Senior Program Officer, International

McKnight Foundation

About the organization

For over 30 years, The McKnight Foundation’s Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) has worked to ensure a world where all have access to nutritious food that is sustainably produced by local people. This is accomplished through collaborative agroecological systems research and knowledge-sharing that strengthen the capacities of smallholder farmers, research institutes, and development organizations. McKnight takes a holistic, ecosystem approach to agriculture, supporting research and partnerships that lead to increased crop productivity, improved livelihoods, better nutrition, increased equity, and regenerative environmental outcomes in ten countries on two continents. Since its founding, the CCRP has dedicated more than $134 million and is currently providing support in three communities of practice (CoPs) and through multi-region cross-cutting grants.


The Senior Program Officer position is a newly created role and offers a rare leadership opportunity in the arena of agroecological, farmer-centered research. Serving as the CCRP team’s biophysical science lead, the Senior Program Officer will work at the cutting edge of transdisciplinary agroecological solutions and cultivate a global portfolio of research projects and related investments focused on creating equitable and sustainable options for smallholder farmers and food systems.

A member of the McKnight Foundation’s international program team based in Minneapolis, the Senior Program Officer reports to the International Program Director. Working in close collaboration with the international team, grantees, regional consultants, and partners around the world, the CCRP team develops strategic responses to a range of pressing global challenges including rising population growth and global food security; mitigating agriculture’s impact on climate change and adapting to the impact of climate change on agriculture; and, the tension between regenerative and unsustainable crop production.


McKnight seeks individuals who demonstrate an unwavering commitment to agroecological, farmer-centered research. You are committed to applying your biophysical and transdisciplinary science expertise to supporting a collaborative model of agroecological systems research to strengthen the capacity of farmer groups, researchers, development organizations and scientists to shift agricultural research towards holistic outcomes, equity and regenerative solutions.

The ideal candidate will have a PhD (or equivalent combination of experience/education) in a biophysical discipline or focus within agroecology and a minimum of 5 to 7 years of applied research and publications. A track record working with agroecological principles and approaches in an international (non-USA setting) is desired.

The salary range for this position is $138,600 - $146,700. This position is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and all applicants must have permission to work in the USA.

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$138,600 -$146,700

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