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Position: Land Grant Director

Opening date: April 8, 2021

Closing date: April 22, 2021

Department: Academic Affairs

Reports Directly To: Vice President of Academic Affairs

Status: Exempt; Full-time

Salary: $55,000 - $71,763

Summary Of Duties:

  • Supports education, research and extension programs that enhance agriculture and food production.
  • Recruits and retains students in the food production and agricultural sciences to enhance economic opportunities and quality of life, improve nutrition and health, and protect natural resources and the environment.
  • Teaches a minimum of 12 credits of college courses per calendar year (fall, spring and summer).
  • Monitors and reports student attendance and academic progress in the Jenzabar system on a weekly basis throughout the semester.
  • Participates in the Jenzabar Early Alert Retention Module system by alerting, referring, and providing interventions that ensure student success.
  • Provides oversight of training opportunities provided by Land Grant staff to ensure it includes a cultural context that empowers students by drawing on the strength of their people’s histories, indigenous knowledge, and traditions.
  • Ensures oversight of department implementation including all activities, outputs, and outcomes related to department management and administration, including reporting, budget development and monitoring, financial transactions, execution of plans, and program performance.
  • Oversees the selection and training of qualified program staff, assigning clear roles and responsibilities, providing effective supervision, and managing performance to ensure efficient operations.
  • Coordinates monthly reports from Land Grant staff to ensure accountability of all department activities as well as the accurate and timely reporting of deliverables and obligations.
  • Coordinates the development of a detailed implementation plan in line with the agreed scope and resources of the various Land Grant activities and initiatives.
  • Ensures the Land Grant department’s grant activities progress in accordance to contractual obligations and comply with grant regulations and internal organizational policies.
  • Acts as the primary contact person, ensuring UTTC Land Grant is represented in national technical, policy, and planning forums with UTTC and other key stakeholders.
  • Works closely with the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and other institutes and agencies to ensure compliance with programmatic targets and deliverables.
  • Promotes Land Grant initiatives through advocacy, presentations, and participation in local, regional and national forums.
  • Supports the Land Grant staff by advising on program management, organizational development, in-service training, capacity building, and collaboration among partners and stakeholders.
  • Establishes and manages a team to ensure appropriate, quality services are coordinated and available to the UTTC community.
  • Maintains communication with other 1994 Land Grant Tribal Colleges by attending meetings and maintaining membership with the First American Land-Grant Consortium (FALCON).
  • Serves on college committees.
  • Complies with college policies, plans, and procedures.
  • Performs all other related work delegated or required to accomplish the objectives of the college.

Supervisory Responsibilities: • Extension Nutrition Educators • Agroecology Educators • Extension Technicians • Support Staff

Working Conditions:

  • Normal working hours are from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm
  • Monday through Friday
  • One hour break for lunch
  • Outdoor working environment year around, particularly during the growing season
  • Evening and weekend work may be required.

Physical Demands:

  • Regularly remain in a stationary position
  • Regularly required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, and crouch, or crawl
  • Operate a computer, tiller, tractor and other equipment related to Land Grant operations
  • Regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
  • Communicate clearly and effectively
  • Regularly ascend/descend stairs.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in agriculture, natural resources or secondary science, or a related field, from a regionally accredited university required.
  • Two (2) years grant management experience required.
  • ND Driver’s License and insurable

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Capacity to meet deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal, team building, and decision making skills

Required Documents:

  • UTTC Application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Copies of Transcripts
  • ND Driver License