Job Details

Director-Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center

Oregon State University, Pendleton

Job - Education

Close Date: 03/29/2020

The College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) is seeking a Director for the Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center (CBARC), located in Pendleton, Oregon. CBARC is the premier dryland agricultural experiment station of Oregon State University (OSU), Oregon’s Land Grant University. This is a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. This appointment includes indefinite tenure on a 9-month basis at 1.00 FTE at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.

The primary responsibility of the position is leadership of CBARC’s research and outreach programs supporting dryland agricultural cropping systems in Oregon.

Position Summary:
CBARC operates at two locations – Pendleton and Moro – and at off-station locations in the Columbia Basin and in northeastern Oregon. The Director provides overall leadership for team-based research and extension programs and management of personnel, facilities, and budgets. The Director develops and maintains an extramurally-funded research program that provides information needed to advance dryland agriculture. Research results are reported through peer- reviewed publications, extension publications and presentations to producers, the public, and scientific audiences. The Director will interact with growers, agency and industry personnel, and scientists to address agricultural needs; and will participate in committees, and other professional activities at CBARC, campus-based departments, College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS), OSU, professional societies, and the community. The Director will work with the Research Leader of the USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Soil-Water Research Unit in Pendleton, Oregon, to coordinate research, stakeholder engagement, and outreach programs.

Position Duties:

40% Administration
· Provide overall leadership for the CBARC research and outreach team and facility operations.
· Oversee fiscal matters for all research, outreach, and administration. Prepare and monitor annual budgets with assistance from the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) Director’s office. Follow approved procedures in handling personnel, purchasing, sales, maintenance and operations, accounting, and other business matters.
· Manage the infrastructure, equipment and operation of CBARC.
· Maintain and enhance high quality research programs at CBARC that generate new, timely research results in support of dry-land agriculture in the Pacific Northwestern USA. Stimulate faculty to submit well-written proposals and reports for outside funding agencies. Encourage cooperative efforts between faculty at CBARC, ARS, OSU (on and off-campus) as well as scientists from other agencies, institutions, and private industry.
· Develop research and outreach priorities and long-range plans for CBARC, in consultation with CBARC faculty and staff, liaison committees, OSU faculty and leaders, ARS, growers and other external partners.
· Encourage and participate in multidisciplinary and inter-institutional research and educational programs to meet current needs and provide information that will ensure agriculture is a strong, viable industry. Act as liaison with the ARS Research Leader in encouraging cooperation and exchange of information between OSU and ARS in Pendleton. Interact with the Director and faculty of the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Directors of other OSU experiment stations, and heads of academic programs to coordinate research and outreach programs, thereby enhancing their impacts.
· Develop opportunities and facilities for undergraduate and graduate research and instruction by integrating on-site and campus-based resources.
· Develop and work with the joint OSU-ARS Liaison Committee at Pendleton and the CBARC Liaison Committee in Moro to promote agricultural research and extension.
· Organize field days, tours, community and grower meetings, or comparable activities to communicate research results. Provide an overview of station activities and impacts to local, regional, and national leaders and international visitors. Prepare research information and news releases for the public and producer clientele. Interact with and develop cooperative programs with local extension personnel.
· Engage in development activities that support the CBARC Endowment Funds.
· Ensure compliance with appropriate civil rights and affirmative action plans and practices.
· Participate as a member of the administrative team in the College, in program planning at the department, college, and university level.

40% Research and Scholarship
· Develop and conduct an extramurally-funded, innovative research program that provides timely information promoting dryland agricultural production in Oregon, the United States, and globally.
· Collaborate with scientists from CBARC, ARS, OSU, and other institutions in interdisciplinary research programs aiming to promote sustainable and profitable dryland agricultural production.
· Scholarly outcomes expected for this position include the following: development of sponsored research proposals and contracts; publication of technical reports, extension bulletins, journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings; award of patents; and presentations at scientific meetings and conferences.

10% Supervision
· Promote harmonious, productive and professional working relationships among faculty, staff, students and others working at CBARC.
· Provide leadership, supervision and direction for assigned staff. Hire and train employees; plan, assign and review work, establishing goals for each position and assessing performance through completion of written evaluations; act on disciplinary issues, up to and including dismissal; address grievances, developing a framework for corrective actions, as necessary; reward excellence.
· Conduct performance evaluations for staff. Collaborate with department heads of the academic homes for faculty during evaluation process and collaborate with department heads during the promotion and tenure process.
· Support and guide professional development of faculty and staff.

10% Service
· Interact with staff, farmers, and professional colleagues to promote effective research and programmatic relationships in the multi-disciplinary, multi-agency environment at CBARC.
· Participate in extended education activities appropriate to scientific discipline.
· Travel is required to perform some of the duties of this position.
· Participate on committees and other professional activities at CBARC, campus-based academic departments, CAS, OSU, professional societies, and the community.

Minimum/Required Qualifications:
· Ph.D. in Agriculture, Agronomy, Plant Sciences, Genetics, Entomology, Soil Science, Ag-Bio Engineering, Data Science or a related discipline.
· National/international record of scholarly achievement in research, Extension, instructional and/or service activities within the crop or soil sciences or related disciplines, commensurate with the rank of Associate Professor or Professor with tenure.
· Excellence in verbal and written communication; demonstrated ability to communicate verbally with scientific colleagues, clientele and the public.
· Five years of experience supervising and managing personnel.
· Five years of experience with budget development and success in meeting budgetary goals.
· Ability to work both independently and cooperatively within a team.
· A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
· Ability to travel

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OAR 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months.

This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.

Preferred (Special) Qualifications:
· Demonstrated experience leading research or extension teams.
· Research experience with field crops.
· Experience in dryland cropping systems with low rainfall (<22” of precipitation per year).
· Demonstrated success in competing for extramural research funds.

Working Conditions / Work Schedule:
• Decision making required for afterhours emergency responses (e.g. inclement weather)
• Travel between field stations, to field sites, and to meetings around the state.

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