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Southwest Florida REC - Center Director and Professor (518986) - Immokalee, FL 

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    Immokalee, FL

    Open Date

    Nov 15, 2021

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. We strongly encourage candidates belonging to historically underrepresented groups.


    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 .


    The Center Director is the administrative head of the University of Florida/IFAS, Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC) located in Immokalee and provides leadership and support for the teaching, research, and Extension programs essential to the agricultural, natural resource conservation, environmental, and consumer interests of the area. The Center Director is responsible for promoting and overseeing the development of proactive programs addressing the present and future needs of the surrounding agricultural, natural resource, and urban communities. SWFREC programs seek to improve the viability of regional agricultural economies, protect and enhance natural resources, and encourage positive interaction at the urban-agriculture interface.


    The Center Director facilitates and supports the teaching, research, and Extension programs of the faculty. In particular, the Center Director is expected to lead the effort to address clientele needs through visionary and proactive Extension programming and scientifically recognized research efforts.


    The Center Director is responsible for sound management of SWFREC, budgetary and personnel resources, and for development of short- and long-term goals involving programs, equipment, physical plant and personnel. The Center Director is responsible for developing stakeholder relationships and implementing a strategic plan for strengthening the teaching, research, and extension activities at the SWFREC to increase its impact in the region. The Center Director will maintain liaison with local, state, and federal agencies and will interact with UF/IFAS administration, county Extension faculty, other UF faculty and staff, and agricultural and environmental leaders in accordance with the Center’s mission and goals.  


    The Center Director is expected to use appropriate communication and management skills to promote teamwork among faculty, students and staff and be able to delegate responsibility and make timely decisions. The Center Director is responsible for evaluation of SWFREC faculty programs and initiation of tenure and promotion actions in consultation with appropriate department chairs.  The Center Director will co-supervise any State Specialized Agents (SSA) and Regional Specialized Agents (RSA) housed at the Center with the District Extension Director.  The Center Director reports administratively to the Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources and programmatically to the Deans for Academic Programs, Research, and Extension.


    The Center Director must take an active role to develop and maintain goodwill for the Center among various diverse internal and external stakeholder groups. Strong ties must be developed and maintained with organizations and public agencies, including commodity organizations and both local and statewide agriculture, natural resource, and regulatory governmental agencies. A good working relationship must also be maintained with private entities, including agricultural producers, members of agricultural industries, various agriculture and horticulture clientele groups, environmental organizations, and consumers. The Center Director will collaborate with UF/IFAS Department Chairs, other UF/IFAS Research and Education Center directors, district Extension directors, county Extension faculty and other UF units in program development, implementation and evaluation.

    OTHER INFORMATION: The Southwest Florida Research and Education Center ( is situated on 320 acres and is located one mile north of Immokalee and approximately 35 miles southeast of Fort Myers, and is 40 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, which has internationally recognized tourism beach destinations (Sanibel, Captiva, and Marco islands). The Center faculty consists of a range of academic disciplines supporting research and Extension programs in precision agriculture, citrus and vegetable horticulture, irrigation, pest management, sugarcane, natural resource economics, and water quantity and quality. The SWFREC supplies decision-makers with specific knowledge to protect, sustain and enhance agriculture, human and natural resources through nationally and internationally recognized research, Extension, and teaching programs.