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We are seeking an Assistant Director to join the management team in our Columbia, MO office. The successful candidate will assume supervision of all inspection staff and related field service activity while learning all aspects of the operation. This is an “executive in waiting” position that is structured to allow for a transition to the Executive Director position when that position opens in the near future.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Coordinate and supervise all field service activity, including field inspections, conditioning facility inspections and field/sample auditing
  • Supervise a team of 10-15 seasonal inspectors to include recruitment, training and scheduling
  • Develop education and promotional materials and/or programs as needed to increase awareness of MCIA programs and activities
  • Represent MCIA on professional and industry related committees as needed
  • Become familiar with all aspects of the MCIA operation, including sample processing, seed laboratory testing, tag/label/certificate issuance and proprietary software structure and operation
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in agronomy, seed production or related agricultural industries
  • Knowledge of or experience with team leading, recruiting, training, scheduling and supervising
  • Ability to communicate effectively and interact with colleagues, peers and clients in a professional mannner
  • Proven history of honesty, integrity and dependability working with staff, constituents and general public
  • Experience with or working knowledge of modern business software (MCIA will provide training for in-house proprietary software)
Compensation & Benefits
  • Salary range is $51,000 to $60,000 and commensurate with experience and ability
  • Annual stipend for health insurance premium
  • Company paid dental and long term disability
  • Company sponsored retirement plan with annual employer contribution and optional employee contributions
  • Company provided cell phone or personal phone reimbursement
  • Paid leave (vacation, personal & sick) plus paid holidays
Application Process
Application package (cover letter, current resume/CV and personal references) should be sent to the attention of the Executive Director at the MCIA office. Additional information concerning this position or the MCIA can be obtained by contacting the MCIA office. This position will remain open until filled, however, applications should be received no later than June 30 to receive full consideration.
About the Missouri Crop Improvement Association
The Missouri Crop Improvement Association is designated annually by the Director of the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station at Columbia, Missouri to serve as the official seed certifying agency for the State of Missouri. This action is provided for in Section 266.095 of the Missouri Seed Law.
Our mission is to maintain and make available to the public, through seed certification, high quality seeds and propagating materials or varieties so grown and distributed as to maintain high quality, varietal purity and identity. This broad purpose shall be accomplished:
  • By cooperating with the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station, the University of Missouri Extension Service, the Missouri Department of Agriculture and private plant breeders in the introduction and maintenance of superior strains and varieties of farm crops and in the continuous campaign for the use of standard improved varieties of farm crops within the state.
  • By developing, adopting and maintaining standards of excellence for the various classes of seed grown by members under the rules and regulations of the Association.
  • By providing an inspection service for members growing seed crops.
  • By regulating certification of inspected seeds.
  • By providing and requiring the use of uniform and distinguishing marks, tags, containers or emblems for use on all classes of seed officially sponsored by the Association.
  • By collecting and distributing information on seeds; by conducting demonstrations and exhibits; by providing information and promoting activities of the Association.
  • By aiding the members of the Association in promoting the agricultural interests of Missouri in any way consistent with the provisions under which the Association is incorporated.
  • By cooperating with the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies.