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Western Milk Pool Coordinator

Posted Date: May 17, 2017
Expiry Date: Jul 16, 2017
Location: BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba
Tags: Policy, Agribusiness, Dairy, WMP, Policy Creation, Analytics, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, British Columbia, Agriculture, Experienced

Alberta Milk

Address: 1303 - 91 Street SW
Edmonton, Alberta
T6X 1H1
Phone: 780-577-3324


Western Milk Pool

The Western Milk Pool was formed in 1997 whereby the four Western provinces (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia) implemented an all-milk pool where revenues and markets for all milk classes are shared. The existence of this pool allows for harmonization to take place between the four provinces, with an emphasis on milk transportation, milk receiving at plants, milk allocation to plants, innovation, and trade. The Members Committee membership includes the Executive Committee members from each of the four provincially based Boards.

Position Overview

The Western Milk Pool Coordinator is a full-time, two year contract position to provide analytical/policy support plus administrative functions for the Western Milk Pool (WMP) Members Committee and sub-committees. The Coordinator can live and work out of any of the Western Provinces and will be required to travel to meetings within Canada.


The Coordinator is accountable for technical analysis, effective meeting planning and organization, minutes, action plans, etc. The Coordinator will develop and manage communication for various committees and WMP initiatives. Communication with dairy producers and industry stakeholders on administrative policies and procedure matters plays a very important role in this position. The high profile and sensitivity of issues being dealt with demands this individual display a high degree of professionalism and the ability to deal with all levels of industry in an expeditious and diplomatic manner.  The right person can build this job into a permanent position.


Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences, Economics or Business Management with a strong emphasis on the dairy industry is preferred for this position.


·         Work experience of five years relevant to business management or policy development.

·         Experience in the collection, analysis and presentation of information from various sources.

·         Background in agriculture is an asset.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills


·         Knowledge of policy evaluation and development

·         Knowledge of the dairy industry, supply management, dairy production and of related policies, regulations, and marketing would be a strong asset.

·         Knowledge of the MS Office suite


·         Patience, tact and diplomacy and sensitivity to organization concerns, including a commitment to confidentiality

·         Ability to implement and interpret policy

·         Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to represent the organization at various meetings and with personnel from other organizations

·         Ability to work as a team player

·         Ability to conduct interviews and consultations for the purposes of obtaining information some of it confidential

·         Must be willing and available for travel within Canada on a regular basis.


·         Demonstrated analytical skills

·         Coordination and organizational skills

·         Planning and problem solving skills

·         Ability to think strategically


Key Activities

Attend meetings and support for the following:

·         WMP Members Committee (approx. 28 days/year)

·         WWMP Members Technical Sub-Committee (approx. 28 days/year)

·         WMP Innovation Working Group (approx. 14 days/year)

·         WMP Growth Allow Review Committee (approx. 10 days/year)

·         WMP Quota Committee (approx. 20 days/year)

·         Western Forum (approx. 10 days/year)

Meeting support and special events

·         Technical support to prepare WMP Members briefings and analysis and other meeting materials.

·         Prepare and organize meeting rooms and catering.

·         Distribute meeting material for WMP meetings and events.

·         Coordinate with Canadian Dairy Commission for meetings and analysis.

·         Provide Technical Analysis and Coordination with P5, as needed.

·         Prepare meeting minutes in cooperation with the Committee Chairs.

Communication Support

·         Provides support for WMP meetings with coordination of agenda and minutes.

·         Manages meeting communication for the WMP.

·         Ensures effective communication with an outcome of an informed and engaged WMP community.

·         Ensures effective working relations are maintained with external stakeholders

Work Environment

The majority of the work done from a home office or one of the Western Milk Pool partners offices.  Travel to meetings across Canada on a regular basis.


$70,000 - $90,000 annually plus group health and dental benefits


Travel – the position requires travel with $20,000 budget


There are no supervisory responsibilities for this position.

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