The World Food Prize Foundation

The World Food Prize Foundation invites applications for the Director of Iowa Education Program


The World Food Prize Foundation invites nominations and applications for the Director of Iowa Education Programs. The Foundation seeks a broadly-experienced and dynamic thought leader to head the expansion of educational programs in Iowa and continue Dr. Norman Borlaug’s legacy of inspiring the next generation of young leaders in the fight to end hunger.

In addition to visionary leadership and strategic planning, the Director of Iowa Education Programs will possess excellent administrative and communication skills to establish and manage programs in the state of Iowa; cultivate strategic partnerships and develop new initiatives; and support and train students and educators across a diverse range of STEM, agriculture and social science disciplines.

Headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.

Dr. Norman Borlaug, winner of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for his work leading the Green Revolution in agriculture, founded The World Food Prize to honor those who have made significant contributions to improving the global food supply. Every October, the world’s foremost thinkers and leaders in the fight to end hunger travel to Des Moines for the awarding of the Prize and the Borlaug Dialogue – the world’s premier international symposium on global agriculture and development.

The World Food Prize calls attention to what has been done to improve global food security and to what can be accomplished in the future by honoring breakthrough achievements and inspiring the next generation of young leaders to continue Dr. Borlaug’s life work to end hunger and human suffering.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Manage the World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute at Iowa State University and other Iowa education experiences:
    • Design, plan, evaluate and coordinate transformative education and youth leadership programs for high school students, primarily the Iowa Youth Institute
    • Present the WFP youth programs to key stakeholders in education, industry and state government and develop collaborative partnerships to establish and institutionalize the programs in Iowa
    • Empower and support high school teachers and administrators through all phases of the students participation including: recruitment of students, educational presentations, school visits, development of educational materials, and student evaluations
    • Identify and engage educational innovators in Iowa to involve their students and establish school-based programs and build regional programming at colleges across Iowa
  • Represent The World Food Prize at local and state events, meetings and symposia
  • Identify, cultivate, evaluate and sustain strategic partnerships and initiatives to build and enhance the education and youth leadership programs
  • Manage program budgets, identify potential sources of programmatic support, and develop and execute presentations and grant proposals to foundations, individuals and organizations to generate support for the Foundation’s programs and initiatives

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree in education, science, agriculture or a related discipline
  • 2-4 years’ experience creating, administering and managing youth programs
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
  • Proven ability to coordinate and lead diverse constituencies and stakeholders
  • Supervisory experience
  • Experience working with high schools and higher education, specifically land-grant universities
  • Familiarity with food security and global issues
  • Requires regular travel across Iowa for school and partnership visits

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in education, science, agriculture or related discipline or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired
  • Track record of success developing state and national partnerships with NGOs, universities, schools, and public and private sector organizations
  • Experience teaching in formal and informal learning environments and developing informational/educational materials and curricula
  • Experience working with the Iowa education system, including Iowa Department of Education, student youth organizations, and teacher professional organizations
  • Experience living or working abroad
  • Demonstrated experience with social and new media technologies, database and basic website management

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualification. Position will report directly to the Foundation President.

Application materials should be emailed to and include a letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position’s duties, responsibilities and qualifications; a resume or academic curriculum vitae; and contact information for at least three references. Applications should be received by August 8, 2016.


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