Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Associate Director, Water Resources Center
University or Organization :
University of Minnesota, Water Resources Center
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Application Deadline :
May 14, 2017
Descriptive Job Title :
Associate Director, Water Resources Center
Keywords separated by commas :
Water, Agriculture, Extension, Outreach, Training
Location :
University of Minnesota - St. Paul Campus
Area, Department or Unit :
Water Resources Center
Full/Part Time :
Salary :
Salary commensurate with education and experience
Start Date:
None Stated
As a senior manager of the Water Resource Center (WRC), the associate director is expected to work closely with the WRC director to strategically integrate the centers research, Extension, and education activities. Key roles of the position include managing the WRCs operations and supervising four (4) full-time staff. The associate director will also serve as programmatic leader and supervisor to six (6) Extension educators, affording the opportunity to unify Extension programming with the WRC water programming for heightened impact.The mission of the University of Minnesota WRC is to combine interdisciplinary research, extension education, and outreach to advance knowledge and improve the quality and value of water resources in Minnesota, nationally, and around the world. The WRC is one of 54 Water Resources Research Institutes established by Congress in 1964 by the Water Resources Research Act (WRRA). There is one in each of the states and territories at its land grant university. The University of Minnesotas WRC is jointly funded and supported by University of Minnesota Extension and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). The WRC also receives seed funding through the WRRA program administered by the U.S. Geological Survey in the Department of the Interior.University of Minnesota Extension supports the WRCs extension education programming. Through a recent and growing partnership, the center has the opportunity to coordinate and amplify its education and extension efforts with the Extension Water Resources Team (WRT). The WRT is one of several clusters of Extension educators within the Extension systems Center for Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources. The associate director will serve as the WRT program leader and will supervise the WRT educators. Current WRT programming overlaps with the research base of the WRC, particularly in the areas of agricultural conservation and stormwater management. The associate director will drive the strategic coordination and alignment of WRC outreach and the Extension WRT.The WRC is known for its successful training and certification programs, including the Onsite Sewage Treatment Program, the Wetlands Delineator Certification Program, and the online Watershed Specialist Training. The associate director will manage these programs and will have the opportunity to guide their strategic growth, capitalizing on their synergies with research and outreach programs. Additional outreach activities in the center include connections through statewide meetings, conferences, and service on various boards and committees. Increased presence and delivery of outreach programming via digital media is a strategic opportunity and priority for the WRC.Support from CFANS and the federal WRRA program focus on developing the WRCs research capacity and integrating this capacity into multidisciplinary research teams from across the university. With over 100 faculty engaged in water related science, policy or economic research and outreach, and numerous business, municipal, state, and regional issues, the WRC is a convening center to leverage these extensive resources and expertise for developing collaborative solutions to Minnesotas most pressing water resource needs. Topics of strategic focus for the WRC include agricultural conservation and their water resource impacts; stormwater and wastewater technologies; watershed informatics; and behavioral, economic, and policy aspects of water resource management. The associate director will play a key role in the management of these research programs, working closely with the director to identify new opportunities and shape strategic directions, and leading the integration of Extension/outreach programming with the research base.
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Minimum education level :
Required Qualifications: M.S. degree or higher in water-related discipline. Preferred Qualifications: PhD in a water-related discipline
Years of experience :
Required Qualifications: At least 6 years of experience in water resources, water quality management, and team managementExperience managing budgets and staffExperience working with stakeholders, faculty and external agencies, including those from culturally diverse backgroundsStrong interpersonal and communication skillsStrong organizational and management skills. Preferred Qualifications: Experience with Extension programs or adult educationFormal leadership trainingExperience in conducting research, including publications and grantwritingExperience supervising, teaching, or working with students, including those from underrepresented populationsExperience with curriculum development and deliveryExperience with legislative processesExperience working with interdisciplinary teams
Travel Requirements:
Reimbursement for work related travel is available in accordance with University policy.
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Background Check InformationAny offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.DiversityThe University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds. The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Further information is at .


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Contact :
Cheryel Konate
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Application Instructions :
Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, go to and search for Job ID 316718. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach: (1) a cover letter including a general statement of interest in the position and how you feel you meet the listed qualifications, (2) a current resume, and (3) contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin on May 17, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Please contact Ed Nater, Search Committee Chair, at with any specific questions.