Job Vacancy Associate Director, Agricultural Research/Extension Center (Plant Science Research) Auburn University

Job title: Associate Director, Agricultural Research/Extension Center (Plant Science Research)

Company: Auburn University

Job description: Position Information

Requisition Number S1802P


Division Name Agriculture Experiment Station

Position Title Associate Director, Agricultural Research/Extension Center (Plant Science Research)

Job Class Code GA06

Appointment Status Full-time

Part-time FTE

Limited Term No

Limited Term Length

Job Summary

The Plant Science Research Center of Auburn University is seeking candidates for the position of Associate Director. The individual selected for this position will provide leadership to the center in collaboration with the Regional Director, Director of Experiment Station Research Operations, administration, Department Heads, and Dean for the College of Agriculture and the Director and Associate Directors of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station.

The primary purpose of the Plant Science Research Center (PSRC) is to provide greenhouse space and supporting facilities and services to research scientists of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES). The PSRC is dedicated to assisting scientists to meet the challenges that face Alabama agriculture presently and in the future.

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Essential Functions

Responsibilities include overseeing the day to day operations and implementation of operational and research projects at the center to support all AAES programs related to agricultural research, teaching, and/or extension programs. Specific duties may vary based upon departmental needs and may include the following:

  • Planning, overseeing, and implementing all aspects of a research unit to include design, system installation, operation, and data collection for agricultural research, teaching, and extension projects in a greenhouse/nursery setting.
  • Interacting with a variety of individuals and groups for tours, seminars, and presentations.
  • Scheduling, monitoring, and maintaining records of research.
  • Procuring equipment and supplies to sustain research projects.
  • Supervising machinery operation, maintenance, and repair.
  • Supervising and/or monitoring clean-up and sanitation of research facility and equipment.
  • May assist in the development and monitoring of the department budget.
  • Ensuring compliance with pesticide application, procedure, and standards, as well as other regulations specific to the execution of job responsibilities.
  • Full supervisory responsibility for other employees is a major responsibility and includes directing and coordinating work schedules, training, evaluating, and making or recommending pay, promotion or other employment decisions.

Minimum Education and Experience

Education Level Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution

Field of Study

Degree in Agricultural Business, Management, Business, or related field.

Years of Experience 5 years

Area of Experience

Experience in greenhouse/nursery agricultural operations and/or agricultural research with progressively increasing levels of responsibility and accountability.

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Alternate Minimum Education and Experience (If available)

Education Level Indicated education is required; no substitutions allowed.

Field of Study

Years of Experience Indicated experience is required; no substitutions allowed

Area of Experience

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Minimum Skills, License, and Certifications

Minimum Skills and Abilities

Excellent interpersonal, written communication skills and demonstrated technical excellence and ability to work independently and in a team environment are essential.

Minimum Technology Skills

Minimum License and Certifications

Desired Qualifications

Desired Qualifications

Desired qualifications include the following:

  • Master’s degree in the agricultural sciences
  • Certified Pesticide Applicator License (D&R Preferred)
  • Knowledge and experience with ornamental horticulture research
  • Experience with maintenance and operation of equipment
  • Supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated experience with precision agriculture technology
  • Advanced computer skills

Posting Detail Information

Salary Grade 35

Salary Range $51,900 – $86,400

Job Category Executive/Director/Management

Working Hours if Non-Traditional

City position is located in: Auburn

State position is located: Alabama

List any hazardous conditions or physical demands required by this position

Posting Date 07/01/2022

Closing Date

EEO Statement

Auburn University is committed to an inclusive and diverse campus environment. Women, underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents * Resume

  • Cover Letter

Optional Documents

Expected salary: $51900 – 86400 per year

Location: Auburn, AL

Job date: Mon, 04 Jul 2022 05:46:28 GMT

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