Director, Tidewater AREC

first_imgJob DescriptionThe College of Agriculture &Life Sciences (CALS) at VirginiaPolytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) isseeking a Director for the TidewaterAgricultural Research and Extension Center (TAREC). This is atenure-track position at the Associate or Professor rank. Thetenure home for this position will be within one of the 9 academicunits with CALS, negotiated at time of hire.The TAREC pursues a vision of excellence in discovery, development,evaluation, and dissemination of technical information critical toprofitability and sustainability of field crop agriculture andcommercial swine production in the Commonwealth of Virginia andbeyond.The primary responsibility of the Director, who serves as theadministrative head of the TAREC, is to provide leadership andsupport for regional, national and international excellence incurrent and future integrated research and Extension programsappropriate for TAREC’s vision and mission. Leadership activitiesinclude, but are not limited to, recruiting and facilitating theprofessional development of faculty, staff, and graduate students;developing and implementing short- and long-term strategic plansfor the Center; managing the Center’s human, physical, andfinancial resources; and facilitating intra- and inter-departmentalteamwork among faculty and staff and collaboration with otherunits. The Director is responsible for providing or coordinatingmentoring and professional development opportunities as well asproviding annual evaluation of TAREC faculty and staff members, inpursuance of enriching the TAREC community and promotingcollaboration, programmatic, and unit excellence. The Director willbuild TAREC’s capacity in digital and precision agriculture insupport of the VT SmartFarmInnovation Network TM. In addition, the Director will maintain a research/extensionprogram in an area relevant to the mission of the TAREC at a levelthat fits with the leadership role priority.The Director will maintain a liaison with CALS administration andagricultural leaders in accordance with TAREC’s mission and goalsand in support and alignment with CALS strategic plan and VAESmission and vision. The Director facilitates TAREC involvement ininterdisciplinary and multi-institutional research through theVirginia Tech DestinationAreas and involvement of federal and state initiatives andpriorities, such as the Commonwealth CyberInitiative andVibrant Virginia, consistent with the TAREC vision and mission. TheDirector will collaborate with appropriate academic departmentheads on tenure and promotion actions for faculty positions.The Director reports administratively to the Director of theVirginia Agricultural Experiment Station. Salary is commensuratewith qualifications and experience.Required Qualifications● An earned Ph.D. in an agricultural or related discipline; thetenure home for this position will be within one of the 9 academicunits within CALS, as negotiated at time of hire;● Demonstrated strong professional leadership, interpersonal, andadministrative experience, including personnel and fiscalmanagement;● Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively (oral, written)with individuals at all levels and from diverse backgrounds withinthe university, industry, and public sectors;● Strong commitment to applied research, Extension programming, andlong-term sustainability of agriculture;● Agricultural research and/or Extension program experience orequivalent industry experience;● Demonstrated record of scholarly achievement in industry oracademic research and outreach/Extension warranting appointment atthe rank of a tenured associate professor or professor; applicantsare not required to have attained full professor status prior toapplying. Evidence includes, but is not limited to, scholarship,experience in obtaining extramural support from commodity andindustry groups, governmental agencies, and/or foundations.Preferred Qualifications● Experience in developing and implementing strategic plans● Capacity for advancing innovation for applied agricultureresearch and Extension programming● Evidence of effective graduate student recruitment andmentoringAppointment TypeRegularSalary InformationCommensurate with Education / ExperienceReview DateFebruary 15, 2021Physical and Environmental Demands & ConditionalTerms For Questions Regarding the SearchContact Information:Susan E. Duncan, Ph.D., R.D.Associate Director, Virginia Agricultural Experiment StationProfessor, Food Science and TechnologyDirector, Center for Advanced Innovation in AgricultureVirginia [email protected] Information:Tony Wolf, Ph.D.Director, Alison H. Smith Jr. Agricultural Research and ExtensionCenterProfessor, School of Plant and Environmental SciencesVirginia [email protected] InformationTidewater AREC typically operates Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00PM. The Director is responsible for insuring that livestock, crops,and facilities are cared for and maintained outside of normal workhours by appropriate scheduling of responsible staff. Some seasonsrequire longer times in the field and some travel and coordinationof programming and field days will be required. Travel to othermeetings (Blacksburg (campus), other ARECs, professional meetings)is a part of this role.The TAREC is located in a rural setting 11 miles west of Suffolk,Virginia, a city of about 91,000 and recognized as the largest cityby acreage in Virginia. Suffolk is one of the seven citiesstretching along the Chesapeake Bay and Southeastern Virginiacoastal region, a region of 1.8 million people, and is 37 milesfrom Virginia Beach.The TAREC, one of 11 ARECs in the VAES system, pursues a vision ofexcellence in discovery, development, evaluation, and extension oftechnical information critical to profitability and sustainabilityof field crop agriculture and commercial swine production in theCommonwealth of Virginia and beyond. In addition to the Director,TAREC has 6 tenure-track faculty positions and 8 hard-funded staffpositions plus additional soft-funded staff. The center includes465 acres, lab facilities and farm buildings, graduate studenthousing, and an office complex to support research and Extension,primarily focused on cotton, peanut, and soybean, corn, sorghum andsmall grains and related disciplines of entomology, plantphysiology and pathology, as well as a swine reproductivephysiology and management facility. TAREC faculty actively engagein the CALS Center for Advanced Innovation in Agriculture, in whichthe Virginia Tech SmartFarmInnovation Network TMis a principal research platform.Through its mission of research, teaching, and extension, theCollege of Agriculture and Life Sciences ( has beeninstrumental in helping agriculture and other life scienceindustries make significant strides in improving people’s lives.Today’s College is adapting to society’s expectations and needs byfocusing its resources and efforts on improving human health andnutrition, sustaining agriculture and the environment, reducing thereliance on fossil fuels, and developing cures for devastating anddebilitating diseases. Nearly 3,000 students are pursuing degreesin the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. CALS isadministered by the Dean of the College of Agriculture and LifeSciences, the Associate Dean and Director of the VirginiaCooperative Extension, the Associate Dean for Research and GraduateStudies and Director of the Virginia Agricultural ExperimentStation, the Associate Dean and Director of CALS Global Programs,and the Associate Dean of Academic Programs. The College has 9academic units, 11 Agricultural Research and Extension Centers(ARECs) and a presence in every county in the Commonwealth throughVirginia Cooperative Extension .Today, in addition to two‐year associate degrees, the collegegrants bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Virginia Techalso engages in cooperative work with Virginia State University inPetersburg.About Virginia TechDedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve),Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking ahands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to beleaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institutionthat enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout theworld, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicatedto knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers morethan 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eightundergraduatecolleges , a school ofmedicine , a veterinarymedicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The universityhas a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campusin Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus inRoanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices andresearchcenters . A leading global research institution, Virginia Techconducts more than $500 million in research annually.Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, orapplicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (includingpregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, geneticinformation, national origin, political affiliation, race,religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwisediscriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about,discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation ofother employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected bylaw.If you are an individual with a disability and desire anaccommodation, please contact Dr. Susan Duncan [email protected] during regular business hours at least 10business days prior to the event.Advertised: November 23, 2020Applications close: Application InstructionsIndividuals wishing to apply should go online to and search for Job #514607 .Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2021 andcontinue until a suitable candidate is selected.Applications should include: Working or traversing uneven terrainHand/Finger dexterityThe successful candidate will be required to have a criminalconviction checkMust have a driver’s license checkMust have an acceptable and safe driving record The completed on-line application;A formal letter addressing the applicant’s interests,qualifications, management and leadership experience, and visionfor the Director role of an off-campus; Agricultural Research andExtension Center;A 1-2 page statement of leadership style and values;A 1-2 page statement of the vision of an integrated researchand Extension program for the future (by 2030) of an off-campusAgricultural Research and Extension Center;A current curriculum vitae which includes a biographicalsketch, service, administrative/management experience, and acomplete list of research and Extension publications and grants;andthree (3) names and contact information of references who canassess the candidate’s qualifications for this position.last_img

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