Position Information: Title: Executive Director of the
Title: Executive Director of the PROFESSIONAL ANIMAL AUDITOR CERTIFICATION
Responsibilities: The Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership and
management of PAACO in accordance with directives and duties set by the Board of Directors.
Qualifications: The Executive Director must have management experience, strong foundational
knowledge of food animal welfare and the ability to communicate effectively with diverse
stakeholders. Experience with crisis management and media training preferred. Ability to use
technology, web based resources, Microsoft Office and other digital resources.
PAACO purpose and function: In 2004, professional animal industry organizations formed PAACO
to promote the humane treatment of animals through education and certification of animal auditors,
as well as the review and/or certification of animal audit instruments, assessments and programs.
Currently the are five Founding Organizations: American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists
(ARPAS), American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP), American Association of Bovine
Practitioners (AABP), American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV), and Federation of Animal
Science Societies (FASS). PAACO is governed by a 15-member board made up of 3 appointees from
each of the founding member organizations. Board officers include a chairman, vice-chairman,
secretary, and treasurer. In addition, three standing committees (Training and Education,
Qualifications and Standards, and Finance) work in conjunction with the Board and Executive
Director in performing specific tasks. The board meets semi-annually. For additional information see
Primary Duties and Responsibilities: The Executive Director coordinates the following activities:
Audit Instrument certification
PAACO maintains standards for audit instrument certification. The standards are the guiding
document for audit certification and are reviewed by the board as needed to remain current with
the advancement of animal welfare science. Currently there are seven PAACO certified audits:
American Meat Institute Meat Plant Welfare, Validus Dairy Production, FACTA Swine Production,
Common Swine Industry Audit, Perdue Foods Broiler Production, FACTA Broiler Production and
FACTA Turkey Production. To maintain certification status, all audit instruments undergo annual
reviews for re-certification.
Auditor training is one of PAACO’s fundamental contributions to the animal welfare community.
Trainings are currently conducted in person in 2 to 3 days sessions. These trainings are held at
locations that allow experiential learning and objective evaluation. Depending on the species focus
and geographic market, each training session has 20 to 85 attendees. The number of trainings offered
is driven by interest and demand of the supply chain audit end-users. Demand is expected to undergo
rapid growth over the next 12-24 months. In 2014, five Meat Plant trainings were held, including
one in Canada. Currently the Poultry auditor training is held once per year. Requests for new
production specific auditor trainings are expected. One such training is currently under development
under the guidance of the PAACO Board. Development and implementation of a contracted auditor
training for cattle, swine and broiler slaughter in Brazil began in 2014.
Auditors must maintain their certification status through 12 annual contact hours of continuing
education. The executive director is charged with communicating with certified auditors concerning
their current status for recertification as well as reviewing and approving recertification. In addition,
requirements and opportunities for continuing education and training are to be communicated.
Currently there are four categories of certified PAACO auditors or verifiers: Meat Plant, Poultry
(layer, broiler & turkey), Dairy, and PQA+.
Other Duties of the Executive Director
Participate with the Board of Directors in developing and implementing PAACO’s vision and
Develop an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the
strategic direction of the organization.
Ensure that the operation of the organization meets the expectations of its stakeholders,
Board and Founding Organizations.
Oversee the day-to-day operation of the organization, including coordinating meetings,
trainings and maintaining continuing education opportunities for auditors.
Identify, assess, and inform the Board of Directors of internal and external issues that may
affect the organization.
Act as a professional advisor to the Board of Director on all aspects of the organization's
activities including contracting with professional subject matter experts as needs arise.
Foster effective team work between the Board and the Executive Director.
Determine staffing requirements for organizational management and program delivery; as
approved by the Board.
Work with the Board (Finance Committee) to prepare a comprehensive budget.
Work with the Board to secure adequate funding for the operation of the organization.
Research and pursue funding sources, oversee the development of fund raising plans and
write funding proposals as needed.
Communicate with stakeholders to keep them informed of the work of the organization and
to identify changes in the community served by the organization (Monthly e-letter, direct
communication with Founding Organizations, communication with shareholders, etc.).
Identify and evaluate the risks to the organization's people (clients, staff, management and
volunteers), property, finances, goodwill, and image; implement measures to control risks.
Inform Board of animal welfare issues that may impact the organization. Work with Board
and/or appropriate committee regarding interaction with the media regarding such issues.
Minimum Required Qualifications
Applicant must have a degree in Animal Agriculture (BS required, MS, PhD, or DVM preferred) and at
least 5 years of experience in animal welfare program development, evaluation or management.
Experience preferred in conducting animal audits or developing audit tools and documents.
Review Process and Contacts
Please provide via email, by April 20, 2015, a cover letter, resume, college transcripts, and list of three
professional references. Send to Dr. Terry Mader at [email protected]. For more information contact
Dr. Mader or Dr. Karen Christensen [email protected]