Center Director and Professor - NFREC



Title: Center Director and Professor

Location: North Florida Research and Education Center

Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

University of Florida

With Centers at Quincy (headquarters) and Marianna, Florida


Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience

Review Date: For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit additional

materials by October 2, 2017. The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.


Duties and Responsibilities:

The Center Director is the administrative head of the North-Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) and provides leadership and support for the research, extension and teaching programs essential to the agricultural, natural resource conservation, environmental and consumer interests of the area. The Director is responsible for encouraging the development of proactive programs addressing the present and future needs of the surrounding agricultural, natural resource and urban communities. The primary responsibility will be administrative but there may be opportunities for research, extension, or teaching. NFREC programs seek to improve the viability of regional agricultural economics, protect and enhance natural resources, support sound urban landscape practices and encourage positive interests at the urban-agricultural interface.

The Center Director is responsible for sound management of resources of the NFREC, including budgetary and personnel management, and for development of short- and long-term goals involving programs, equipment, physical plant and personnel. The Director is responsible for obtaining financial support for research, extension and teaching activities at the NFREC, as well as encouraging faculty to develop Centers of Excellence. He/She is to actively seek private funding and endowments. Encouraging and supporting faculty to seek extramural grant opportunities is a key job requirement. The Center Director will liaison with local, state, and federal agencies and will interact with UF/IFAS administration, county extension faculty, other UF faculty and staff, and agricultural and environmental leaders in accordance with the Center’s mission and goals. The Center Director is expected to use appropriate communication and management skills to promote teamwork among faculty and staff, delegate responsibility when appropriate, and make timely decisions. The Director is responsible for evaluation of NFREC faculty programs and initiation of tenure and promotion actions in consultation with department chairs. The Center Director will form advisory committees, composed of clientele, to assist with program related recommendations and decisions and to generate support for needed facilities and equipment. The Center Director should initiate and encourage cooperative research projects with national and international institutions. This should include cooperative ventures with nearby Florida A & M University. The Center Director reports administratively to the Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources and is responsible programmatically to the Deans for Academic Programs, Research and Extension.

The Center Director must take an active role to develop and maintain goodwill for the Center among various support and clientele groups, local agencies, and consumers. Strong ties must be developed and maintained with commodity organizations, regulatory agencies, environmental groups and local and statewide governmental agencies. The Director will cooperate with UF/IFAS Department Chairs, other UF/IFAS Research and Education Center directors, district extension directors, county extension faculty and other UF units in program development.


An earned doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in a field related to agriculture or natural resources with experience in conducting a major research, extension and/or teaching program with academic credentials equivalent to the full professor rank are required. The candidate should have demonstrated strong professional leadership, communication, interpersonal and administrative skills. Candidates should also have experience in obtaining legislative, financial, and political support from commodity and industry groups and must show strong commitment to extension, research and teaching. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system. Candidates must also have a commitment to IFAS core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.

Background Information:

The North Florida Research & Education Center (NFREC; is one of the largest and most diverse off-campus units of UF/IFAS, consisting of campuses in Quincy and Marianna in the Big Bend Region of Florida. The Quincy campus, established in 1921 is a 1,021-acre research and education facility located in Gadsden County. The NFREC-Marianna, a 1400-acre facility, was originally one of the Mobile Units established in 1941 and made its permanent home in Jackson County in 1948. The NFREC has eighteen faculty members, representing 10 academic units (forestry, wildlife conservation, environmental horticulture, horticulture, soil and water science, animal science, agronomy, entomology, plant pathology and interdisciplinary ecology). Research programs are collaborative, with a system-based focus on cropping systems, energy crops, beef/forage production systems, plant breeding systems, specialty crop systems and natural resource management systems. The NFREC faculty members are stationed at either the Quincy campus or the Marianna campus, which are 40 miles apart. The Center Director’s office is located at Quincy. Faculty members commonly use facilities at both campuses. The NFREC is characterized by a dynamic population of post-doctoral associates, graduate students, scientific, farm, and administrative staff. This diversity of faculty, staff and programs provides a unique setting for transdisciplinary research that ties the NFREC with faculty on the main UF campus, faculty at other Research and Education Centers around the state, as well as local state (Florida State University and Florida A&M University) and regional (Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi) universities.

The University of Florida ( is a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant, and Space-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 53,000 students. UF is a member of The Association of American Universities. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences ( includes the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (, the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station (, the Florida Cooperative Extension Service (, the College of Veterinary Medicine (, the Florida Sea Grant program ( ), and encompasses 16 on-campus academic departments and schools, 12 Research and Educational Centers (REC) located throughout the state, 6 Research sites/demonstration units administered by RECs or academic departments, and Florida Cooperative Extension Service offices in all 67 counties (counties operate and maintain). The School of Natural Resources and Environment is an interdisciplinary unit housed in IFAS and managed by several colleges on campus. IFAS employs over 2500 people, which includes approximately 900 faculty and 1200 support personnel located in Gainesville and throughout the state. IFAS, one of the nation’s largest agricultural and natural resources research and education organizations, is administered by a Senior Vice President and four deans: the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Dean for Extension and Director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the Dean for Research and Director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine. UF/IFAS also engages in cooperative work with Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.

Application Information:

  • Individuals wishing to apply should go online to and submit:
    • Application
    • A formal letter of application that includes a brief statement of the applicant’s leadership skills and vision, administrative philosophy, and ideas on the role of an off-campus UF/IFAS Research and Education Center.
    • A current curriculum vitae which includes a biographical sketch, leadership roles, service, consultant roles, and a complete list of publications.
    • Have three individuals send a letter of reference to Dr. C. Wesley Wood at the address listed below.

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at .

Please refer to Position # 00013776


Dr. C. Wesley Wood

Chair, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida, IFAS; West Florida Research and Education Center

5988 Highway 90, Building 4900

Milton, Florida 32583

Telephone: 850-983-7126; Facsimile: 850-983-5774

Electronic Mail:

Individuals wishing to nominate candidates should do so by contacting the Search Committee Chair by email or telephone.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida’s ‘Government in the Sunshine’ and Public Records Laws. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

Job Type: 
Job Listing Expiration: 
60 Days
Company Name: 
University of Florida - NFREC
Name of Contact Person: 
C. Wes Wood
United States
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