The director serves in a full-time, twelve-month management position. Under the general supervision of the Dean of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, the selected individual will work closely with faculty in the Departments of Agricultural Business, Food Science and Nutrition, and Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education to fulfill the Institute for Food and Agriculture’s (IFA) mission. The director will also serve as a member of the California Agricultural Technology Institute (CATI) Center Directors team. Administrative and outreach responsibilities include:
- Developing and maintaining IFA budgets and operational policies and procedures.
- Integrating IFA operations and activities with other California Agricultural Technology Institute (CATI) Centers and with the Jordan College’s academic programs, particularly the departments listed above.
- Collaborating with all programs within the Jordan College and promoting collaborations with other institutions.
- Representing IFA to external audiences and developing productive relationships with the agricultural community including industry, organizations and agencies.
- Generating external support for IFA’s research and outreach programs, as well as matching CATI funding for research and dissemination.
- Working withfaculty and staff to initiate and support IFA applied research and outreach programs.
- Overseeing activities which include internally- and externally-funded research and outreach programs.
- Selecting, supervising and evaluating staff, graduate fellows and undergraduatestudent assistants.
- Working with a diverse group of faculty researchers.
- Providing overall leadership and strategic management of IFA.
Required Education, Experience, Skills, and Abilities:
- Master’s degree in agricultural economics, food science, nutrition, animal science, or related disciplines.
- Five years of successful experience in managing and conducting applied research program(s) and demonstrated success in obtaining extramural funding and working with external constituencies.
- Success in the candidate’s discipline is essential: it should be demonstrated by evidence of research and collaboration with industry groups, government agencies, as well as by a record of grantsmanship and with successful funding outcomes.
- Advanced knowledge of strategic planning, financial management, organizational and personnel management, and project management.
- Entrepreneurial ability to establish fruitful working relationships with industry and government on agricultural sector challenges.
- A history of regular attendance and positive performance evaluations.
- Able to:
- Articulate and communicate research goals and to interact with university research professionals, as well as those in business and government.
- Exercise leadership in a highly consultative environment.
- Maintain effective working relationships with a culturally and ethnically diverse population, including faculty, staff, students and community members.
Preferred Specialized Skills
- An earned Doctorate in agricultural economics, food science, nutrition, animal science, or related disciplines.
Applications received by March 23, 2018 will be reviewed for minimum qualifications and given full consideration by the hiring manager and/or search committee. Qualified applicants received after that date will be forwarded upon request to the hiring manager and/or search committee.
Individuals interested in being considered for this position should submit an on-line application and attach the following supporting documents: 1) resume, 2) letter of interest which includes a narrative detailing how the candidate fulfills each of the required and preferred items listed under Qualifications, and 3) names, email addresses and telephone numbers of three references who can provide current assessments of the candidate's qualifications for the position.