Deputy Director, Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition

Washington D.C.
$168,311 to $178,957 per year
July 12 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The mission of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), an agency in the Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is to invest in and advance agricultural research, education, and extension to solve societal challenges.  NIFA staff provides national leadership and support for science, extension, and education programs and other cooperative activities in the food, agriculture, natural resources and human sciences disciplines.  NIFA’s vision is to catalyze transformative discoveries, education and engagement to address agricultural challenges.   NIFA is committed to identifying and meeting research, education, and extension priorities as legislated by the Congress and in accordance with the USDA and NIFA Strategic Plans. For more information about our agency, visit our website:

The Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition is a major component of NIFA. This Institute is responsible for research, education, and extension that leads to a safer food supply; improving health and nutrition of citizens and reducing childhood obesity; and improving food quality.

As the Deputy Director of the Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition, the incumbent is responsible for providing scientific and managerial leadership and direction in formulating and implementing policies and programs that support research, education, and extension that enhance the safety of America’s food supply and the delivery of healthy, nutritious, and available food to all Americans. The incumbent serves as a principal scientific and management advisor to the Associate Director for Programs in administering, evaluating, planning, directing and coordinating activities related to the mission and function of NIFA, in execution of policies and practices of grants management, and in the allocation of resources to carry out these policies and practices.

The Deputy Director of the Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition provides executive scientific and managerial leadership and direction; serves as an advisor and agency expert; provides strategies and liaison; and initiates promoting ideas and concepts that impact programs and policies.

If you are a forward-thinking leader with expertise in the areas of food safety and nutrition, then this is the right opportunity for you! You will lead a dedicated staff of employees to implement food safety and nutrition programs within our agency and with our grant partners. You will provide the overall leadership to the Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition as well as oversee, plan, direct, and manage a comprehensive portfolio of research, education, and extension programs.

If you would like to work for a premier agency focused on enhancing the quality of life for the American people by supporting production of agriculture; ensuring safe, affordable, nutritious and accessible food supply; forest and range lands; supporting sound development of rural communities; providing economic opportunities for farm and rural residents; expanding global markets for agricultural and forest products and services; and working to reduce hunger in America and throughout the world, then the USDA is for you. To learn more about our agency, our exciting mission, vision and guiding principles, please visit


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