Center for Irrigation Director/Researcher (Administrator II)
California State University, Fresno
February 20, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
Business Development, Education/Training, Operations
The director serves in a full-time, twelve-month management position. Under the general supervision of the Dean of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (Jordan College), the director will work closely with faculty within the Department of Plant Science and the Department of Industrial Technology in fulfilling the mission of the Center for Irrigation Technology (CIT). The successful candidate is expected to provide research leadership to the Center for Irrigation Technology including, but not limited to: 1) promoting and facilitating leading-edge research, including collaborative and interdisciplinary research in areas related to water, energy, technology and agriculture; 2) increasing the internal and external research opportunities for faculty, staff and students; 3) developing effective liaisons and partnerships with the irrigation industry, government agencies, water districts, and elected officials; 4) transferring of knowledge through outreach and technology transfer; 5) providing interdisciplinary research training for faculty and staff and; 6) managing the center's research plan effectively and efficiently, ensuring adherence to all accepted standards of research and ethical behavior as well as college and university policies.
The director also serves as a member of the California Agricultural Technology Institute (CATI) Center Directors Advisory Board, participates in the CSU Agricultural Research Institute (ARI), and serves on the Jordan College Administrative Council.
Administrative, research and outreach responsibilities include:
Providing overall leadership and strategic management for direction, coordination and oversight of operations, policies and procedures.
Advancing water management practices and efficient irrigation technology by integrating agricultural, environmental and urban concerns.
Managing an independent testing laboratory, field research facility, and educational resources to the public and private sectors.
Developing and maintaining an allocated state budget and generated non-state funds.
Generating external support for research and outreach programs.
Provide support for innovators/entrepreneurs of water and energy technologies.
Oversee the generation of ARI fund requirements in support of CIT research.
Integrating operations and activities with other College research centers (IFA and VERC), CATI, ARI and academic programs.
Work with the Farm Manager to ensure that the UAL has state-of-the-art water technology and research.
Collaborating with other university programs such as the Lyles College of Engineering and the College of Science and Mathematics.
Promoting and establishing linkages with other institutions.
Establishing partnerships with related regional, state, federal agencies/organizations.
Initiating and guiding applied research and outreach programs.
Overseeing activities which include internally and externally funded research and outreach programs.
Selecting, supervising and evaluating staff, graduate fellows and undergraduate student assistants.
Representing CIT with external audiences and developing relationships with agricultural industries, organizations, agencies.
Work collaboratively and provide support to other water programs and initiatives on campus and in the CSU (CWI, ICWT, WRPI, WET, faculty cohort, Waterways, etc.).
Other responsibilities as determined in consultation with Jordan College Dean.
Minimum RequirementsKnowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Masters or Ph.D of Science degree from an accredited institution; disciplines may include but are not limited to agricultural engineering, water resources management, agronomy, agricultural business, or related disciplines.
Minimum of five years in administrative role including budgetary and personnel management.
A clearly established record of research directly related to water, energy, technology and agriculture.
Demonstrated ability to plan, budget, and manage a research center.
Record of successful proposal preparation for external funding.
Record of successful manuscript publications in peer-reviewed journals.
The successful candidate must have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.