Director Position Opening (Associate Professor/Professor) Southern Rural Development Center (Department of Agricultural Economics) Mississippi State University
Employment Opportunities
Monday, July 20, 2020 01:42 PM

This is a 12-month, tenured faculty appointment in the Department of Agricultural Economics with split responsibilities in research (50%), and extension (50%). The   faculty member in this position serves as Director of the Southern Rural Development Center. As one of four regional centers, the Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC) works with 13 Southern states, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands to initiate, foster and facilitate regional research and education efforts that contribute to an increased quality of life for residents of the Southern region. The SRDC is partially federally funded and hosted by Mississippi State University.

Duties and Responsibilities: The Center Director is responsible for carrying out policies and procedures established by the SRDC Board of Directors; managing the Center's budget, activities and programs; generating and directing innovative multistate research and extension programs; promoting the Center's mission, capabilities and program with primary funding organizations, potential financial supporters and clientele; providing synergistic leadership to public and private rural development activities in the South; seeking funding and other resources to support state and multistate development activities of the participating states and institutions; and fostering more effective and better funded partnerships among the region's 1862, 1890, and 1994 land-grant institutions. Specific responsibilities will include the following expectations:

  • Successfully seek and acquire external funding to support the development and delivery of SRDC programs
  • Develop statewide and regional programs utilizing innovative teaching tools and decision support aids for decision makers
  • Utilize workshops and county/state/regional presentations as well as coordinate with Extension communication specialists in the distribution of content for mass media programs where applicable
  • Generate significant scholarly output including articles in peer-reviewed journals, Extension and Experiment Station publications, departmental papers and popular press articles.
  • Foster multi-state collaboration and linkages on high impact rural development issues or concerns.

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