WHO WE ARE:
The Forest Resources Association is the national advocacy organization for the wood supply chain, which includes wood consumers, landowners, and suppliers. We advocate for pro-forestry policies that create jobs, sustain forest resources, and promote the public policy interests of the forest products industry’s supply chain on Capitol Hill. We operate in six regions to support the unique issues and needs of member companies throughout the U.S.
The Western Region Manager will advance FRA’s mission and expand and strengthen relationships with member companies. The successful candidate will have knowledge of the forest products industry, such as timber harvesting, forest management, and policy. They should be motivated to learn and expand their knowledge through communications with members, continuing education, and field visits. The role involves strategic written and oral communications, both for and working with members to provide region updates, technical releases, safety alerts, and other publications important to the industry. Responsibilities also include planning, promoting, and managing regional meetings, workshops, seminars, and facilitating continuing education programs for region members. This position reports to the FRA President.
Activities include, but are not limited to:
Technical Support / Information Sharing: Prepares or collaborates on Technical Releases, Safety Alerts, and papers and presentations, contributing to news and information on the FRA website and social media sites. Actively participates in research-focused Association initiatives with external organizations or other stakeholder groups. Provides liaison and support to regional and state organizations aligned with technical programs and policy priorities of FRA.
Field Visits: Plans and executes trips to Region Members to exchange information, learn best practices, maintain awareness of members’ interests, and gain first-hand understanding of issues concerning the growing, harvesting, and transportation of wood fiber.
Member Retention and Recruitment: Actively works to maintain membership in the region. Identifies and creates opportunities to recruit prospective members. Capitalizes on opportunities to market membership to member prospects and assist in publicizing the value of membership to current members.
Association Strategy/Growth: Addresses regional policy and operational issues. Assists with the development of Regional and National programs for short & long-range Association planning. Investigates new opportunity areas for growth of FRA, including member development and strategic affiliations or alliances that would be of interest to FRA members. Directs and assists in discovering and analyzing national and regional issues, including regional research priorities.
Region Meetings: Responsible for planning through implementation of one to two region meetings, including hotel site selection, contracts, food and beverage functions, field trips, agendas, chairman’s guides, and minutes. Additionally provide support for FRA national meetings as needed.
Committee Support: Administers and supports the Western Region Steering Committee and supports the development of activities for FRA National committees. Oversees Western Region Workforce Connections program, including the Thru the Trees initiative supporting student exploration of careers in forestry,
Region Office Management: Conducts all Region programs, projects, and activities, and day-to-day details of the operation of the Western Region office. Manages the business and financial aspects of the Region office in conjunction with the FRA Director of Operations.
Travel: Approximately 35%, servicing the Western Region (primary locations include Washington State, Oregon, and Idaho).
- Practical forest industry knowledge or experience, especially in wood procurement, harvesting, or forest management.
- Bachelor’s degree with a Forestry focus, or Business, Economics, Natural Resources, or similar
- Proven skill in written and oral communications, as well as technology and presenting skills.
- Meeting planning experience beneficial
- Experience with MS software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and virtual meeting platforms (Zoom, MS Teams).
- Self-starter with the ability to work alone, independent of direct supervision.
- Ability to persuade, motivate and get along well with others, and support the FRA team.
- Ability to initiate and implement ideas and programs.
- Ability to recognize divergent viewpoints and facilitate dialogue regarding technical forestry matters and policy issues.
- Adept at organizing and prioritizing work
For those interested, please contact Claire Gedde at [email protected]