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Associate Director, Agricultural Research/Extension Center (Gulf Coast REC)
Auburn University

Date Posted Jul. 6, 2022
Title Associate Director, Agricultural Research/Extension Center (Gulf Coast REC)
University Auburn University
Auburn, AL, United States
Department Gulf Coast Research Ext Ctr
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Agricultural - General

Job Summary
This position is located in Fairhope, Alabama.

The Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center of Auburn University is seeking candidates for the position of Associate Director. The individual selected for this position will provide leadership to the center in collaboration with the Regional Director, Director, Director of Experiment Station Research Operations, administration, Department Heads, and Dean for the College of Agriculture and the Director and Associate Directors of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station.

With its location one mile east of Mobile Bay and 30 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico, the Gulf Coast Research and Extension Center in Fairhope enjoys a climate ideal for a highly diversified research program, and the GCREC takes full advantage of that. The long growing seasons and mostly mild winters allow for research on all of Alabama’s major row crops as well as on turfgrass, vegetable and fruit crops, pecans, beef cattle and forage. The GCREC’s top goal is to help southwest Alabama producers maximize their income.

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Essential Functions
Responsibilities include overseeing the day to day operations and implementation of operational and research projects at the center to support all AAES programs related to row crop, cattle production, and horticulture for research, teaching, and/or extension programs. Specific duties may vary based upon departmental needs and may include the following:
Planning, overseeing, and implementing all aspects of a research unit to include design, system installation, operation, and data collection for row crop, cattle production, and horticulture research, teaching, and extension projects.
Interacting with a variety of individuals and groups for tours, seminars, and presentations.
Scheduling, monitoring, and maintaining records of research.
Procuring equipment and supplies to sustain research projects.
Supervising machinery operation, maintenance, and repair.
Supervising and/or monitoring clean up and sanitation of research facility and equipment.
May assist in the development and monitoring of the department budget.
Ensuring compliance with pesticide application, procedure, and standards, as well as other regulations specific to execution of job responsibilities;
Full supervisory responsibility for other employees is a major responsibility and includes directing and coordinating work schedules, training, evaluating, and making or recommending pay, promotion or other employment decisions.

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