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Director of Research

Director of Research

The Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley are seeking a full-time Director of Research to join our diverse workforce for our Calgary office. This position is a shared position with the Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley. We are a dynamic group and our organizational culture thrives on innovation and a spirit of entrepreneurship. We challenge our team to come up with big ideas and be determined to champion them.

About the position

Reporting to the General Manager and working closely with other program areas, the Director of Research is responsible for execution of the commissions’ strategic plans as they relate to research, innovation and grower extension.

Duties and responsibilities

The Director of Research provides leadership in research and extension strategy, program and project investment and knowledge translation at the commissions.

  • Leads all aspects of research strategy, policy, and programming for both commissions. Leads a team of staff in the areas of project investment, demonstration planning, production extension and coordination of research trials.
  • Develops and maintains annual budgets for both commissions (>$5million/year). In cooperation with the Chairs of the Research Committees, coordinates regular Research Committee meetings for both commissions.
  • Presents recommendations to the Boards of Directors for both commissions in the areas of research and extension.
  • Works closely with other members of the management team – Finance, Communications, Events, Government Relations & Policy, Markets and GrainsWest Magazine to ensure the overall success of the commissions.
  • Contributes to industry submissions to the next Agriculture Policy Framework on behalf of wheat and barley.
  • Liaises with key staff in other provincial commissions, particularly the Canadian Wheat Research Coalition and Canadian Barley Research Coalition on research strategy and funding.
  • Liaises with industry associations, academic institutions, and government.
  • Oversees priority development and communication. Serves on external boards and committees as required.
  • Contributes to external newsletters and other communications.
  • Develops and maintains student scholarships and mentorship opportunities.
  • Other duties as assigned by the General Manager.


  • Knowledge of Canadian agriculture, specifically field crop production.
  • Advanced degree in agriculture or related science program (MSc or PhD) or equivalent experience; PAg designation an asset.
  • Minimum five years’ experience in a leadership role in agricultural research program management (strategy development, execution, measurement, reporting).
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and team management expertise.
  • An ability to create vision, lead a team of staff and coach to high performance.
  • Superior communication, written and oral presentation skills.
  • High level of technical expertise and credibility within the research community.
  • Excellent relationship-building skills, with the ability to multi-task and prioritize.
  • Ability to travel within Canada (up to 30%).

 The Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley offer a competitive, incentive-based compensation package including base salary and benefits. This position is ideally suited to individuals who desire to broaden their leadership in crop-based agricultural research while working in a positive team-based environment.

About the Alberta Wheat and Barley Commissions

The Alberta Wheat Commission (AWC) and Alberta Barley are provincial grower organizations that represent Alberta’s 14,000 wheat farmers and 11,000 barley farmers respectively. Both organizations invest in major program areas including research, communications and extension, market development, farm business management and policy advocacy.

The revenue is generated by a mandatory/refundable levy on commercial wheat and barley sales. The funds support the Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley strategic priorities in research, markets, extension, communications and policy development.

For more information about AWC and Alberta Barley, please visit Home - Alberta Wheat and Barley Commission.

Application process

Applications can be directed confidentially to the Alberta Wheat Commission and Alberta Barley at hr@albertawheatbarley.com. Interested individuals may also contact the office at 403-291-9111 to speak directly to a member of the recruitment team.

Application deadline: Wednesday, May 11, 2022 – 11:59pm

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Human Resources at hr@albertawheatbarley.com

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