The University of Massachusetts is seeking an experienced scientist, innovative leader and Extension educator to serve in a full-time, 12-month appointment as Extension Associate or Full Professor and Director of the UMass Cranberry Station located in East Wareham, Massachusetts. The Director will provide: 1) vision, support, and coordination in planning, developing and implementing departmental programs in research and extension in accordance with the Land Grant Mission; 2) leadership in recruiting and fostering academic growth and professional development of faculty, staff, and students; 3) administration of human, physical and financial resources; and 4) promotion of external funding opportunities. The successful candidate will report to the Director of the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment.
Develop and implement departmental programs, in research and extension in accordance with the Land Grant Mission.
Lead the Cranberry Station, as well as strive for regional, national, and international excellence in integrated research and Extension programs that support the Cranberry Station’s mission and strategic goals.
Represent the mission and strategic goals of the Station and its faculty with campus administrators, other departments and units, stakeholder groups, and outside agencies.
Identify strategic opportunities for new research and Extension program opportunities; including expanding faculty involvement and leadership, garnering stakeholder support and engagement, in pursuit of the vision for the Station.
Establish and maintain productive working relationships with the cranberry industry and state agencies to establish priorities that reflect current needs of the industry.
Report unit status and progress to the Station's Board of Public Oversight.
Foster and promote the vision and partnership with USDA-ARS scientists housed at the facility.
Provide administrative management of the Station, including human, physical and financial resources. Management of personnel including recruiting faculty, staff, and students, performance management, and fostering their academic growth and professional development.
Pursue and secure external funding opportunities to support all programs of the Station, including the successful candidate’s discipline.
Maintain an active research and extension program, in a discipline that supports the cranberry industry.
Pursue enrichment opportunities for the Station community to promote collaboration, programmatic, and unit excellence.
Participate in outreach opportunities, and engage local, state, and regional stakeholders in support of the Land Grant Mission.
PhD in an applied biological field, including, but not limited to horticulture, plant nutrition, soil science, weed science, plant pathology, entomology, agricultural engineering or a related discipline.
A record of scholarly achievement and professional activities related to applied research, extension and outreach.
Demonstrated ability to obtain and direct grant- and/or industry-funded research.
Demonstrated effective professional leadership and interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated managerial skills in project management, implementation, and evaluation.
Strong commitment to applied research, Extension programming, and long-term sustainability of agriculture.
Capacity for advancing innovation for applied agricultural research and Extension programming.
An exemplary record of scholarly achievement and professional activities related to applied research, extension and outreach.
Demonstrated ability to communicate (oral, written) and work with individuals at all levels and from diverse backgrounds within university, industry and public sectors.
Experience in defining project objectives, strategy development and implementation, and impact assessment.
Demonstrated competency in the management of people and fiscal resources.
Experience as a principal investigator or project director.
Research and extension experience in an agricultural discipline, including, but not limited to horticulture, plant nutrition, soil science, weed science, plant pathology, entomology, agricultural engineering or agricultural economics.
Participation in institutional and professional service activities that align with the candidate’s strengths.
Experience in developing and implementing strategic plans.
Ability to pursue and build effective and innovative partnerships and opportunities
Ability to create a motivating and inclusive work environment, promote teamwork and collaborations.
Strong commitment to inclusion and the promotion of equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action.
Evidence of effective mentoring and recruiting of faculty, staff and students.
Experience managing a research farm or similar facility.
Strong commitment to working with growers and local stakeholders.
Strong support of and understanding of the mission of a Land Grant university.
Priority consideration given to those who apply by March 1, 2024.