SWCRC Manager

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
14 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
12 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Summary

Work closely with the Deputy Director of the AES, CSU Extension, other CSU personnel, the Southwestern Colorado Research Center (SWCRC) Advisory Committee (AC) and others as appropriate to develop, implement, and review the SWCRC vision and mission. Develop and maintain relationships with the SWCRC Advisory Committee, producers, agricultural or value added enterprises, educators, and agencies to assess stakeholder concerns, identify programmatic needs, and help to develop viable programmatic objectives to achieve measurable outcomes and outputs for SWCRC programs. Help to communicate the SWCRC vision, mission and objectives and outcomes by engagement with university stakeholders and the agricultural industries and the community at large to promote and develop interactions that enhance the impact of SWCRC programs.

Plan, conduct, and facilitate research and outreach/engagement projects and events consistent with SWCRC mission, vision, and programmatic objectives, and seek funding and other resources to support the operation and essential functions of the SWCRC. Conduct scientifically sound applied field research and report research results appropriately. Develop, schedule and participate in outreach/engagement activities including meetings, workshops, field days, tours, and other venues. Research and outreach/engagement of importance to SW Colorado is expected to include (but not be limited to): crop variety performance, cover crops, forage production and quality, and fruit tree performance; and soil, crop, pest, and water management. Seek collaborations to develop and implement research and outreach/engagement projects with CSU personnel and others (e.g. Extension personnel, personnel at other Research Centers, and CSU campus personnel, and other partners). Respond to requests for information in a timely manner.

Manage personnel and facilities at the SWCRC.

Generally foster an environment whereby collaborators and stakeholders feel valued and welcome.

The physical demands of this position include some heavy lifting and will require manual dexterity, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, handling and talking. Environmental conditions include exposure to weather, dust, and noise. Hazards include proximity to moving, mechanical parts and exposure to chemicals used in weed/pest control and fertilization. Flexibility to work extended work hours, including evenings and weekends is required.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Research Associate II plus three (3) years experience or B.A/B.S. degree plus minimum five (5) years of related experience OR Master’s degree plus two (2) years of related experience or PhD.
  • Degree/educational emphasis in agricultural science or highly related field.
  • Experience or familiarity with agricultural field research.
  • Experience handling farming equipment/machinery.
  • Pesticide applicator license or the ability to earn a license within one year on the job.
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in providing agricultural information to the public.
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written) and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated computer skills (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite).
  • Experience with or willingness to learn data analysis software.
  • Excellent work ethic and willingness to work odd hours (e.g., on weekends, holidays, and evenings) as needed.
  • Valid driver’s license or ability to secure one by start date.
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Familiarity with agriculture in southwest Colorado and the Four Corners Region.
  • Experience with personnel management.
  • Experience working with farmers and other Research Center stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated personal or professional commitment to diversity.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category

Research Center Management


Efficiently and effectively manage the Research Center staff, facilities, and budget.

Work closely with CSU AES to identify needs and areas of improvement.

Work with the Farm Technician/Manager to devise a yearly and multi-year farm management plan and to purchase inputs, hire custom work, and market crop production.

Supervise and evaluate the farm technician and other support staff.

Identify equipment and facilities improvement needs and justify and communicate the needs to AES.

Schedule equipment and facilities maintenance projects and tasks.

Select land for the various research projects, in consultation with the project leaders/collaborators.

Manage the Research Center operating budget in coordination with AES and the designated personnel at CAS Ag Business Center.

Assist the Farm Technician/Manager with farm operations (planting, irrigating, harvest, weed control, etc.)

Hire part-time/temporary help.

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Applied Research


Conduct scientifically sound applied field research in accordance with the research priorities identified by CSU AES, CSU Extension, and the Research Center Advisory Committee. Report research results appropriately.

Seek collaborations to develop and implement research and outreach/engagement projects with CSU personnel and others (e.g. Extension personnel, personnel at other Research Centers, and CSU campus personnel, and other partners) as appropriate to the priorities of the SWCRC.

Coordinate and facilitate research appropriate to the priorities of the SWCRC, led by other CSU personnel and CSU partners.

Possess the capability to identify, evaluate, and possibly integrate new and/or alternative crops and cropping methods into the region’s agricultural systems."

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Develop a program to provide scientifically sound information (highlighting the results of the SWCRC research program) to the public through such methods as newsletters, oral presentations, field days, tours, and other outreach events in collaboration with Extension and the Advisory Committee.

Coordinate activities related to the Fruit Tree Demonstration Orchard with Extension personnel in Dolores and Montezuma Counties related.

Plan and organize field days and other outreach/engagement activities, in consultation or collaboration with Extension and the Advisory Committee (AC).

Respond to requests for research-based information directly or by referring the inquirer to the appropriate Extension personnel personnel.

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Professional Service & Professional Development


Provide service to CSU and to the community, participate in professional development activities, and provide training to staff, in balance with other Research Center priorities.

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Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please upload the following application materials by our full consideration deadline of 12/04/16:
1) Cover letter addressing required and preferred qualifications
2) Resume or CV
3) Contact information of three professional references
References will not be contacted without prior notification to candidates.

Questions? Please contact Search Chair Tyler.Thompson@ColoState.edu

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, Special Requirements/Other - Pesticide Applicator License w/in year of start date

Search Contact

Tyler Thompson; Tyler.Thompson@ColoState.edu

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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