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University of Kentucky Research and Education Center at Princeton Invites Applications

May 26, 2020

Position Title 
Managing Director                                                                                                                                                        New-UK-logo-1                            

Job Description

This is a service oriented position with a primary
responsibility of facilitating and promoting the
research and extension efforts of CAFE faculty, staff and students.

The Managing  Director of UKREC reports to the Director of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station (KAES) and is the point of contact between the UKREC and the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE) administration. The Managing Director is an at will position, appointed by the Dean for a term of not more than six years, contingent upon positive annual performance reviews and availability of funding.  The initial term is renewable, based on agreement with the Managing Director, the Dean, the Director of KAES, and concurrence of internal and external constituents. The performance of the Managing Director is annually evaluated by the KAES Director and the Dean with the same schedule and process as other unit Managing Directors, Directors, and Department Chairs. This is approximately a 50%-time administrative appointment with the remainder of the appointment as extension and/or research. This is a service oriented position with a primary responsibility of facilitating and promoting the research and extension efforts of CAFE faculty, staff and students. The individual will represent faculty with respect to site specific issues and multidisciplinary collaborations.


 Additional Responsibilities of the Managing Director include:

  • Providing leadership to UKREC for long-term planning, strategic programming, and shorter-term prioritization.
  • Interfaces and cooperates with the Director of Grain and Forage Center of Excellence in facilitating stakeholder interactions and promoting philanthropic goals and events associated with the center.
  • Responsible for the UKREC budget and works with the college Business Center, college Finance Director and Budget Analyst, the UKREC Superintendent (SI), and the Deans in budget analysis and management. The Managing Director reviews and prioritizes funding or resource requests from the UKREC to CAFE.
  • Communication with academic department chairs, facilities management staff and other CAFE administrators, as appropriate to address UKREC priorities and challenges for staffing, resources and programming.
  • Facilitates and supports the efforts of faculty and professional staff in establishing innovative programs and projects and leads the program and operational personnel in developing a team-oriented, mission-centered agenda for UKREC to assure research and extension needs are met.
  • Chairs the Advisory Committee for UKREC, which includes representation of faculty and staff at UKREC.
  • With the Advisory Committee forms and maintains an effective external advisory structure for UKREC.
  • Works with CAFE leadership to effectively represent the interests of the UKREC to the stakeholders in the community, the region and the state.
  • Along with KAES leadership and oversight, supervises and evaluates the SI of UKREC who has primary day-to-day responsibility for supervision of field and facilities staff.
  • Oversees direction and assignment of work for UKREC clerical and business staff with input from the UKREC Advisory Committee, the CAFE Finance Director, and the CAFE Business Analyst assigned to UKREC.
  • Oversees all facilities, equipment, and coordinates with Fleet Services to maintain a functioning Motor Pool at Princeton.



The Managing Director will hold senior faculty rank or have comparable research and education experience or credentials. The successful candidate will be able to communicate effectively with faculty, staff, agricultural leadership and external stakeholders. The Managing Director must be able to operate in an open, transparent and collaborative manner, which fosters integrative, interdepartmental programs targeted to addressing the challenges of Kentucky agriculture. The preferred candidate will reside in the UKREC vicinity or have intentions to do so in the near future.

Applications and nominations are now being accepted for the Managing Director position at the UK Princeton Research and Education Center (UKPREC).  Interested individuals should submit a complete career CV and a cover letter indicating their qualifications and their vision for the future of UKPREC. The position is available July 1, 2020.



Applications and nominations should be sent to:

Dr. Robert L. Houtz, Professor
Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station
S129A Ag. Sci. North

University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky 40546-0091

(O) 859-257-3332   (C)  859-421-0740   (F)  859-257-3393     (Email)




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