Senior Director for International Programs and Policy
The American Seed Trade Association
July 16, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
International, Project Management/Program Development
4 Year Degree
The Senior Director, International Programs and Policy is responsible for managing and planning ASTA’s international programs and activities. This includes, but is not limited to, ASTA’s United Export Strategy under the USDA Cooperator Program and ASTA’s international policy initiatives, including ASTA trade policy and participation in regional seed associations. This position reports directly to the Senior Vice President for International and Innovation Policy and is part of the ASTA Domestic and International Policy Team.
Responsible for drafting and submission of ASTA’s United Export Strategy (UES) under USDA’s Cooperator Programs. With the assistance of the Administrator, Domestic and International Programs (Administrator), is responsible for the budget for ASTA’s programs under the UES and assures compliance with USDA’s regulations. Works with the Vice President, Finance/Administration on the financial aspects of the ASTA UES.
Responsible for the planning and activities of the ASTA International Executive Committee (IEC), which provides input and guidance for ASTA’s priority issues and markets for the UES development and other international program planning. This includes ASTA’s participation in the International Seed Federation and regional seed associations.
With the assistance of the Administrator, responsible for Country Working Groups which provide input into specific activities in identified priority markets.
With the assistance of the Administrator, manages ASTA sponsored trips of foreign visitors to the United States.
Maintains regular communication with the Foreign Agricultural Service and all other relevant external publics to ensure the viability and continuity of ASTA’s “cooperator” status and administration of its market development programs and services.
Responsible for developing ASTA’s international trade policy positions and, in coordination with ASTA Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs, advocating ASTA’s international trade positions, including those related to the negotiation of trade agreements.
Working with ASTA Director of Communications, keep membership continually apprised of all international activities through newsletters and information memorandums.
Assists members with international marketing problems and inquiries.
Oversees the Administrator.
Acts as staff liaison for identified ASTA committees.
Self-starter who works effectively under minimal supervision.
5 years experience in working internationally, including working with international clientele; excellent cross-cultural skills.
Significant international as well as domestic travel expected.
Sensitive to confidentiality of members and clients.
Knowledgeable in the administration of Foreign Agricultural Service/USDA market development programs a plus.
Bachelor degree in International Affairs, Agriculture or Agricultural Economics/Marketing preferred; advanced degree in these disciplines a plus.
Excellent verbal and written skills required.
Willingness to work within a team setting.
Demonstrated ability to prioritize work and consistently meet very demanding and strict project deadlines.
Knowledge of domestic and international institutions and organizations relevant to the U.S. seed industry desirable.
About The American Seed Trade Association
Founded in 1883, ASTA is one of the oldest trade organizations in the US.
The American Seed Trade Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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