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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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Summary: The Director of Renewable Fuels will be responsible for providing strategic support of market demand-building programs at the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA). The director will create, track & manage all programs & staff overseeing the use of corn as a feedstock for production of renewable fuels.


Reports to: Vice President, Market Development


Location: St. Louis


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the annual development and execution of strategic plans to help fulfill NCGA’s ethanol goals and objectives.

  • Lead staff for the Ethanol Action Team (ETHAT). Manages grower communications, agenda development, securing appropriate speakers, evaluating projects and budget reporting.
  • Works with and responds to national and state corn grower association and promotion board regarding renewable fuels requests providing accurate, fact-based collateral materials (data tables, summaries, slides, online research, etc.) and providing expert advice and guidance.
  • Develops and monitors budgets for areas of responsibility and seeks outside funding resources to leverage checkoff dollars, as appropriate.
  • Liaise with the renewable energy industry and affiliated trade groups – such as Ag Auto Ethanol Coalition, American Coalition for Ethanol, Growth Energy, Prime the Pump, Renewable Fuels Association – in conjunction with the Director of Public Policy.
  • Manages ethanol projects such as determining the environmental benefits of biofuels, overseeing work regarding changes in engine design and the use of higher blends of ethanol, and raising ethanol awareness among consumer audiences.
  • Coordinates with public policy staff on ethanol, energy, and other policy issues as they relate to corn demand.
  • Manages one direct-report (Manager, Renewable Fuels).


Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • Knowledge/experience in wholesale fuel marketing, retail consumer marketing, automotive engine/emissions design, renewable fuels, energy policy

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills (Excel, Word and PowerPoint)
  • Ability to plan, organize, direct, & lead projects as well as ability to work effectively as a team member
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including presentation skills
  • Ability to effectively manage concurrent projects
  • Ability to travel domestically (30%-40%)
  • 1-2 years management experience


Minimum Qualifications:

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

  • Master’s Degree in renewable energy management, business administration, agriculture OR
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and training that provides required knowledge and skills.


Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to by Dec. 15th.


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