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Assistant Director of NCARS & Director of UFL & NCSU Research Stations

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Posting Details

Posting Information

Vacancy Type EHRA Non-Faculty
Is Internal Transfer Only No
Working Title Assistant Director of NCARS & Director of UFL & NCSU Research Stations
Salary Range
Anticipated Hiring Range Commensurate with experience
Position Number 00042407
Work Schedule Monday - Friday / 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (hours may vary as needed)
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.00
Department 110301 - Administration - Research Serv
Department College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Job City & State Raleigh, NC
Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The primary function of the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service (NCARS) unit is to develop the knowledge and technology needed to improve productivity, profitability and sustainability of industries in agriculture and the life sciences; develop ways to conserve and improve the state’s natural resources and environment; improve the health, well-being and quality of life of North Carolina’s citizens; and provide the science based research for academic and extension programs.

North Carolina is the third most diversified state in the U.S. in terms of agriculture. The NCSU Research Stations and University Field Laboratories (UFL) reflect this diversity. The six NCSU Research Stations serve as the platform for animal and plant based research. The University Field Laboratories serve as a platform for agricultural research, teaching and extension. Under the UFL umbrella are four research farms including the 1,500 acres Lake Wheeler Road Field Lab in Raleigh, the 1,250 acre Butner Beef Cattle Field Lab in Butner, the 172 acre Pamlico Aquaculture Field Lab in Aurora and the 611 acre Williamsdale Biofuels Field Lab in Duplin County.

Essential Job Duties

This position is expected to provide leadership to upgrade and modernize NCSU Research Stations and Field Laboratories. This position will work directly with the six NCSU research stations, developing proposals and budgets, research plans, and budget justifications. In addition to the responsibilities related to research stations, this position has direct supervisory responsibility for university field laboratories. As such, this position will ensure that both research stations and field laboratories operate effectively and in parallel. This position will advise the NCARS Director and the NCARS team on the best use of research stations and field laboratories to achieve the research mission of NCARS. The individual will provide reports, data and statistics regarding research stations and field laboratories upon request. As part of the NCARS team, this position will interact with commodity or agribusiness group meetings and support the activities of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). As Assistant Director of the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service, this position will partner with the Director of the Research Station Division (a position funded by both NCDA&CS and NCSU) to facilitate the success of agricultural research and outreach programs on all research stations in North Carolina. In North Carolina, both NCSU research stations and NCDA&CS research stations operate cooperatively within the Research Stations Division (a Division with NCDA&CS).

As Director of University Field Labs, this position has responsibility for Butner Beef Cattle Field Lab, Lake Wheeler Road Field Lab, Pamlico Aquaculture Field Lab and Williamsdale Biofuel Field Lab. In addition, this position will interact with academic departments that are supported by field laboratories and will serve on the Advisory Board for the Yates Mill Historic Park.

Other Work/Responsibilities

Specific responsibilities for Assistant Director NCARS include:

  • Review and approve research projects on all research stations and manage these approvals in the CARTS Resource Request System for animal and plants-based NCSU Research Stations and NCSU Field Laboratories projects on behalf of NCARS Director.
  • Review administrative and lease/land use agreements to support field labs and research stations.
  • Long Range Steering Committee lead for Lake Wheeler Road Field Lab and related units in the Raleigh area. Strategic focus: nine academic departments and their plans for development and centralization of off-campus units in the Raleigh area.
  • Provide substantive professional advice on the role and capacity of outlying units to support the AMPLIFY project and relay this information to potential corporate sponsors such as Syngenta, Bayer and BASF.
  • Assist in developing and implementing fundraising strategy; soliciting potential investors and donors for projects.
  • Manage project/program staff and participate in performance reviews of all NCSU station superintendents in conjunction with the Director of the Research Station Division.

Direct Reports for Research Stations are:

  • 3 SPA Research Operation Managers; one at Central Crops Research Station, Clayton; one at Upper Piedmont Research Station, Reidsville; one at Sandhills Research Station, Jackson Springs.
  • 2 EPA Directors; one at Mt. Horticultural Crops Research Station, Mills River, NC and one at the Horticultural Crops Research Station, Castle Hayne, NC.
  • Manage grant submissions and renewals and administrative agreements.
  • Advise university investigators and administrators on research methodologies.
  • Coordinate field days and related events (currently over 30) at all research stations and university field laboratories. Compile essential information and convey that information to CALS faculty and staff, stakeholders and regional institutions. Work with Communication Services on preparation and editing of program, and advertising.
  • Coordinate construction and repairs and renovations activities on NCSU research station and field labs facilities in concert with CALS Facilities Coordinator (Associate Dean for Administration). Provide input to the master plan concerning efficient use of resources for conducting research and to enhance research capabilities.
  • NCARS liaison for NC Irrigation Society, NC Aquatic Weed Council and Carolinas Irrigation Association.

Specific responsibilities for Director UFL include:

  • Responsible for the efficient and successful research management of field labs.
  • Develop risk management processes and implement risk mitigation plans.
  • Oversee expenditures to ensure grant/contract compliance and financial stability.
  • Direct supervisory and budgetary responsibility for university field laboratories including Butner Beef Cattle Field Lab, Lake Wheeler Road Field Lab, Pamlico Aquaculture Field Lab and Williamsdale Biofuels Field Lab.
  • Direct supervision of exempt and non-exempt research and non-research staff to include safety officer / pesticide storage complex manager. Staffing contingent supervising:

Direct Reports for Field Laboratories are:

  • 3 SPA Research Operation Managers.
  • 1 EPA Research Project Coordinator.
  • 1 SPA Safety Officer / Pesticide Complex Manager.

For research stations:

  • 3 SPA Research Operation Managers.
  • 1 EPA Director at Mt. Horticultural Crops RS.
  • Supervisory responsibility for the superintendent of the Lonnie Poole Golf Course in cooperation with representative from the Lonnie Poole Golf Course Advisory Committee.
  • Promote research and development in bio energy and development of Williamsdale as a site focusing on feedstock crops. Seek funding to continue operations at the Williamsdale Biofuels Field Lab.
  • Review and approve research projects on all Field Laboratories and manage these approvals in the Crop Online Resource System and Animal Resource Request System.
  • University Field Lab liaison for USDA Federal Excess Personal Property Program for 1862 and 1890 Land Grant Universities.
  • CALS member of Yates Mill Park Advisory Board.
  • Member of the Method Road Greenhouse Steering Committee
Minimum Education/Experience
  • Relevant Master’s degree with at least 5 years of formal post-degree professional work or relevant Bachelor’s degree with at least 8 years of formal post-degree professional experience.
Departmental Required Skills
  • Strong communication skills and ability to work in team-based environment.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education
  • PhD in an agriculture or life science discipline.
  • Experience in field research.
  • Experience in research station management including budget and supervisory experience.
Required License or Certification

A valid drivers license is required for travel. NC drivers license required within 60 days of hire and must be maintained.

Position will be traveling across the state to visit various stations and laboratories, often in rural settings, in a personal or state vehicle.

Special Instructions

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references.

Job Open Date 11/13/2017
Must Be Open Until

Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time.
Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No
Proposed Hire Date 01/01/2018

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Supplemental Question

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity?
    • NCSU Website
    • NCSU Executive Search Services
    • Other Online Job Board
    • Carolina Job Finder / Employment Guide
    • Job / Career Fair
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Professional Journal
    • Print Advertisement (Newspaper / Periodical)
    • Professional Organization
    • Direct Contact from NCSU HR Representative / Recruiter
    • NCSU Employee Referral
    • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Other)
    • Other
  2. If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * A valid driver's license is required. This license must be maintained throughout employment. Do you have a valid driver's license and the ability to obtain a North Carolina Driver's License within 60 days of hire?
    • Yes
    • No

Application Materials Required

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Contact Information for References
Optional Documents