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Program Director, Rural and Farm Finance Policy Analysis Center


Job Description

The Rural and Farm Finance (RaFF) policy analysis center was established in 2021 through a series of cooperative agreements with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Office of the Chief Economist (USDA-OCE) with the mission to illuminate current issues related to the area of agricultural finance. RaFF is a center in the Division of Applied Social Sciences, one of six academic units in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri.

RaFF invites applications for a Program Director who will manage the day-to-day operational aspects of the center including coordination with other land-grant institutions that are involved in RaFF’s research surrounding agricultural finance.

The primary focus of the position will be the coordination of all activities under the center. This will include strategic communication of RaFF’s research to a broader audience of stakeholders within Missouri and across the United States. This will include the release of information to policymakers in Washington, DC.

Key responsibilities will include the following:




  1. Interacting with RaFF researchers on research progress relative to RaFF objectives,
  2. Strategic communication of research results of the RaFF network of researchers including working with communications teams at the collaborating land-grant institutions,
  3. Communication of research progress to USDA-OCE personnel, and
  4. Help RaFF develop a national reputation and noted program in agricultural finance.


The successful candidate will:






  1. Develop and implement processes to ensure RaFF objectives are communicated to all RaFF researchers,
  2. Coordinate information sharing across the RaFF network of researchers,
  3. Provide regular updates of research progress relative to the cooperative agreements to USDA-OCE and RaFF researchers,
  4. Lead efforts in strategic communication of research results to all RaFF stakeholders



Minimum Qualifications

MS in agricultural or applied economics, or a related social sciences discipline.

Candidates will be evaluated on:

A strong record of accomplishment in the area of strategic communications and be able to work with a diverse group of researchers in the delivery of research results.

Application Materials

Please visit , Job ID 46040, to submit an application. All applications must include a letter of interest in the position, current resume, and contact information for three professional references. The finalist for the position will be required to provide official transcripts for graduate courses.

Other Information

For More Information:

Scott Brown
129 Mumford Hall
Columbia, Missouri 65211


Competitive pay based on qualifications and experience.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Director of Employee and Labor Relations at 573-884-2577.

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