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Manager - NY Foundation and Certified Seed Programs

Position Deleted on 9/24/2013. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Ithaca, NY
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Full Time

Job: Academic Support
Primary Location: Ithaca
Organization: Agriculture & Life Sciences, College of
Schedule: Full-time
Job Type: Standard
Overtime Status: Exempt
Contact Name: Tam Shollenberger
Target Closing Date: 1
Minimum Hire Rate: Research Support Specialist III
Level: Contract College

Manager - NY Foundation and Certified Seed Programs
(Research Support Specialist III - Band G)
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

The New York Seed Improvement Project (NYSIP) operates within Cornell University's Department of Plant Breeding extension program, which includes two divisions:

Foundation Division: The goal of this division is to develop foundation seed stocks from breeder seed, as the base for further seed production. Plant breeders normally produce small amounts of seed of new varieties, usually ounces or pounds. This seed is designated as "breeder seed". Personnel in the Foundation Division of NYSIP take breeder seed and increase this to the larger quantities (bushels or tons) needed as planting stocks for Certified seed growers.

Certification Division: Certified seed is recognized in national and state legislation as seed meeting high standards for genetic purity and quality. In New York seed certification responsibilities is delegated to Cornell by the Commissioner of the NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets. At Cornell, these responsibilities are assigned to the Department of Plant Breeding and Biometry, and to the NY Seed Improvement Project (NYSIP) within that department. Trained inspectors from this project inspect seed fields to make sure these meet the high standards required for Certified seed. Harvested seed lots must pass high quality standards. Certified seed (labeled with its distinctive blue tag) provides a standard for seed quality for NY farmers.

Oversee and direct day-to-day operations and all NYSIP employees and research staff. Oversee production of Breeder Seed or Foundation Seed of about five to seven Cornell-developed or Cornell-identified varieties of agricultural crops each year. Additionally, provide inspections and Certification services for multiple varieties of spring barley, corn, oat, soybean, spelt, winter triticale, winter wheat, and potato (including 49 different potato varieties in 2012) every year. Manage Breeder and Foundation seed production on over 75 acres, inspections for Certified Seed for over 4,400 acres, and potato certification for 750 acres each year. Manage the activities of the New York Seed Improvement Project (NYSIP), including Foundation seed production and Seed Certification programs associated with seed increase and production of improved crop varieties developed or identified by Cornell plant breeders, particularly researchers in the Department of Plant Breeding & Genetics. Serve as a liaison between Cornell plant breeders, the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets Division of Plant Industry, and seed producers in New York, and serves as a contact point for CCTEC in their interactions with the Department of Plant Breeding & Genetics. Oversee and manage all operations that take place at the NYSIP barn and buildings at 791 Dryden Road (Rt. 366) in Ithaca NY, and in the NYSIP offices in Leland Laboratory. The incumbent also is expected to pursue innovative opportunities to diversify and solidify the funding base for NYSIP's operations.

Required qualifications:

Masters with 3-5 years experience or equivalent combination. Ability to develop new innovative solutions, services, products, processes, & programs. Conceptual and imaginative thinking in a highly complex environment. Extensive knowledge of seed production, federal and state seed regulations, and seed marketing are critical. Maintaining productive working relationships with the Division of Plant Industry at New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, with seed industry personnel, with seed growers, and with Cornell plant breeders is critically important. Advises on the use of equipment and adaptation of equipment or materials. Directs the maintenance and scheduling of said equipment. Expertise is required to maintain seed drying, processing, cleaning, and grading equipment. Also seed treatment and bagging equipment. Has extensive experience managing multiple complex research projects concurrently. Ability to multitask is essential. Experience in all aspects of planning, designing, and managing a large group of plant scientists, including organization, developing roles and responsibilities, staffing, training, dealing with difficult personalities, and assessing performance. Ability to create a high quality, inclusive and respectful working environment. Exercises sound and ethical judgment. Excellent strategic thinking with good qualitative research skills. Strong leadership and sophisticated reasoning skills, including the ability to provide vision, strategic direction, and influence key decision makers. Presents recommendations to executive/ senior management, peers, staff, faculty, and external key constituencies. Has substantial impact on decisions. Demonstrated ability to develop effective working relationships with a wide variety of students, faculty, and staff. Experience presenting results at scientific meetings, writing reports, scientific manuscripts for publication, proposals. Ability to create and foster collaborative working relationships at the national and international levels. Valid driver's license. Certified Pesticide Applicator license (or willingness to obtain one within 6 months) .

Preferred qualifications:
Familiarity with seed production and seed certification activities. Experience in field rogueing to maintain varietal purity. Experience with seed conditioning. Weed identification skills. Experience with scoring potato diseases. Interest in and experience with Extension education work.

Please apply on-line before September 23, 2013.

Background check may be required. No relocation assistance is provided for this position. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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