Responsible for leadership and strategic direction of research programs and serves as lead staff for the Corn Productivity & Quality Action Team (CPQAT).


Reports to:


Vice-President of Production & Sustainability


Duties & Responsibilities:


Leadership & Management


Serve as lead staff for the CPQAT


  • Provide guidance and strategic vision to assist grower team members and assistance to the Vice-President of Production & Sustainability regarding research priorities for NCGA

  • Meet communication, budgeting and meeting requirements set forth by NCGA

  • Ensure team develops programs and projects to accomplish NCGA Strategic Plan objectives


Develop research opportunities for corn productivity and improved production practices


  • Strategically support commercial research companies developing technology that may provide benefits for growers

  • Explore potential research opportunities (both public and private sector) to be considered by CPQAT, including feasibility of technology and potential intellectual property positions

  • Support the National Agricultural Genotyping Center’s Board of Directors, assist NCGA and State Directors

  • Review state checkoff research proposals as requested


Serve as a resource, manager and technical director for state and industry corn research program staff and broader research relationships


  • Provide leadership in facilitating shared consensus amongst state corn organizations on high priority corn research needs and corresponding programs

  • Facilitate collaboration and coordination of state-based corn productivity research

  • 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 collaborator research network

  • Demonstrates strong emotional intelligence to actively communicate and engage with program farmers, agronomists, partners, funders and collaborators to build meaningful involvement and decision-making participation.

  • Organize efforts to inform policymakers regarding the importance of corn research

  • Work with national NCGA staff in Washington, DC, state Corn association staff and other commodity groups to get advance national research funding initiatives


Serve as technical staff support for Aflatoxin Mitigation Center of Excellence (AMCOE)


  • Manage current research programs and identify additional opportunities for mycotoxin mitigation research


Required Knowledge and Skills:


Ability to operate in a team environment


Ability to travel


Basic knowledge of federal research programs




  • Education and/or experience equivalent to a Ph.D. Degree in Agronomy, Soil Science, Plant Pathology, Plant Science/Breeding, Horticulture or related discipline with a minimum of 5 years of work experience in an agronomic related field

  • Substantial experience with statistical analyses and data

  • Experience writing scientific journals articles and grower level analyses

  • 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 research teams, both as a leader and a team member

  • Willingness to travel extensively across the U.S.




  • 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 September 28, 2018.


Updated 8/31/2018