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Associate Director, Agricultural Research/Extension Center (Tennessee Valley REC)

Auburn University
Alabama, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jul 1, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Agriculture & Animal Sciences, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
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Position Details

Position Information

Requisition Number


Home Org Name

Tenn Valley Research Ext Ctr

Division Name

Agriculture Experiment Station

Position Title

Associate Director, Agricultural Research/Extension Center (Tennessee Valley REC)

Job Class Code


Appointment Status


Part-time FTE

Limited Term


Limited Term Length

Job Summary

This position is located in Madison, Alabama.

The Tennessee Valley Research and Extension Center of Auburn University is seeking candidates for the position of Associate Director. The individual selected for this position will provide leadership to the center in collaboration with the Regional Director, 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.

The Tennessee Valley Research and Extension Center is located just north of the Tennessee River, a stone’s throw from Interstate 65, right in the heart of Alabama’s top cotton-producing region and directly on the cutting edge of cotton research. Though TVREC research projects frequently target corn, soybeans and wheat, cotton claims the lion’s share of attention, and it is for its cotton research that the center is nationally recognized. The TVREC was an early convert to precision agriculture technologies and today has a full inventory of global positioning system–based equipment that includes autosteer tractors, yield monitors and light-bar guidance systems.

To learn more about the Tennessee Vallet Research and Extension Center, please visit:

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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 and cattle 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 and cattle 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 monitorimg 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.
Minimum Education and Experience

Education Level

Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

Field of Study

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

Years of Experience


Area of Experience

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

Requirements for Additional Job Levels

Alternate Minimum Education and Experience (If available)

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, License, and Certifications

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

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
  • Beef Quality Assurance ( BQA ) Training/Certification
  • Artificial Insemination (AI) Training/Certification
Posting Detail Information

Salary Range

$51,900 - $86,400

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Auburn University is committed to an inclusive and diverse campus environment. 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.

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