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Type of Position:Management - Research
Division of Agriculture of the University of Arkansas
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is a state wide campus, with faculty based on University campuses, at Research and Extension Centers and in every Arkansas county. It consists of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (CES), and is home to more than 1400 employees. The Division was established in 1959 and is headed by the Vice-President for Agriculture. The Division headquarters is located in Little Rock with the rest of the University of Arkansas System Administration. As an employer, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance.
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Summary of Job Duties:
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture seeks an energetic individual to provide creative and exemplary leadership for the Livestock and Forestry Research Station (LFST). The Director will provide leadership for all research and Extension programming at the station. The Director will supervise approximately 10 LFST classified and non-classified staff, and hourly support staff. The Director will be responsible for recruiting non-resident faculty to perform research on the LFST by proactively building and maintaining multidisciplinary research and extension programs in forage and beef cattle management and forest management.
In addition to Director duties, the successful candidate meeting all Preferred Qualifications will develop an applied research program and/or Extension Education program which complements either the beef or the forestry efforts of the station. He/She will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team in addressing beef cattle/forage production issues or forestry production issues. The incumbent will be expected to develop external sources of funding for research, demonstration and education efforts. Publishing work in refereed journals and/or Extension Fact Sheets is an expectation.
For candidates who do not meet Preferred Qualifications, this position may be filled with a 100% Administrative appointment. It is anticipated that the successful candidate who meets all Preferred Qualifications will receive a 60% Administration appointment and a 40% Research or Extension appointment in a relevant academic department. The Director will report to administration of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station. The successful candidate with preferred qualifications will hold a faculty position in a relevant academic department, including but not limited to the Department of Animal Science at University of Arkansas, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness at University of Arkansas, or the Arkansas Forest Resources Center at University of Arkansas at Monticello.
Provide leadership in planning, integrating, and implementing the research and extension programs conducted at the Livestock and Forestry Research Station (LFST). Duties will include administrative and fiscal leadership for personnel, programs and physical resources; program planning, staff development; pursuit of extramural funding; coordination with other university programs, professional societies, governmental agencies, and industry groups. Engagement with industry support groups including, but not limited to, the Arkansas Farm Bureau and the Arkansas Cattleman’s Association is expected. The Director will develop close working relationships with area County Extension Agents and industry representatives to establish programmatic priorities that address the needs of relevant stakeholders. The Director will also provide overall leadership for planning and execution of field days, workshops and classroom presentations that occur at the LFST.
Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must have an earned Master of Science degree in Animal Science, Agricultural Economics, Forestry or a closely related discipline and five years of experience managing others in a research or extension setting. The minimum qualifications include a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and persuasively with both scientific audiences and stakeholder audiences.
Preferred Qualifications: An earned Ph.D. degree in Animal Science, Agricultural Economics Forestry or a closely related discipline. A demonstrated record of professional accomplishments that qualify the candidate for the rank of Full Professor. The candidate’s record should demonstrate the administrative experience to lead research and/or extension programs. The ability to collaborate with diverse clientele, experience with fiscal and personnel management, excellence in written and oral communications, and ability to attract extramural funding are preferred. Prior experience in the Land Grant University System, including field research, and/or extension education is highly desirable.
Commensurate with education and experience.
Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title), Other (see special instructions for details)
Required Documents to Apply:
Livestock and Forestry Research Station: Located near Batesville, AR, the 3,042-acre station has a 1,250-acre beef cattle unit and 1,750-acre forestry unit. The livestock effort includes forage research on developing fescue-tolerant beef animals and technology for stocker calf production. The forestry research program focuses on using best practices to improve hardwood and pine timber stands and evaluating genotypes of loblolly and shortleaf pine seedlings. See [Register to View] for further information.
Application: Applicants should submit a letter stating their interest in this position, and their qualifications including professional vitae and names of three individuals who may be contacted for letters of reference. In addition, applicants are required to provide a statement on: (1) professional goals, and (2) administrative and leadership philosophy, and (3) vision for the research and extension programs at the LFST.
Deadline: Screening of applicants will begin on October 29, 2021 and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.
Dr. Nathan McKinney, firstname.lastname@example.org
Recruitment Contact Information:
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Pre-employment Screening Requirements:
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture may conduct pre-employment background checks on certain positions for applicants being considered for employment. The background checks may include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal background check or arrest pending adjudication information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absences of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a consistent, non-discriminatory manner consistent with the state and federal law.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture commits itself to policies of affirmative action and diversity with respect to both employment opportunities and program participation. The Division complies with these policies not merely because of legal requirements, but because we believe that such practices are basic to human dignity. As such, the Division welcomes all applicants to apply without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status. Candidates must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.