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Beef Cattle Extension Specialist/Assistant or Associate Professor
Post Date: 06/17/2020
Close Date: 08/01/2020
North Dakota State University

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$70,000 and above

Fargo, ND

Job Description:
North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension and Department of Animal Sciences is recruiting a highly motivated faculty member to serve as the state Beef Cattle Specialist for North Dakota. NDSU Extension values people who excel, adapt easily, exhibit passion for helping others and are excellent communicators. The Beef Cattle Specialist is a member of a statewide Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources team responsible for providing leadership to create and deliver innovative learning experiences that empower North Dakotans to improve their lives and communities.

DESCRIPTION OF POSITION: The Department of Animal Sciences at North Dakota State University is seeking a qualified person to fill a 12-month, tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position to provide state-wide educational leadership in beef cattle management and production related to nutrition, reproduction, genetics, and/or other relevant fields. The individual in this position will also be responsible for developing an active beef cattle research program related to state, regional, and national beef cattle production. The appointment is 70% extension, 30% research.

The successful candidate will:
• Work across disciplines, departments, research extension centers, and county extension offices in concert with industry representatives and stakeholders in the development and implementation of innovative beef cattle extension programs
• Develop extension programs that focus on transformational education to improve the beef cattle industry while utilizing a variety of delivery methods to reach intended audiences
• Facilitate the transfer of research results into practical applications for beef cattle producers
• Foster a spirit of open communication with stakeholder groups and act as an integral liaison for NDSU, along with other Extension personnel, to the North Dakota beef industry
• Develop and provide leadership for professional development opportunities for extension agents and specialists related to beef cattle production
• Develop educational materials individually and through a team approach with on and off-campus livestock specialists and county agents to be disseminated through educational meetings, in-depth training, publications, and new technologies as appropriate
• Develop mass media materials, including news releases; participate in radio and television programming, utilize social media, and interact with other media outlets on beef cattle related topics
• Develop a regionally and nationally recognized research program in beef cattle management and production related to nutrition, reproduction, genetics, and/or other relevant fields
• Acquire extramural funding to support extension and research programs
• Actively participate in graduate student advising and mentoring
• Publish research in peer-reviewed journals appropriate for the discipline
• Provide service to the Department, College, University, and appropriate professional societies in the discipline
• Form collaborative relationships with on- and off-campus colleagues, including beef cattle producer groups, to enhance research capacity

DESCRIPTION OF DEPARTMENT: The Department of Animal Sciences at North Dakota State University is composed of 25 full-time faculty and 36 support personnel. The department offers undergraduate majors in animal science, veterinary technology, and equine studies, and graduate opportunities in numerous disciplines related to animal science. Current enrollment is approximately 300 undergraduate and 30 graduate students. Our faculty are nationally and internationally recognized for excellence in extension, research, and teaching. Highly productive and dedicated faculty members have developed robust research programs in diverse areas ranging from animal production systems to molecular biology. Core research areas include ruminant nutrition, reproductive biology, and meat science. State-of-the-art facilities include well-equipped laboratories with ample livestock for teaching and research purposes. Our faculty members interact with county extension agents, off-campus extension staff, scientists at research extension centers, other departments, universities, state and federal agencies, and also collaborate nationally and internationally. In addition, our faculty members provide leadership in nationally recognized extension and outreach programs, which serve a variety of stakeholders. For further details about the department and research and/or extension programs go to our web site at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/ansc/.
• Cover letter outlining interest and qualifications for the position
• Statement of vision, goals, and industry impact of extension and research program (attach to “Other Document 1”)
• Curriculum vita
• Unofficial transcript
• Names of three professional references (must include contact information – telephone numbers and postal and e-mail addresses).
The position will remain open until a suitable applicant is found. The search complies with North Dakota Open Record Laws.
Screening will begin 8/1/20
NDSU does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of 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.
As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

Minimum Requirements:
• Ph.D. degree in animal sciences or closely related discipline
• Excellent oral and written communications skills
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Experience with beef cattle production, research, and/or beef industry
• Ability to develop an outstanding beef cattle extension program
• Documented ability to compete for extramural funding in areas of beef cattle management and production related to nutrition, reproduction, genetics, and/or other relevant fields
• Documented ability to develop and publish materials targeted toward beef producers
• Documented ability to publish in refereed scientific journals
• Experience working with undergraduate/graduate students, industry colleagues, or others in a mentoring capacity
• Documented ability to function in a team setting, both as an effective team member and as a leader and to interact collegially with a diverse group of students, staff, faculty, and administrators
Preferred Requirements:
• Proven record of developing an outstanding beef cattle extension program
• Proven record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals
• Proven record of developing written extension-type articles/bulletins, including popular press articles, social media, and experience working with mass media
• Proven record in securing extramural funding
• Evidence of involvement in developing innovative instructional techniques and delivery methods to reach beef cattle producers
• Demonstrated ability to develop collaborative research programs within and across disciplines
• Proven record of working directly with beef cattle producers in research, extension, consulting, or other industry capacities
• Proven record of developing and providing leadership for professional development opportunities for extension agents and specialists related to beef cattle production

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