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Official Job Title :
Program Director, Extension Agriculture
University or Organization :
University of Massachusetts
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Application Deadline :
Feb 22, 2019
Descriptive Job Title :
Program Director, Extension Agriculture
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Location :
Amherst Massachusetts
Area, Department or Unit :
Univeristy of Massachusetts Center for Agriculture, Food & the Environment
Full/Part Time :
Full Time
Salary :
Level 31 PSU Salary Schedule
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None Stated
About UMass AmherstUMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.Job SummaryThe Director of the Extension Agriculture Program (the Extension Agriculture Director) is a senior level programmatic leader who provides organizational and cross-disciplinary leadership and vision for the agriculture and commercial horticulture work within UMass Extension, a unit of the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFE). This position is responsible for strategic, financial, and operational oversight of the Extension Agriculture Program, currently including teams focused on fruit, vegetables, field crops and pasture management, turf, landscape/nursery/urban forestry, and greenhouse production. The position is also responsible for overseeing fee-based soil and plant nutrient and plant diagnostic testing laboratories and a pesticide education program. The Extension Agriculture Director provides comprehensive administrative leadership in: program development, accountability, internal and external partnership development; development of financial resources and budgetary administration, and human resource development and administration.
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Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)Masters degree in a life, physical, or social science discipline related to agriculture, food, or the environment; adult education; public health; or public policy with at least three years of relevant work experience.Experience in educational outreach, or non-formal adult education, or public issues education.Demonstrated ability to manage complex budgets.Supervisory experience, including hiring and training staff.Ability to effectively interact with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity.
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Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)Doctorate or terminal degree in a life, physical, or social science discipline related to agriculture, food, or the environment; adult education; public health; or public policy.Five or more years of relevant work experience.Five or more years of supervisory experience involving multiple, full-time direct reports.Applied research experience in a relevant field.Familiarity with agriculture and/or commercial horticulture.Working knowledge of Cooperative Extension and Land Grant institutions.Experience planning, leading, and implementing strategic organizational initiatives.Proven ability to attract external funding.Proven ability to create innovative new programming.Demonstrated commitment to fostering teamwork and collaborative work environments.Experience in policy development, resource development, and advocacy.


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Patricia Vittum
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Special Instructions to Applicants:Submit a letter of application, resume, Statement of Diversity (see below), and contact information for three professional references. Apply by February 22, 2019 in order to ensure priority consideration. Search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified. Apply at: part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. In addition to application materials above, candidates will need to submit a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The Diversity Statement should identify past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach activities.