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Director (Hastings Agricultural Extension Center) and: Regional Specialized Extension Agent or Regio
University of Florida

Date Posted Nov. 8, 2019
Title Director (Hastings Agricultural Extension Center) and: Regional Specialized Extension Agent or Regio
University University of Florida
Hastings, FL, United States
Department UF/IFAS Extension
Application Deadline Nov. 27, 2019
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Agricultural Extension
    Agricultural - General

University of Florida: College of Agricultural and Life Sciences: 60860000 – AG-HASTINGS DEMONSTRATION UNIT
Hastings, FL
Open Date
Oct 30, 2019

Nov 27, 2019 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Please note: The Extension Agent track is permanent status-accruing and the Program Extension Agent track is non-permanent status-accruing in the Florida Cooperative Extension Service (FCES). The track followed by a successful candidate who does not currently hold permanent status in FCES will be agreed upon by UF and the candidate and will depend on current position and experience. A successful candidate who currently holds permanent status in FCES will follow the Extension Agent track.

Job description:

The Florida Cooperative Extension Service is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments that provides quality, relevant education and research-based expertise to foster healthy people, a healthy environment, and a healthy economy. We are the resource that helps educate Floridians to address issues related to agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, youth development, families and communities.

University of Florida/IFAS Extension seeks to fill a Regional Specialized Extension Agent or Program Extension Agent position (RSA) with a self-starting, energetic, team-oriented individual that will also serve as our Hastings Agricultural Extension Center Director. As the HAEC Center Director you will be the administrative head of the unit, providing leadership and support for the HAEC multi-disciplinary extension and research programs essential to the agricultural, natural resource conservation, environmental, economic, and consumer interests of the area.

Since 1923, UF research and extension activities have assisted local producers in developing a sustainable industry, contributing to economic development in northeast Florida. UF scientists conduct research in cultivar development and evaluation, plant nutrition, and irrigation management along with pest management disciplines focusing on entomology, nematology, plant pathology, and weed science. HAEC researchers are involved in several USDA multi-state projects. You will be responsible for supporting these activities and will provide a platform for extension activities that bring science-based information to local, state, regional and international audiences.

Additionally, you will plan, organize, develop, implement, teach, evaluate, and report on educational programs that focus on production and marketing of major row crops, potato, cabbage, Asian vegetables, and fruit crops. Additionally, you will assist in identifying and evaluating alternative crops to enhance marketing opportunities for local growers. You will develop and deliver science-based educational programs in response to clientele needs and evaluate program outcomes and impacts. HAEC programs seek to improve the viability of the regional agricultural economy, protect and enhance natural resources, support sound urban and rural landscape practices, and encourage positive interests at the urban-agricultural interface.

Duties and Responsibilities – HAEC Director (80%)

Provide management and oversight of the HAEC staff, facilities and operations.
Strengthen and maintain strong ties and good will, supported by proactive communication, with agricultural commodity and support organizations, regulatory agencies, environmental groups, local and statewide governmental agencies, members of urban and rural clientele groups, and consumers.
Practice sound management of HAEC resources, including transparent budgetary and personnel management. Develop short- and long-term goals involving programs, equipment, physical plant, and personnel.
Obtain financial support (like grants, gifts, and endowments) for extension and applied research programs at the HAEC. Learn and practice the UF/IFAS grant management system.
Regularly communicate with local faculty. Use appropriate communication and management to promote teamwork among HAEC-related faculty and staff, coordinate annual programs, and make timely decisions.
Recruit, hire, and evaluate the performance of HAEC staff.
Supervise all personnel at HAEC, particularly the Research Coordinator, Farm Managers, and Office Manager/Administrative Assistant.
Lead the planning and development of comprehensive, interdisciplinary demonstration and research facilities. Work and collaborate with related researchers and the UF/IFAS Dean for Research office.
Plan and direct the development and growth of HAEC, providing leadership for developing, implementing, and coordinating plans for land use and management, unit personnel management, building and facility use and management and all other operations. Work closely with the Assistant Director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station on new opportunities for HAEC growth, enhancing research capacities and capabilities. Continue to enhance local triage pest diagnostic clinic infrastructure.
Work closely with county extension agents, state extension and research faculty, and agricultural industry representatives as well as advisory committees to accomplish unit and project goals.
Prepare annual budget proposals and operational budgets for unit operations for each fiscal year. These proposals will include salary, facility maintenance, facility upgrades, and operational expenses. Oversee all record-keeping activities required by UF/IFAS or regulatory agencies and coordinate all administrative activities.
Direct and manage all unit resources, budget, personnel, facilities and land to maximize demonstration activities through approved field projects coordinated by state and county extension faculty. Interact and cooperate with project leaders in planning and implementing demonstration programs and projects.
Establish and maintain a functional and effective HAEC advisory committee.
Maintain an HAEC website, newsletter, and related social media for communication, education and networking.
Duties and Responsibilities – Agriculture RSA (20%)

Use traditional and innovative educational methods to teach target audiences new practices, procedures, techniques, and skills related to row crop and/or fruit production and marketing that will ultimately result in positive behavioral and/or practice change. These methods will include the use of diverse teaching technology to develop and strengthen ties with key industry sectors that result in a better understanding of markets and opportunities in the Tri-County Agricultural Area (TCAA), in central Florida, and statewide.
Work with community leaders to facilitate and coordinate partnerships with local and state agencies, elected officials, community leaders, landowners, citizens, and industry in developing rural, urban and community economic opportunities using a food system approach.
Play an active leadership role with the faculty to develop modern, innovative, and proactive extension and applied research programs at HAEC and in the TCAA to address the present and future needs of the surrounding TCAA communities. You will collaborate with Extension and Research Associate Deans, County Extension Directors, related faculty in the area, and other UF units in program development.
Develop and host field days and other educational events in collaboration with state and county extension faculty.
Provide information, professional development, and mentoring for extension agents in the area of expertise.
Participate in collaborative practical and applied research projects associated with the area of expertise.
Secure external funding to conduct integrated projects to advance agriculture enterprises in the area.
Communicate program outcomes and impacts to the stakeholders and residents of the Central Extension District and to UF/IFAS administration.
You will report to the Dean for Extension relative to Director responsibilities. You will be expected to keep the Dean for Extension fully advised of activities at the HAEC and consult with the Dean prior to major decisions affecting the scope and direction of the Center. This position will also interact with administration in the Office of the Dean of Research with a focus on land, equipment, and infrastructure needs and enhancement. You will provide an annual plan of work coinciding with the start of the state fiscal year and Report of Accomplishment/Plan of Work for extension program responsibilities. You will report to the Central District Extension Director (DED) for extension programmatic responsibilities and will assume other duties assigned by the Dean and DED.

You must be on call for any emergency after normal working hours and weekends. Because a main function of HAEC is to host research projects and demonstrations, it is anticipated that you will be present at scheduled educational events and demonstrations on evenings and weekends.

You must work outdoors during all seasons of the year and occasionally during adverse weather conditions. You must be familiar with farm equipment like tractors, backhoes, irrigation systems, and similar farm implements.

Minimum qualifications:

A master’s degree and at least 6 years of land-grant university extension experience or equivalent are required. Degrees may be in agriculture, horticulture, plant sciences, or a closely related field.

Preferred qualifications:

Holding Certified Crop Advisor status is preferred. The chosen candidate should be a proactive leader with a track record of managing complex projects with successful deliverables. You should: 1) have excellent leadership, communication, teaching, and facilitation skills; 2) be able to create and maintain resource networks; 3) demonstrate proficiency with electronic media and contemporary web-based tools for educational programs and communication; 4) have experience working with diverse audiences at all socioeconomic levels; and 5) have a commitment to UF/IFAS and Extension core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.

Application Instructions
Apply at by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern) of the posting end date, and attach:

Cover letter that describes how your experience and qualifications have prepared you for this position
Résumé or Curriculum vitae
The following documents are required and may either be submitted through the above link at the time of application, or sent separately to our office (below).

Previous Employment Form (located at ).
Unofficial copies of all transcripts and/or coursework of your academic degrees
A minimum of 3 reference rating forms (located at ) from your professional/academic references. Reference forms will be kept on file for 1 year and will be automatically used with any of our extension agent positions you apply for during that time.
Reference rating forms and unofficial transcripts not submitted at the time of application should be submitted/postmarked by the next business day after the position’s closing date. They may be submitted to:

Ms. Dana LeCuyer
UF IFAS Human Resources
Faculty Recruitment and Hiring
P O Box 110281
Gainesville, FL 32611-0281

Fax: (352) 392-3226

Selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered "official" if a designation of "Issued to Student" is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’s Sunshine Law.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.


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Contact Information

  • Ms. Dana LeCuyer
    Uf/Ifas Hr
    University of Florida
    PO Box 110281
    Gainesville, FL 32611
  • 13523923226


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