The Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources of Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) at Rutgers University invites applications for a full time, 12 month calendar year, tenure track faculty position at the rank of County Agent III (equivalent to Assistant Professor).
This tenure-track faculty position will provide leadership and support for the commercial agricultural industries in Cape May County and throughout the southern region of NJ with specific expertise in agribusiness planning, including agritourism and retail marketing; wineries and craft beverages; assisting beginning farmers; niche crop and livestock production; and risk and financial management.
BENEFITS: Excellent personal benefits package, including 22 days of annual leave per year, health insurance, life insurance, retirement program, and professional improvement opportunities.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Bachelor's and Master's degrees required from an accredited institution in plant science, agricultural economics, agriculture business management, business administration or a combination of these or related fields of study.
Three years minimum professional experience required for appointment to the rank of County Agent III (equivalent to Assistant Professor)
Demonstrated expertise or a working knowledge of a wide range of crops and crop production systems.
Research experience in experimental design, data collection, evaluation and analysis is preferred
Effective public speaking and presentation skills for program delivery and communications to clientele are required
Supervisory or managerial experience is preferred.
Evidence of successfully training, mentoring and evaluating staff, ensuring the requirements and objectives of program outreach and impact.
Ability to work cooperatively and communicate with staff and clientele
Computer proficiency is required
Willingness and dedication to commit to the long hours associated with the position are expected, including evening and weekend availability for programs, travel, etc.
A valid NJ driver's license or ability to acquire one in the first three months of employment is a necessity for the performance of this position
Working knowledge of the NJDEP's Pesticide Control Program for growers and professionals to obtain and retain a valid NJDEP Pesticide Applicator's License is required to assist clientele. If the candidate will be performing applications for research trials, an NJDEP applicators license in the appropriate categories must be obtained.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Demonstrated expertise in and provide leadership to develop, implement, and evaluate educational programming and applied and evaluative research appropriate to the needs of the clientele in direct marketing, agritourism, agricultural economics
Maintain knowledge and provide assistance in general agricultural topics and crop production
Provide research and support for small and beginning farmers, wineries and craft beverage production, direct retail farm marketers, and agricultural production efforts
Contribute to the effective operation of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension office of Cape May County, including staff supervision, volunteer management, and completion of general ANR administrative functions: water allocation permits, animal waste management plans, farmer plates, open burn permits, etc.)
Adapt to changing dynamics of the agricultural industry, the demands of the position, and emerging needs in the county.
Address/contribute to addressing the needs of a broad range of agricultural stakeholders (and other Extension clientele) seeking assistance or visiting the office
Design and implement applied or evaluative research with measurable impacts on clientele and the profession
Collaborate with farmers and agricultural groups, municipal and county governments, nongovernmental organizations in the county and region
Assess needs, share research-based information to achieve knowledge gain and skills development, and document changes in clientele practice or conditions
Coordinate implementation of programmatic efforts with fellow RCE faculty and staff in the region and across the state to develop outreach/education methods and materials
Expected to garner external resources through grants and contracts, and alternative funding streams for support of the program
Participate in appropriate Departmental, Cooperative Extension, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), School of Environmental and Biological Science, Rutgers University and county administrative functions.
Expected to establish an outstanding program in agribusiness planning as detailed above, the merits of which will lead to regional and/or national recognition.
Posting Number: 19FA2587
Location: Off Campus
Internal Number: 107395
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