CAST EVP/CEO Position Announcement

CAST EVP_CEO_2022 position announcement

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) is a nonprofit organization established in 1972 and headquartered in Ames, Iowa. CAST is seeking an Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer (EVP/CEO) to advance CAST’s mission as a leader in science communication, maintaining its strong publishing reputation, increasing public visibility and impact, and leading strong fundraising efforts to insure and sustainably manage the organization’s financial resources.

The EVP/CEO reports to the Board of Directors (BOD) and serves as the chief brand ambassador, a nonvoting member of the BOD and the Board of Representatives, the legal representative of CAST, the editor-in-chief for CAST publications, and supervisor of the CAST staff.

The EVP/CEO provides visionary leadership to the organization and will work with staff and the board of directors to manage operations and projects necessary to implement and operationalize CAST’s strategic goals:

  1. Produce quality and relevant information in a timely manner for our stakeholders.
  2. Strengthen our communications with stakeholders through social media and other means.
  3. Maximize the value of our products to our stakeholders.
  4. Build a strong financial base for the long-term stability of CAST.

Preferred start date is May 2023.

About CAST                                                                                                                

The mission of CAST is to convene and coordinate networks of experts to assemble, interpret, and communicate credible, unbiased, science-based information to policymakers, the media, the private sector, and the public. Its membership is composed of scientific and professional societies, universities, companies, nonprofits, libraries, and individuals. Organizational members whose contributions qualify for full membership are invited to select and sponsor a member on the Board of Representatives to participate in CAST Work Groups.

CAST fulfills its mission through publications, projects, and sponsored activities designed to communicate the latest scientific research on food, agriculture, and environmental issues to the nonscientist. The primary work of CAST is the publication of papers highly regarded as a source of science-based information written and reviewed by volunteer experts‚ÄĒeconomists, legal experts and scientists from many disciplines. Webinars and briefings by authors of the publications, a weekly e-newsletter, social media, and educational resources for students are additional communication activities intended to educate and increase understanding of nonscientists and the general public on the use of science and technology in the production, processing, and utilization of food and fiber. CAST will continue to investigate and implement new formats for communication as appropriate to keep pace with the stakeholders we seek to inform.

EVP/CEO Responsibilities                                                                                          

Qualifications, Desired Skills, Characteristics, and Competencies                           

Candidates will ideally have the following characteristics:

Nonprofit Organizational Management and Visionary Leadership:

Networking and Relationship Building:




Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience for a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the Midwest region of the United States. A benefits package is included.

To Apply                                                                                                                      

For full consideration, send via E-mail a letter of application addressing pertinent qualifications and detailed work experiences; résumé; and names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of four professional references.

Review of applications will begin November 1 and continue until the position is filled. The search will continue until a suitable candidate is found.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

Please send applications to:
Melissa Sly,

Please direct inquiries about the position to:
Anna Dilger, President,

Additional information about CAST is available on its website:

CAST is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer



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