Assistant Director Agriculture Experiment Station

Mandan, ND
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May 06, 2021
Job Type
Full Time
Position Information

  • Coordinate activities between NDSU Research Extension Centers (REC). Serve as a liaison for the NDSU Experiment Station Director to the RECs.
    • Serve as a liaison among the REC directors to the NDSU Vice President for Agricultural Affairs (VP for Ag Affairs)
    • Schedule and facilitate routine REC director meetings
      • Work with the VP for Ag Affairs to develop meeting agendas
      • Invite guest speakers and other participants to the meetings
      • Coordinate other meeting functions as needed
    • Work with the Associate Experiment Station Director to improve coordination and collaboration between the Main Station and RECs
    • Represent NDSU Ag Affairs at advisory board meetings, field days, and other events when other campus representation is not available
    • Assist with the annual review and 360-degree review processes for REC Directors if the VP for Ag Affairs is not available
    • Work with RECs and main station to facilitate development of programmatic and capital project priorities to SBARE
  • Manage existing AES equipment leases and seek additional partnerships as warranted by needs of the agency. Ensure excellent working relationship between dealers and the NDSU network of users.
    • Maintain/oversee inventory of equipment leased from CASE-IH
    • Maintain a strong linkage with dealer networks
    • Work with NDSU purchasing to ensure all paperwork is filed regarding lease arrangements
    • Work with RECs and other equipment users to ensure equipment is properly insured, maintained, serviced, and repaired
    • Serve as State Fleet contact person for REC network
  • Serve as the liaison between NDSU Agriculture and the USDA-ARS Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory in Mandan
    • Identify collaborative opportunities that strengthen the relationship between ARS and NDSU Agriculture
    • Serve as a key contact for ARS personnel with NDSU Agriculture
    • Communicate with NDSU faculty and staff regarding collaborative opportunities with ARS
  • Represent NDSU Agriculture in the Bismarck/Mandan area, including attending various meetings with legislators and other state agencies as needed.
    • Participate in Ag Coalition meetings
    • Attend meetings on behalf of the VP for Ag Affairs
    • Represent NDSU Agriculture with key legislators and other elected officials
    • Represent NDSU Agriculture with various state agencies, commodity groups and others in the Bismarck/Mandan area
  • Other duties as assigned

Work Schedule :

This would be a 0.6 FTE position (benefitted). Office provide at the Northern Great Plains Lab (NGPL) in Mandan. The person in this position is expected to maintain office hours at the NGPL on a weekly basis.

Advertised Salary :

Salary (Commensurate with Experience and includes NDSU Benefits)

Minimum Qualifications:
  • M.S. in an agriculture or closely related field
  • Seven years + or equivalent experience with NDSU agriculture
  • Supervisory and/or managerial experience
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Working knowledge of ND agriculture
  • Ability to work closely with a broad array of constituent groups
  • Ability to coordinate and communicate with other state agencies, offices, and branches of government
  • Experience with the NDSU REC network

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Working knowledge of NDSU's land grant missions of teaching, research and extension
  • Demonstrated experience in creating agency and private-public partnerships
  • Demonstrated experience cultivating multidisciplinary working groups
  • Experience telecommuting or working remotely
  • Proven track record of garnering extramural support for NDSU Ag
  • Experience working with legislators and other elected officials

Application Materials Required:

Interested applicants should submit an abbreviated resume or CV (5 pages or less); cover letter detailing your qualifications and list of 3 references.

Screening will begin 6/3/21


NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package with includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university - with an effective date for new employees the first of the month following date of hire. Other benefits include, wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, EAP, sick leave and holiday pay. Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans.

About Us

North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student focused, land-grant, research university. Our main campus is located in Fargo, ND with Extension Service and Research Experiment Station locations across the entire state. NDSU has been listed in the Top 100 public research universities in the United States for research and development in agricultural sciences, psychology and social sciences, based on reported research expenditures.

NDSU is an exciting place to work offering a stimulating and diverse environment richly populated with people pursuing life-long learning and personal growth. Employees often attend on-campus cultural events, lectures, athletic events and enjoy walks through our beautiful campus.

NDSU employs over 6000 full-time and part-time employees across the state, making it the second largest employer in the community. NDSU is the best college in ND, according to Money Magazine (September 2018). NDSU was named a 2019 Best Value College by Forbes. Fargo made's top 10 list of cities to find a job and ranked at #11 for best places to live overall.

NDSU offers a wide array of professional opportunities including faculty, executive, managerial, professional, technical, paraprofessional, office support, servers and crafts/trades. Like a small city, NDSU operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Full time employees are offered a superb benefit package to include 100% company paid health insurance premiums and tuition assistance for employees and immediate family members. All of us at NDSU play an important role in serving our students and public constituencies. We encourage motivated and talented team members that thrive in a higher-ed environment to join our university!


With energy and momentum, North Dakota State University addresses the needs and aspirations of people in a changing world by building on our land-grant foundation.

Additional Information

No Smoking Notice:

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. ยง 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:

North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.

Veteran's Preference Notice:

This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran's Preference requirements.