Sustainability Science Director - U.S. Farmers & Ranchers in Action

Opportunity Type: Job

U.S. Farmers & Ranchers in Action (USFRA) is actively seeking a passionate Sustainability Science Director to deliver USFRA’s mission to connect farmers and ranchers to food and agriculture stakeholders to co-create sustainable food systems.

The Sustainability Science Director will have several responsibilities, including but not limited to (1) serve as lead of USFRA’s Science program and (2) engage and lead our science advisory team.  On a day-to-day basis the Sustainability Science Director will work across the agriculture and environmental community to advance thought leadership, facilitate working groups, and develop a common fact base for agriculture on the state of science for environmental outcomes, carbon modeling, and manage dedicated research grants. This position should work to develop a strategy to identify research needs for the agriculture community. This position works with many leading scientists, serves as the “go to expert” on several advisory boards, and oversees our joint effort with FFAR the Ag Climate Partnership.

The Sustainability Science Director must have a passion for sustainability, the environment, and the contributions the food and ag sector can make towards a net zero economy. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills, can facilitate and lead scientists and multiple working groups, translate science into actionable outcomes for sustainability leaders.  In addition, be a lifelong learner, committed to being a subject matter expert on sustainability in agriculture and environmental impacts of ag.  The ideal leader is a self-starter who sees the need to bring the agriculture and environmental research community together to rapidly advance the science needed to provide better information for stakeholders and farmers.  They ideally thrive in working across organizations, forming coalitions to advance the mission. The ideal candidate wants to be part of leading the conversation on the environment and sustainable agriculture and catalyzing leaders towards action.

USFRA is a nonprofit, that works with farmer and rancher-led organizations, and food and agricultural partners, with a common vision to further our global sustainable food systems. We believe farmers uniquely contribute to nourishing our planet, people, and natural resources. Our focus is creating a proactive collaboration between the best minds in food, agriculture, science, and technology to co-create solutions that will result in environmental, social, and economic sustainability.