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Director of Industry Development

CIFT is seeking a Director of Industry Development to manage its agricultural business program along with developing partnerships and projects within the industry.  Director will be responsible for overseeing CIFT’s small business program, marketing activities and its staff members.  Qualified candidate will have experience in applying new technology to existing agricultural businesses, identifying businesses to commercialize newly patented technologies, develop innovative approaches to expanding agribusinesses and evaluate methods for expanding business opportunities.  Identify, pursue, and interact with growers, established agri-businesses, commodity groups, technology acceleration programs, academic and research representatives, and federal agencies.  Develop fee for service programs to capitalize on expertise.

In addition to industry experience, CIFT prefers a Bachelor’s degree or higher in Agriculture Science, Engineering, or Business with a focus on Agriculture.  An advanced degree is desired but not required.  Grant writing experience preferable to assist in the pursuit of additional funding streams to support initiatives. The successful candidate will also need extensive business connections and relationships with agricultural, food processing, and other agri-business companies and entities throughout Ohio.

The position is Toledo-based but will require extensive travel within Ohio.  Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.  Send resume with cover letter to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  

Agribusiness Development Specialist

CIFT is seeking an experienced individual in the agricultural business field.  The qualified candidate will have experience in applying new technology to existing agricultural businesses, identifying businesses to commercialize newly patented technologies, develop innovative approaches to expanding agribusinesses and evaluate methods for expanding business opportunities.  Interactions with growers, established agri-businesses, commodity groups, academic and research representatives, and federal agencies are critical.


In addition to industry experience, CIFT prefers a Bachelor’s degree or higher in Agriculture Science, Engineering, or Business with a focus on Agriculture.  An advanced degree is desired but not required.  The successful candidate will also need extensive business connections and relationships with agricultural, food processing, and other agri-business companies and entities throughout Ohio.


The position is Toledo-based but will require extensive travel within Ohio.  Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.  Send resume with cover letter to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Marketing and Communications Assistant

CIFT is looking for someone to assist our Manager, Marketing and Communications and this department with its functions, duties, activities, and events for CIFT and its programs.  

Duties would include but not limited to:

  • Assist in the production of press releases, success stories, marketing reports, and promotional materials both printed and electronic. 
  • Monitor and tend to all social media aspects and websites.  
  • Assist with organizing events and functions by lining up speakers, venues, catering and supplies needed to ensure its success.  
  • Research and evaluate potential marketing opportunities.  
  • Assist and support initiatives and other staff members as assigned.  

Qualifications and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications, public relations or business is preferred along with 1-3 years professional experience. 
  • Proven written and oral communication skills.
  • Comprehension of basic technical and food/agricultural subjects.

This position is part time and benefits are not provided.  Position is based in our Toledo office and will require some travel within northwest Ohio.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.  Send resume with cover letter to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

  

Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action
CIFT is committed to continually improving the recruitment, employment, and promotional opportunities for minorities and women. This commitment is integrated into the principles of the organization with the development of the Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action policy.

It is the official policy of CIFT to:

  • Recruit, hire, train and promote into all job classifications the most qualified persons without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or status as a veteran;
  • Base decisions on employment so as to further the principles of equal opportunity;
  • Make employment and promotional decisions using reasonable standards based on the individual’s qualifications as they relate to a particular job vacancy and to the advancement of equal employment opportunity;
  • Ensure that all other personnel actions, such as compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, return from layoff, company sponsored training, education, tuition assistance, social and recreational programs will be administered without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or status as a veteran.


This policy encompasses both the desire and the obligation of CIFT when conducting its business even when such business is not with a government agency or contractor who imposes equal opportunity clauses in its contracts.

CIFT is committed to the objectives of equal employment opportunity and expect the cooperation and participation of all employees, contractors and vendors in achieving these objectives.