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Farm Manager at Southern Oregon University - 16913

Job Title: 
Farm Manager
Southern Oregon University
1250 Siskiyou Blvd.
97520 Ashland , OR ,
US
Job Type: 
Job
Employment Type: 
Full-Time
Duties & Responsibilities: 

Ability to implement policies and procedures where specific guidelines may not always exist.• Ability to work with frequent changes in policies and procedures, under pressure of deadlines in a fast-paced environment.• Ability to teach undergraduates and graduate students in horticulture, agriculture, and agroecology.• Ability to lead field research projects and supervise student research.• Ability to proactively assess work operations and anticipate potential problems; ability to develop and implement strategies for preventing/resolving problems.• Ability to effectively perform work of a highly sensitive and confidential nature that requires access to information. Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion, tact, and diplomacy.• Ability to work with a high level of productivity and accuracy/attention to detail.• Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to set own priorities to coordinate multiple assignments with fluctuating and time-sensitive deadlines.• Excellent computer skills and proficiency with a variety of computer applications including word-processing, spreadsheets, databases, online systems, social media platforms, Internet as well as online calendaring and email.• Ability to initiate, establish, and foster communication and teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work atmosphere in and outside the University with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within a diverse population and with those from various cultural backgrounds.• Working knowledge, or ability to quickly learn, university infrastructure, policies and procedures.• Ability to provide training and direction to student assistants.• Working knowledge of plant physiology, plant ecology, soil biology, plant pathology, integrated pest management, and agroecology• Operational understanding of small engines, small engine repair, diesel engine operation, tractor use, and agricultural implements• Outstanding knowledge of irrigation systems, irrigation repair, plumbing, water conservation strategies, and fluid dynamics.

Education & Experience: 

• Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Management, Environmental Management, Environmental Science, Horticulture, Agriculture, or related field.• Demonstrated project management and collaboration skills.• Prior experience in agricultural or horticultural management.• Commitment to modeling sustainable practices in the work place.• Prior experience with food safety laws and regulations• Ability to engage in physical work in outdoor settings under a variety of conditions• Ability to work with diverse views and foster collaboration• Experience with simple construction and repair

Application Instructions: 

Farm Manager

Southern Oregon University

Position Number: A00512

Rate: $20.50 - $24.00 /hour

Position Summary:

The Farm at SOU: Farm Manager serves to advance the mission and vision of the The Farm at SOU. The Farm Manager is responsible for ongoing management and oversight of student staff, facilities, and programs. They will additionally support marketing and sales through harvesting and delivery. The Farm Manager will be responsible for undergraduate and graduate student training programs, farm-based research initiatives, water conservation efforts, and soil management. The Farm Manager will support a variety of Farm initiatives including Farm-sponsored programming and program partnerships with on- and off-campus entities. The Farm Manager will work closely with The Director to partner in the advancement of SOU's commitment to sustainability.

The Farm at Southern Oregon University is a center for sustainability. The student-led organic farm produces healthy, sustainably harvested food for the SOU community. It is a hub for education, student and faculty research and community outreach to the Rogue Valley. Projects on The Farm inspire a generation of ecologically-committed leaders who promote a vision of living and working sustainably in community and on the land.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Management, Environmental Management, Environmental Science, Horticulture, Agriculture, or related field.• Demonstrated project management and collaboration skills.• Prior experience in agricultural or horticultural management.• Commitment to modeling sustainable practices in the work place.• Prior experience with food safety laws and regulations• Ability to engage in physical work in outdoor settings under a variety of conditions• Ability to work with diverse views and foster collaboration• Experience with simple construction and repair

Preferred Qualification:

• Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Management, Environmental Management, Environmental Science, Agriculture, Horticulture, or related field.• Experience in coordinating, organizing, and implementing sustainability programs• Experience supervising students• Experience in environmental education• Organic Farm Management• Prior experience in marketing and sales

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Ability to implement policies and procedures where specific guidelines may not always exist.• Ability to work with frequent changes in policies and procedures, under pressure of deadlines in a fast-paced environment.• Ability to teach undergraduates and graduate students in horticulture, agriculture, and agroecology.• Ability to lead field research projects and supervise student research.• Ability to proactively assess work operations and anticipate potential problems; ability to develop and implement strategies for preventing/resolving problems.• Ability to effectively perform work of a highly sensitive and confidential nature that requires access to information. Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion, tact, and diplomacy.• Ability to work with a high level of productivity and accuracy/attention to detail.• Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to set own priorities to coordinate multiple assignments with fluctuating and time-sensitive deadlines.• Excellent computer skills and proficiency with a variety of computer applications including word-processing, spreadsheets, databases, online systems, social media platforms, Internet as well as online calendaring and email.• Ability to initiate, establish, and foster communication and teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, productive work atmosphere in and outside the University with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within a diverse population and with those from various cultural backgrounds.• Working knowledge, or ability to quickly learn, university infrastructure, policies and procedures.• Ability to provide training and direction to student assistants.• Working knowledge of plant physiology, plant ecology, soil biology, plant pathology, integrated pest management, and agroecology• Operational understanding of small engines, small engine repair, diesel engine operation, tractor use, and agricultural implements• Outstanding knowledge of irrigation systems, irrigation repair, plumbing, water conservation strategies, and fluid dynamics.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Each applicant is required to provide (as attachments to the online application) the following supplemental documents: (1) letter providing some detail of the applicant’s qualifications and interest in the position; (2) current resume/CV; and (3) the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references. If you are unable to attach the supplemental materials to the online application please contact Human Resources for assistance:

For inquiries and additional information, please contact: Human Resource Services via email at hrs@sou.edu or by phone at (541)552-8553.

To view SOU’s offers very generous benefits and pension programs available to eligible positions, please visit: https://inside.sou.edu/assets/hrs/Benefits/2021_Employee_Benefits_Overvi...
Our benefits package is an important complement to the offered salary and our Total Compensation Calculator, https://inside.sou.edu/hrs/comp-calc.html, demonstrates our value and commitment to our employees.

Special Conditions

•Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
•Must be able to work additional hours and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.
•Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment background check.
•Under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA):
-Position classification defined as “exempt” are not subject overtime
-Position classifications defined as “non exempt” are *subject to overtime
•The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the Oregon Revised Statues and is required to comply with the requirements set forth by the Oregon department of Human Services.

Notice to Prospective Employees*
Section 485 of the Higher Education Act, and The Federal Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 (now referred to as the “Clery Act”),requires that prospective employees be notified of the availability of SOU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report provides the annual statistics and campus policies for the reporting of and responding to campus crimes and fires; access to campus facilities; conduct code and campus policies on use, possession and sale of drugs/alcohol; and educational/information programs to inform the campus community about campus security procedures and crime prevention.

An electronic copy of the Annual Security Report (ASR)can be accessed at the following link:
https://inside.sou.edu/assets/security/AnnualCrimeReportFinal.pdf. A physical copy of the ASR is available at no charge upon request. To request a copy please visit the Campus Public Safety Office at 382 Wightman Street, Ashland OR 97520. For more information call 541-552-6258, or email clerycoordinator@sou.edu.

All applicants must apply online at https://apptrkr.com/3575160.

Diversity Statement

Southern Oregon University is a welcoming community committed to inclusive excellence and the celebration of diversity. Without diversity, our educational process is diminished. Working together in support of our commitment to diversity, we strengthen and enrich our role as learners, educators and members of a tightly connected global community. We encourage those who share in our commitment to diversity, to join our community and we expect all our employees to demonstrate an ability and desire to create an inclusive campus community.

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