Superintendent- Southwest Research Center

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Job Title: Superintendent- Southwest Research Center
Location: Missouri Southwest Region
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 36058
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Southwest Research Center

Job Description

The Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station seeks qualified candidates for a full time, Superintendent position at the Southwest Research Center located 4 miles west of Mount Vernon, MO. The 893 acre Center was established in 1959 to serve the research and extension needs of Southwest Missouri. As part of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station, the Southwest Research Center is one of 20 off-campus centers that form a network of "outdoor laboratories" to conduct place-based agriculture-related programs. The Center conducts "problem-solving" research and education programs that are relevant to the agricultural interests in the southwest region of the state.

Serving 22 counties, this research center addresses the main agricultural concerns of area industries including beef, forage and horticultural crop production. Currently, there are research and education projects related to beef genetics, nutrition and management systems; horticultural and alternative crop demonstration and research; agroforestry; elderberry and grape cultivation; and newly certified Monarch Waystation and pollinator education plots.

Research center superintendents play a central role, individually and as a group, in CAFNR’s research and engagement missions. Superintendents are involved centrally in issues including strategic planning, budget, facilities, and research. Superintendents are expected to support faculty and programs, promoting the highest quality research, demonstration and educational programs, public service, and economic development activities at their respective center. Moreover, center superintendents are key participants maintaining external relations between the university and agricultural and natural resource community, including fund raising, alumni relations, economic development, and community relations. Each superintendent must be effective in representing the Center, both within the college and externally. They are expected to be strong representatives of CAFNR and MU within their community. Superintendents have ultimate accountability for their centers’ sound management of resources: fiscal, facilities, and human resources.

Specific responsibilities will include:

    Engaging research center faculty and staff in discussions of all important issues, assuring a positive, high-quality working environment; convening strategic, intellectual discussions about future directions of the center and its programs.Assist faculty and staff in their research by providing space, expertise, facilities and equipment to carry out their research and outreach endeavors in a timely and efficient manner.Representing your Center, especially by joining the college-wide processes in strategic planning, budget, facilities planning, and political action, to position the college favorably in the university’s broader planning.Organizing an advisory board (10-12 members) from the local community that acts as an advocacy group for the center, MU and CAFNR, in general (Note: Superintendents nominate potential candidates to the advisory boards to the Director AES who will make the appointments).Facilitating and coordinating communication between the center and clientele groups in the food, natural resource and agricultural communities throughout Missouri and departmental and college administration.Coordinating programs, tours, and field days for stakeholders and student groups.Assisting CAFNR academic programs with student recruitment in their region (E.g., Career Exploration Days).Cooperating with and assisting regional Extension personnel in the development of programs, short courses, conferences and other creative and effective outreach programs.Playing a key oversight role in processes important for continuous improvement of the center’s activities.Hiring highly effective staff who are direct reports, doing their performance evaluations, and assuring their accountability for high-level performance in areas appropriate to their positions.Assuring coordination of all components of the center—research, academic programs, economic development activities, engagement, public service, and other activities of the center.

Direction is received from the Assistant Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station who will also conduct annual performance evaluations.


Salary: $53,600 - $96,992 annually

Grade: GGS-11

University Title: Superintendent

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8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday; some evenings and weekends may be required.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience and at least 4 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is necessary.

Preferred Qualifications

MS degree in Agriculture or closely related field, or a combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired is required. Five to seven years of experience in agricultural management is necessary. The ability to work well with researchers, to supervise field projects, and to communicate orally and in writing is required. Preferred qualifications include research and/or extension experience with forage-livestock systems, horticulture, or related areas. Supervisory experience and competent in using Microsoft Office are also preferred. Proficiency in managing, operating and maintaining farm equipment such as tractors, sprayers, and forage harvesting equipment are desirable.

Application Materials

Submit a resume including a letter of application explaining suitability with qualifications sought, and contact information for at least 3 references.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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Posted: 5/4/2021
Application Due: 8/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time