Location: Hammond, Louisiana
Nature of Work: Provide strategic leadership and administrative direction for all LSU AgCenter research and extension programs and locations in the Southeast Region. This includes research and extension programs in agronomic and horticultural crops, forestry, animal sciences and agricultural and natural resource programs, 4-H youth development, family and consumer sciences and community development. The regional director provides direct leadership for the region’s programs, but also works indirectly through program coordinators and those with programmatic leadership responsibilities for parish and regional extension programs and research stations. The regional director reports to the program leaders. Major responsibilities are as follow:
- Maintain contact and communication with appropriate stakeholder groups to continually assess program needs and effectiveness.
- Work with regional and programmatically related personnel to continually review existing programs, make adjustments and develop new programs to meet regional needs.
- Administer budgets, financial transactions, personnel, facilities and property control.
- Oversee annual personnel evaluations, maintenance and control of facilities and property, and ensure proper financial controls are in place.
- Make recommendations regarding programmatic, personnel, budgetary and facilities and related needs, along with adjustments or reassignments of personnel, to efficiently and effectively serve the stakeholders of the region.
- Facilitate policy and procedure compliance by regional personnel and in regional activities. Promote the principles of equal opportunity and diversity in programs and employment.
- Provide leadership to parish chairs, station coordinators, and programmatic coordinators in problem resolution.
- Represent Program Leaders, the Vice Chancellor and Vice President for Agriculture; provide input into organization-wide planning, programs and decisions; and facilitate their implementation.
- Work cooperatively with other regional directors and administrators of the LSU AgCenter to coordinate and optimize the AgCenter’s statewide efforts and effectiveness.
- Seek opportunities to contribute to the College of Agriculture’s teaching programs and for student involvement in regional programs.
About the Southeast Region: The Southeast Region includes 15 parish extension offices (Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Jefferson, Livingston, Orleans, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington, and West Feliciana) and three research stations (Hammond, Bob R. Jones-Idlewild, and Southeast). The Southeast Region Office is located at the Hammond Research Station in Hammond, Louisiana. The Southeast Region is one of 5 regions in the LSU AgCenter. The AgCenter is one of nine campuses within the broader LSU enterprise (LSU System), and includes the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, which conducts agricultural-based research, and the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, which extends the knowledge derived from research to the people of the state. The AgCenter is headquartered in Baton Rouge and has 13 "on campus" academic departments. Administratively aligned with the AgCenter is the LSU A&M campus’s College of Agriculture (COA) which oversees the teaching function. The COA has eleven academic departments, ten of which are shared with the AgCenter, and a comprehensive array of programs that encompass all aspects of agriculture.
Qualifications: Applicants must have an earned doctorate degree in agriculture, extension education, renewable natural resources, human ecology or other field related to the programs of the AgCenter and hold tenure or have a sufficient record to support granting immediate tenure. Must have demonstrated leadership ability and administrative skills and a commitment to the Land Grant mission, along with a demonstrated record of accomplishment in recognized disciplines related to the AgCenter’s mission. Prior administrative experience is desirable.
Salary: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.
Date Available: Upon completion of selection process
Application Deadline: Friday, March 3, 2017 or until a suitable candidate is identified. It is anticipated that interviews will be conducted in early March.
Application Procedure: Apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching letter of application, resume and names and contact information for three references. Questions about the on-line system should be directed to the HRM Office at 225/578.0324.