Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) Seeks Executive Director



The Coffee Quality Institute (CQI) is a non-profit organization working internationally to improve the quality of coffee and the lives of the people who produce it.  With its two primary programs, the Coffee Corps Volunteer Program and the Q Coffee System, CQI provides training and technical assistance to coffee producers and other individuals in the supply chain to increase the value and volume of quality coffee production. CQI also works toward building institutional capacity in coffee producing countries by creating systems and infrastructure that encourage a focus on quality that leads to higher farmer incomes.

Job Description

CQI’s Executive Director provides organizational direction, vision, and leadership. This role entails building sustained financial support, staffing development and mentoring, and creating the partnerships and opportunities needed to fulfill CQI’s mission and strategic plan objectives. The Executive Director reports regularly to the Board of Trustees or its Executive Committee to review current projects and prospects, develop income and expense forecasts, oversee budgeting, and update the board on CQI’s business plan and mission implementation. The Executive Director also represents CQI nationally and internationally at industry events to ensure that CQI’s mission, capabilities, and work is understood and communicated to the global coffee community.

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Oversight and leadership of CQI managerial staff and consultants
  • Develop sustainable and adequate revenue sources to meet and expand CQI’s mission
  • Oversight of  contract compliance and ensuring top-tier execution of all project activities
  • Providing coffee industry and technical expertise to the organization and its partners as needed
  • Develop and nurture professional, executive level relationships with relevant coffee sector organizations, governmental agencies, and private sector partners, and with high level representation with key industry leaders and governmental officials


  • A candidate for this position would have:
  • In-depth coffee knowledge and experience in the industry.
  •  Passion for improving coffee quality and seeing change to the coffee producers’ livelihoods.
  •  Senior-level management experience in the non-profit sector
  •  Strong private-sector leadership and business administration experience and skills to support both program  development and business development efforts
  •  Minimum of five years experience managing staff and partners to effectively mobilize and direct efforts –    ability to bridge vision with action is a must.
  •  Masters or higher degree in business administration or related field is an advantage.
  •  Ability to manage and resolve complex issues with many moving parts  First-hand experience and adeptness at traveling and working in developing nations, including ability to travel at short notice.
  •  Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Public speaking ability is required
  •  Spanish and other language speaking abilities are an advantage.

: Executive Director

Reports to: Board of Trustees

Salary:  Competitive, DOE

Open date: January 1st, 2012
For more information and to apply, please contact: