MSA Job Opportunity - Executive Director

Job Purpose

The Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the Manitoba Sheep Association, in accordance to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors, Manitoba Sheep Association By laws and the Acts that govern the Manitoba Sheep Association and its membership.

Job Type: Part-Time

Accountability: to the Board of Directors

Key Responsibilities

  • Participate with the Board of Directors in developing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization.
  • Develop an operational plan which incorporates the goals and objectives of the strategic plan of the Manitoba Sheep Association
  • Work with Staff and Treasurer (and/or Finance Committee) to prepare a comprehensive annual budget
  • Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Manitoba Sheep Association 's programs and services
  • To provide advocacy for the Manitoba Sheep Association and its producers on provincial and federal governmental levels and within the sheep value chain to further the viability, expansion and prosperity of Manitoba sheep producers
  • Communicate with members to keep them informed of the work of the Manitoba Sheep Association and to identify changes in the industry served by the Manitoba Sheep Association
  • Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with other commodity  and related agricultural groups,  sponsors, politicians, and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the Manitoba Sheep Association



  • University degree in agriculture or a related field or equal related work experience

Professional Designation

  • Eligible for professional designation such as Manitoba Institute of Agrologists

Work experience, knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Knowledge of  the challenges and opportunities of the current  sheep  industry  as they relate to the Manitoba Sheep Association’s  mission statement  and strategic plan
  • Knowledge and experience of sheep production enabling the development of producer resources, programming and training to enhance the sustainability and viability of Manitoba sheep producers
  • Knowledge and experience  of leadership and management principles as they relate to Manitoba Sheep Association  an non-profit agricultural organization governed by the Manitoba Agricultural Producers Funding Act
  • Knowledge of all federal and provincial legislation applicable to  the Manitoba Sheep Association and its’ producers
  • Knowledge  and experience in  financial management
  • Knowledge and experience  of project management
  • Knowledge and experience in board governance and human resources management

Proficiency computer use for

  • Word processing,
  • Financial management
  • E-mail
  • Internet


  •  3 - 5 years of progressive management experience with a strong understanding of sheep production and the  sheep industry as well as experience working in the voluntary sector organization.

Working Environment and Conditions

  • Executive Director will provide a complete home office, laptop and cell phone provided by Manitoba Sheep Association for association business.
  • Executive Director will be required to work evenings, weekends to accommodate activities such as Board meetings, to facilitate Manitoba Sheep Association programming and related events and represent the Manitoba Sheep Association at public events.


PLEASE SUBMIT RESUME AND COVER LETTER INCLUDING SALARY EXPECTATIONS BY December 15, 2017 via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mail to:

MSA Office

5203 Clarence Rd

Narol, MB R1C 0B8



About Us

The Manitoba Sheep Association (MSA) is proud to represent over 400 sheep and lamb producers (both commercial and purebred producers) across the province. Our mission is to actively initiate, support and conduct programs and activities designed to stimulate and improve the well being of all segments of the sheep industry in Manitoba. We also present producer concerns and issues to government and other agricultural organizations. The MSA is a member of the Manitoba Forage Council and the Canadian Sheep Federation.



Our History

The Manitoba Sheep Breeders Association (MSBA) was formed in 1904; an Association that actively promoted the showing and selling of purebred stock. This remained the major purpose of the MSBA, however, it also handled industry concerns. Commercial producers were concerned that their side of the industry was not being served and as a result the Manitoba Lamb Feeders Association was created.

For several years both organizations were active. However, in the late 1940’s, the provincial sheep industry decreased in size and in January 1981 the two groups amalgamated under the name of the Manitoba Sheep Association. In 1989, the Manitoba Sheep Association was incorporated.

In 2003, following a successful referendum, the Manitoba Sheep Association was designated as the official organization representing sheep producers in Manitoba and thus allowed to levy a mandatory but refundable check-off. Manitoba and the other western provinces are now tied to the purchase of a $1.00 national ID tag per animal marketed (Check-off regulations). All producers paying check-off and not requesting a refund are members of the MSA. This check off allows the MSA to more effectively represent sheep producers at both the provincial and national level.

As of January 2013, the Canadian Sheep Federation collects a 25 cent check off fee per tag purchased for use in Manitoba.