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Viticulture and Enology Research Center Director
Job title: Viticulture and Enology Research Center Director
Company name: California State University, Fresno
Job location: Fresno
State / County: CA
Country: USA
Posted on: 30.Jan.2023
VIP till: 2023-03-16 13:22:44

Job Details:

Viticulture and Enology Research Center Director

Job No: 524097

Work Type: Management (MPP)

Location: Fresno

Categories: MPP, At-Will, Full Time, Research, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Viticulture and Enology Research Center Director
(Administrator II)

Compensation and Benefits

The Anticipated Hiring Salary is $120,000 - $130,000 per year and is competitive and negotiable depending on the strength of qualifications. This is a CSU Management Personnel Plan (MPP) position.

The CSU system provides a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental and vision plans, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), sick and vacation time, and 14 paid holidays a year. Eligible employees are also able to participate in the fee waiver education program. A summary of benefit information can be found

Job Summary

The successful candidate will be expected to provide research leadership for the Viticulture and Enology Research Center (VERC) including, but not limited to:

• promoting and facilitating cutting-edge research, including collaborative and interdisciplinary research in areas related to the viticulture and enology industry.

• increasing internal and external research opportunities for faculty, staff and students within VERC, and the Department of Viticulture and Enology (VE).

• developing effective liaisons with the viticulture and enology industry in direct collaboration with the center and VE department's Industry Advisory Board to further develop partnerships and collaborative research.

The successful candidate will be expected to provide administrative leadership for the VERC including, but not limited to:

• provide overall leadership and strategic planning for direction, coordination and oversight of operations, policies and procedures for the center in compliance with the mission of the California Agricultural and Technology Institute (CATI).

• supervising and evaluating center personnel, financial management, safety, and general operations.

• developing and maintaining an allocated state budget and generated non-state funds.

Key Qualifications

• Knowledge of:

• Principles of institutional planning and budget processes.
• Principles and practices of effective leadership, motivation and performance evaluation.
• Best practices, trends, tools and technology in the development of new methods and procedures.

• Skill/Ability to:

• Demonstrated ability to plan, budget, and manage a research center, including ability to analyze and interpret financial data and make strategic business decisions.
• Facilitate research, including collaborative and interdisciplinary research in areas related to the viticulture and enology industry.
• Manage the center's research plan effectively and efficiently, ensuring adherence to accepted standards of research and ethical behavior.
• Review and evaluate program methods and systems to identify opportunities for improvement and implement changes to standard operating procedures.
• Ability to provide effective leadership, facilitate group participation, consensus building and foster an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued.
• Ability to foster employee development through coaching, counseling, training and providing challenging work assignments.
• Assess safety and training needs and conduct training to promote employee safety.
• Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, and conduct presentations and trainings.
• Perform research, analyze and interpret data, and prepare and present reports with reliable conclusions and recommendations.
• Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

To view the full list of qualifications and job responsibilities, please click the Position Description button above.

Education and Experience

• Ph.D. from an accredited institution; disciplines may include, but are not limited to botany, biochemistry, plant physiology, chemistry, horticulture, viticulture, enology, microbiology, food science.
• A clearly established record of research directly related to the viticulture and enology industries.
• 4 years of experience in research directly related to the viticulture and enology industries.

Department Summary

It is the goal of the Department of Viticulture and Enology to be a world-class center of excellence that effectively meets the educational and research needs of students and the broader grape and wine community. The Department provides a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students with a practical hands-on education through its degree, certificate, and solution-focused research programs. The Department currently serves approximately 110 students through its MS in Viticulture and Enology, BS in Enology, BS in Viticulture, and Minor programs. These academic programs are supported by a strong faculty and staff with a commitment to education, research, and industry outreach and service.

The Department's strong research program is supported by the Viticulture and Enology Research Center (VERC), the Jordan College Graduate Lab, the newly opened Jordan Agricultural Research Center, the Olam Sensory Laboratory, the University Agricultural Laboratory (UAL), the Viticulture and Enology Library. VERC provides research laboratory space, major instrumentation, outreach event support, endowed student research assistantships, and industry-supported research chairs. The UAL includes a 120-acre vineyard, raisin processing plant, and the nation's first commercial winery located within a college campus. The Viticulture and Enology Library, a collection of the Fresno State Library, is dedicated to resources related to viticulture and enology. A library assistant, funded by the Viticulture Alumni Association, helps students, faculty, and members of the industry access and use these resources. Since 1946, Fresno State's viticulture and enology programs and our students have benefitted from close connections and collaboration with the grape and wine industry and our strong, involved, and successful alumni throughout California and the world.

Deadline & Application Instructions

Applications received by March 9, 2023 will be given full consideration by the search committee.

• Applications received after that date will be forwarded at the request of the Hiring Manager and/or search committee.

Please click “Apply Now” to complete the employment application for California State University, Fresno. Interested applicants must complete the application and attach the following: 1) their most recent resume/vitae, 2) a cover letter that addresses their specific qualifications and interest, and 3) contact information for three professional references.

Fresno State

California State University, Fresno is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. The University's mission is to boldly educate and empower students for success through our values of Discovery, Diversity and Distinction. The current student population is more than 25,000, including a large percentage of students with diverse and culturally rich backgrounds. The University serves the San Joaquin Valley while maintaining deep involvement with the state, nation, and across the globe.

Metropolitan Fresno, with a multi-ethnic population of over 527,000, is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. The campus is within driving distance of Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, San Francisco, Los Angeles, the Monterey Peninsula, beaches, sailing, lakes, and numerous ski resorts. Fresno boasts one of the most reasonable housing markets in California and offers a wide array of locally grown fruits and produce.

Equal Employment Opportunity Information

California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. Executive Orders 1096 and 1097 prohibit discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of a protected status: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including gender identity), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status. Fresno State's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring, and retention. We are proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.

Vaccination Interim Policy

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Supplemental Information

Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with California State University, Fresno. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Fresno State has identified as sensitive.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

This position may be a "designated position" under the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This will require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within six (6) months of assuming office and every two (2) years thereafter.

Fresno State is a tobacco-free, smoke-free and vapor-free campus.

Fresno State is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions. (e.g. H1-B Visas)

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