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University of Maryland, College Park
College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
College Park
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Posted: 05/31/2022
Assistant Research Professor





Title: Assistant Research Professor Functional Title: Center Director

Position No.: 103019

Category Status: Professional Track Faculty


Location: University of Maryland, College Park, MD (preferred); or Central Maryland Research and Education Center, 11975-A Homewood Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042; or Western Maryland Research and Education Center, 18330 Keedysville Rd, Keedysville, MD 21756, or Lower Eastern Shore Research and Education Center, 27664 Nanticoke Rd, Salisbury, MD 21801.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The ideal candidate will increase applied research at the Centers; strengthen the relationships of the Centers with other research centers and the departments within the college as well as other institutions; translate the results into programs and outreach opportunities that will help the stakeholders of Maryland better manage their resources and agricultural and forestry operations.

With the oversight of the MAES Centers located throughout Maryland (, this position provides an exciting opportunity. Agricultural research and education programs on a variety of production systems are being conducted at the RECs that represent the diverse characteristics of land resources in Maryland. The Director will be responsible for the administration and operations of the Centers including providing overall leadership for administrative decisions, development of budgets, strategic planning, and coordination with internal and external stakeholders

Essential Duties:

● Oversees the direction, initiation, funding, and promotion of research tied to practical solutions and the enhancement of agriculture, forestry, and ecosystem health. Coordinates research programs with other MAES centers and with key departments within AGNR, across UMD, and external stakeholders (growers, industry, state and federal agencies, farmers, foresters) to leverage resources and enhance visibility.

● Oversees and coordinates the administrative, research, and farming functions for the Centers including budgets, personnel matters, and operations. Works with the ADR/AD and the Office of the Dean of AGNR to incorporate University & College policies and procedures into Center procedures as needed. Coordinates with University of Maryland Extension (UME) administration and faculty as needed.

● Responsible for the management and supervision of personnel including Farm Managers, field crew, administrative staff, etc. who are working to fulfill the operational needs of the three Centers. Determines work priorities and evaluates work of supervised employees. Approves employee performance review and development documents, timesheets, and travel.

● Ensures the facilities are capable of supporting research conducted by AGNR faculty by coordinating and discussing facilities and equipment needs with Farm Managers and faculty. In addition, make certain facilities are accessible to the public as needed for field days, workshops, tours, etc.

● Promotes grantsmanship from all sectors, and seeks and obtains corporate and governmental sponsorships to enhance and support the research, outreach, and educational efforts of the Centers. Coordinates with AGNR’s development office to increase donations and gifts.

● Increases the visibility and external reputation of the Centers.

● Builds a sense of community, calling meetings, and keeping a constant flow of communication between all entities embedded within the Centers.

● Seeks opportunities for programmatic development, working closely with program managers for AGNR’s Center programs.

● Ensures compliance with University employment and program policies and oversees regulatory compliance with OSHA.


Required –

● Ph.D. Degree in Agriculture, Watershed Sciences, Forestry, Natural Resources, or related areas

● Four years or more progressively responsible experience managing research and administration in an agricultural setting, including personnel and budget management

● Proven excellence in managing and directing an academic or research program

● Proven ability to develop and translate knowledge attained through research and extension activities to scientists, policymakers, and other stakeholder groups

● Proven track record in garnering grants and private funding to investigate key research issues and explore areas where information and data are lacking

● Evidence of scholarship in research, extension, and/or outreach

● Evidence of ability to organize field activities and interact with stakeholders


Preferred –

● Experience in managing agricultural research and education activities in a Land-grant institution

● Proven ability to work with diverse stakeholders including non-profits

● Experience with a diversity of production systems, e.g., animal, crop systems, or a combination thereof

● Knowledge of agronomic and organic farming practices

Physical Demands/Work Environment –

● Driving

● May require extensive walking and standing

● Should be able to lift up to 50 lbs.

● This is an “On-Call” position that may require working after hours, on weekends, and on holidays

Salary: Commensurate with the Candidate’s qualifications. The University of Maryland offers an extensive benefits package.


All candidates must apply online at for position #103019. A complete application packet includes a letter of interest that addresses the requirements described above and the applicant’s motivation to apply, a current resume, a statement of vision (2-page max) for the Director role including leadership style and values, unofficial transcripts, and name and contact information of three (3) professional references. 

Closing Date:

Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate has been identified.

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.