CATCH THE BUZZ – BIP is looking for a New EX Director. Interested? –

From Karen Rennich: The Bee Informed Partnership has been instrumental in the management, loss and field surveillance efforts since 2011 and have teams on the ground working with many commercial beekeepers nationwide. I am proud and excited about the future of our organization but will be stepping down as Executive Director at the end of this year. To that end, our transition committee is actively seeking those interested and qualified persons who would like to apply for the position of Executive Director.

This is only a partial description, please see the complete job description on our website(

 Applications are due by July 31, with interviews to follow in late summer and early fall, and we would like to graciously ask that you share this email and description with your colleagues and anyone you think may be interested.

Overview of what you’ll need….

Organizational Background:

BIP’s data gathering, analysis, and support focus on the importance of honey bees for our national food supply through an array of programs including:

  • Technology Transfer Teams: Highly trained staff members provide independent colony health assessments, colony sampling, full pest and pathogen diagnostics, and reporting of those assessments.
  • Emergency Response and Diagnostic Test Kits: BIP delivers practical sampling tools to operations of any size to address reasons for failing colonies.
  • Sentinel Apiaries: BIP promotes and manages a national program to encourage beekeepers to monitor colony health metrics to inform strengthened management decisions.
  • Surveys: BIP manages multiple surveys for operations of all sizes about colony loss, management practices in order to gather data to identify best practices
  • Contact Research: BIP works directly with private companies to develop and conduct small and large scale field trials of promising beekeeping products
  • Competitive grants: BIP acts as a collaborator on Federal and state grants, helping write grants and/or preforming research for both BIP affiliated and non-BIP affiliated research scientist.
  • Database: BIP maintains and constantly improves ways of collecting, housing and utilizing a large honey bee health database.

QUALIFICATIONS  • Bachelor’s degree, at least 5 years’ management experience  • At least two years of senior leadership experience, nonprofit leadership preferred.  • Passion for positive change in the beekeeping industry  • Collaborative, adaptable, entrepreneurial, innovative  FORMAT & COMPENSATIONS • One-year position with option to renew EVALUATION  • Board conducts annual performance evaluation of executive director SALARY • Commensurate with experience • Full benefits package including health insurance, retirement benefits, paid time off.

To become a candidate, email the following to: by July 31, 2019  • Cover letter • Resume • Writing sample • Contact information  • Three professional references