Northeastern IPM Center Director with Cornell University in Ithaca, NY

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Posted on November 22, 2013

Type of position Faculty, non-tenure track; Senior Extension Associate

Employer Cornell University

Location Ithaca, NY

Description of Location College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Salary Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Benefits Attractive fringe benefits are included.

Closing date of competition Review of applications will begin January 6, 2014, and continue until a suitable candidates is found.

Date position available Anticipated Start Date: April 1, 2014

Description of duties The Northeastern IPM Center, based at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, is accepting applications for a director. Details available here or here

This is an academic staff position (Senior Extension Associate) with Cornell Cooperative Extension. Review of applications begins January 6, 2014 and the search committee hopes to have the new director on board by April to dovetail with the retiring director. Direct questions to Nancy Cusumano, .


The director leads the Northeastern IPM Center to fulfill its mission of fostering integrated pest management in the region in ways that generate economic, environmental, and human health benefits. This full-time (40 hr/wk) professional works in partnership with stakeholders from agricultural, urban, and rural settings to help them identify and address priorities for research, education, and outreach in the Northeast (for a complete job description click here ).


The successful candidate will
  • Strategize. Develop and follow a strategic plan for the Center that coheres with its mission, coaching staff and partners to achieve their potential and that of the Center.
  • Network. Serve as a liaison to agencies, other centers, and federal programs. Work with IPM Centers to ensure that they contribute vitality, creativity, and purpose to IPM nationally. Connect with scientists, Extension personnel, growers, activists, and others across the Northeast, not only to understand their needs and priorities, but to also help meet those needs through IPM programming and grants. Collaborate on projects. Develop and maintain relationships with advisory bodies.
  • Develop regional IPM information. Establish and maintain, with the assistance of staff, databases of contacts, resources, IPM guidelines, funding opportunities, and funded grants. Document and disseminate IPM success stories and other relevant IPM information. Oversee Center communications, including print, web, and social networking, if appropriate.
  • Co-manage the Center's grants programs. In collaboration with the Partnerships Coordinator, write the Request for Applications issued by the Center; read proposals; help create and facilitate grants panels; notify applicants, and oversee subcontracts.
  • Manage and diversify funding. Oversee a budget of $1.4 million. With support from staff, lead the Center in obtaining private funding from foundations and other sources.
Qualifications sought
  • A master's degree from an accredited institution in an IPM-related field; enthusiasm
  • An ability to effectively interact and communicate orally and in writing
  • Talent in leading teams of staff and other ad hoc groups
  • Willingness to travel
  • Five years of relevant experience in education, entomology, plant pathology, IPM, or Cooperative Extension.
A 2-3 page letter to the search committee with answers to the these questions:
  • Why do you think you are uniquely qualified to direct the Northeastern IPM Center?
  • What attributes do you have that would enable you to succeed in this position?
  • Looking to the future, what opportunities exist for IPM in the next five years?
  • How do you envision growing the IPM community or expanding its contribution?
Contact information for three references and a brief description of how you know each.
Candidates who are asked for an interview should be prepared to provide transcripts from their educational institutions.

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