Position Description: Director Biotechnology and Crop Inputs

Summary:  The Director of Biotechnology and Crop Inputs will be responsible for programs, regulatory oversight, and federal policies regarding grower access to crop protection, biotechnology, and data production technologies at the National Corn Growers Association’s (NCGA). 


Reports to:  Vice-President of Production & Sustainability


Location: Chesterfield, MO


Duties and Responsibilities:

Leadership & Management


  • Provide guidance and strategic vision to assist grower team members and assistance to the Vice-President of Production & Sustainability regarding biotech and crop input priorities for NCGA
  • Meet communication, budgeting and meeting requirements set forth by NCGA
  • Ensure Freedom to Operate Action Team (FTOAT) develops programs and projects to accomplish NCGA Strategic Plan objectives.
  • Lead staff for the Freedom to Operate Action Team (FTOAT), managing grower communications, agenda development, securing appropriate speakers, evaluating projects and budget reporting.
  • Lead NCGA efforts in proper adoption and stewardship of crop protection products encouraging robust adoption of Integrated Pest Management practices.
  • Lead NCGA efforts in pollinator and butterfly habitat programs. •  Lead NCGA positioning on legal issues related to biotechnology and crop protection issues.
  • Develops and monitors budgets for areas of responsibility as well as seek outside funding resources to leverage checkoff dollars, as appropriate.
  • Actively coordinate with Biotechnology, Crop Protection, and Trade Public Policy staff on relevant issues.


Serve as a resource, manager and liaison for state and industry corn program staff – and broader relationship management


  • Ability to collaborate and inspire trust with the State Corn associations, and to develop sound working relationships with partners and collaborators across the NCGA partner and collaborators network

  • Provides leadership in facilitating shared consensus on national and state corn grower association and promotion board requests on biotech and crop protection issues and provide fact-based collateral materials (lawsuit summaries, registration briefs, crop input stewardship summaries, slides, online research, etc.) and guidance.

  • Facilitate collaboration and coordination of state-based crop input regulatory and product steward stewardship programs

  • Serve as the point of contact for the association with the major seed and crop protection companies on issues related to grower access and stewardship of crop protection products.

  • Serve as technical expert for the association regarding the regulation of biotechnology and crop protection products both domestically and internationally.


Required Knowledge and Skills:


Ability to operate in a team environment

Ability to travel

Basic knowledge of regulatory and registration pathways for crop inputs




  • Education and/or experience equivalent to a Master’s Degree in business administration, biology, Agronomy, Plant Pathology, Entomology, Horticulture or related discipline with a minimum of 5 years of work experience in an agronomic input related field 

  • Experience with production agriculture, biotechnology or regulatory environment

  • Ability to communicate data and science results to a broad range of audiences from experts to the general public

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability working across interdisciplinary and multi-sector teams, both as a leader and a team member

  • Willingness to travel extensively across the U.S.


NCGA Core Competencies:


  • NCGA Customer support - Responsive to needs of members and prospects.  Takes personal responsibility for service delivered. Is courteous and responsive to members.  Sets realistic expectations with members regarding requests for additional services.
  • Team support - Is seen as a leader, collaborator, and one who can contribute in a team setting.  Encourages all members to participate, and keeps team focused on goals and objectives.  Demonstrates a willingness to work with all those involved in the task at hand.
  • Initiative - Acts independently while working to achieve performance objectives.  Takes action to improve or remedy situations that may be problematic by offering solutions, insights, and suggestions to those involved.
  • Adaptability - Adapts to change, is open to new ideas, takes on new responsibilities, handles pressure, and adjusts plans to meet changing needs.
  • Results Focus - Can be counted on to meet or exceed goals; pushes self and others for results; is a conscientious worker who can be relied upon to handle unforeseen obstacles.
  • Customer Focus - Meets internal and external customer expectations; delivers upon commitments; build customer confidence; follows through on requests gaining trust and respect.
  • Judgment - Uses good problem solving and analytical skills in making decisions.  Thinks through the impact of decisions and actions on other people and programs.


Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to by October 5, 2018.


Posted: 09/19/2018