Position Description: Director Biotechnology and Crop Inputs

Summary:  The Director of Biotechnology and Crop Inputs will be responsible for programs, regulatory oversight, public outreach 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 Production and Sustainability


Location: Chesterfield, MO


Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Responsible for the annual development and execution of programs that fulfill NCGA’s Strategic Plan and policy positions as they relate to topics in the crop protection and sustainability.

  • Lead staff for the Freedom to Operate Action Team (FTOAT), managing grower communications, agenda development, securing appropriate speakers, evaluating projects and budget reporting.

  • Responds to national and state corn grower association and promotion board requests on biotech and crop protection issues and provide fact-based collateral materials (data tables, summaries, slides, online research, etc.) and guidance.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • Manage the scientific communications around crop protection to a public audience.

  • 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.


Required Knowledge and Skills:


  • Strong analytical and organizational skills

  • Ability to research, analyze and summarize data

  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills (Excel, Word and Powerpoint)

  • Ability to effectively manage and complete concurrent projects in a timely fashion

  • Ability to travel domestically (30%-40%)

  • Ability to work both as part of team or independently, as the situation dictates

  • 1-2 years project management experience

  • Experience with production agriculture, biotechnology and/or working in a trade association preferred but not required


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum 5 years experience in fast-paced business environment AND

  • Master’s Degree in business administration, or biology, or chemistry, or economics OR

  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training that provides required knowledge and skills.


Interested parties should send a resume and cover letter to by March 15, 2019. 


Updated 2/14/2019