TITLE OF POSITION: Vice President, Production & Sustainability


DEPARTMENT: Production & Sustainability


SUPERVISOR’S TITLE: Chief Executive Officer


NATURE OF POSITION: A senior leader who, as a part of the NCGA Management Team, will be responsible for the strategic vision and management of all corn production and sustainability issues, including corn productivity, disease research, genomics & phenomics, water quality, soil health, climate, crop input technologies, and agricultural research. This individual will work with NCGA leaders and Action Teams to ensure the identification and management of corn production issues and opportunities. In cooperation with businesses within the corn industry, this leader will coordinate the development and implementation of the NCGA’s corn research, production, and sustainability strategies as identified in the NCGA Strategic Plan; will work with the NCGA Board to establish funding priorities within these areas; and will identify and explore new and emerging opportunities to develop, enhance, and promote corn productivity and sustainability. The VP of Production & Sustainability will coordinate the work and input of various NCGA departments and contractors in developing a coherent strategy and manage current and emerging issues.




  • Education: A Master’s Degree or Doctorate in agricultural science, resource management, or an equivalent field is preferred.
  • Skills: A proven team leader who can mentor, coach, and inspire employees. Experience developing and managing integrated research, education, or public policy initiatives. Interpersonal skills necessary to work with an extensive variety of people, including corn growers, business executives, and association leaders. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. A demonstrated ability to diplomatically manage dynamic and complex issues and relationships.
  • Relevant Experience: 10-years’ experience, preferably working with agricultural, food, or natural resource issues. Knowledge of agriculture, sustainability, and association management is a plus.




  • Membership: Contact with NCGA members through state corn organization meetings, outreach initiatives, and through coordinating responses to inquiries with the Production & Sustainability Team.
  • Governing Structure: Relevant NCGA Action Teams, NCGA Board
  • Government: As needed, work with the NCGA Washington, DC staff to engage Congress, USDA, EPA, DOE, and other relevant agencies in support of legislation or programs that promote corn sustainability.
  • Public: Work in cooperation with the VP of Communications to manage issues affecting corn production and sustainability.
  • Other Organizations: Work with state corn associations, Universities, crop input organization, grain marketing organizations, environmental and conservation organizations, and others in the development of joint programs that enhance corn productivity, stewardship, and sustainability.




  • Policy Formulation: Work with NCGA’s Action Teams to establish strategies and policies to enhance U.S. corn productivity and sustainability. Provide information on corn production and sustainability policies and programs to NCGA producer leadership and management.
  • Planning: Develop both short-term and long-term plans to address research, production, environmental management, sustainability, and issues management.
  • Decision Authority: Make recommendations to management on all phases of corn production. Work with Production & Sustainability Team to develop budget requests, allocations, and reconciliations through the normal budgeting process.
  • Financial Responsibility: Responsible for production & sustainability program expenditures. Signature authority within National Corn Growers Association Operating Policy guidelines.




  • Staff Management and Leadership: Able to supervise or manage staff from remote locations. Ability to lead and coordinate staff across various departments.
  • Supervision Received: Work independently within general policy guidance. Maintain regular communication with CEO on all pertinent issues.
  • Travel: Extensive travel, both domestic and international. Estimated at 50 percent. Must have valid driver’s license and a good driving record.


DATE OF REVISION: November 20, 2017


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