Executive Director of the Southern Agricultural Center of Excellence
South Central College
Location: North Mankato, Minnesota
Internal Number: 1730
Location: College-wide, North Mankato home campus
Full/Part Time: Full Time
Employment Condition: Unlimited
The Executive Director of the Southern Minnesota Agricultural Center of Excellence (SACE) is responsible for providing day-to-day administrative coordination and operations of activities including supervision of staff, consultation services, economic development functions and the development of programs and resources in support of the Agricultural Industry. The Executive Director coordinates and directs communications, information, consultation services, projects and personnel to assure smooth and efficient Center activities, in order to meet identified business and industry needs. In addition, the Director provides leadership and supervises and evaluates the performance of assigned personnel, educational programming and curriculum processes.
1. Supervision and Management – Programming, Budget & Grants:
Supervise and manage the performance of assigned personnel. Identify resource gaps and seek consultant or partner resources to fill gaps. Direct and evaluate the performance of contracted consultants.
Complete performance reviews for all staff and promotional ratings as required, rating employees on factors included in the position description and/or rating form and discuss ratings with the employees in a personal meeting which gives the employee an opportunity to obtain clarification and provide information.
Create position requests, review applications, conduct interviews and make hiring decisions.
Determine appropriate training methods for on-the-job training for new employees and arrange for training; assign employees to attend appropriate training sessions, seminars and conferences.
Review and approve or deny employee requests for use of time off, vacation and sick leave; review and approve employee timesheets; assign overtime, when necessary.
Determine departmental training and development needs.
Assign work to employees.
Develop and prepare the annual preliminary budget for the assigned activities. Monitor spending and budgets throughout the year. Ensure spending is charged to appropriate cost centers/accounts and that it matches grant-funded activities. Control and authorize expenditures in accordance with established limitations.
Comply with all grants and funding reporting requirements. Prepare and submit reports on schedule, and with required sections.
With stakeholder input, manage projects and programs to ensure execution of strategic plans and objectives. Monitor programs and projects, and direct adjustments as needed to maintain progress and ensure results.
Write and execute contracts and agreements for the purposes of executing the Center mission.
Manage State Farm Business Management coordinated activities in the areas of professional development as it relates to state database and industry economic demands.
Serve as the Farm Service Agency/MN Ag Education Leadership Council (MAELC)/Farmer Lender Mediation Program/STAR-State Teach Ag Results/ATWC-Ag Talent Working Committee/GreenSeam/Dept of Labor-Ag liaison.
Support Rural Mental Health for rural community members.
2. Leadership and Planning – Executive, Administrative and Operational:
Build and maintain relationships with industry, workforce development, economic development, and education partners.
With stakeholder input and ownership, development of strategic plan and organizational capacity to execute strategic objectives.
Assure related activities comply with established standards, requirements, grant specifications, laws, codes, regulations, policies, and procedures.
Facilitate an environment for the development of new strategic objectives and programs and seek external funding sources and revenue-based funding sources for purposes of strategic execution.
Monitor and evaluate activities for educational and economic effectiveness and operational efficiency.
Attend monthly meetings with other Directors of MN State's Centers of Excellence and submit monthly reports and annual work plans.
Fulfill the role of MN State Farm Business Management Director, including the planning and execution of annual plans and coordinating with the Center for Farm Financial Management (CFFM).
Oversee communications and information including all public relations, marketing and brand management strategies and activities.
Attend stakeholder meetings and represent the Center at conferences, forums, meetings, etc. Sponsor events as appropriate.
4. Perform other duties as assigned to ensure the smooth functioning of the department and maintain the reputation of the organization as a viable business partner.
Perform related duties as assigned by College Vice Presidents and President at South Central College.
Perform related duties as assigned by Minnesota State System Office.
Participate and assist with other strategic objectives of South Central College, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Department of Labor & Industry – Pipeline, Minnesota Legislature, GreenSeam, MN Agricultural Educators and Support Partner Institutions on Advisory Boards supporting AFNR Programs.
Master's degree in a relevant field.
Three years of experience in a supervisory or leadership role.
Minimum of five years of experience in agriculture.
Travel between campuses and other travel, as needed.
Ability to develop and promote the Division's strategic direction and initiatives to agency leadership.
Knowledge of budgeting, contracting and grants management, and legislative processes sufficient to ensure compliance and efficient use of resources and make legislative proposals to achieve program initiatives.
Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic backgrounds of community and technical college students.
Doctorate degree in a relevant discipline required.
An additional academic award in education or a relevant discipline preferred.
Experience in application of program development and the assessment of student learning.
Skill in human relations sufficient to build networks of colleagues throughout the public and private sectors, ability to persuade clients and other government officials; and to deal effectively with complex and oftentimes, competing relationships and political agendas.
Knowledge of theories and practices of management and leadership sufficient to direct human and fiscal resources so that program objectives are achieved.
At least three years of higher education teaching experience in a related discipline.
Awareness and understanding of farm business management (FBM) education.
South Central College is unable to sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the U.S.
In accordance with the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities (Minnesota State) Vehicle Fleet Safety Program, employees driving on college/university business who use a rental or state vehicle shall be required to conform to Minnesota State's Vehicle use criteria and consent to Motor Vehicle Records check.
South Central College is a comprehensive community and technical college that is part of the Minnesota State system, with campuses in Faribault and North Mankato. To meet the educational needs of students and our communities, SCC provides lifelong learning opportunities.
SCC is committed to fostering a campus environment of inclusion, knowledge, and understanding in which faculty, staff, and students learn to value diversity and to respect individual differences that enrich our college community.
The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefit package, including health, dental, and life insurance, a robust retirement program, tuition waiver for employee and dependents, generous sick and vacation time, among a variety of other benefits.