The Lodestar Centre of Excellence (LSCOE) is a network of knowledge transfer and training hubs founded in 2019 to improve and sustain capacity strengthening efforts in the areas of food technology and nutrition. We strive to be the food and nutrition sector’s most current, relevant, and innovative technical training hub for industry, government, and civil society professionals.
A lodestar is a star used to align trajectories and guide one’s course, particularly in navigating a ship. At LSCOE, we know there are many technical and political barriers that stand in the way of improved policies, social programs, and industry action on nutrition, food safety, and food quality. Governments, industry and civil society are intertwined in the effort to ensure safe, nutritious, and diverse foods are accessible and desirable to consumers. Using new technologies to collect and interpret data across the food system requires regular training and understanding of the basics. This training is our Lodestar – documented, trusted, and transparent information and communication aligns priorities and guides each stakeholder to take appropriate action.
The Center of Excellence model has been used by various industries across the food, manufacturing, construction, technology, and other sectors for several decades. The work of these centers defines a common set of best practices and work standards, assesses current practices against these standards, and provides direct guidance and support to prioritize and implement them. At LSCOE, this is exactly what we intend to do through a “Training of Trainers of Trainers” model.
The Regional Director is a key leadership position of the LSCOE, responsible for overseeing the administration, operations, and programs of the South Africa LSCOE site, continuously evolving them to become more relevant, effective, efficient, and innovative. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The Regional Director will function as the most senior representative of LSCOE in the region and is accountable to ensure that its profile and reputation with stakeholders are strong and reflect organizational values and mission. The Regional Director connects global priorities with localized plans and operations. The position reports directly to the Executive Director, who is based in the USA.
Duties / Responsibilities:
• Legal and Compliance
o Ensure proper registration and compliance with statutory regulations related to Non-Profit Corporations in South Africa.
o Ensure proper policies are available and updated regularly to govern the organization in South Africa.
o Ensure systems are in place to regularly pay all staff and vendors specific to the South Africa Site, including all relevant and applicable taxes, benefits, and fees.
Financial Performance and Viability
o With the Executive Director, develop budgets and administer funds for program activities at the South Africa Site.
o Conduct transparent accounting and provide regular financial statements and forecasts to the Executive Director for activities at the South Africa Site.
o Fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the South Africa Site in a positive financial position.
o Identify and support fundraising opportunities and activities, while developing other revenue streams necessary to support LSCOE’s mission.
Organization Mission and Growth Strategy
o Enhance LSCOE’s image by being active and visible within the local/regional community.
o Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations within our target audience – professional, civic, government, and private industry organizations – as well as applicable media outlets and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance LSCOE’s mission.
o Conduct outreach, marketing, and generation of training program sales by working closely with our target audience.
o Oversee daily operations of the South Africa Site, including areas of IT, Marketing, and Finance.
o With the Executive Director, hire and retain competent, qualified staff, and provide regular performance reviews and career growth opportunities.
o Manage staff, including preparation of work schedules and assignment of specific duties.
o Plan and implement training programs at the South Africa Site and regionally, including scheduling, collecting payments, providing logistics support, and overseeing follow-up activities.
o Ensure adequate cleaning and maintenance of the South Africa Site facilities.
o With the Executive Director, set comprehensive goals for performance and growth and measures of success. Oversee the overall program quality at the South Africa site and conduct regular evaluations of program performance against these measures/goals.
Professional Qualifications Needed:
• Legal ability to work in South Africa and relocate to the Hilton/Pietermaritzburg area.
• At least 3-6 years progressively responsible and accountable professional experience.
• Transparent and high integrity leadership.
• Ability to effectively communicate the organization’s mission to key stakeholders.
• Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff.
• A history of successfully generating new revenue streams and improving financial results.
• Previous success in establishing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence, including within governments, food industry, partner agencies, and local communities and change agents.
• Solid organizational abilities, including planning, delegating, program development, and task facilitation.
• Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making, and reporting.
• Strong written and oral communication skills in English. Fluency in additional languages used in the region is desired.
• Strong public speaking ability.
• Strong work ethic with a high degree of energy and sense of humor!
- Submit a resume/CV (maximum 2 pages) and a link to a 1-minute video introducing yourself and describing the value you bring to this position to firstname.lastname@example.org by 20 March.
- Applicants will be informed of their shortlisted status by 10 April and brought on-site for in-person interviews during the week.