Director, Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Policy Research Center (Tenure/Tenure-tra...

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Job Title:

Director, Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Policy Research Center (Tenure/Tenure-track appointment option)

FLSA Status:


Posted Salary Range:

Commensurate with experience.

Employment Status:

Full Time


Office of the President

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in Agriculture or related field; and 6 years related experience.

Licensing Requirements: None

Purpose of Job:

The Director of the Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers (SDFR) Policy Research Center (Policy Center) provides leadership, management, motivation and accountability for the Policy Center.

Scope of Responsibilities:

The Director of the Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers (SDFR) Policy Research Center provides leadership, management, motivation and accountability for the Policy Center. The Director ensures that the Policy Center carries out its mission to review legislation and policies which affect socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, conducts research, provides analyses and interpretation of the same, and disseminates findings and recommendations to stakeholders, policymakers, USDA, and other federal and state agencies. The Director writes proposals and obtains funds to implement Policy Center goals and objectives.

Essential Job Functions :

•Provide leadership that motivates and empowers staff to perform at the highest levels.
•Provide a management system that has a built-in mechanism for facilitating optimum achievement of desired goals and objectives.
•Document meetings, programs, and services of the center.
•Partner with colleagues of local, regional, and national institutions, agencies, and other relevant entities to enhance the center’s effectiveness.
•Ensure that the center operates efficiently and effectively while delivering expected and promised outcomes and deliverables products (plans, reports, commodities, etc.) given the essence of time.
•Evaluate emerging policy issues; analyze current policy and its implications on socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.
•Track and provide oversight on USDA assistance to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.
•Collect information on the history of the education of socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers and evaluate the result of past educational system in the south on the abilities and needs of socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers today.
•Collect information on how USDA is implementing the 2002 Farm Bill’s “Third Party Technical Assistance” provision.
•Collect information on how past discrimination made it difficult for socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers to get funds to utilize conservation practices. Determine how that history impacts present conservation programs.
•Collect information and trends on socially disadvantaged farming and track the decline of socially disadvantaged farms and land ownership. Determine the reasons for the decline; and maintain current information on the number and location of socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.


A master’s degree from an accredited university in agriculture, public policy, or a related field of study, with at least five (5) years of administrative experience is preferred. Candidates who hold a bachelor’s degree in agriculture with extensive administrative/supervisory experience in agriculture and/or extension may also be considered. Experience in supervising staff, grant writing/management and budget administration are also required. High level of consideration will be given to candidates with experience in agriculture, extension/ outreach, teaching, research, farm management and agribusiness development.

Tenure/Tenure-track appointment is an option.

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Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

•Candidates must have strong verbal and written communication skills and interpersonal skills.
•Knowledge of the principles and methods of program planning, design and development; delivery systems, program evaluation and accountability.
•Knowledge and experience working with Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and USDA agencies.
•Knowledge and experience working with SDFR and rural socially disadvantaged communities.
•Knowledge and experience of USDA programs and how they are implemented through rules, regulations, manuals, handbooks, directives and other means.
•Ability to analyze information, summarize findings and present them in ways easily understandable to decision makers.
•Demonstrated ability in collecting, designing and manipulating data using a computer database.
•Knowledge of agricultural policy.
•Knowledge and experience in working with the land grant system, both 1862s and 1890s.
•Ability to identify and build on the strengths of the organization.
•Strong facilitation skills with experience building consensus amongst diverse groups
•Strong management skills, including experience in teambuilding; and proven ability to work cooperatively with local, state, regional and national stakeholders, including representatives of USDA agencies and related organizations.

Work in noisy (above 85 decibels) areas:


Sedentary Work - Exerting 10 pounds:


Light Work - Exerting up to 20 pounds:


Medium Work - Exerting 20-50 pounds:

Not Required

Heavy Work - Exerting 50-100 pounds:

Not Required



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Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


EEO Statement:

Alcorn State University

Equal Employment Opportunity and Notice of Non-Discrimination
Alcorn State University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. Alcorn State University is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities.

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Job No:
Posted: 10/18/2020
Application Due: 12/17/2020
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