The Kansas Wheat Alliance was founded in 2007 by Kansas State University Research & Extension, Kansas State University Research Foundation, Kansas Wheat Commission, Kansas Crop Improvement Association, Kansas Association of Wheat Growers and Kansas Seed Industry Association for the primary purpose of commercializing and managing the release of K-State wheat varieties in a way that allows the delivery of preferred traits to farmers and funds the K-State wheat-breeding programs in proportion to the value it adds to the Kansas wheat industry.
KWA is a 501(C)5 not-for-profit membership organization operating as a broker for the licensing and marketing of value-added wheat technology including farmer preferred characteristics such as novel genes for heat, drought, disease or herbicide tolerance, as well as proprietary traits that meet specific needs of end-users. The Kansas Wheat Alliance is a strong advocate for the enforcement of Plant Variety Protection (PVP).
To insure the success of this novel venture, KWA relies on the full-time services of a talented, energetic, highly knowledgeable CEO/President. This person needs a working knowledge of Kansas wheat production, including an understanding of the wheat seed industry and the overall financial situation that farmers and seedsmen are facing. The CEO/President of KWA needs an understanding of the protection and management of intellectual property, with a particular emphasis on licensing. The CEO/President needs to be an effective spokesperson, with good skills in communication, negotiating and marketing. Ideally, the successful candidate for the position would already be well-known to many wheat farmers around the state and region.
SPECIAL JOB CHARACTERISTICS:
The CEO/President will be evaluated by the KWA Board of Directors on an annual basis.
BS/BA and Masters Degree, or BS/BA and 5 years relevant experience.
SALARY & BENEFITS:
A competitive salary and benefit package will be negotiated.
Interested candidates should apply to:
Shaun Ohlde, Chairman
Kansas Wheat Alliance
1990 Kimball Ave Ste 200
Manhattan, KS 66502
or call 785/320-4080 for additional information
POSITION TITLE: Chief Executive Officer/President
LOCATION: Manhattan, Kansas
REPORTS TO: Board of Directors
GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Provide innovative leadership and Strategic direction to the Board of Directors and membership of the Kansas Wheat Alliance.