North Dakota State University
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$70,000 and above
Dickinson, North Dakota
The Director will have administrative responsibility for pursuing excellence in agricultural research and educational programs for the DREC, located at Dickinson, ND. The Director will provide leadership, supervision and performance evaluations for Center staff, and facilitate collaboration between the Center staff and other research and Extension professionals in the NDSU system, as well as agencies, organizations, and entities that aid agriculture, related industries, or economic activities in the region. The Director will manage the Center’s budget and coordinate budget development in conjunction with the Director of the NDAES, the DREC advisory board and State Board of Agricultural Research and Education. The Director will provide leadership in obtaining external, competitively funded research and/or educational awards, and develop collaborative projects important to the well-being of rural communities, agricultural production systems and natural resources in southwest North Dakota. The research program emphasis areas at DREC include management of rangeland natural resources and grasslands in the western North Dakota region; beef cattle management and production systems; forage production systems; and agronomy and cropping systems pertinent to southwestern North Dakota.
Interested applicants should submit the following: 1.) Cover letter, 2.) Curriculum vitae, 3.) Statement describing the applicant’s ability to administer and provide leadership (this should be attached in the “Other Document 1” section of applicant documents), 4.) Names and contact information (telephone numbers, postal address, email address) of three professional references (this should be attached in the “Other Document 2” section of applicant documents), and 5) unofficial transcripts.
• Earned M.S. in an agricultural discipline closely aligned with the Center’s research programs from an accredited institution.
• Three years of documented experience in planning, designing, and implementing rangeland, cropping systems, soil and natural resource management, agricultural economics, or livestock research.
• Demonstrated ability and skills in leadership, fiscal management, organization, and building teamwork.
• Demonstrated success in obtaining extramural funding, and experience developing strong collaborative research with other scientists, research extension centers and/or agencies and organizations.
• Demonstrated ability develop and maintain strong working relationships with diverse agricultural clientele, agri-business, community groups, and local and state policy makers.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with scientists, agricultural producers, and other clientele associated with agriculture and natural resources.
• Earned Ph.D. in an agricultural discipline closely aligned with the Center’s research programs from an accredited institution.
• Significant experience and accomplishments in research in an area related to applicable research needs for southwest ND.
• Commitment to the core mission of a land-grant university, experience and understanding of administration and project development at a land-grant university, and the application and use of information technology to further that mission.
• Extensive and documented experience as a leader of multi-disciplinary research and extension programs and a record of accomplishment leading multidisciplinary teams and groups.
• Demonstrated and effective use of technology.
• Significant record of creativity, initiative, and entrepreneurial approach to garnering funds to support research or extension programming.
• Ability to work across distance to accomplish research and extension mission with main station and other research extension centers.
• Demonstrated experience with management of projects and resources.
• Demonstrated experience managing and supervising employees in a collegial fashion.