DESCRIPTION: The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR), Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) at the University of Maryland seeks an individual to serve as Director of its Wye Research and Education Center (WREC) as well as the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc. This position encompasses an exciting hybrid responsibility, with oversight of WREC (https://go.umd.edu/wrec), a unique landscape that provides a robust platform for research and outreach programs in an agro-ecosystem at the interface of an aquatic ecosystem. Equally as important, is the Hughes Center (https://go.umd.edu/hughescenter), a well-established and stakeholder-driven research and outreach entity that has provided policy driven decision making at all government levels based on research at WREC, other research centers, and departments within AGNR. The position is housed at WREC in Queenstown, Maryland.
POSITION SUMMARY: The following are essential duties as Director:
Oversees the direction, initiation, funding, and promotion of research tied to science-based policy, practical solutions, and enhancement of agriculture, forestry, and ecosystem health. Coordinates these efforts with other MAES centers and with key internal (departments within the college, across the UMD) and external stakeholders (growers, industry, state and federal agencies, farmers, foresters, etc.) to leverage visibility and application.
Oversees and coordinates the administrative functions for WREC and the Hughes Center including budgets, personnel matters, and operations (facilities, equipment, resources), and works jointly with the office of the dean and leadership to incorporate university and college policies and procedures into center procedures as needed.
Promotes grantsmanship, and seeks and obtains funding from all sectors to enhance and support the research, outreach, and educational efforts for WREC and the Hughes Center. Coordinates with AGNR’s development office to increase donations and gifts.
Increases the visibility and external reputation of WREC and the Hughes Center.
Develops and integrates a vision and strategy in partnership with the Board of Directors of the Hughes Center to enhance research, outreach, and Works with the Board of Directors of the Hughes Center on the organizations governance to strengthen its overall mission.
Builds a sense of community, calling meetings, and keeping a constant flow of communication between all entities embedded within WREC.
Seeks opportunities for programmatic development, working closely with program managers for AGNR’s Angus herd, agronomy, and horticulture.
Ph D. Degree in Agriculture, Watershed Sciences, Forestry, Natural Resources or a related field
Proven excellence in managing and directing an academic or research
Proven ability to develop and translate knowledge attained through research and extension activities to scientists, policy-makers, and other stakeholder groups
Proven track record in garnering grants and private funding to enhance key research issues and areas where information and data are lacking
Evidence of scholarship in research, extension and/or outreach
Seven years of demonstrated experience with administrative duties in a research, extension and/or outreach related environment
Ten years of administrative and management experience in a research and extension and/or outreach related environment
Experience in a Land-Grant system environment
Proven ability to work with diverse stakeholders including non-profits
Working knowledge of and experience with Chesapeake Bay region issues and its working lands in regard to Chesapeake Bay health
CLOSING DATE: For best consideration, applications should be received by August 30, 2019. The position will remain open until filled.
REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: All candidates must apply online at https://ejobs.umd.edu for position #103482. A complete application packet includes a letter of application outlining interest and qualification for the position, a current resume, unofficial transcript, and three professional references, including name, address, telephone number, and email address.
QUESTIONS: Questions about the position can be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Gurpal Toor at 301–405–1215 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.