Oversees the financial, operational, and personnel activities of the Michigan State University Dairy Teaching and Research Center in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) in order to facilitate teaching, research, and outreach goals of faculty in the Department of Animal Science. Management and supervision of full and part-time farm staff and student employees; including interviewing, hiring, evaluating performance, and resolving complaints and grievances. Development and implementation of training programs for full-time, part-time and student employees that ensures a safe work environment. Work with faculty to coordinate research projects and teaching needs. Maintain herd databases and evaluate production and health records to make management and herd decisions. Oversee the daily care, healthcare, and reproductive performance of the herd, which includes coordinating herd health. Work with Campus Animal Resources to ensure compliance with animal care guidelines. Plan the farm feeding program in coordination with crop programs in order to produce the required feed, including managing storage and inventory of feed. Develop and manage budgeted costs and contribute to reports of operation, fiscal, and production benchmarks.
Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:
Management of the MSU Dairy Teaching and Research Farm to ensure university, state, and federal compliance with requirements for herd management and research protocols
Develop, implement, and maintain Standard Operating Procedures and Directions and Operating Guidelines
Develop and implement employee training programs
Schedule, supervise, and coordinate the work of the labor force and provide leadership to assure open lines of communication between all members of farm staff
Assist the development and oversee the operational budget of the MSU Dairy Teaching and Research Center
Plan and coordinate short- and long-term operations, including land and stock management
Supervise the maintenance of facilities and equipment
Maintain and update comprehensive records of herd management and farm operations
Facilitate effective communication between Animal Science faculty users and farm staff to ensure a safe workplace, adherence to protocols, and effective use of facilities and equipment
Coordinate tours of the facilities, special events, and meet with individuals to discuss programs
Assist with instruction of Animal Science related courses
Understand that the farm mission is aligned with Department of Animal Science
Communicates and interacts with:
Director of Operations for Animal Farms - to discuss operations and budget for the Dairy Teaching and Research Center including compliance, planning of improvements, and resolution of problems
Business Manager for Animal Farms – to facilitate implementation of fiscal and human resources reporting, university policies and procedures, and development/implementation of employee training
Dairy Farm Faculty Coordinator – to discuss operation and execution of teaching, research, and outreach missions
Campus Animal Resource staff – to ensure compliance with animal care guidelines
Farm employees – to supervise and provide direction
Faculty/Staff/Students/Public – to answer questions, explain procedures, and provide assistance
Maintenance personnel – to coordinate repairs
Purchasing – to requisition and purchase supplies and equipment
Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
Knowledge equivalent to that which is normally acquired by completing a four-year college degree program in Dairy Science, Horticulture, Agriculture and/or Crop and Soil Science; three to five years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in supervision, management, crop production and live stock management; or an equivalent combination of education and experience; and a Pesticide Applicators license.
Specialized livestock management skills with preference for dairy cattle. Excellent communication skills and experience in following University protocols and familiarity with compliance and regulatory procedures. Specific experience in training labor and coordination of student training, execution and/or development of pro-active healthcare and bio-security programs, nutritional management, reproduction and genetics programs, and electronic record keeping systems for farms (financial, regulatory, milk production, and animal health). Mechanical and maintenance skills for a variety of farm equipment including, but not limited to, milking equipment, tractors, skid steers, gutter cleaners, basic plumbing and electrical skills.
Required Application Materials
Please submit cover letter/resume.
Summary of Physical Demands
The job requires physical effort including lifting and moving equipment of up to 75 pounds and handling animals.
Summary of Health Risks
Exposure to animals.
Bidding eligibility ends on 2/11/2020 at 11:55 PM
Internal Number: 634964
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