Associate Director, Agricultural Research/Extension Center (E V Smith Research Center- Field Crops

Auburn University
Alabama, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 11, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Agriculture & Animal Sciences, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Details

Requisition Number


Home Org Name


Division Name

Agriculture Experiment Station

Position Title

Associate Director, Agricultural Research/Extension Center (E V Smith Research Center- Field Crops Unit)

Job Class Code


Appointment Status


Part-time FTE

Limited Term


Limited Term Length

Job Summary

The E.V. Smith Research Center of Auburn University is seeking candidates for the position of Associate Director. This position is located at the EVSRC Headquarters – Field Crops Unit in Shorter, AL. The individual selected for this position will provide leadership to the center in collaboration with the Director of Experiment Station Research Operations, administration, Department Heads, and Dean for the College of Agriculture and the Director and Associate Directors of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station.

Essential Functions

Responsibilities include overseeing the day to day operations and implementation of operational and research projects at the center to support all AAES programs related to row crop production for research, teaching, and/or extension programs. Specific duties may vary based upon departmental needs and may include the following:

Planning, overseeing, and implementing all aspects of a research unit to include design, system installation, operation, and data collection for row crop research, teaching, and extension projects.

Interacting with a variety of individuals and groups for tours, seminars, and presentations.

Scheduling, monitoring, and maintaining records of research.

Procuring equipment and supplies to sustain research projects.

Supervising machinery operation, maintenance, and repair.

Supervising and/or monitoring clean up and sanitation of research facility and equipment.

May assist in the development and monitoring of the department budget.

Ensuring compliance with pesticide application, procedure, and standards, as well as other regulations specific to execution of job responsibilities;

Full supervisory responsibility for other employees is a major responsibility and includes directing and coordinating work schedules, training, evaluating, and making or recommending pay, promotion or other employment decisions.

Education Level

Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

Field of Study

Degree in Agricultural Business, Management, Business, or related field.

Years of Experience

5 years

Area of Experience

Experience in agricultural operations and/or agricultural research with progressively increasing levels of responsibility and accountability.

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Education Level

Indicated education is required; no substitutions allowed.

Field of Study

Years of Experience

Indicated experience is required; no substitutions allowed

Area of Experience

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Minimum Skills and Abilities

Excellent interpersonal, written communication skills and demonstrated technical excellence and ability to work independently and in a team environment are essential.

Minimum Technology Skills

Minimum License and Certifications

Desired Qualifications

Desired qualifications include the following:

Master’s degree in the agricultural sciences
Certified Pesticide Applicator License (D&R Preferred)
Knowledge and experience with row crop research
Experience with maintenance and operation of equipment
Supervisory experience
Demonstrated experience with precision agriculture technology
Advanced computer skills
Relevant work experience in row crop research

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Salary Range

$51,900 - $86,400

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Working Hours if Non-Traditional

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EEO Statement

A commitment to an inclusive and diverse campus environment is required. Women, underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER . It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please utilize the attachment feature on the on-line application system and attach the following: cover letter, resume. Only complete application packets will be considered for selection.

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Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional DocumentsSupplemental Questions

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  1. * Please provide how you first became aware of this opportunity. Your response helps us determine how we can more effectively reach our candidates.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Do you have a Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution in Agricultural Business, Management, Business, or related agricultural field OR equivalent?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have a minimum of 5 years' experience in agricultural operations and/or agricultural research with progressively increasing levels of responsibility and accountability?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Please describe your related experience in detail and provide the job titles of the positions in which you obtained it. 'Please see resume' is not a valid answer.

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