Viticulture and Enology Research Center (VERC) Director (Administrator I)

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Viticulture and Enology Research Center (VERC) Director (Administrator I)
California State University, Fresno


The salary is competitive and is negotiable depending on the strength of qualifications. This is a CSU Management Personnel Plan (MPP) position with an attractive benefits package which includes but is not limited to: a vacation accrual rate of 16 hours per month, 12+ paid holidays, excellent choice of medical, dental and vision insurance, long term disability coverage, life insurance, and retirement benefits.

It is the goal of the Viticulture and Enology Research Center (VERC) to be a world­class center of excellence that effectively meets the research and educational needs of students and the broader grape and wine community. VERC serves the grape and wine industry by developing and applying new and emerging technologies in viticulture, enology and related disciplines. The Center's research program is strongly supported by the Jordan College, the Department of Viticulture and Enology, the California Agricultural Technology Institute (CATI), the Center for Irrigation Technology, the Institute for Food and Agriculture, the University Agricultural Laboratory (UAL), the Jordan College Graduate Lab, the newly opened Jordan Agricultural Research Center, the Olam Sensory Laboratory, and the V.E. Petrucci Library, just to name a few.

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 V.E. Petrucci Library, a collection of Henry Madden Library embedded within the Department, is dedicated to resources related to viticulture and enology. Librarian research support helps students, faculty, and members of the industry access and use these resources. For more than a century, 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.

The Department of Viticulture and Enology 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 150 students through its MS in Viticulture and Enology, BS in Enology, BS in Viticulture, and Certificate of special Study in Enology. These academic programs are supported by a strong faculty and staff with a commitment to education, research, and industry outreach and service.

Position Summary:
Major Duties of the job include:

The successful candidate will be expected to provide research leadership for the Viticulture and Enology Research Center (VERC) including, but not limited to: (1) promoting and facilitating leading­edge research, including collaborative and interdisciplinary research in areas related to the viticulture and enology industry; (2) increasing internal and external research opportunities for faculty, staff and students within VERC, and the Department of Viticulture and Enology (VE); (3) 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; (4) transferring knowledge through outreach (e.g. collaborative research; seminars; workshops; websites; and publications) and, where applicable, through technology transfer (e.g. collaborative research; contract work; and commercialization of intellectual property; (5) providing interdisciplinary research training for related faculty and staff and; (6) managing the center's research plan effectively and efficiently, ensuring adherence to accepted standards of research and ethical behavior.

The successful candidate will be expected to provide administrative leadership for the VERC including, but not limited to: (1) 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); (2) supervising and evaluating center personnel, financial management, safety, and general operations; (3) developing and maintaining an allocated state budget and generated non­state funds; (4) preparation of required reports, position descriptions, and hiring requests; (5) implementation and adherence to university and Jordan College policies and procedures; (6) generating external support for research and outreach programs; (7) managing laboratory and field research space needs for the center in cooperation with the VE Department Chair and the University Agricultural Laboratory Director; (8) integrating operations and activities with other College research centers, CATI, ARI and academic programs; (9) establishing partnerships with related regional, state, and Federal agencies/organizations; (10) represent center with external audiences and developing relationships with related industries, organizations and agencies; and (11) other responsibilities as determined in consult with the Jordan College Associate Dean for Research, or as assigned by the Jordan College Dean.

Minimum Requirements:
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Required Education: M.Sc. or 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.

Required Experience: A clearly established record of research directly related to the viticulture and enology industries. Demonstrated ability to plan, budget, and manage a research center. The successful candidate must have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Filing Deadline:
Applications received by July 5, 2017will be reviewed for minimum qualifications and given full consideration by the hiring manager and/or search committee. Qualified applicants received after that date will be forwarded upon request to the hiring manager and/or search committee.

How To Apply:
To apply for this position at Fresno State visit our online employment site at: and attach the following: 1) a cover letter specifically addressing required experience 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a list of three professional references with names and contact information¿ and 4) unofficial transcripts. Finalists will be required to submit 1) three current letters of recommendation and 2) official transcripts.
For inquiries, contact:
David Zoldoske, Ed.D., Search Committee Chair Center for Irrigation Technology
California State University, Fresno
Fresno, CA 93740
Phone: (559) 278­2066
E­mail address:

Other Requirements:
Pursuant to the requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, any offer of employment is contingent upon verification of individual's eligibility to be employed in the United States.

California State University, Fresno, in conjunction with the CSU policy, requires that the successful candidate complete a full background check (including a criminal records check) prior to assuming this position. Failure to satisfactorily complete or pass the background check may impact the job offer or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for posted positions identified as sensitive.

California State University, Fresno annual security report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off­campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Fresno State, and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to or accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, alcohol/drug use, crime prevention, reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Campus Police Department or by accessing the following web site:

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. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following web site:­1083.html

Equal Employment Opportunity:
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 Order 883 prohibits discrimination and Executive Order 927 prohibits harassment, on the basis of a protected status: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including gender identity, per HR 2004­12), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status. Retaliation against individuals for complaining about these proscribed conduct, opposing such conduct, or participating in an investigation or proceeding involving such conduct is prohibited by both executive orders.

Further, California State University, Fresno's statement of commitment to equal employment opportunity principles is also found in the various collective bargaining agreements.

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