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Center Director and Professor - Indian River Research and Education Center (IRREC)

University of Florida/IFAS
Fort Pierce, Florida
Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
Closing date
Nov 13, 2023

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Agroecology, Soil ecology, Other
Job Type
Faculty, Management / Executive
Organization Type

Title: Center Director and Professor
Location: Indian River Research and Education Center, University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), Fort Pierce, Florida

Salary: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience

Review Date: For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit materials by 13 October 2023. The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is creating an environment that affirms community across all dimensions. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or visit Accessibility at UF.

POSITION # 00040154

Duties and Responsibilities:
This is a 12-month 100% (1.0 FTE) administration position. The Director is responsible for the management and coordination of all research, extension and academic programs at the Indian River Research and Education Center (IRREC), located in Fort Pierce, Florida. The Director provides leadership and assistance to the faculty and staff at the center in developing and implementing research, extension, and academic programs and seeks Federal, State, and/or private funds to supplement the budget provided by the Florida Legislature. Other administrative responsibilities include the preparation of budgets, allocation of operating funds to all sections of the Center, evaluation of all IRREC faculty members in conjunction with department chairs, the initiation of tenure and promotion for IRREC faculty members in consultation with appropriate department chairs and supervision of staff including farm operations, automotive services, custodial/janitorial/maintenance services, and the center’s media specialist. The Director is responsible for communicating all facility needs and maintenance requirements to the appropriate staff and administrators. Close interaction with industry representatives and governmental agencies is expected. The Director strengthens and maintains strong ties and goodwill with agricultural commodity and support organizations, regulatory agencies, environmental groups, local and statewide governmental agencies, members of urban and rural clientele groups, and consumers.

The Director works with faculty and staff to facilitate a multi-disciplinary program related to the IRREC's mission and actively encourages and supports graduate educational programs at the Center. The Director interacts with other research and education center directors, department chairs, faculty, and county extension faculty to foster cooperation and collaboration among faculty members at different administrative units within IFAS. The Director must have the necessary skills to recruit and develop faculty and staff that will be responsive to the research and extension educational needs of the IRREC's clientele groups. The Director will report administratively to the Senior Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources and programmatically to the deans and directors of the three functions; Research, Academic Programs, and Cooperative Extension.

Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. (foreign equivalent acceptable) in a field in or closely related to the faculty located at the center--Soil and Water Science, Horticulture, Agronomy, Entomology, or closely related fields-- and experience in conducting major research and/or extension education programs. The candidate must have academic credentials that merit appointment at the rank of a tenured Professor in the appropriate academic department within IFAS. The candidate should have strong professional leadership, verbal and written communication, interpersonal, and administrative skills. Experience in obtaining and managing extramural support from industry, governmental, and/or regulatory agencies is required. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system and must also have a commitment to UF core values of excellence, discovery & innovation, inclusion, freedom & civility, community, and stewardship.

Previous administrative experience is desirable.

Background Information:
The Indian River Research and Education Center is a unit of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) at the University of Florida and located on a 700-acre site west of Fort Pierce, St. Lucie County. Fort Pierce is located on the east coast of Florida, 50 miles north of West Palm Beach. It has modern facilities, including the O.C. Minton Hall (>34,000 ft2), complete with classroom and student laboratory, a research wing with large labs, a 17,000 ft2 Biological Control Research and Containment Center, graduate student dormitories, greenhouses, an aquaculture demonstration site and hatching facility, and a post-harvest facility. IRREC provides regional leadership to agriculturalists and natural resource stakeholders with research and extension programs. Interdisciplinary IRREC faculty lead programs in biological, chemical and cultural pest management with focus on entomology, virology, and plant pathology of citrus and vegetable crops, citrus horticulture, fisheries and aquatic sciences, Florida Sea-Grant, soil and water sciences, and innovations for management of invasive plants in Florida. In addition, there are nearby fruit and vegetable production operations and many small, diversified farms. Center personnel include 11 faculty and about 29 support staff, excluding part-time and grant-funded personnel and students. More information on the IRREC, UF/IFAS, and the region is at

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 56,000 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. UF/IFAS employs nearly 4,500 people, which includes approximately 990 salaried faculty and 1,400 permanent 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 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.

Employment Conditions
This position is available 2 January 2024, and will be filled as soon thereafter as an acceptable applicant is available. Compensation is commensurate with the education, experience, and qualifications of the selected applicant.

Nominations are welcome. Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:

Please refer to Requisition # 528144
Brent Sellers
Chair, Search and Screen Committee
University of Florida/IFAS
Range Cattle Research and Education Center
3401 Experiment Station
Ona, FL 33865

Telephone: 863-374-7048
Electronic Mail:

Application Information

  • Individuals wishing to apply should go online to Careers at UF ( and submit:
    • Cover letter that states applicant’s interest in the position and qualifications relative to the credentials listed above
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Contact information (including email addresses) for 3 individuals willing to write letters of recommendation
    • Unofficial transcripts

Selected candidate will be required to provide an 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).

Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. The University of Florida is a public institution and subject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and Public Record laws.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.

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