The Bread Bakers Guild of America (BBGA) is seeking an accomplished Executive Director with demonstrated success in strategic execution, operations planning and oversight, financial management, fundraising, and education programming. The Executive Director will be responsible for the overall operational and financial well-being of the organization and accountable for the overall success of BBGA achieving its mission. They will work closely with the Board of Directors to create the strategy and establish the direction, and the ED will implement and manage all policies, programs, services, and practices. Success will be measured by one’s ability to provide strategic leadership, ensure operational efficiency, deliver service excellence, grow membership, expand strategic partnerships, and create meaningful value for the Guild’s members. This role reports to the Board of Directors and is directly accountable to the Board of Directors Executive Committee for achievement of outcomes, mission impact, and service delivery. This is a remote position with some travel requirements.
From Tom McMahon, Guild Founder
The Bread Bakers Guild was conceived, beginning with a newsletter but with broader expectations for its future. The need grew out of the powerful movement started across the United States. Working in bakeries or in restaurant kitchens, bakers have introduced America to the pleasures and benefits of basic good bread. The response has been spectacular.
But while the efforts had been rewarding, the success had been as individuals, not as a group. We made progress through our own intense efforts and through our own searches for knowledge and experience. Bakers individually repeated many of the same experiments and made the same discoveries. And because of the isolation from each other, our job had been more difficult than it needed to be.
Not only were bakers isolated from each other, they were isolated in many ways from another group which could benefit them greatly: our suppliers. Bakers depend upon this group for most of our most basic needs like flour and yeast, mixers and ovens, and they can be an important source of assistance. But while many of our suppliers are very helpful and supportive to our movement, they cannot devote substantial resources separately to each small bakery.
The Bread Bakers Guild was formed in 1993 to end this isolation. To be a vehicle for building and sharing a cumulative body of knowledge and experience. To be a mutually beneficial conduit for technical information and practical support from our suppliers. To be a way to present our common interests in a stronger, unified manner to the public and to the media. Perhaps most important, it can help us maintain control over our movement, giving us pride and prosperity as it continues to grow.
The mission of the Bread Bakers Guild of America is to provide education in, and foster the growth of, artisan baking and the production of high-quality bread products.
BBGA’s Mission Objectives
Provide educational resources to artisan bakers. We are the definitive resource for information on all aspects of artisan baking in America.
Support and foster the growth of the artisan baking community. We are an independent and creative group of professional bakers, farmers, millers, suppliers, educators, students, home bakers, technical experts, and bakery owners and managers.
Define and uphold the highest professional standards. We respect bakers as highly skilled artisans who vigilantly strive for quality.
Celebrate the craft and the passion of the artisan baker.
The scope of this work includes:
Classes (both in person and online)
Production of educational resources
Certification and apprenticeship programs
Demonstrations and competitions to promote quality
Communication and exchange of information among all facets of the baking world
Public outreach relating to the nutritional benefits of grain-based baked goods
The Guild boasts more than 2,200 members across the U.S. and in dozens of countries. In a typical year, BBGA offers 30+ educational programs, and nearly 1,000 bakers participate.
We are committed to involving all bakers in all areas of our programming, and work to make every aspect of our organization accessible and inclusive. We encourage member involvement in our committees and in all aspects of our programming, we acknowledge the ideas and criticisms of all members, and we constantly reach out to the wide artisan baking community and affiliates to share with us what they know.
After nearly 30 years of mostly in person programming, in 2020 BBGA successfully pivoted to include online educational programming in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Adding to its robust educational offerings, BBGA established a collaboration with Johnson & Wales University to provide a home for BBGA and an opportunity for an apprenticeship program.
Building on its rich history, BBGA has the opportunity in the near-term to
Develop a mission-focused fundraising campaign to expand its education offerings and raise its national profile among bakers, vendors, and education institutions
Continue to build on its world-class baking conference, WheatStalk, that attracts new members, sponsors, and volunteers
As a guild with substantial membership, BBGA faces the challenges of
Effectively managing communication across the Guild including website and social media platforms
Evaluating the systems, processes, and infrastructure to support its robust programming
Guiding the Guild in assessing its branding and marketing strategy
The Executive Director is key to carrying out the mission and goals for BBGA and ensuring it has the human and financial resources needed to achieve its vision.
This includes working with the Board of Directors on broader projects that are important to the well-being of the organization. The Board and Executive Director work together to create a strategic plan, including specific goals, to guide the organization. The Board and Executive Director implement periodic evaluations of the organization to ensure that BBGA remains true to its mission and is effective.
The Executive Director works with the staff to develop and manage education programs and events to align with the strategic plan and fulfill BBGA’s mission and goals. This includes development, implementation, marketing, and evaluation of programs and services designed to increase membership, create member value, advance BBGA’s mission objectives, and grow non-dues revenue.
The Executive Director manages relationships with Board members and volunteers. They facilitate the establishment of positive relationships between staff, the Board of Directors, members, and other constituents. They resolve conflict and solve problems.
The Executive Director manages all aspects of staffing including identifying staffing needs, recruiting staff, supervising, motivating, and supporting remote staff (goals and professional development, compensation, and benefits decisions).
The Executive Director manages all aspects of the organization’s finances including budget development, regular financial reporting, and annual reviews or audits.
The Executive Director develops a fundraising plan to ensure that the organization has the resources needed to fulfill the strategic plan. They execute a comprehensive fundraising strategy including various fundraising activities, building and maintaining donor and sponsor relationships, and developing new grant projects and programs.
The Executive Director manages BBGA’s marketing and communication to heighten its reputation among all internal and external constituencies. They set the communications and marketing tone and drive effective messages in sync with the organization’s culture and the industry, speaking appropriately to the many key audiences and stakeholders. They initiate timely and informative outgoing communication as well as provide means for and respectfully respond to member concerns or requests.
The Executive Director serves as spokesperson for BBGA and is actively engaged in promoting the education, craft, and passion of the artisan baker.
This is a remote position with some travel requirements.
A transparent leader with high integrity who exemplifies sincerity, authenticity, consistency, and humility. Someone who welcomes feedback and responds as often as possible by making appropriate adjustments.
Action-oriented and someone who comfortably embraces new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm.
Highly collaborative with a proven record of accomplishment in building partnerships and fostering collaboration with a professional community to meet shared objectives, in addition to sourcing and deploying resources (board, volunteers, partners, staff) effectively and efficiently while anticipating the needs of multiple stakeholders.
A diplomatic leader, incorporating diverse viewpoints and consensus building.
A strong communicator who has proven success developing and delivering multi-mode communications and implementing strategies that convey a clear message while promoting the mission of the organization.
Financially adept with a keen understanding of key financial indicators and standards of fiscal accounting, controls, and best practices to make astute business decisions.
Demonstrates an entrepreneurial spirit in a willingness to create, adapt, and punt when needed.
A minimum of 5 years of experience in leadership and/or management roles within the not-for-profit sector, preferably with a professional trade association
Experience as an Executive Director, COO, Chief of Staff or a top leader of an organization with proven team leading experience
A passion for cultivating a continuous learning culture and a willingness to learn about the craft of artisan baking
Experience with change management and designing and implementing organizational systems that ensure efficiency, accountability, and transparency
Strategic and financial management experience
Fundraising experience, including grant management
Relationship building skills to cultivate and maintain engagement with members, sponsors, donors, and volunteers
Exceptional presentation, public speaking, and written communication skills
Demonstrated experience with technology including digital media, customer relationship management, and project management such as BaseCamp
An undergraduate degree is required
Commitment to Diversity
The Bread Bakers Guild of America is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. The Bread Bakers Guild of America does not discriminate against individuals in employment opportunities, programs and/or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, veterans' status, marital status, disability, military status, or on any other status protected by law.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and interested parties are encouraged to apply early. To apply, send the following to [email protected]with only BBGA SEARCH and YOUR NAME in the subject line:
a cover letter that speaks to the applicant’s core competencies and qualifications outlined above
The Bread Bakers Guild of America was founded in 1993, The Bread Bakers Guild of America is a non-profit alliance of professional bakers, farmers, millers, suppliers, educators, students, home bakers, technical experts, and bakery owners and managers. The Guild today is a community of 2,000 members from across the United States and around the wold with a staff of three. Our office is located in Providence, RI.