Specialist – Research-Continuing – East Lansing, MI

Specialist – Research-Continuing

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI


Position Summary

The Assistant Director of AgBioResearch (ABR) will be responsible for leadership of internal grant programs focused on research to advance the agriculture industry, in cooperation with others.  This position will contribute to ABR leadership and oversight of critical research infrastructure supporting agriculture on campus and across the State of Michigan, and help facilitate ongoing relationships with agriculture industry partners in Michigan.

Initial emphasis will be on providing leadership to the Michigan Alliance for Animal Agriculture (M-AAA) program including proposal preparation and serving as principal investigator on a grant award from Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development that provides funding for the M-AAA competitive grants program along with administration of M-AAA grant program execution.  The Assistant Director will also be responsible for administration of other internal grants programs, such as the Rackham Foundation.  The Assistant Director will contribute to administrative oversight for animal agriculture facilities on campus (South Campus Animal Farms; SCAF), in cooperation with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and MSU Extension (MSUE).  This position will also provide oversight and management of Research and Extension Centers supporting faculty programs, administered as part of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Research and Extension Centers (ANRREC) unit.  This position will require travel.

The Assistant Director reports to the Director of ABR and works collaboratively with the ABR leadership team, faculty, academic units, partner colleges with ABR-affiliated faculty as well as colleagues in MSU Extension (MSUE), external stakeholders, local government officials and donors in execution of above responsibilities.

Specifically, the Assistant Director contributes leadership and vision in the following areas:

  • Serve as MSU administrative lead for the Michigan Alliance for Animal Agriculture in collaboration with Director of the MSUE Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute (AABI)
  • Serve as principal investigator on M-AAA grant from MDARD and provide leadership and oversight of the M-AAA grants program in collaboration with MSUE AABI Director
  • Administrative oversight and leadership of internal grants programs (e.g. Rackham Foundation)
  • Represent the ABR Director on advisory committees for university research infrastructure
  • Represent ABR as a member of the SCAF Executive Committee and contribute to fiscal and administrative oversight of units within SCAF
  • Provide administrative leadership for Agriculture and Natural Resources Research and Extension Centers (ANRREC)
  • Provide oversight of operational budgets for the individual ANRREC units
  • Serve as supervisor for the Farm Managers at ANRREC-managed Research and Extension Centers
  • Provide oversight for capital improvement funding for the Research and Extension Centers
  • Engage with MSUE to promote collaborative efforts and advance research impacts for activity linked to Research and Extension Centers
  • Engage regularly with commodity boards relative to activities at the Research and Extension Centers.
  • Assist the ABR Director as a liaison to agriculture industry stakeholder partners and help facilitate ongoing relationships
  • Represent the ABR Director at commodity board meetings and industry events to communicate strategic vision for ABR and help address specific needs and concerns
  • Work collaboratively with the ABR Communications Team and other members of the ABR Leadership Team to highlight Research and Extension Center activities and associated impacts
  • Contribute to the strategic vision of ABR
  • Support general administrative activities of ABR such as reviewing proposals, attending field days, engaging in meetings and discussions to promote research
  • Contribute to mentoring ABR Administrative Fellows
  • Other duties as assigned


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Agriculture related field

Minimum Requirements

Minimum Requirements:

A minimum of 5 years of administrative and/or leadership experience directly relevant to Michigan agriculture; minimum of 5 years experience working collaboratively with industry partners representing the diversity of Michigan agriculture to advance common goals;

Working knowledge of agricultural research infrastructure and farm operations;

Prior supervisory and budget experience in an administrative capacity;

Working knowledge of grant administration and review process;

Ideal candidates should have proven leadership, management, and administrative skills and experience including the ability to work effectively with people, make decisions, and manage fiscal and personnel matters.  A commitment and demonstrative action to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion is required;

Required Application Materials

Applicants should submit a letter describing their qualification and interest in the position and incorporating perspective and experience in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion, a CV and list of three references (to be contacted upon notification and approval from candidate).

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MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.


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