Project and Field Lab Coordinator

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Vacancy Type EHRA Non-Faculty Is Internal Transfer Only No Working Title Project and Field Lab Coordinator Salary Range Anticipated Hiring Range Commensurate with Experience Position Number 00061579 Work Schedule 40 hours/week Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.00 Department 115101 - University Field Laboratories Department University Field Laboratories Job City & State Raleigh, NC Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The primary function of the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service (NCARS) unit is to develop the knowledge and technology needed to improve productivity, profitability and sustainability of industries in agriculture and the life sciences; develop ways to conserve and improve the state’s natural resources and environment; improve the health, well-being and quality of life of North Carolina’s citizens; and provide the science based research for academic and extension programs.

North Carolina is the third most diversified state in the U.S. in terms of agriculture. The NCSU Research Stations and University Field Laboratories (UFL) reflect this diversity. There are 18 stations in the North Carolina Research Station Division, 12 managed by NCDA and 6 by NCSU. The six NCSU Research Stations serve as the platform for animal and plant based research. The University Field Laboratories serve as a platform for agricultural research, teaching and extension. Under the UFL umbrella are four research farms including the 1,500 acres Lake Wheeler Road Field Lab in Raleigh, the 1,250 acre Butner Beef Cattle Field Lab in Butner, the 172 acre Pamlico Aquaculture Field Lab in Aurora and the 611 acre Williamsdale Biofuels Field Lab in Duplin County.

Essential Job Duties

The Project and Field Lab Coordinator position will supervise operations for current work and lead strategic planning and implementation of future development of Lake Wheeler Field Lab. The position will work in concert with the Assistant Director of NCARS, Facilities Project Managers, and CALS Facilities Coordinator (Associate Dean for Administration). The position will provide input to the Facilities master plan concerning efficient use of resources for conducting research and to enhance research capabilities at Lake Wheeler Lab. Once all components are in place, the position will conduct comprehensive evaluation and maintenance procedures to ensure that the Lake Wheeler Road Field Laboratory is optimized for the research, extension, and teaching needs of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS).

The position will coordinate with departmental units located on the site to achieve the mission of CALS research, teaching and extension. The Project and Field Lab Coordinator is expected to provide leadership in upgrading and modernization of Lake Wheeler Road Field Laboratory into the Farm of the Future to support evolving faculty research, teaching and extension activities, including the interface between these activities and the public. The position will research, develop, and direct innovative approaches to unique work situations in the area of animal and plant research. The position will coordinate the management and design implementation of new programs administered by Lake Wheeler staff, determining teams and units for optimal research outcomes. The position will assist with research project planning and assess outcomes with Principal Investigator (PI), as well as managing current field and operational conditions. The position is expected to determine multiple and complex long-range plans and schedules within established research and teaching objectives. This includes arranging and assigning work for multiple research projects of varying impact and importance. Short and long-range goals of various PI’s, extension goals, and general College research priorities must be considered at all times. It is the responsibility of this position to manage and maintain the budget and expenditures of Lake Wheeler field lab to support all research, extension and teaching programs, and maintain field lab operations.

Other Work/Responsibilities
  • Responsible for waste management planning and reporting.
  • Serve as the CALS representative member of Yates Mill Park Advisory Board.
  • Prepare administrative and lease/land use agreements to support Lake Wheeler Road field lab for review by Assistant Director of NCARS.
  • Assist Departmental Units in Coordination of Lake Wheeler Road Field Lab field days and related events.
  • Assist in developing and implementing fundraising strategy; soliciting potential investors and donors for projects in cooperation with Assistant Director of NCARS.
  • Determine and provide employee specific training needs or provides resources for training to ensure employees have necessary resources to comply with research protocols and regulatory requirements.
  • Responsible for employee grievances and first level resolution of possible employee relations issues.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Education/Experience
  • Master’s degree in an applicable field.
Departmental Required Skills
  • General knowledge of agriculture crop and animal production, waste management and agriculture research knowledge of personnel and budgetary management, knowledge of selection and application of pesticides; knowledge of basic scientific methods including plot design, field, uniformity, statistics and data collection, knowledge of agriculture equipment. Strong communication skills and ability to work in team-based environment.
  • Must have expert knowledge of selection and application methodology of pesticides, plot design, field design, animal welfare, animal production, waste management, irrigation, and data collection.
  • Must have working knowledge of agricultural equipment and techniques.
  • Must be able to manage competing projects and goals.
  • Must have expert knowledge of agricultural crop and animal production and research, and animal waste management.
  • Must have experience managing staff and direct reports.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education
  • PhD in an agriculture, engineering, or life science discipline.
  • Experience in research station or field Lab management including budget and supervisory experience.
  • Experience in Project Management, Construction Management. Facilities Management. Research Management.
Required License or Certification
  • Valid NC driver’s license or the ability to obtain within 60 days of hire.
  • Public operator’s pesticide licenses or the ability to obtain within 90 days of start.
  • Waste Management Operators Certification for Swine and Dairy or ability to obtain licenses and certification within 90 days of start.
Special Instructions

Applicant required documents: Cover Letter, CV, Contact Information for References

Job Open Date 01/31/2019 Anticipated Closing Date 02/13/2019 Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No Proposed Hire Date 05/01/2019 AA/EOE

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Supplemental Question

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity?
    • NCSU Website
    • NCSU Executive Search Services
    • Other Online Job Board
    • Carolina Job Finder / Employment Guide
    • Job / Career Fair
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Professional Journal
    • Print Advertisement (Newspaper / Periodical)
    • Professional Organization
    • Direct Contact from NCSU HR Representative / Recruiter
    • NCSU Employee Referral
    • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Other)
    • Other
  2. * If you selected "Other" for the previous question, please provide the source you learned about this opportunity from.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you have a current, valid NC pesticide applicator's license or the ability to obtain one within 90 days of hire?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Do you have a valid NC Driver's license or the ability to obtain one within 60 days of your start date?
    • Yes
    • No
Application Materials Required Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Contact Information for References
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    Posted: 3/21/2019
    Application Due: 3/31/2019
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