NYS IPM Director

NYS IPM Director

The NYS IPM Program is seeking a new Director with a passion and vision for IPM. Seize a rare opportunity to lead a great IPM program by applying to be director of the NYS IPM Program at Cornell University, headquartered in Geneva NY. A PhD is required in any pest-related field in agriculture, horticulture, or communities (e.g. structural pests, rodents), and 6+ years of experience in extension and/or research. This is a Senior Extension Associate, non-tenure track faculty position in Cornell Cooperative Extension, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), Cornell University.
 

The New York State Integrated Pest Management Program at Cornell University

The New York State IPM Program develops sustainable ways to manage pests and helps people to use methods that minimize environmental, health, and economic risks. NYS IPM is an internationally recognized program that has conducted extension and research in many agricultural commodities and community settings for more than 30 years. New York State IPM promotes pollinator protection, systems approaches, and biological control in its mission to reduce risks from pests and pest management.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a continuously evolving approach to pest management that strives to minimize environmental, health, and economic risks in agricultural and community settings. IPM systems can be particularly useful in improving the sustainability and profitability of high-value specialty crops, including fruits, vegetables, greenhouses, and nurseries. The integration of newer technologies with existing IPM approaches will generate innovative production systems that help address stakeholder concerns about negative impacts of current pest management approaches, and strengthen New York State’s role as a leader in agricultural and community settings.

Key Responsibilities as Director
You will direct the New York State Integrated Pest Management (NYS IPM) Program by leading a staff of over 20 IPM and communications specialists. You will be responsible for setting priorities within NYS IPM for extension, research, and communications activities. You will maintain current funding streams while developing new sources from both the private and public sectors. Additionally, you will lead collaboration among NYS IPM staff, Cornell University faculty, and CCE educators to implement IPM in New York State. The job duties include:

  • Conducting extension programming and applied research within your own area of specialization.
  • Researching IPM techniques, including biologically-based and cultural practices for management of disease, insect, weed, and mammalian pests.
  • Communicating IPM impacts and activities to CALS and CCE Administration, local and state government agencies, state legislators, federal agencies, and federal representatives
  • Securing new, and maintaining current, diversified funding sources and associated reporting on program activities and impacts
  • Enhancing the partnerships between the NYS IPM Program, Cornell AgriTech, Cornell’s Ithaca campus, the Cornell Regional Agriculture Specialist teams, and CCE educators across the state.
  • Representing NYS IPM and act as a liaison with CCE, CALS, government agencies, growers, pest control professionals, other IPM practitioners, and other stakeholders.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. degree required in entomology, plant pathology, weed science, horticulture or a closely related field.
  • Must have a strong background in IPM.
  • Be able to design, execute and analyze complex field experiments.
  • 6+ years of related work experience in Extension education and/or research in IPM.
  • Knowledge of the philosophy, objectives, and operation of an informal education system such as Cornell Cooperative Extension.
  • Experience in interpreting, evaluating, and communicating the results of applied research.
  • Skilled at establishing and maintaining professional work relationships and networks.
  • Demonstrated skill in developing written educational materials and conducting in-person training.
  • Ability to incorporate revenue generation into appropriate educational program initiatives including, but not limited to, program fees, partnership development, and grant writing.
  • Experience in writing grant proposals.
  • Experience in budget development and management.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Fundamental competence utilizing current technology as a management and program delivery tool (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, Internet and Web development).
  • Ability to work with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) faculty along with faculty in other schools and colleges at Cornell University to develop applied research projects necessary to support a strong extension program.
  • Must hold New York State pesticide applicator certification or be able to obtain certification within one year of hire.
  • Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position, and have reliable transportation as well as have and maintain a valid and unrestricted New York State driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 6+ years of relevant work experience in a pest management-related field.
  • Working knowledge of federal and New York State pesticide laws and regulations.

To apply:

Please apply via Academic Jobs On-line - https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/14128

Applications will be accepted through September 30, 2019.

Job Type: 
Regular
Job Listing Expiration: 
60 Days
Company Name: 
NYS Integrated Pest Management Program at Cornell University
Name of Contact Person: 
Julie Suarez
Contact Person's Phone: 
518-434-4157
City: 
Albany
State/Province: 
NY
Country: 
USA
Contact Person's Email: 
jcs433@cornell.edu