University of Alaska Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center Director in Palmer, Alaska

Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center Director

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Classification:Administrative Management 2

Grade:Grade 81

Work type:Staff Full-time

Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks

School/Business unit:School of Nat Res & Extension


Categories:Administrative/Personnel, Office/Clerical, Other

Position Summary:This position is located at the Matanuska Experiment Station in Palmer, AK.


10Budget, planning and fiscal management: -In consultation with SNRE directors, develop Center budgets with input from district faculty and staff members. -Oversee local budget process and expenditures, delegate as appropriate. -Assure timely, complete, and accurate program and financials reporting as required by the SNRE Business Office and funding or program managers. -Be a resource and provide guidance to district faculty and staff for grant budget proposal, management, and reporting. -Become knowledgeable of all aspects of educational fees including continuing education and distance delivery. -Work with appropriate UA offices to set expectations and implement fee based programming and cost recovery practices as a part of an operations practice. -Lead strategic efforts to diversify local funding to support existing programs and to build the capacity to address emerging opportunities. -Prioritize and implement short and long range plans for all aspects of Center function.Essential

10Public relations: -Coordinate staff and equipment activities for field days, workshops and tours. -Communicate with faculty, their staff, administrative staff, and the general public in an effective and enthusiastic manner, presenting a positive atmosphere that will strengthen and enhance working relationships and encourage research, instruction and outreach activities. -Available to local, statewide, regional and international press when applicable. -Integrate into community boards and forums for the betterment of the Center and SNRE/CES/AFES in order to build community goodwill as it regards the presence of the Center in service to the citizens of the district.Essential

15Personnel management: -Clearly establish and communicate work assignments for all related field and physical plant operations to those supervised (number of reports?). Monitor work performance for completeness, quality, accuracy and efficiency. -Become knowledgeable and remain knowledgeable of personnel policies and collective bargaining agreements. -Responsible for employee training, motivation and aggressively seeking out ways and means to develop and encourage development for advancement of employees. -Lead faculty members and other support staff members in coordinating and administering the programs of the Center.Essential

25Operations: -Independently determine, coordinate, & direct day-to-day field and physical plant operations necessary for successful research, instruction, and outreach support. -Independently responsible for communicating with individual project and activity leaders to determine necessary resources required for all project and activity needs. Responsible for insuring, within available resources, that project or activity leaders receive the necessary assistance to meet stated objectives as agreed upon in activity protocols. -Working with directors (Academic, Extension, Experiment Station), develop working plans based on available land, labor and facilities for research, instruction and outreach. -Determine and implement scheduling and technical planning of field maintenance activities. Work with employees and UAF facilities management to ensure an up-to-date schedule for all repair and maintenance of equipment and facilities and follow through on implementation.Essential

25Program Implementation and Coordination: -Improve UAF CES'' presence and outreach in the district and throughout Alaska by helping members of the public access UAF and UA resources and representing Extension at community events. -Coordinate and assist faculty and staff in efforts to build relationships within and outside of UA to address local critical issues and needs through outreach, research and teaching including developing effective collaborations and partnerships with entities that operate in the local area. -Identify emerging beneficial communication technologies and assist with developing strategies for using technology to effectively meet local district and statewide program and service goals. Oversee administration of technology resources.Essential

5Health and Safety: -Responsibility for management and implementation of environmental and employee health and safety programs in accordance with federal, state, local and University regulations, policies and guidelines. Discuss health and safety considerations during employee hiring and appraisal process. -Assure proper training of supervised employees in the safe use of tools and equipment and work to provide and maintain safe working environment. -Develop a healthful and safe working environment through active participation in awareness and training programs and identification and resolution of existing and potential hazards.Essential

5Needs Assessment and Data Analysis: -In coordination with the SNRE Evaluation Specialist and local faculty and staff, develop concepts, structures, and resources, including needs and impact assessments, to identify and monitor issues of importance and target audiences in the local area. -Assess needs for potential new programming and recommend faculty, staff, and/or other UA and community partners that are best suited to be engaged in the specific issue.Essential

5Recordkeeping: -Maintain and supervise maintenance of permanent records of all treatments to all forestland, cropland and rangeland; fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, irrigation, pasture use and special treatments. -Work with SNRE Business Office personnel to manage and maintain State and Federal equipment inventories.Essential

The Matanuska Experiment Farm was established as the USDA Agricultural Research Station in the Matanuska Valley in 1917. It was transferred to the University of Alaska Fairbanks and became a branch station of the Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station in 1932. The facility is comprised of approximately 950 acres of which 260 acres are maintained fields and pastures and roughly 700 acres are forested land and lakes. The facility contains state of the art teaching and distance delivery technology and office, meeting and classroom space. The Matsu Copper River Extension District Office moved to this location in 2013. The facility is now an integrated center for teaching, research and extension. There are currently 10 faculty and staff located at the Matanuska location.

Job purpose:

The Center Director will coordinate efforts by administrators, faculty, staff, and stakeholders to identify and promote access opportunities for Alaskans, in particular MatSu Copper River District residents, to access UAF resources that may enhance economic stability and vitality, district wide and statewide, and will improve citizen well being as a part of the statewide outreach, research and teaching mission of the School of Natural Resources and Extension (SNRE), the Cooperative Extension Service (CES), and the Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (AFES).

The Center Director will provide leadership, vision, and administrative oversight for initiatives and programs associated with the Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center. This person will be responsible for facilitating the identification of and response to needs of the community by playing a vital role in bringing the outreach, research and teaching resources together for the wellbeing of the community. They will also work with UAF and SNRE resource staff to ensure timely evaluation of programs and services provided for public consumption. Primary research efforts at the Center are related to, but not limited to, agricultural and environmental sciences and the incumbent will be expected to create a teamwork atmosphere between outreach, research, and teaching for the best use of the Center’s facilities and 950 acre land base.

The District Director will identify technologies and assist with developing strategies, in conjunction with statewide SNRE/CES/AFES administration, for implementing those technologies that support outreach, research and teaching operations and programming. This person will utilize technology to enhance communication, provide access to training, and minimize travel where feasible.

Knowledge of program leadership. Knowledge of strategic, short and long range planning processes. Program management skills. Excellent public speaking, customer service, tact, diplomacy and persuasion skills. Ability to analyze information. Ability to communicate effectively in person and in writing. Ability to analyze complex situations, prioritize issues, and propose viable solutions and courses of action. Ability to prioritize competing needs of people and resources. Ability to manage budget and personnel. Ability to identify appropriateness of requests. Ability to positively foster group cohesion. Documented experience in group leadership/management/supervision.

Master degree in relevant field including business, agriculture/horticulture, natural resources, home and consumer sciences or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Two years applicable experience in a management/leadership position. Prefer experience in grant writing and/or promoting grant proposals in an organization. Valid Driver’s License required.

Review Date:

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date, May 21st, 2018 11:55 pm Alaska Standard Time is listed, as well as required application materials.

Background Check: The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period: Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Training Policy: It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF. The policy can be located at:

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action: The University of Alaska is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer and educational institution. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, physical or mental disability, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy or parenthood, genetic code or retaliation.

Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to Board of Regent’ Policy 04.02.040, the University of Alaska is a DrugFree Workplace. This prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use by an employee of a controlled substance in any workplace of the university.

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Advertised:20 Apr 2018Alaskan Daylight Time

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