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Oregon Wheat Growers League and Oregon Wheat Commission Announce Search for a Chief Executive Officer

Contact: Tana Simpson, (503) 467-2161

The Oregon Wheat Commission (OWC) and Oregon Wheat Growers League (OWGL) are pleased to announce they are seeking a dynamic and proven Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to provide leadership, vision, focus, and unity to their organizations. The CEO will serve as the principal administrator of both the OWC and OWGL, operating under the direction of the OWC and the Board of Directors of the OWGL, respectively. The Oregon wheat industry, through the OWC and the OWGL, is committed to working in a unified, focused, and effective manner to improve the profitability of the Oregon wheat industry.

The CEO must simultaneously meet the leadership, managerial, budgetary, and communication expectations of the OWC and the OWGL. The successful candidate will serve as a primary spokesperson for the Oregon wheat industry at local, state, and national levels; will recruit, retain, and manage high quality and effective staff; and will maintain close contact with producers at the “grass roots” level, through such activities as frequent attendance at county OWGL meetings, field days, and other events.

The Oregon Wheat Commission was established in 1947 and was among the first producer-funded commodity commissions in the United States. Today the OWC is a statutorily authorized special-purpose state agency with a mission to improve the profitability of Oregon wheat growers through research, non-branded marketing, and education programs. The OWC funds wheat breeding and production research, market development, and industry and public outreach. More information about the OWC may be found at

The Oregon Wheat Growers League is a not-for-profit trade association founded in 1926 in Moro, Oregon. The OWGL is a vigorous, grass-roots organization dedicated to providing public and grower education on the economic importance of the wheat industry and a unifying voice at the local, state and national level on the public policy issues affecting Oregon wheat producers. The OWGL is a voluntary member-supported trade organization with both wheat producers and related industry members. More detailed information about the OWGL may be found at

A search committee has been formed and the deadline for applications is October 20, 2019. The full job announcement and position description can be found below.

Interested persons should send a cover letter, resume, and three references (electronic submissions preferred) to:
Tana Simpson (
Oregon Wheat Commission
1200 NW Naito Parkway, Suite 370
Portland, OR 97209, 503-467-2161

OWC and OWGL are equal opportunity employers. All employment decisions are made in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws. If you are a veteran, please include proof of service, including proof of any service-related disability.

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