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Primary Function of Organizational Unit
The Dairy Enterprise System is a commodity-based operational unit consisting of the Dairy Education Unit (part of the Lake Wheeler university farm system), the Department of Food Science Dairy Processing Plant and university retail operations that are dairy product-based, and the Howling Cow Dairy Education Center and Creamery.
The individual units have the purposes of Teaching, Research, Extension and the production of high quality dairy products to the university, state hospitals and correctional facilities meeting mandatory nutritional requirements at system-wide cost savings. Retail business units are in operation or planned that are part of FBNS Dept., the university dining system or a joint operation.
Essential Job Duties
The Department of Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition Sciences (FBNS) seeks applications from highly qualified candidates for Director of the Dairy Enterprise System (DES). The successful candidate is expected to lead and oversee all the research and extension operations and personnel associated with the dairy plant, dairy farm (including cows, freestall barn, calf hutches, pastureland, milking parlor, and farm equipment), Randleigh Dairy Heritage Museum, and the Howling Cow Dairy Education Center and Creamery (HCDECC).
Strategic visioning, sustainability, and growth of the DES research and outreach activities are expectations of the position. Diversity and inclusion are imperatives and thus are university goals. Candidate should have a commitment to fostering an environment that is welcoming of all groups.
Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:
Directing all the dairy science research operations and personnel at the dairy plant, dairy farm, and HCDECC (includes planning, designing, executing and evaluating all research and outreach activities)
Ensuring that policies and procedures (including food safety) are in place throughout the DES supply chain
Managing how relations are with stakeholders (NC State faculty, staff, and students; Rave Catering; Department of Corrections – Division of Prisons; NC dairy industry; public) via face-to-face and social media channels
Fostering external relations to facilitate the supply (inflow and outflow) of raw milk to optimize research resources
Planing, designing, delegating implementation, and evaluating animal care on a daily basis and during emergencies (especially, weather-related)
Developing a vision and plan for financial sustainability and growth of the DES relative to research and outreach auxiliary, grant, and industry sponsorships. This includes providing strategic guidance to DES employees and managers on how to successfully write proposals, obtain funding, and manage funding awards for all research and community outreach projects.
Responsible for understanding and applying University, State, and Federal research and outreach policies and procedures within the research, teaching, extension, and outreach (agritourism) activities at each of the DES facilities to grow and sustain all DES programs.
Leading all activities and understanding the research and business operations relative to maintaining and growing the “Howling Cow” brand to ensure it is fulfilling its mission of “Teaching tomorrow’s dairy leaders in a real-world environment.”
Guide the research teams and the outreach groups within DES and associated academic departments on addressing ways to support the NC dairy industry (host short courses, NC Dairy Tech Society meetings etc.)
Service to the department, college, university, and dairy scientific community at-large
A bachelor’s degree in business, finance, economics, food science, animal science or a closely related field is required.
At least 5 years of working knowledge of both a dairy plant and a dairy farm is required.
Departmental Required Skills
Must have excellent communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education
Experience in working in a university environment and supervising employees is preferred.
Required License or Certification
This position will need to travel to the Lake Wheeler Dairy Farm and visit various remote stakeholder locations throughout North Carolina. A valid NC driver’s license will be required to be obtained and maintained within 60 days of the hire date.
Please upload the following documents to your application:
Vision statement (upload as other document 1)*
Contact information for professional references
The vision statement must address the goals to grow the Dairy Enterprise System (DES). This would include financial aspects, personnel management, and stakeholder engagement.
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