1. Administer, supervise, facilitate and coordinate general experiment station employees, local contractors and other departmental help in the repair and the general maintenance, alterations and construction of buildings, roads/grounds, underground services and general specialized research equipment at the North Central Research and Outreach Center in cooperation with Facilities Management when required. (40%) • Full PELRA supervision and assignment of work duties of full-?time support staff. • Coordinates procurement of equipment, labor, materials, and services for maintenance, improvement, and remodeling projects, interacting as required with users, designers, UM project coordinators, UM code officials, UM Purchasing Services, UM Real Estate Office, suppliers, contractors, and utilities providers. Activities may include development of plans and specifications for bidding, procuring permits, and overseeing the work, among others. • Coordinates annual required or periodic discretionary inspections of various types of systems and equipment including fire alarm, fire sprinkler, HVAC (boiler, furnaces, refrigeration systems, etc.) RPZ’s, water supply systems, etc. • Maintains records (maps, plans, specifications, etc.) covering most aspects of NCROC’s buildings, equipment, land and infrastructure. Develop and maintain associated budgets.
2. Oversight and supervision of farm operations (40%) • Assists research and outreach center director and research staff in planning yearly use of farm land and general farm operations at North Central Research and Outreach Center (NCROC) • Confers and participates in development of NCROC’s herd management plan with members of the NCROC animal science team, Extension Beef Team and NCROC director. • Leads a committee of faculty, scientists and staff charged with developing best practices for farm operations and coordinating equipment and personnel for research facilities support. • Provides assistance, as needed, in specific daily activities for herd management, research or educational activities. • Procurement of feeds and services as needed, overseeing management of research cattle for PI.
3. Manage equipment usage and maintenance (10%) • Schedules, assigns and supervises staff performing general farm work connected with animal handling, farm equipment operation, soil preparation, planting, cultivating, harvesting, hauling and other general farming activities. • Schedules and assigns the use of tractors, trucks and other farm equipment in insure maximum efficiency in their use, including coordinating maintenance and repair of farm equipment and machinery.
4. Serves as lead NCROC representative for coordinating facility service needs of, and communications with, University lease holders and external partners. • Serves as lead NCROC representative for coordinating facility service needs of, and communications with, University lease holders and external partners that collaborate with NCROC, including Itasca Community College, USDA Forestry Research Station, various utility suppliers and owners on/traversing NCROC lands, (e.g., MN Power, Qwest, MN Energy Corp., Enbridge and Great Lakes pipelines, Grand Rapids PUC, etc.), MnDOT, USDA UV-?B Monitoring Program. • Serves as NCROC Water System Coordinator as certified through MN Department of Health.(5%)
5. Develops, or assists in development of, solutions to problems involving equipment, facilities, structures, utility systems, controls, etc. in directand indirect support of NCROC research programs. Provides safety training for staff. (5%)
Required Qualifications: BA/BS degree plus 5 years of related experience, or a combination of related education and work experience to equal nine years. Senior individual contributor who often is a designated lead or who frequently is assigned project leadership roles within a function or similarly-sized organization usually in the same discipline.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience in a union setting. Problem-solving skills. Excellent communication and organization skills. Project planning experience.
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