Employment Opportunities

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Position Location: QDMA National Headquarters, Bogart, Georgia

Reports To: QDMA Board of Directors

Date Available: Immediate

Application Deadline: April 30, 2020

Position DescriptionThe CEO will report directly to the Board of Directors and be responsible for leading all aspects of QDMA including financial management, philanthropic donor development, membership and corporate sponsor development, conservation programs, advocacy, grant making and R3 programs. The CEO will be responsible for inspiring and leading a widely diverse workforce such that they function as a productive team with ownership of organizational success.

The CEO will possess proven business skills, be adaptable and visionary. The CEO will work closely with the Chairman and members of the Board on strategic direction, developing policy and elevating the profile of QDMA within the conservation and hunting industries. The CEO should have a background in relationship-building across various demographic groups. The CEO should possess a passion for deer, deer hunting, wildlife conservation and mentoring new hunters so that they are able to independently and humanely secure venison for their tables. The CEO should be able to quickly articulate the QDMA mission in such a way that instills strong confidence and trust that the organization will be successful in its financial affairs and mission delivery.

Candidate Summary

  • Business Leadership, Vision and Process-Driven Execution: The CEO must possess business minded vision and a proven record of successful, process-driven idea execution. In partnership with the Board, the CEO must have the skills necessary to provide direction while delegating authority to rapidly and effectively accomplish identified strategic objectives.
  • Clarity of Communication and Team First: The CEO will possess strong communication skills, both verbal and written. The successful candidate understands that the team is much stronger than any one individual, and one of the greatest responsibilities of the CEO is to surround themselves with a workforce of complimentary and diverse skillsets, allowing them every opportunity to prosper in the culture created by the CEO and Board.
  • Ambassadorship, Philanthropic Development and Asset Growth: The CEO will possess proven skills in building valued relationships with philanthropists, membership groups, conservation organizations and corporate sponsors, thus promoting growth and ensuring financial strength which in turn clears roadblocks for successful mission delivery.
  • Passion for Mission Advancement: The CEO will have a track record that reflects a strong commitment to deer, deer hunting, wildlife conservation and new hunter recruitment.
  • Board Governance & Leadership: The CEO will be experienced in dealing with a broadly diverse group of Board members. The CEO will guide the Board in meeting its governance responsibilities in a productive, efficient manner.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in business administration or other equivalent degree
  • Proven, successful, business-oriented leader in a recent prior position.
  • Experience leading an organization or a division within a multi-million-dollar organization.
  • Knowledge of financial statements and pro-forma budgeting techniques.
  • Ability to instill confidence and build relationships among executives, partners and the workforce.
  • Understanding of human resources and personnel management.
  • Proven negotiation skills.
  • Ability to understand issues quickly, be adaptable and execute business plans successfully.
  • Ability to work under pressure, plan personal workload effectively, and delegate.
  • Proficient knowledge in computer software applications (MS Office) and social networking

Salary and Benefits: The position offers competitive compensation, benefits and a relocation package.

Questions: All direct questions and inquiries must be submitted in writing here. For general information about QDMA, click here.

How To Apply: Submit a cover letter and resume, including salary requirements, to Rick Dahl, QDMA Board Chairman. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the CEO search has been temporarily delayed, although we will continue to accept applications as long as the job is listed on this page.


QDMA Offering Six-Month Internship in Conservation Department

The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) is offering a six-month internship that will run from July 1 to December 31, 2020. The intern will work with the Conservation Department on research, education, advocacy, grant writing and certification program issues.

The selected individual will assist the Conservation Department on identifying research funding opportunities, developing educational materials, engaging in legislative efforts, and helping with QDMA’s certification programs. 

Important items to note about the internship include:   

  • This is an unpaid internship, but QDMA will cooperate with universities/colleges that offer credit for intern programs. The intern must make all arrangements for receiving academic credit.
  • The intern will work from home and provide 5-10 hours of work per week during the internship period.
  • QDMA will provide the intern with experience in the wildlife field and educational opportunities.

To apply for the internship, please send a one-page cover letter and one-page resume to Kip Adams, Director of Conservation, by May 18, 2020.

The QDMA is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on age, gender, race, sexual orientation or religion.