Job Overview


The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is the Federal component of a nationwide extramural research, educational, and outreach system which supports the global, science-based agricultural enterprise and accomplishes its missions in partnership with land-grant universities and other academic and scientific organizations. To learn more about NIFA, please visit

The Director of the Communications Staff serves as a top advisor to the NIFA Director and manages the public affairs program with responsibility for planning, designing, and executing a program to inform and educate the public, news media, and specialized audiences about NIFA programs and outcomes.


As the head of the Communications Staff, you will be NIFA's lead public affairs expert.  You will establish priorities, manage the budget, and allocate resources for NIFA publications and services.  You will also recommend various communication strategies to increase the effectiveness of NIFA communication programs and serve as the NIFA liaison to the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Office of Communications, as well as working closely with the Communications Officers at the land-grant universities and Communications Officers of other Federal and private science organizations.  You will develop materials and resources to be used for public presentations as well as serve as a spokesperson for the agency, presenting NIFA's position on controversial issues and explaining program developments and announcing upcoming events.  Additionally, you will provide administrative and technical supervision to the Communications Staff.