University of Missouri - Columbia
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Aug 16, 2023

Hiring Department

Central Missouri Research, Extenstion and Educational Center (CM-REEC)

Job Description

The Missouri Agricultural Experiment station (MOAES) seek qualified candidates for the position of Assistant Director of Livestock at the Central Missouri Research, Extension, and Educational Center (CM-REEC).

The CM-REEC Livestock center is composed of three facilities, the University of Missouri (MU) Beef Research and Teaching Farm, MU Feed Mill, and the MU Foremost Dairy. There are approximately 30 individuals employed full – and part-time under the purview of the Assistant Director for Livestock. These facilities generate more than $1.5m in economic activity each year and are all located in and around Columbia, Missouri.

This position will report to the CM-REEC Director and oversee the day-to-day operations that will include but not be limited to the following:

Responsibilities and Duties
  • Supervise staff; interview, select, and evaluate performance of support staff. Ensure that faculty and staff needs are met for successful research, education, and Extension programs.
  • Assist the CM-REEC Director in creating and implementing a strategic plan to unite the facilities with a shared vision and establish a common set of values that reflect the Center community, while identifying goals that will unite the faculty and staff.
  • In cooperation with MU Extension, AES leadership and faculty, coordinate and conduct Field Days, workshops, training sessions, tours, and other events in support of agricultural producers and educational programs about food, agriculture and natural resources; Develop community relationships and partnerships by actively pursuing events to encourage community interactions and involvement to enhance Center visibility and presence at functions; Work with CAFNR Communications to successfully disseminate information from the Center through various formats including social media.
  • Assist the Director of CM-REEC in organizing an advisory committee (10-12 members) that acts as an advocacy group for the Center, MU and CAFNR, in general (Note: Appointments will be made by the AES Director).
  • Work closely with campus faculty and stakeholders to ensure that facilities and resources are available that advance the research, education, and Extension missions of the University. Work closely with state and regional commodity groups and other state agricultural agencies to bring financial and other resource support to Center faculty and facilities.
  • MU Beef Research and Teaching Farm; work with researchers and instructors to schedule trials and teaching activities, interact with industry groups for feeding trials, and manage the day-to-day operations.
  • MU Feed Mill; provides feed and research diets for MU Beef Research and Teaching Farm, MU Foremost Dairy, MU Swine Research Complex as well as other swine research and teaching facilities, poultry research facilities, MU Equine Center and commercial customers external to MU.
  • MU Foremost Dairy; research, teaching, and community outreach is an important part of this facility. More than 200 cows are milked on the farm. Hundreds of students, including undergraduates and students in the Veterinary Medicine program learn on the farm each year. Many hundreds of visitors, including elementary school students visit this facility yearly.
  • Oversee production, harvest and storage of forages and feed crops including, alfalfa, grass hay, corn for silage, and soybeans produced on MU South Farm, MU Foremost Dairy and associated properties.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Monday - Friday; 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; some evenings and weekends may be required.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 4 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications
  • A Master’s degree in a relevant field or an equivalent combination of education and experience and 5 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired.
  • Supervisory and OSHA safety experience.
  • 5 years of experience in agricultural management.
Anticipated Hiring Range

Salary Range: $65,776 - $128,430

GGS Grade: 012

University Title: Assistant Director Agriculture Operations

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Application Materials

Application, Resume, Cover Letter

Contact information for references will be required for hire.

Community Information

Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources. Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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