Director/ Researcher - Administrator I


Overview:

 

The Center for Irrigation Technology (CIT) is one of three research centers in the California Agricultural Technology Institute (CATI) in the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at California State University, Fresno. In 1984, CATI was established through the addition to the California State Education Code. The purpose of CATI is to provide agricultural technology development, training and demonstration.

 

Since 1980, the Center for Irrigation Technology (CIT) has been the leading independent testing laboratory and applied research facility for the irrigation industry. With state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor testing facilities, CIT works with the public and private sector to advance irrigation technology, water/energy management practices, and equipment standards. All activities reflect the need to integrate agricultural, environmental, and urban concerns.The centeris dedicated to advancing irrigation technology, water/energy management practices, and equipment standards. In addition to a varied research program, other activities include conducting education programs for irrigation professionals and growers on a wide variety of topics including pump efficiency, irrigation technology and water and energy management; providing impartial third-party testing services through laboratory and field testing; testing of controllers and showerheads for EPA WaterSense labeling (IAPMO-certified); creating and maintaining the Wateright web site - a free irrigation scheduling program for agricultural and commercial users as well as for home owners; and administering the Advanced Pumping Efficiency Program (APEP) for PG&E. Currently 25 staff and researchers are employed by CIT.

 

 

Position Summary:

 

The Director/Researcher 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 Director Advisory Board, participates in the CSU Agricultural Research Institute (ARI), and serves on the Jordan College Administrative Council.Administrative, research and outreach responsibilities include:

 

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  • Providing overall leadership and strategic management for direction, coordination and oversight of operations, policies and procedures
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  • Advancing water management practices and efficient irrigation technology by integrating agricultural, environmental and urban concerns
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  • Managing an independent testing laboratory, field research facility, and educational resource to the public and private sectors
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  • Developing and maintaining an allocated state budget and generated non-state funds
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  • Generating external support for research and outreach programs
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  • Provide support for innovators/entrepreneurs of water and energy technologies
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  • Oversee the generation of ARI fund requirements in support of CIT research
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  • Integrating operations and activities with other College research centers (IFA and VERC), CATI, ARI and academic programs
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  • Work with the Farm Manager to ensure that the UAL has state-of-the-art water technology and research
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  • Collaborating with other university programs such as the Lyles College of Engineering and the College of Science and Mathematics
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  • Promoting and establishing linkages with other institutions
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  • Establishing partnerships with related regional, state, federal agencies/organizations
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  • Initiating and guiding applied research and outreach programs
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  • Overseeing activities which include internally and externally funded research and outreach programs
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  • Selecting, supervising and evaluating staff, graduate fellows and undergraduate student assistants
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  • Representing CIT with external audiences and developing relationships with agricultural industries, organizations, agencies
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  • 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.)
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  • Other responsibilities as determined in consultation with Jordan College Dean.

 

Qualifications:

 

Required Education: M.Sc. or Ph.D. from an accredited institution; disciples may include but are not limited to agricultural engineering, water resources management, agronomy, agricultural business, or related disciplines

 

Required Experience: Minimum of five years in administrative role including budgetary and personnel management or equivilant management experience. 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. The successful candidate must have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

 

Prefered Experience: Record of successful manuscript publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Application Procedures: Review of applications will begin (30 days after posted), and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, applicants must complete an onine application at http://jobs.csufresno.edu and attach the following: 1) a cover letter specifically addressing required experience; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) a list of a minimum of five professional references with names and contact information and 4) unofficial transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended. Individuals who are selected as finalists will be required to submit 1) three current letters of recommendation and 2) official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended.

 



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