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The Associate Dean/ Associate Director of Research will assist the Dean and Director of Agricultural Research and Extension in the administration, reporting, and review of the WVSU Agricultural and Environmental Research Station research projects. The Associate Dean/Associate Director of Research supervises the activities of research faculty, technicians and other research staff and students.
The Associate Dean/Associate Director is also responsible for the administrative oversight of the operation and maintenance of the facilities and experimental equipment associated with the WVSU experiment station. A successful candidate will assist researchers in securing funds for applied research activities and develop and enhance partnerships and collaborations with other institutions, industry, and state and federal agencies. This may include collaborations with partners such as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the West Virginia Department of Agriculture, and the West Virginia University Experiment Station.
This is a full-time, 12-month position employed by the West Virginia State University Research and Development Corporation.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Required and Desired Skills and Traits
This position supervises all employees of the Agricultural and Environmental Research Station.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Position Type and Expected Hours of Work
Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Summer schedule is Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. However, due to the nature of the job performed, flexible hours, including evenings, weekends and occasional overnights, may be required.
Travel to attend state, regional, and national conferences and workshops is expected.
Required Education and Experience
An earned Ph.D. from an accredited institution of higher education in the field of biology, agriculture, food science, animal or human science, or other agricultural-related field is required. A minimum of 10 years of experience as PI of a research program and/or 5 years experience at the Assistant Dean level or higher is required. Experience in research administration and/or academic program administration (e.g. Department Chair, Associate Dean) preferred.
Additional Eligibility Qualifications
Demonstrated administrative skills and experience; possess a strong record of obtaining extramural funding as a principal investigator and the ability to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time of appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term is required. Must possess a valid driver’s license in good standing.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Work Authorization/Security Clearance
This position is designated as security-sensitive. Before an offer of employment is made, a pre-employment background investigation will be completed, which may include a criminal background check, educational, DMV and prior employment.
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