Vacancy : Director, International Dialogues

Company: World Food Prize Foundation

Full time

Deadline: 04/02/2021

Des Moines, IA

$55,000 - 75,000+ commensurate with experience

World Food Prize Foundation


Position Overview

The Director, International Dialogues conducts strategic and operational oversight of the International Borlaug Dialogue, Digital Dialogues and related programs. The position provides organizational leadership on program design, research and policy analysis, agenda development and group facilitation, stakeholder and speaker engagement, conference planning and operational logistics, and volunteer coordination. Minimum of master’s degree and five years experience needed. More senior professionals are invited to apply; salary determinations based on experience.

Overarching Responsibilities

  • Drives WFPF signature dialogues and program planning, design, development and execution to elevate innovation and inspire action to improve the quality, quantity and availability of food for all.
  • Assures dialogues are aligned with the strategic goals and objectives of the WFPF and its key stakeholders, advancing global impact, inclusion, and opportunity.
  • Oversees and manages all areas of programming including: content development, meeting structure and logistics, budgeting, meeting preparation, facilitation and delivery and user overall experience.
  • Engages key stakeholders and speakers, identifying opportunities for collaboration and cooperation to advance strategic interests and enhance programming and partnerships.
  • Oversees and manages a small number of key program staff and volunteers, developing the skills and capabilities of others.
  • Supports WFPF strategic planning efforts, providing vision for the future, advancing the interests of programs and partners, recommending innovations for impact, and elevating the organization and its goals.

International Borlaug Dialogue Tasks and Activities

  • Alongside WFPF President, brainstorms and develops overall theme and agenda for the annual conference, including:
    • Conducting in-depth research on global food security, agriculture, life sciences, and sustainable development issues.
    • Tracking and analyzing topics and themes discussed at global events such as The Chicago Council Global Food Security Symposium, EAT Forum, World Economic Forum, Alliance for a Green Revolution Forum, United Nations General Assembly.
  • Maintains ongoing relationships with organizations who advise on conference content from private sector, public sector, research and academic institutions (eg: Corteva AgriScience, CGIAR, IFAD, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, etc.).
  • Identifies diverse international experts to speak at the conference based on a working knowledge of key stakeholders in the field of global food security and international development.
  • Coordinates all event-related logistics and planning including, but not limited to: inviting and directly managing speakers, promoting conference events and registration, and directing production team for conference.
  • Oversees development and dissemination of post-symposium highlight

Digital Dialogue Series Tasks and Activities

Working alongside WFPF President, brainstorms and develops topics for the Digital Dialogues, including conducting background research, analyzing current events, identifying and curating international experts and leaders, coordinating logistics, producing and promoting the program and disseminating post-event materials.

Additional Projects and Support

  • Strategic partnership building, developing organizational relationships with partner institutions, and supports internal coordination.
  • Drafts written materials for the President and on behalf of the organization including correspondence, blog posts, etc.
  • Serves on staff subcommittees for internal program development and coordination.
  • Supports World Food Prize involvement in events and programs hosted by partner organizations (e.g. Chicago Council for Global Affairs, American Association for the Advancement of Science, etc.).
  • Supports grant-making efforts under the guidance of leadership.
  • Manages, supports and provides mentorship to direct reports.


  • Master’s degree preferred; 5 years work experience required, at a minimum.
  • Generally, 10+ years experience beneficial for increased responsibility and opportunity to guide strategic growth.
  • Prior experience working in a non-profit or foundation environment plus knowledge of issues in food security, agriculture, life sciences, or sustainable development strongly desired.
  • Experience working with a wide array of stakeholders, including funding donors; local, national & international government officials; agency leaders, scientific and industry-related experts and dignitaries strongly desired.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, and experience professionally presenting to large audiences and key stakeholders.
  • Cross-cultural competency and experience working with diverse groups preferred.
  • Experience working with youth programming, organizations and/or youth development helpful.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements

Generally office setting, travel required, some may be international and occasionally for extended periods (~2 weeks +). May be required to lift up to 25 - 50 lbs (generally office supplies or event props). Long periods sitting, may stand for prolonged periods during events. Some bending, stooping may be required.