August 31, 2020

FFAR Hiring Director of Strategic Partnerships

FFAR Hiring Director of Strategic Partnerships

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) is requesting applications and nominations for an individual to join the team as Director of Strategic Partnerships. FFAR was established by bipartisan Congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to build public-private partnerships to support ground-breaking and actionable science addressing today’s food and agriculture challenges. FFAR leverages public-private partnerships to increase the research critical to enhancing the sustainable production of nutritious food for a growing global population. FFAR catalyzes innovative research to solve pressing food and agriculture challenges.

FFAR was funded in the 2014 Farm Bill with $200 million, with the requirement that every federal dollar FFAR spends on research be matched with at least one non-federal dollar. FFAR was allocated an additional $185 million in the 2018 Farm Bill with the same matching requirement. FFAR has already matched and committed $200 million in initial research projects, and it has ambitious plans for more research consortia, awards, and programs going forward. Furthermore, in response to the 2018 Farm Bill, FFAR recently developed a Strategic and Sustainability Plan that articulates potential pathways toward greater financial diversification and sustainability.

The Director will control FFAR’s existing funding and relationships and will work proactively with its Scientific Program Directors to increase funding to FFAR’s joint scientific research projects. The Director will also participate in general fundraising efforts for FFAR. Working with FFAR’s Scientific Programs staff, the Director will proactively cultivate, solicit, and steward prospect and donor relations to support project-specific funding. FFAR’s scientific work is organized around six challenge areas; Soil health; Sustainable water management; Advanced animal systems; Next-generation crops; Health agriculture nexus, and urban agriculture.

Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically. Applications will be actively reviewed on a rolling basis as submitted and will be received until an appointment is secured. Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter, resume, and a list of five professional references with full contact information. No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate. Confidential discussions about this position may be arranged by contacting Senior Consultants William Howard or Maria Thompson.

More information about the position can be found here.