POSITION: Assistant Director, Global Food and Agriculture Program
TEAM: Global Food and Agriculture
REPORTS TO: Director, Global Food and Agriculture Program
SUMMARY The Assistant Director oversees the Global Food and Agriculture Program (GFAP) content development, including research and policy reports as well as publications and related materials. The Assistant Director, in concert with the Director, guides GFAP’s research work and ensures that all materials are relevant, timely, thoroughly researched and well-written, and of the highest quality and integrity, serving to advance the Program’s long-term goals.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Lead research processes for a portfolio of GFAP research/policy publications, including conducting research, delegating research projects to staff and interns, and managing consultative research processes, including conducting outreach, leading 1:1 interviews, and facilitating working group meetings with key stakeholders
Serve as project manager for the Council’s annual global food security report and other publications; contract and manage consultant authors; enforce project deadlines and collaborate within GFAP team, across Council teams, and externally; liaise with external partners and vendors, including editors, graphic designers, printers, etc.
Liaise with GFAP Panel of Advisors to solicit input and guidance on publication drafts and adapt content based on their feedback
Work closely with Director, Global Food and Agriculture Program, Director, Government Relations, and Government Relations Officer to develop policy recommendations to US government and other key stakeholders
Draft content including: policy recommendations, supplemental publications’ content,blogs, presentations, op-eds, video scripts, etc.; ideally act as named author on original analysis and research, as aligned to expertise and Council priorities
Supervise Research Associate and support his/her supervision of GFAP interns
Support management of GFAP, including budget, fundraising, and representing GFAP internally and externally
Provide support at Council events approximately 3 – 4 times monthly (registration, ushering, etc.), requiring some evening and early morning hours
Perform other projects as assigned
Master’s degree in agricultural economics, public policy, international development, or related field
7+ years professional experience in research-based and/or policy arena working with government, nonprofits, think tanks or academia; international experience in a developing country strongly preferred
Knowledge of agricultural development, food security, nutrition, and/or international development fields and related institutions and policy issues strongly desired
Superior verbal and written communication skills (editorial and proofreading), including the ability to communicate complex concepts and topics clearly, thoroughly, and succinctly; preferable experience with policy-relevant writing
Demonstrated project management and staff management skills
Ability to manage multiple, simultaneous work streams on tight deadlines; excellent attention to detail
Creativity, flexibility, and problem-solving; thrives in fast-paced and dynamic environment
Previous experience using Salesforce a plus
The Global Food and Agriculture Program works to identify opportunities for government and private sector leadership in advancing global food security and nutrition, and alleviating poverty through agricultural development. In 2009 it published a report that provided a blueprint for the Obama Administration’s USAID global food security initiative, Feed the Future. Since then, the Council has convened business, policy, scientific, and civil society leaders for task forces examining US farm policy; the nexus between nutrition, health, and the food system; the impact of climate change on food production; the role of research and technology; and food system transformations necessary to feed an urbanizing world. The resulting reports of task force findings and recommendations provide guidance for how stakeholders from the public, private, and NGO sectors can work together to implement innovative solutions to global food security challenges.
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization that provides insight – and influences the public discourse – on critical global issues. We convene leading global voices, conduct independent research, and engage the public to explore ideas that will shape our global future. Ranked the #1 Think Tank to Watch worldwide, the Council is committed to bringing clarity and offering solutions to issues that transcend borders and transform how people, business, and governments engage the world.
Please email a cover letter, resume, and one writing sample no more than 2 pages (800 words) on a relevant international affairs topic, all as Word documents to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also apply via the Council’s website at www.thechicagocouncil.org in the Career Opportunities section.
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, founded in 1922, is an independent, non-partisan organization committed to educating the public — and influencing the public discourse — on global issues of the day. The Council provides a forum in Chicago for world leaders, policymakers and other experts to speak to its members and the public on these issues. Long known for its public opinion surveys of Amer...ican views on foreign policy, The Chicago Council also brings together stakeholders to examine issues and offer policy insight into areas such as global agriculture, the global economy, global energy, global cities, global security and global immigration. Learn more at thechicagocouncil.org.