Director, Institute for International Crop Improvement : St. Louis, MO, United States

Director, Institute for International Crop Improvement : St. Louis, MO, United States

3 May, 2016

The of the Institute for International Crop Improvement (IICI) at the Donald Danforth Center is responsible for developing, coordinating, and directing the Center’s efforts to improve and food security in developing regions of the world.

The mission of the Danforth Center is to improve the human condition through plant science. The IICI acts to coordinate and focus science and technologies developed by Center scientists and collaborators onto crop plants central to the well-being of populations in the developing world. The IICI builds partnerships with individuals and institutions in developing countries to implement these activities. The IICI is not limited to specific technologies, but rather seeks to provide solutions to unmet needs using scientifically sound approaches that are effective and practical. The IICI also works to enhance capacities within partner countries through its funded projects and management of the Biosafety Research Network, a team of regulatory and communication specialists. TheIICI activities are funded by grants from foundations and agencies, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, and gifts from donors. The Director reports to the President of the Danforth Center.

Responsibilities of the IICI Director

• Lead the Danforth Center’s strategic planning for international program research, product development, and training;
• Lead a team with experience in intellectual property, product development, and biosafety;
• Coordinate with and engage Principal Investigators at the Danforth Center to identify, develop, and fund projects that relate to international crop improvement, and to provide to them support services in the areas of regulatory, planning, partnership and collaboration-building, and international relations;
• Plan, develop, and manage competitive research or product development grants from foundations and funding agencies;
• Work with Danforth Center President and Vice President for Development to seek and obtain gifts from private donors;
• Develop and manage budgets for core IICI activities and externally-funded projects;
• Manage subcontracted research and other activities between the Danforth Center and international partners;
• Coordinate a team of specialists to provide regulatory support to public sector R&D institutions and agencies in developing countries through targeted training and guidance.

Credentials, Attributes and Experiences of the IICI Director

• An advanced degree (Ph.D. preferred), in a scientific field with knowledge and experience in or plant science, including in the area of product development;
• A record of dedication to improving crop research capacity in developing countries;
• Experience in managing complex programs and staff;
• Relevant work experience in or with developing countries;
• Understanding of biosafety and regulatory issues surrounding agricultural technologies, including biotechnologies;
• Knowledge of, or experience in, intellectual property management, field trials, and crop breeding;
• Ability to speak to lay audiences about plant science and food security;
• Ability to dialogue with Principal Investigators and other scientists in a wide range of plant science-related fields;
• Experience in raising funds from foundations, agencies, and other grantors (e.g. the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, and private companies);
• Experience in working productively with diverse people from different fields, nationalities, and backgrounds;
• Experience in developing and managing performance based contracts, grants or cooperative agreements, including the management of monitoring systems and supervision of evaluations and reporting of performance;
• Excellent written and oral communication skills, and abilities to communicate with cultural sensitivity to broad and diverse audiences;
• Demonstrated ability to work with flexibility, efficiency and diplomacy, both individually and as part of a complex team effort.

Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and names and addresses of four to five references online at:

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from underrepresented groups, including minorities, women, protected veteran status and people with disabilities.

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