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Search is on for new SHIC associate directorSearch is on for new SHIC associate director

The associate director will interact closely with the pork community, leading efforts to build awareness of SHIC and its mission.

August 29, 2023

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The Swine Health Information Center is seeking candidates for the position of associate director due to the promotion of current associate director Megan Niederwerder to executive director as of Jan. 1, 2024. Applications in the form of a curriculum vitae with a cover letter describing professional goals and why applicants are uniquely qualified to fill this position should be sent to Niederwerder at [email protected].

Full consideration will be given to applications received by Sept. 22, 2023. Screening of applicants will start thereafter and continue until the position is filled with an anticipated start date of Jan. 1, 2024.

SHIC, launched in 2015 with Pork Checkoff funding, protects and enhances the health of the U.S. swine herd by minimizing the impact of emerging disease threats through preparedness, coordinated communications, global disease monitoring, analysis of swine health data, and targeted research investments.

SHIC’s associate director will help the executive director to lead the organization by assisting in directing overall operations and accountability and ensuring quality programs and services. Responsibilities and essential job functions include working with the executive director to provide oversight and implementation of the center’s mission and objectives, budget, long range planning, strategic initiatives and organizational structure. The associate director will interact closely with the pork community, leading efforts to build awareness of the center and its mission and to build and maintain excellent working relationships.  

To accomplish this, the associate director position demands a high level of visibility and interaction with pork producers, veterinarians, SHIC Board of Directors, academicians, allied industry, the National Pork Board, the National Pork Producers Council, the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, and other industry related audiences. The associate director position requires political discernment and sensitivity, broad and in-depth knowledge of the agricultural industry and organizations as well as strong familiarity with key pork industry organizations. 

A full job description, including background requirements of the position and further details, is available here.

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