Position Available – Performance Programs Manager


This position requires experience in coordinating agricultural programs at policy, technical and business operations levels. Prior experience in the dairy industry is required to be considered for this position. Dairy improvement program experience and management is strongly preferred. Under minimal supervision from the Association Manager and the Executive Committee, the Performance Programs Manager (PPM) performs administrative and supervisory duties for ADGA’s Performance Programs.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Ensures ADGA’s Performance Programs operate and function effectively to serve the needs of the association and members.
  2. Ensures that all Performance Programs policies and rules are faithfully performed and/or enforced.
  3. Plans, organizes, controls, integrates and evaluates the work of all Performance Programs operations and services to comply with the policies and direction set by the ADGA Board of Directors.
  4. Ensures development and execution of ADGA’s Performance Programs strategic plan.
  5. Administers and supervises programs, policies and operational procedures for the conduct of all aspects of the business of ADGA’s Performance Programs.
  6. Directs, controls, and coordinates the activities of ADGA’s Performance Programs.
  7. Represents ADGA to outside organizations, agencies, when required.
  8. Performs other administrative functions as required by the ADGA Board of Directors.
  9. Attends meetings and participates as staff to Board or committee meetings.
  10. Keeps the Board apprised of issues impacting ADGA Performance Programs.
  11. Participates in hiring, management, performance appraisal, employer/employee relations, training, pay and benefits, risk management, safety, workers’ compensation, negotiations and contract administration, and other such personnel functions as needed.
  12. Assures the efficient, economical, and effective controls over the creation, distribution, organization, maintenance, use, protection, retention and disposal of all ADGA performance records.
  13. Addresses member complaints and requests for service or information relating to Performance Programs. Resolution may include determining the source of the complaint, directing a complaint or problem to the appropriate department or committee, and follow-up.

Performance Programs include Production Testing, Linear Appraisal, Genetic Advancement, Sire Development, DNA, and Reproductive Technologies.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Carries out supervision of linear appraisers in accordance with the Association’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include planning, assigning, directing and reviewing work in addition to addressing and resolving problems.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s degree preferred and two to four years’ experience working with performance programs, or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Preference given for basic background in genetics. Prior experience in the dairy industry is required to be considered for this position.

Language Skills

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret performance program reports. Ability to respond to common inquires or complaints from members, regulatory agencies or other interest parties.  Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine and complex reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups of employee or members of the association.  Fluency in English language (read, write, speak) is required as most members, vendors, supplies, and employees are mono-lingual English speakers.

Technical Skills

Aptitude to learn ADGA’s proprietary software and proficiency with standard office software including word processing, spreadsheets and presentations. Preferred experience with creating reports using Crystal Reports or Stimulsoft.

Mathematical Skills

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, proportions, and percentages.  Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.  Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference.

Reasoning Ability

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. Coordinates multiple tasks simultaneously.

Physical Demands

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to touch, handle, or feel.  The employee frequently is required to sit and talk or hear.  The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and reach with hands and arms.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.  The employee is required to have keyboard dexterity.

Work Environment

The employee’s work is most frequently indoors, but occasionally requires going outdoors. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to dusty or wet and/or humid conditions, moving mechanical parts, airborne particles, outside weather conditions and. (farm visits, annual conferences, and national meetings). The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

The position requires flexible working hours, which may include evenings and weekends.


Salary is negotiable; commensurate with experience and qualifications. Health, life and disability insurances, pension plan, paid holidays, vacation time and sick leave provided.

How to Apply

Please submit your resume to Shirley McKenzie, Association Manager, mckenzie@adga.org.

Company Description

The American Dairy Goat Association was organized in 1904 to collect, record and preserve the pedigrees of dairy goats, provide genetic, management and related services of the highest possible quality to dairy goat breeders, while maintaining the validity of information, the integrity of the registry, and contributing to a positive public perception and political climate for the dairy goat industry that will provide optimum economic opportunities for Association members.

It is located in Spindale, NC in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains an hour or so away from the Asheville/Hendersonville, Charlotte and Greenville/Spartanburg SC metro areas.

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