Assistant Extension Professor & Extension Plant Pathologist, University of Maine

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension invites applications for a full-time, fiscal-year, continuing contract eligible faculty appointment as Assistant Extension Professor – Extension Plant Pathologist, effective July 1, 2017.  This position will be housed at the University of Maine in Orono and will affiliate with the Maine Food & Agricultural Center on campus.  This position will develop and conduct educational programs and applied research projects throughout the state with an emphasis on identifying, preventing and managing plant diseases.  The agricultural industries in Maine which this position will address is comprised of small fruit, tree fruit, vegetable and grain producers, the ornamental horticulture industry as well as clients involved in consumer horticulture.  An Assistant Extension Professor works with other Extension faculty, advisory boards and commodity associations to offer programs addressing the educational needs of Maine farmers, growers and gardeners.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Designs and implements a plan of work that addresses priorities in Pest Management-Plant Pathology.
  • Coordinates and manages the Extension Plant Disease Diagnostic Program.
  • Develops and delivers educational programs in support of the Plant Disease Management Program that align with the UMaine Cooperative Extension mission and plan of work.
  • Collaborates with Extension colleagues and other agency staff to deliver programs in community settings.
  • Designs and delivers presentations on various plant disease problems that enhance client knowledge and capacity for applied learning.
  • Secures external grants and contracts for program expansion and sustainability.
  • Assesses needs as an essential part of program planning, program implementation  and grant development.
  • Develops, adapts and implements educational resources and materials for use in education programs.
  • Builds capacity of field staff involved in agricultural production related to plant pathology.
  • Participates in local, regional, and state program development and implementation teams.
  • Serves on organizational development and governance committees.
  • Reports program impacts on Plugged-In and other venues upon request.
  • Develops and sustains a professional development plan in support of one’s professional, organizational and plan of work priorities.
  • Develops and updates a pest management plant disease reference collection.
  • Identifies specimens collected from IPM monitoring programs.
  • Participates in the Northeast Plant Diagnostic Network (NEPDN) and the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN).
  • Identifies plant disease specimens as submitted to UMaine Cooperative Extension using serological, molecular, biochemical and traditional methods, suggests management strategies for the identified pests, and keeps a database of all identifications and submits required data to the NEPDN.
  • Develops a working relationship with MAFES and UMaine Cooperative Extension personnel dealing with various commodities.
  • Works collaboratively with other agencies, organizations, and citizens advisory groups to uniquely address priority issues with an emphasis on greatest potential audience impact through state-wide program.
  • Develops and maintains professional relationships that reflect courtesy, civility, and mutual respect.
  • Builds productive relationships with internal and external constituencies.
  • Utilizes coaching and mentoring methods which provide an environment that is anticipatory, supportive, and encourages constructive feedback on performance.
  • Commits to organizational improvement by identifying opportunities to improve, and recommending possible alternatives for a situation.
  • Ensures compliance with civil rights, affirmative action, and equal opportunity requirements.
  • Ensures compliance with affirmative action and equal employment opportunity guidelines.
  • Contributes plant disease information to the Pest Management website.
  • Ensures compliance with affirmative action and equal employment opportunity guidelines.
  • Supervises technicians, professionals and/or students.
  • Performs other reasonably related duties as assigned.

See the full description at University of Maine.

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