The University of Wisconsin River Falls, a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located in scenic west central Wisconsin, 30 miles from the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic cities of Minneapolis and St Paul. Year-round arts, cultural and recreational events are easily accessible from River Falls. UWRF's 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students pursue degrees in four colleges: Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; Arts and Sciences; Education and Professional Studies; and Business and Economics.
The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic advising, and co-curricular activities. A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunity for meaningful interchange between faculty and students. Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued. More information about UWRF can be found at: http://www.uwrf.edu/workhere/.
The Laboratory Farm Director reports to the Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences (CAFES) and is responsible for advancing the College vision, goals and objectives. The CAFES Laboratory Farms are student-oriented farms integral to our educational programs and provide support for the teaching and research mission of the college.
The successful candidate will collaborate with faculty and college leadership to achieve a balance between the educational mission of the farm and the economics of production agriculture. The individual is responsible for managing the budget, personnel, and daily operations of the Mann Valley Laboratory Farm and the Campus Laboratory Farm. The Laboratory Farm Director will serve as direct supervisor of the Livestock Enterprise Manager, Dairy Enterprise Manager, Equine Enterprise Manager, and the Mann Valley Farm Laboratory Manager. In addition, there are two University Staff members at the Mann Valley Farm who support the dairy herd and equipment operation. All farm staff are essential in creating a positive and educational environment for the student workforce; which consists of approximately 60 students each year.
Excellent interpersonal communication and mentoring skills are necessary for interacting with a variety of stakeholders including faculty, staff, students, industry partners, and members of the community. Self-starting abilities, strong problem solving and organizational skills along with a positive attitude toward faculty, staff, students and the public are required for this position.
This position is a full-time annual appointment. The standard university hours are 7:45-4:30 Monday-Friday. However, this position requires flexibility to adapt to changing work conditions related to students, laboratory classes and farm needs. There is an expectation of some weekend/evening and holiday work as needed, particularly during student breaks. Anticipated appointment date: January 1, 2019
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Manage multiple farm budgets and long-term facilities planning
Responsible for the farm accounts detailing expense and revenue of the various enterprises.
In conjunction with the CAFES Dean’s office, manage the housing account, tenants, and maintenance of two employee houses on the Campus Laboratory Farm and one student house on the Mann Valley Laboratory Farm.
Work closely with the UWRF Budget Office for annual reconciliation of all accounts.
Manage budgets to ensure timely maintenance, repair, and replacement of machinery and facilities.
Work with the Budget Office and Facilities Management to continue development and implementation long-term capital and facilities plan.
Supervise and Mentor Employees:
Serve as direct supervisor for 4 employees.
Act as mentor for all farm personnel including student labor.
Assign work to staff based on established priorities as determined by collaboration with faculty, college leadership and farm personnel.
Mediate and resolve possible conflict.
Provide appropriate safety training for all employees and provide a clean, safe work environment
Provide oversight and collaborate with faculty and lab farm personnel to ensure the following outcomes:
Managing daily tasks typical for a laboratory farm operation with the following enterprises:
Beef, swine, sheep, poultry
Cropping enterprises including corn (grain and silage), alfalfa and pasture.
Composting manure for land application and sale to the public.
Machinery management including equipment use agreement with Case-IH.
Ensure welfare and health of livestock in compliance with the rules and regulations of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) as well as federal and state regulations.
Manage agronomic enterprises utilizing Best Management Practices to ensure quality forage production and environmentally responsible manure management.
Manage and maintain center pivot irrigation system.
Manage and maintain fleet of farm equipment.
Implement Precision Ag management practices such as application mapping, variable rate application, yield monitoring, and crop scouting, including drone imagery.
Maintain accurate and complete records for all enterprises.
Educational and Miscellaneous Duties
Work with the dean, associate dean, and academic departments to provide for the maximum educational, research, and outreach/Extension use of the farms.
Provide professional assistance to faculty relative to courses and labs, evaluation, and applied research grants/projects.
Provide an environment that maximizes opportunities for students to use the Laboratory Farms for classes, work experiences and internships, and research projects.
Ensure Regulatory Compliance regarding manure management, livestock identification and various USDA programs.
Work with Facilities Management, University entities and faculty/staff to ensure proper operation, maintenance, and safety standards of equipment and facilities.
Ensure a well maintained, aesthetically inviting and environmentally responsible facilities and grounds.
Engage in quality public relations with the university and community.
B.S. degree in agricultural related discipline
Demonstrated interest and ability to provide effective farm management in an educational environment
Demonstrated budget management skills
Demonstrated ability to effectively supervise staff
Ability to effectively communicate with faculty, staff and students
Strong problem solving, analytic and organizational skills
Self-starting abilities are essential
Strong Interpersonal skills to develop relationships with multiple stakeholders
Working knowledge of U.S. production agriculture
3-5 years of experience with and/or expertise in two or more of the following areas:
Beef, Sheep, Swine, or Poultry
Master’s Degree in agricultural related discipline
Experience in an academic setting is a plus
Experience with facilitating applied research and grant projects/laboratory classrooms/field trials
Letter of interest specifying qualifications and experience (cover letter)
An unofficial transcript (official copies of transcripts will be required if hired).
Provide the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three references who can specifically comment on your ability, experience and professional preparation (references).
Inquiries should be addressed to: Dean Olson, Search Committee Chair Agricultural Engineering Technology and CAFES Dean’s Office firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline to Apply: Initial review of applications will begin upon receipt. For full consideration, applicants should submit all required materials by December 2, 2018. A criminal background check will be completed on the final candidate.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
UW-River Falls does not offer H-1B or other work authorization visa sponsorship for this position. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire and maintain work authorization throughout the employment term. If you have questions regarding this, please contact Human Resources at 715-425-4941.
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