Research Assistant Professor - Senior Program Manager

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Research Assistant Professor - Senior Program Manager


Water for Food Institute-7500

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Description of Work:

The Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute (DWFI) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) is seeking applications for a Senior Program Manager position at the rank of Research Assistant Professor. This 12-month (calendar year), non-tenure track appointment will strengthen and expand DWFI’s policy program by developing, managing, and overseeing new programs on topics relevant to the institute’s mission to improve food and water security. The apportionment is 100% research. This position will be located in Lincoln, Nebraska.

The incumbent will develop a high-impact, nationally and internationally recognized research program in water policy; seek and establish effective disciplinary and transdisciplinary collaborations including effective integration with research groups; connect with stakeholders, agency, and/or industry partners to strengthen research programming; effectively obtain and leverage external and internal support (grants, fee revenue, etc.) for research activities; mentor graduate students; publish in high-quality, high-impact peer-reviewed journals, and participate in scientific meetings and other appropriate professional activities; and translate research-based information into learner-centered products. This includes creating scholarly, innovative, and high impact learning programs and tools; identifying issues and opportunities focused on learner needs and emerging regional and national issues with international relevance; measuring the impact of your programs and communicating results to administrators, stakeholders, users, and media; and mentoring colleagues through professional development, translational research, grants, and professional writing.

The Senior Program Manager will apply their organizational experience to build new relationships and advance existing partnerships and collaborations with internal teams at DWFI and across the University of Nebraska system as well as with external stakeholders in the public and private sectors. In particular, the Senior Program Manager will work closely with and provide programmatic support to key institute partners such as the National Drought Mitigation Center and the College of Public Health at UNMC. The Senior Program Manager will also support DWFI’s student education, professional development, and engagement efforts. The Senior Program Manager will work closely with the Director of Policy and the rest of the DWFI leadership team.

Specific duties for the position include:

  • Lead applied economics and policy programs helping advance DWFI mission, including managing and mentoring cross-functional teams including postdoctoral/graduate researchers and interns.
  • Identify opportunities and develop creative ideas for collaborative projects advancing research and engagement efforts in the areas linked to agricultural and water sustainability, drought management, and public health policy.
  • Create, organize, and execute new initiatives that help advance policy program impact through stakeholder engagement, content development and delivery, and capacity building.
  • Build and maintain partnerships with personnel in government and in private and public organizations to advance program outcomes.
  • Apply economic analysis tools and the best-available interdisciplinary science based on specific project needs.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in agricultural economics, economics, or a highly related, quantitative field, together with at least 4 years’ postdoctoral experience.
  • Demonstrated experience developing, managing, and overseeing multiple interdisciplinary projects, including staffing, budgets, and successful execution of expected deliverables.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage effectively with key stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated experience advancing partnerships with government agencies, for profit and non-profit organizations, and other external partners to achieve program objectives.
  • Expertise in regional, state, and local agricultural water and drought management policy analysis using incentive-based management tools.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in grantsmanship.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Leadership experience, including mentoring, motivating, setting objectives, and managing performance.
  • Experience managing an economics/policy program with research and engagement elements, including overseeing multiple projects that use economic analysis tools and interdisciplinary approaches to improve natural resource management.
  • Expertise in applying economic and policy analysis methods to water and food security issues in Nebraska and in the broader High Plains region.
  • Knowledge of public health policy issues related to agricultural water management.
  • Knowledge of sustainability-linked finance goals and principles and demonstrated ability to establish connections with agricultural finance community.

How to Apply:

Click “Apply to this job” and complete the information form. Attach the following documents:

  1. A letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job, anticipated contributions, and the value you place on diversity and your anticipated contributions to creating inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters (5 page maximum). See for guidance in writing this statement.
  2. Your curriculum vitae.
  3. Contact information for three professional references.
  4. Examples of water policy-relevant knowledge products created for non-technical audiences. Attach as “Other Document.”

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Jodi Mackin
[email protected]

Job Category (old):

Faculty Non-Tenure Leading

Job Type:

12 Month (Faculty Only)

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