Institute for Food and Agriculture Director (Administrator II)

Feb 23, 2018
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Title: Institute for Food and Agriculture Director (Administrator II)
Job ID: 13444
Full/ Part Time: Full Time
Job Code :3312
Department: Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology Institute for Food & Agri
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The Institute for Food and Agriculture (IFA) is an affiliate of the California Agricultural Technology Institute (CATI) in the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at California State University, Fresno. Formerly the Center for Agricultural Business, the center was expanded and re-named as the Institute for Food and Agriculture in 2014 in order to reflect the broad scope of the IFA program of work. Today the IFA provides pre- and post-award support for faculty and staff engaged in a wide range of agricultural research projects and coordinates agricultural technology development, training, and demonstration activities for industry. The IFA also provides support for faculty and students engaged in international research and learning experiences as well as facilitate visits from international scholars to the Jordan College.


Anticpated salary range ($115,000 - $120,000)

The salary is competitive and is negotiable depending on the strength of qualifications. This is a CSU Management Personnel Plan (MPP) position with an attractive benefits package which includes but is not limited to: a vacation accrual rate of 16 hours per month; 12+ paid holidays; excellent choice of medical, dental and vision insurance, long term disability coverage, life insurance; and retirement benefits.

Position Summary:

General Assignment:

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, the selected individual will work closely with faculty in the Departments of Agricultural Business, Food Science and Nutrition, and Animal Sciences and Agricultural Education to fulfill the Institute for Food and Agriculture's (IFA) mission. The director will also serve as a member of the California Agricultural Technology Institute (CATI) Center Directors team. Administrative and outreach responsibilities include:

  • Developing and maintaining IFA budgets and operational policies and procedures.
  • Integrating IFA operations and activities with other California Agricultural Technology Institute (CATI) Centers and with the Jordan College's academic programs, particularly the departments listed above.
  • Collaborating with all programs within the Jordan College and promoting collaborations with other institutions.
  • Representing IFA to external audiences and developing productive relationships with the agricultural community including industry, organizations and agencies.
  • Generating external support for IFA's research and outreach programs, as well as matching CATI funding for research and dissemination.
  • Working with faculty and staff to initiate and support IFA 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.
  • Working with a diverse group of faculty researchers.
  • Providing overall leadership and strategic management of IFA
  • Qualifications:

    Required Education, Experience, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Master's degree in agricultural economics, food science, nutrition, animal science, or related disciplines.
  • Five years of successful experience in managing and conducting applied research program(s) and demonstrated success in obtaining extramural funding and working with external constituencies.
  • Success in the candidate's discipline is essential: it should be demonstrated by evidence of research and collaboration with industry groups, government agencies, as well as by a record of grantsmanship and with successful funding outcomes.
  • Advanced knowledge of strategic planning, financial management, organizational and personnel management, and project management.
  • Entrepreneurial ability to establish fruitful working relationships with industry and government on agricultural sector challenges.
  • A history of regular attendance and positive performance evaluations.
  • Able to:	
    • Articulate and communicate research goals and to interact with university research professionals, as well as those in business and government.
    • Exercise leadership in a highly consultative environment.
    • Maintain effective working relationships with a culturally and ethnically diverse population, including faculty, staff, students and community members.
  • Preferred Specialized Skills

  • An earned Doctorate in agricultural economics, food science, nutrition, animal science, or related disciplines.

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