Agriculture, Forestry and Campus Farms Unit Coordinator (Job #1440)

This is a faculty-equivalent academic professional.

Duties and Responsibilities

The community of Potomac State College (PSC) of WVU is committed to being student-centered and has made the quality of the student experience a priority. The Unit Coordinator of Agriculture, Forestry, and Campus Farms reports to the Associate Campus Provost/Dean for Academic Affairs with a faculty reporting line to the Division Chair. The Unit Coordinator is expected to:

  • Teach 6-9 credit hours per semester
  • Coordinate faculty and staff associated with PSC Agriculture & Forestry programs and campus farms.
  • Provide leadership in developing quality academic programs and implementing innovative teaching methodologies that provide graduates and change-of-campus students with the knowledge and skills needed for success on the WVU main campus and in the workforce.
  • Coordinate with the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design to assure that all A.A. programs are aligned for seamless 2 (PSC) +2 (Davis College) baccalaureate degree completion.
  • Assure rigor and relevance of A.A.S. programs with regular input from the Agriculture & Forestry Advisory Board and benchmark comparisons of curriculum and applied farm-related experiences with nationally recognized programs.
  • Maintain and develop entrepreneurial 2+2 A.A.S./B.A.S programs in Agriculture and Forestry.
  • Work with faculty and staff to develop and regularly update a strategic plan (aligned with the College-wide Strategic Plan) for Agriculture & Forestry academic programs AND farm operations.
  • Seek funds from governmental agencies, alumni, and other sources to improve facilities, support teaching, develop new programs, and improve retention and graduation rates in Agriculture and Forestry programs.
  • Develop and maintain an appropriate continuous improvement system for farm operations.
  • Optimize the usage of the college’s resources including the land holdings, livestock, equipment and personnel to maximize the effectiveness of the Agriculture and Forestry programs and agriculture-related entrepreneurial initiatives.
  • Actively assist the Enrollment Services Office in recruitment, retention, and marketing operations for Agricultural and Forestry programs.
  • Complete management-related responsibilities in a timely fashion as assigned by the Associate Campus Provost/Dean of Academic Affairs.
  • Hold regular office hours.
  • Advise students as needed.
  • Strengthen the Agricultural and Forestry Living and Learning Community including the addition of programs, activities, and experiences aimed at integrating agriculture students into the greater campus community and enhancing personal responsibility and an understanding of diversity and civility.
  • Facilitate the development and maintenance of an Agricultural, Forestry, and campus farms web-site to communicate program/facility attributes and market faculty, students, alumni, and programs.
  • Behave in a civil and professional manner at all times.
  • Provide for guided tours of campus facilities and farms as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Associate Campus Provost/Dean of Academic Affairs.

Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Animal, Agriculture or Forestry Science or related area.
  • Minimum of three years of academic experience.
  • Farm management experience.
  • Understanding of current trends and opportunities in higher education required to improve enrollment, retention, and graduation rates.
  • Understanding the role of the academic programs and farms in economic development and the ability to build entrepreneurial initiatives for the benefit of our students and the citizens of West Virginia.
  • A valid driver’s license

Required Skills

  • Dynamic, inspirational individual with vision and strong leadership skills, committed to establishing collaborative relationships, fostering an environment in which faculty and stakeholders are engaged partners and communicating consistently and effectively.
  • Ability to develop and teach Agriculture classes and plan, participate in and supervise farm operations.
  • Proficiency in implementing teaching methodologies designed for student success.
  • Ability to prepare written reports and budgets.
  • Project management and data driven decision-making.
  • Efficiency with Microsoft Office software applications, and business management (finance, accounting, record-keeping, etc.) software applications as applied to farm or forestry management operations.
  • Ability in budget development and staff evaluation.
  • Ability in grant writing and administration.
  • Ability in academic program and farm/forestry operations planning.
  • Ability in development and/or evaluation of academic programs.
  • Willingness to develop on-line (web-base) instruction.

Experience Preferred

  • Effective teaching with active engagement of students in the learning process.
  • Ability to articulate a vision and build consensus among the faculty and farm manager.
  • A record of commitment to affirmative action and social justice.

Helpful Experience Would Include

  • A background of effective outreach to develop and sustain support among alumni, professional, business, and community groups.
  • Managerial ability to increase faculty and staff output.
  • A successful record of fiscal responsibility, budget management, strategic planning, and personnel management.

This is a 12-month position with benefits, reporting to the Dean of Academic Affairs. Expected starting date is July 1, 2014. (Job #1440)

To Apply

Applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, unofficial college transcript, and names and addresses of three references to: Harlan Shreve, Business Office, (Job #), Potomac State College, 101 Fort Avenue, Keyser, West Virginia 26726 or to Harlan.Shreve@mail.wvu.edu .

Please specify in the address or subject line the job for which you are applying.

Review of applications will begin January 1, 2014, and will continue until the positions are filled.

West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer.