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Director / Animal Scientist

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Job Details
Job Order Number
JC151469047
Company Name
University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
Physical Address

Fayetteville, AR 72702
Job Description

Position Information

Posting Number F571P

Quick Link for Posting

Working Title Director / Animal Scientist

Department Southwest Research & Extension Center

About the University

About the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

The Division of Agriculture is a state wide campus, with faculty based on University campuses, at Research and Extension Centers and in every Arkansas County. It consists of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AAES) and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (CES), and is home to more than 1400 employees. The Division was established in 1959 and is headed by the Vice-President for Agriculture. The Division headquarters is located in Little Rock with the rest of the University of Arkansas System Administration.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

About the College/Department

TheSWRECencompasses 1,185 acres in Hempstead County about 3 miles northeast of Hope, AR. The Center has a 200-cow beef cattle research and demonstration herd and about 700 acres of timberland used for forestry research conducted collaboratively with the Arkansas Forest Resources Center at University of Arkansas, Monticello. The Center has 115 acres of pasture divided into 45 paddocks for replicated cattle research, a 12-pen feedlot, a 253-acre cow-calf unit, and a livestock handling facility. Horticultural research and demonstrations on small fruit and tree fruit crops are conducted annually. The Center is home to the Arkansas Nematode Diagnostic Laboratory that provides region-wide nematode assay and identification services. Research on agronomic crops is conducted at the Center as needed. TheSWRECis located on the West Gulf Coastal Plains region where forest products and beef cattle contribute substantially to the economy. See https://aaes.uark.edu/research-locations/southwest-research-extension-center/ for further information.

Department Home Page https://aaes.uark.edu/research-locations/southwest-research-extension-center/

Job Type Faculty

Faculty Status Non Tenure Track

Appointment Percent 100

Benefits Eligible Yes

Salary Commensurate with qualifications & experience.

Campus, Office Location Hope, AR

Summary of Job Duties

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture seeks an energetic individual to provide creative and exemplary leadership for the Southwest Research & Extension Center (SWREC) located near Hope, AR. The Director will provide leadership for one resident faculty member, approximately 15 classified and non-classified staff, and hourly support staff. The Director will be responsible for recruiting non-resident faculty to perform research at theSWREC. The successful candidate will proactively lead the faculty and staff in building and maintaining multidisciplinary, applied research and extension programs in horticulture, agronomy, beef cattle, and forestry.

In addition to Director duties, the successful candidate will develop a research program in ruminant nutrition/forage utilization. He/she will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team in solving beef cattle/forage production issues with research that complements the existing Cattle Improvement Program currently underway at theSWREC. The incumbent will be expected to develop a strong externally funded and nationally recognized research program, publish in refereed journals, and train graduate students.

This position will be filled with a 50% Administration / 50% Research appointment. The Director will report to the administrations for the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. The incumbent will hold a faculty position in the Department of Animal Science, where the research program will be evaluated.

This person will be responsible for providing leadership in planning, integrating, and implementing the research and Extension programs conducted at theSWREC. Duties will include administrative and fiscal leadership for the Center personnel, programs and physical resources; program planning, faculty and staff development, and pursuit of extramural funding; coordination with other university programs, professional societies, governmental agencies, and industry groups. Engagement with industry support groups including, but not limited to, the Arkansas Farm Bureau and the Arkansas Cattleman’s Association is expected. The Director will develop close working relationships with area County Extension Agents and industry representatives and will help establish programmatic priorities that address the needs of Southwest Arkansas stakeholders. The Director will also provide overall leadership for planning and execution of field tours, field days, workshops, and classroom presentations that occur at theSWREC.

Minimum Qualifications: Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.

Candidates must have an earned Ph,D, or equivalent, in Animal Science or a closely related discipline, and a sufficient record of professional accomplishments that qualify for the rank of Associate Professor. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and persuasively with both scientific audiences and stakeholder audiences.

Preferred Qualifications

A record of professional accomplishments that qualify the candidate for the rank of Full Professor. The candidate’s record should demonstrate the administrative skills to lead a dynamic Research and Extension program, including the ability to collaborate and communicate with diverse clientele. Demonstrated fiscal and personnel management, excellence in written and oral communication skills, ability to attract extramural funding, interest in providing multi-disciplinary leadership and coordination of diverse research interests are preferred. Prior experience in the Land Grand University System, including field research, and/or Extension education is highly desirable.

Physical activities associated with this position

The following physical activities are associated with the position and will be performed with or without an accommodation. All individuals are encouraged to apply.

Constantly: Hearing

Frequently: Driving, Manipulating items with fingers, including keyboarding, Grasping, Repetitive motion, Sitting, Standing, Talking, Walking

Occasionally: Balancing, Climbing, Crawling, Crouching, Feeling, Kneeling, Lifting, Pulling, Pushing, Reaching, Sharps, Stooping

Types of Background Checks Required National criminal background

Pre-employment Screening Requirements

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Posting Detail Information

Future Open Date

Close Date 02/10/2020

Open Until Filled No

Anticipated Start Date


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