President &CEO


The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) is the primary voice for cooperative businesses in the United States and an international development organization. NCBA CLUSA provides cross-sector education, technical assistance, and advocacy that helps co-ops thrive. For over 100 years, NCBA CLUSA has sought to advance and protect cooperative enterprises, highlighting the impact that cooperatives have in bettering the lives of individuals and families. In the last 60 years, NCBA CLUSA has worked in over 100 countries in the areas of food security, agricultural development, strengthening of communities and farmer organizations, community-based health, natural resources management, and empowerment of smallholder farmers, women, and youth. We currently work in 15 countries in Africa, Latin America, and Asia.

NCBA CLUSA Is currently seeking qualified candidates for the executive position of President and CEO.


The President and CEO is responsible for the strategic leadership and direction of NCBA CLUSA to ensure its continued relevance, credibility, and viability. The President and CEO represents NCBA CLUSA in the United States and internationally, by developing and promoting relationships and alliances with cooperative organizations, businesses, governments and governmental agencies, media and the general public.  In collaboration with the Board of Directors, the incumbent establishes strategic organizational goals and priorities and reviews, analyzes and evaluates the progress and works to attain the objectives and performance goals.  He/She directs the senior leadership team in planning, managing, organizing and allocating the resources of the organization.


  • Plans, defines, implements, and achieves the Board of Directors’ mission, objectives and goals by providing strong and effective leadership to the senior management team, and establishes expectations for acceptable levels of performance for the organization and methods for measuring such performance.
  • Provides effective leadership in the development of standards and procedures to efficiently and effectively utilize NCBA CLUSA’s resources.
  • Builds a strong visionary organizational mission for NCBA CLUSA to retain and increase membership and integrate and align program activities conducted domestically and internationally.
  • Develops and implements a strategy to successfully engage and partner with the diverse domestic cooperative sectors and stakeholders.
  • Works closely with the Chief Financial Officer to protect and strengthen the financial position of the organization and directs the planning and development of the annual operating and capital budgets for Board of Directors’ approval.  Also, develops and implements strategies to secure alternative sources of revenue.
  • Monitors all financial and operational risks to the organization, and takes the appropriate mitigating action necessary to ensure risks remain within acceptable levels.
  • Develops and implements an attainable plan to strengthen the cooperative development brand and value.
  • Engages the cooperative sectors domestically by leveraging the members to build strong coalitions.   Also, develops and implements an effective business strategy to build and sustain an integrated programs portfolio both domestically and internationally.
  • In collaboration with the Board of Directors, develops and maintains an ongoing strategic plan for NCBA CLUSA to efficiently use its financial and human resources in serving the membership and expand its global operations.
  • Represents NCBA CLUSA as required, including attendance at important functions, industry events and public meetings.
  • Accepts leadership roles in organizations such as the Cooperative Development Foundation (CDF), the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA), Cooperative Business International (CBI), Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC), USAID, etc.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty listed at a sustained high-level of achievement. These requirements are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential duties.


  • Advanced degree in Business or related field and 10 years or more of related work experience in cooperative development, administration and management with at least 5 years in a senior management level role. Experience working in a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with strong experience in managing donor-funded projects from both U.S. government (USAID and USDA) and foundations preferred.
  • Proven experience in functioning as a catalyst and partner in working collaboratively with a Board of Directors to assure proper alignment between the governance and management functions of the organization.
  • Superior leadership skills to engage employees, members, and other key stakeholders to accomplish the organization’s strategic vision and tactical goals.  Also, demonstrated strong capacity to lead and manage talent from senior managers to entry level employees through recruitment, development, setting expectations, and holding employees accountable in a timely and effective manner.
  • Strong business acumen and fiduciary skills with a keen knowledge and understanding of financial and budget management.
  • Established track record of ensuring strong operational performance through effective decision-making, delivering reliable results, and measuring the organization’s performance using quantitative and qualitative metrics.
  • Proven ability to identify and secure alternative sources of revenue.
  • Strong crisis management skills and strong ability to lead change management in an effective manner to achieve organizational outcomes.
  • Superior communication and presentation skills and comfort as a highly visible public spokesperson.
  • Effective interpersonal and professional relationship building skills and an ability to provide strategic leadership and advice to senior leadership, exchange information and collaborate with colleagues and peers within and outside the organization.
  • Must be able to read, write and speak fluent English.


None Required


Ability to solve complex problems, manage crisis situations and lead change management in an effective manner.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands to write or type, use arms to reach for items and turn head to speak and/or hear others.  The employee will frequently walk, reach, stoop, push and pull up to 20 pounds and lift up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate and should remain low to moderate during normal business hours. The work environment characteristics described herein are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job within an office setting.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position. 


The President and CEO reports to the Board of Directors and works closely with the Senior Management Leadership team. S/he is expected to work in a positive, professional manner with all NCBA CLUSA staff, former staff, members, potential members, vendors and the general public. 

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NCBA CLUSA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a commitment to diversity. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, and legally protected characteristics for non-merit factors.

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