Chief Programs Officer
IFDC- International Fertilizer Development - Muscle Shoals, AL

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The Role

The Chief Programs Officer will be responsible for creating a vision and executing strategy in-line with the objectives of IFDC. The Office of Programs consists of 60 scientific (Including Ph.D. level), professional, production, and administrative staff charged with the mission of conducting research in the areas of nutrient and soil management, nutrient cycling, environmental issues, economics and policy issues related to nutrient supply and use systems, fertilizer product and process development, and information management systems. While the position will be located at our Head Quarter’s in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the reach of our mission and result of our product is global, primarily in the developing countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Additionally, this position will direct the activities of a fertilizer pilot plant at our Muscle Shoals facility. The Chief Programs Officer reports directly to the President and Chief Executive Officer

Main Job Responsibilities:

The Chief Programs Officer should have broad-based knowledge of the agriculture, agribusiness, and fertilizer sectors in both developed and developing countries and be able to use this knowledge to synthesize adaptive and applied research with operational expertise and a strategic methodology that leads to successful development of new research opportunities.

The primary responsibilities of the position include the following:

  • Develop and communicate a strategic plan for the Office of Programs;
  • Set priorities for the Division to provide guidance and support to program managers and staff;
  • Ensure that administrative and financial procedures are followed, budgets are developed, and program goals are met and within budget;
  • Coordinate the preparation of project proposals and reports;
  • Coordinate with the Office of the President in the development and implementation of an overall strategic plan designed to conduct divisional projects and secure project funding.
  • Required Skills Research Design : Plan, direct and lead overall strategy for developing and obtaining approval for research initiatives; prepare grant applications and proposals for internal and external research of new projects; provide appropriate support for existing research activities.

    Interpersonal Communication

    : Ability to interact with and lead people at all levels of the organization; Make technical presentations internally and externally, and present to potential donors project proposals. Innovation : Ensure that IFDC maintains its position on the leading edge of fertilizer and agribusiness research and development

    Business development : Develop technical proposals for outside funding, negotiate collaborations with governments and corporations (U.S. and global), and negotiate contracts with foundations and other donors to perform research studies.

    Required Experience
    • A minimum of a Master’s Degree (Doctorate strongly preferred) in Economics, Agronomy, Soil Science or other area related to IFDC's mission;
    • A minimum of 10 years professional work experience beyond receipt of the Graduate Degree;
    • A minimum of 3 years’ experience managing multiple research projects;
    • Extensive knowledge of the fertilizer sector and international markets (e.g., providing technical advice to subordinate staff, identifying advantages and disadvantages of recommended alternatives, reviewing reports and articles for publication).
    • Evidence of sound financial management;
    • Evidence of providing leadership that lead, or contributed, to organizational growth;
    • Relevant experience in leading a diverse, global organization would be desirable.
    • Ability to travel domestically and internationally 10-15%

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