a balanced budget annually that is aligned to the strategic goals of the organization. Develops strategies to enhance the overall financial health of the organization. Provides fiscally responsible administration to maintain and grow the organization’s financial position, while anticipating market trends that may impact NPPC’s budget.


NPPC is seeking a strategic leader of high ethical integrity, with the relevant experience, background and leadership competencies to advance the organization’s mission and impact with members.  The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 10 years of executive-level leadership experience in an organization of comparable size, complexity, and scope.  The CEO will be a charismatic leader who will serve as an ambassador for members, while advancing policy priorities with government officials.  Among the key qualifications are the following:

  • A strong commitment and passion for advancing the mission and vision of NPPC.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and relationship building skills, including the ability to relate well to a wide range of constituencies. A natural understanding of people, relationships, institutions, and politics.
  • A collaborative, inclusive leader and team player with a track record for effectively empowering and developing staff including recruiting and retaining top caliber professional talent. 
  • Possesses political savvy and diplomatic skills. An effective advocate for NPPC’s public policy priorities.  A reputation for successfully operating in a bi-partisan manner.
  • Stellar communications skills, serving as a principal spokesperson to draw awareness to issues impacting members and the pork industry. Superb listening skills and an ability to clearly articulate the message and command the respect.             
  • A track record for effectively leading the development and execution of a strategic plan in conjunction with a Board of Directors and staff.
  • Proven management, business, and financial acumen within an organization of similar scale and complexity. Technology savvy with an understanding of how to leverage new tools to better serve members and communicate about the importance of the industry.
  • An ability to generate new revenue sources while managing the operating budget in a cost constrained environment.
  • Unquestionable integrity, credibility and character, demonstrated high moral and ethical behavior.


Master’s degree desired; Bachelor’s Degree required.


A competitive compensation package will be provided to attract outstanding candidates. 


Korn/Ferry shall provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified candidates, and will refer candidates without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected basis.