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S.D. Sheep Association Seeks Executive Secretary
South Dakota Ag Connection - 01/10/2018

The South Dakota Sheep Growers Association has established an Executive Secretary position to serve its members and the state's Sheep Industry through promotion and education. The application deadline is Feb. 1.

"SDSU Extension Sheep staff look forward to collaborating with the SDSGA Executive Secretary in an effort to connect with sheep producers across the state," said David Ollila, SDSU Extension Sheep Field Specialist.

Ollila explained that SDSU Extension sheep staff are on the search committee working to secure the best candidate for the position.

"The Executive Secretary is the key management leader of the South Dakota Sheep Growers Association," Ollila said. "They will be responsible for the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization."

Other key duties include: managing financial accounts, organization reports to partners, growing association membership, coordinating marketing/promotion, collaborating in convention planning/organizing, agenda development and minutes.

The SDSGA is the trade association for sheep producers of South Dakota. The organization represents both farm flocks and range operations. South Dakota is the fifth largest producer of lamb and wool in the United States.

The SDSGA is a state member of the American Sheep Industry Association. The SDSGA focuses on lamb and fiber promotion on a state-wide basis, and also on educational events to keep members and the public updated on issues affecting the sheep industry

The South Dakota Sheep Growers Association is seeking a unique individual with a deep passion for the sheep industry. Prospective candidates should be prepared to demonstrate experience and competency in these skills during the interview process.

This position will require in-state travel and to attend the American Sheep Industry Association Annual Convention. Travel expenses incurred for SDSGA sponsored functions including membership services, marketing/promotion, convention planning, educational programming and attend the ASI Annual Convention have been budgeted.

This is a 25 percent, part-time position that must be conducted out of a home office.

For a more detailed position description and information regarding salary and travel budget contact, by email or SDSGA President Rufus DeZeeuw at 605-542-7541. Please send a cover letter and resume' to Rufus DeZeeuw, SDSGA President, 21315 US Hwy 14, Elkton, SD 57026 or by email to

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