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Faculty Position: Director of the UMass Cranberry Station

The University of Massachusetts Cranberry Station is seeking an experienced scientist, innovative leader and Extension educator for a full-time, 12-month, non-tenure appointment as Extension Associate or Full Professor and Director of the Station.  This position is located in East Wareham, near Cape Cod.  The UMass Cranberry Station is a research and extension facility and is associated with the UMass Center for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment in the College of Natural Sciences. 

The UMass Cranberry Station has a long history of partnership with and service to the cranberry growers of the Commonwealth.  Cranberries are a leading agricultural crop in Massachusetts, providing nearly a third of the world’s supply of cranberries. The UMass Cranberry Station (/cranberry) emphasizes collaboration with our partners in industry and government and has a commitment to serve a diverse population, including over 300 cranberry growers, professional practitioners, and the broader public. 

The Director of the UMass Cranberry Station will provide: 1) vision, support, and coordination in planning, developing and implement­ing departmental programs in research and extension in accord with the Land Grant Mission; 2) lead­ership in recruiting and fostering academic growth and professional development of faculty, staff, and students; 3) administration of human and financial resources; and 4) promotion of external funding opportu­nities.

The Station Director is expected to:

  • Provide vision, support, and coordination in planning, developing and implement­ing departmental programs in research and extension in accord with the Land Grant Mission.
  • Represent the interests of the Station and its faculty with campus administrators, other departments and units, stakeholder groups, and outside agencies.
  • Create and maintain productive working relationships with the cranberry industry and state agencies to establish priorities that reflect current needs of the industry.
  • Report unit status and progress to the Station's Board of Public Oversight.
  • Promote and secure external funding opportu­nities to support the programs of the Station, including supporting his/her own research program.
  • Maintain a rigorous research and extension program, in a discipline that supports the cranberry industry.
  • Recruit faculty, staff, and students, assess their performance, and foster their academic growth and professional development.
  • Oversee the management of the Station, including human and financial resources.

Job Requirements:

  • An earned doctorate in an applied biological field, including, but not limited to horticulture, plant nutrition, soil science, weed science, plant pathology, entomology, agricultural engineering or a related disci­pline.
  • A record of scholarly achievement and pro­fessional activities related to research, exten­sion and outreach and demonstrated ability to obtain and direct grant and/or industry-funded research.
  • Effective administrative leadership and managerial skills in project management and evaluation such as defining objectives, strategy development and implementation, and impact assessment; budget planning; and management of human, financial, and physical resources.
  • Evidence of effective leadership skills and the ability to create a motivating and inclusive work environment, promote teamwork and collaborations, pursue innovative partnerships and entrepre­neurial opportunities, generate funds in support of research and extension, and facilitate mentoring of colleagues and students.
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with students, faculty, staff, and campus administrators as well as external stakeholders.
  • Interest in outreach to industry and en­gagement with diverse groups.
  • Strong support of and understanding of the mission of a Land Grant university.

Please apply online at:

Review of applications will begin on December 5, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.  Candidates should provide the following in their application package:  1) cover letter, 2) current curriculum vitae, 3) statement of research and extension, and 4) contact information for three references who can comment on the candidate’s leadership, research, and extension abilities.  

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.