The Central Washington State Fair (CWSF) has been in operation since 1892. Our mission is to facilitate commerce, education, and leisure activities through the production of the annual Fair and promotion and/or production of enterprise and public events throughout the calendar year. The 10-day Central Washington State Fair attracts over 400,000 guests annually and is recognized as one of the top 100 fairs in the Country by the International Association of Fairs & Expositions (IAFE).
The CWSF is in search of a dynamic individual equipped to take on the Agriculture and Exhibit Manager position. This position will be part of the executive team and work closely with new President and CEO to build upon the heritage of the CWSF with the focus on growing the agricultural experience and education for generations to come. If you have a passion to make a difference and being part of a team that is innovating and building for the future, then this is the job for you. The Agriculture and Exhibit Manager is entrusted with all the agricultural operations responsibilities, including livestock, competitions, small animal exhibits, agricultural education programming, and collaboration with agricultural education partners. This position will lead the way in awareness and promotion of agriculture in an integrated, collaborative platform for ag-related education, tradition, and innovation.Essential Qualifications
- Agriculture or related degree and 2 years related experience or equivalent of education and experience
- A creative, energetic person that is always looking for new fun ways to deliver on the organization’s mission
- Experience collaborating with partners and stakeholders with diverse points of view
- Budget and supervisorial experience
- Proficient using Microsoft Suite products
- Must be willing to maintain a flexible work schedule, working weekends and evenings when needed
- Capable of speaking to large groups and representing the organization to stakeholders, potential sponsors, partners, or industry groups
- Ability to work independently in an outdoor setting during various weather conditions
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Livestock, Equine, and Small Animal Competitions
- Experience managing and developing educational exhibits
- Excellent interpersonal and consensus building skills with a focus on customer service
- Excellent problem solving and decision-making skills
- Knowledge of animal husbandry principles and experience with youth ag/education organizations
- Well organized, always looking to excel, and over-deliver
- A highly motivated self-starter
Agriculture, Education, and Exhibits
- Oversee all livestock, equine and small animal competitions with strategic planning of show selection and cancellation, superintendent selection and oversight and operations.
- Manage departments budget, create opportunities for revenue growth, and manage stipends and awards programs.
- Promote team approach between all species including group meetings, ongoing communications, and fair and balanced management style for all departments.
- Manage superintendents’ program for all species: write job descriptions, develop contracts, communicate regularly, host pre-fair meetings, and provide evaluations.
- Assist superintendents in the hiring of judges, including pay assignments, show schedules, and any necessary judge amenities.
- Assist superintendents in writing show policy and procedures, abiding by the IAFE Code of Showring Ethics, and any registered associations or sanctioned show rules.
- Develop and maintain positive relationships with all agricultural education partners, agricultural leaders, and organizations.
- Hire and schedule veterinarian to complete animal well-checks upon entry to fairgrounds; stay abreast of infectious disease news, inspection quarantine processes, and barriers to entry.
- Oversee superintendents for 4-H and FFA livestock programs, including budget allotments, staffing approvals, coordination with open class competitions and scheduling.
- Work with the marketing team to broadcast alerts and information on website, promote shows to exhibitors and guests, and other marketing initiatives to ensure proactive community outreach to drive interest and participation for all areas of oversight.
- Manage and implement Yakima Valley’s Largest Classroom, ensure school tour program remains relevant and participation from schools across the Valley during Fair; improve curriculum opportunities for teachers, provide materials (print and/or online) early in the school year, and provide continued learning experiences post-Fair for participants.
- Continue sourcing creative and fresh ways to educate the public about agriculture, to develop new and ongoing programming.
- Develop and maintaining working partnerships with agricultural commodity, organizations to assist with programming and educational initiatives. Leverage their outreach and learning assets to bring programming and education to the Fair as well as year-round opportunities.
- Coordinate with Sponsorship Manager to develop strategy for sponsorship opportunities that align with department initiatives that will drive revenue as well as guest and sponsor engagement.
- Develop an overall strategy for programming, competitions, exhibits, and educational initiatives and work with superintendents and volunteers to activate.
- Utilize resources of trade associations and partnerships with industry colleagues to continue to enhance programming and education.
- Ensure demonstrations and hands-on activities are representative of Yakima Valley’s culture and offerings and align with CWSF mission.
- Work with government agencies, extension offices, service, and hobby organizations to collaborate and coordinate programming for participation in the Fair.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, and resume to CWSF 1301 South Fair Avenue, Yakima WA 98901 or email to Erin Baldoz, firstname.lastname@example.org with “Agriculture and Exhibit Manager” in the subject line. Accepting resumes until March 31st.Job Type:
- Reading, speaking, lifting, bending, standing, walking, sitting
- Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
- Communicating by radio and telephone
- Other physical efforts as required
Full-time | Salary:
Salary DOQ | Benefits:
Paid Holidays, 401K, Medical, Dental, Vision, Aflac, Life, AD&D, LTD