Director, Public Policy – Trade & Biotechnology

Full Time   Washington, D.C.


NCGA’s Director, Public Policy – Trade & Biotechnology is responsible for lobbying, building, and maintaining coalitions and relationships beneficial to the corn industry.


Reports to: Vice President, Public Policy


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lobbying the Congress, the Administration and various departments and agencies.
  • Building and maintaining coalitions beneficial to the corn industry and NCGA policy.
  • Keeping Action Team members, Corn Board members, officers, and staff informed of developments regarding issues and NCGA efforts.
  • Acting as spokesperson for organization for issue areas to various audiences.
  • Supporting staff for NCGA Market Development Action Team and Production Technology Access Action Team. Organize activities of grower team responsible for NCGA trade/market access efforts.
  • Collaborating with staff from U.S. Grains Council to advance international market development and grower trade education.
  • Managing outreach and bridge building with Embassies of trading partners

Qualifications and Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal and listening skills.
  • Excellent writing and oral presentation skills
  • Ability to work in collaborative team setting in a competitive industry.
  • Ability to work with constantly changing priorities and under challenging timelines.
  • Ability to manage activities of grower members and leaders.
  • Able to work independently and make educated decisions.
  • Organized, detail-oriented and good at time management.
  • Experience in dealing with media.
  • Must maintain confidentiality.
  • Willingness/Ability to work in a bipartisan fashion.
  • Familiarity with agriculture, the food system and/or trade


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • At least eight years of experience on Capitol Hill, Federal/State government or equivalent


Requires travel (15%). Valid passport and ability to travel outside the United States. Must have a valid driver’s license and good driving record.


Position Type/Location

Full-Time/DC Office

NCGA is an equal-opportunity employer.


The National Corn Growers Association is committed to cultivating a diverse workforce and a culture of inclusivity and belonging. Our goal is to attract qualified candidates and encourage applications from all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


Interested candidates should apply by sending a resume and cover letter to by June 2, 2023.