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Associate Director of the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station with North Dakota State University – NDAES in Fargo, ND

Type of position 12-month, full-time administrative appointment
Employer North Dakota State University – NDAES
Description of Employer The North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (NDAES) is central to the research mission of the land-grant tradition of North Dakota State University. Approximately 450 NDSU faculty and staff with agricultural research appointments conduct basic and applied research in all sciences relating to agriculture and associated with on-campus departments and one school or with off-campus Research Extension Centers.

The NDAES research goals are to find solutions and discover opportunities that enhance the quality of life; sustain food, feed, fiber and fuel production; and protect our heritage – the great land and resources of North Dakota. The NDAES develops and shares technology and information important to these goals. To learn more, visit www.ag.ndsu.edu/research/.

Location Fargo, ND
Description of Location THE COMMUNITY
The home of NDSU, Fargo is a bustling metropolitan area that often is listed as one of the best places to live in the country. Fargo-Moorhead is the largest community between Minneapolis and Seattle. About 200,000 people make their home in Cass and Clay counties, which are in the rich farmlands of the Red River Valley. Often cited as a leader in economic development and job creation, the area is noted for its entertainment options, wealth of activities, excellent schools and parks, and outstanding shopping. Safe and clean, the community is receiving national acclaim. In a ranked listing for Businessweek.com, Bloomberg Rankings said Cass County is the ‘best affordable’ place in the country. To learn more about the Fargo-Moorhead area, visit www.fmwfchamber.com/community.php.

North Dakota enjoys one of the best economies in the nation. That economy is built on historically strong and increasing agricultural productivity that leads the nation in 12 commodities. That economy is bolstered by an energy industry that recently has become the third most productive in the nation and made North Dakota the second largest oil-producing state. The viability of this industry is anticipated to extend several decades into the future. North Dakota’s economic strength is providing a springboard for steadily increasing opportunities to apply the university’s research and discoveries. As a result, North Dakota is experiencing unprecedented economic diversification. To learn more, visit www.commerce.nd.gov.

Salary Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Benefits Benefits are: group health, disability and life insurance; TIAA-CREF retirement plan; worker’s compensation; and annual and sick leave according to university policy.

Information about employment benefits is available at www.ndsu.edu/hr/benefits/.

Closing date of competition Screening will begin March 17, 2014, and continue until a successful candidate is selected.
Date position available TBD
Description of duties JOB DESCRIPTION:
The associate director is responsible for coordinating research programs for the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (NDAES). The associate director will work as an integral member of the NDSU Agricultural Affairs administrative team. The associate director will help lead the development of long-term strategies to enhance the NDAES research programs. This regular, 12-month, full-time administrative appointment reports to the vice president, dean and director.


  • Participate as a 12-month, full-time administrator and an integral member of the vice president for Agricultural Affairs’ Administrative team
  • Provide leadership for research program direction and priority needs for the NDAES developed in concert with the vice president for Agricultural Affairs; director of the NDAES; directors of the NDSU Research Extension Centers; dean of the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources; director of the NDSU Extension Service; State Board of Agricultural Research and Education; NDSU Ag Budget office; NDSU administrators, faculty and staff; and other stakeholders
  • Actively engage with other NDSU and North Dakota research communities, forming relationships that strengthen the NDAES programming through effective dialogue and connectivity
  • Seek and inform NDAES faculty and staff of grant opportunities and needs
  • Develop and maintain excellent working relationships with North Dakota commodity groups, industry and other stakeholders
  • Provide leadership and oversight for the Hatch, National Information Management and Support System (NIMSS) and state research projects associated with the NDAES
  • Review and approve commodity grant proposals and special research agreements
  • Provide administrative support to the seven Research Extension Centers (RECs) in North Dakota concerning research programs and center director relationships, and provide assistance to the director in identifying land issues and capital construction project needs
  • Work with the NDAES assistant director to coordinate REC meetings
  • Work with Agricultural Affairs and other campus units to develop and maintain mentoring/training program for NDAES faculty and staff
  • Assist the NDAES public information officer and administrative assistants to the NDAES director and associate director in maintaining and updating the NDAES website and social media
  • Ensure that NDAES technology transfer policies are in compliance with NDSU policies and ensure accuracy of content
  • Serve as direct supervisor for the administrative assistant to the NDAES associate director
  • Participate in meetings of the North Central Regional Association of State Agriculture Experiment Station Directors at the request of the NDAES director
Qualifications sought MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • An earned doctorate in an agricultural-related field from an accredited institution
  • Academic credentials to merit the rank of a tenured, full professor
  • Leadership experience in administering research programs in an area related to the mission of the NDAES
  • In-depth understanding and contemporary vision of the land-grant mission
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively and collegially in a team setting and collaborate with others
  • Demonstrated commitment to the promotion of equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a wide variety of constituents and stakeholders


  • Outstanding record of professional achievement in research, including publications and grantsmanship
  • Demonstrated ability to delegate authority and responsibility
  • Demonstrated knowledge of technology and global issues related to Agricultural Experiment Station research and North Dakota agriculture
  • Demonstrated leadership at a regional or national level
Contact for additional
Requests for information and/or written nominations may be sent to:

Marcia McMullen
search committee chair
(701) 231-7720

Application procedure Applications are accepted online only at https://jobs.ndsu.edu. Create an account, search for opening No. 1400026, and create and submit your application when prompted.

Application materials must include a letter of interest that specifically addresses how the candidate’s experiences and qualifications meet the minimum and preferred qualifications listed in the complete position profile; a comprehensive vita; a one-page statement of administrative philosophy; and contact information for three to five references for future contact, including your professional relationship with each reference listed.

Additional Information NDSU is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
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