The California Cooperative Rice Research Foundation, Inc. (CCRRF) is seeking candidates to interview for the position of Director of the Rice Experiment Station (RES). The Director will oversee operations at the 500 acre facility located near Biggs, California whose primary mission is to develop improved rice varieties for California rice production. RES operates two major organizational units, the RES Rice Breeding Program and corresponding RES Foundation Seed Production. In addition, RES supports rice research at the facility for research scientists from the University of California. This individual will also represent the foundation, growers, and the California rice industry on industry, state, and national committees providing scientific perspective and expertise as well as to the government and public. The facility is located 60 miles north of the State Capital Sacramento, neighboring cities include Chico (22 miles) and Oroville (13 miles).
RES has operated continuously since its founding in 1912 at the original location. An accelerated rice breeding effort was initiated in 1969 with the initiation of the grower research assessment (rice check-off) providing expanded and continuing stable support for rice varietal development and research for the California rice industry. This and other funding continues to enable improvement in facilities and technology in support of the breeding program. The RES Rice Breeding Program has released 50 new cultivars including 10 different market types since 1969. RES varieties are estimated to account for >90% of California’s rice production. The high productivity and quality of RES rice varieties have earned California rice worldwide recognition and RES is considered a cornerstone of the California rice industry.
Interested applicants should submit the following: i) a letter of application expressing interest and qualifications, ii) curriculum vitae, iii) a one page summary of research, leadership, and administrative experience, iv) a list of publications, and v) names, addresses (including e-mail), and telephone numbers of four references to Dr. Kent S. McKenzie, Director, Rice Experiment Station, P.O. Box 306, Biggs, CA 95917-0306. TEL: 530-868-5481, FAX: 530-868-1730, email@example.com.
Consideration of applicants will begin August 1, 2019.
Doctoral Degree in Agriculture, Plant Breeding/ Genetics/ Plant Protection, or Seed Technology with a minimum of 8 years post- Ph.D. relevant work experience
Experience with rice production and research
Excellent communication skills
Previous team management and motivation experience
The proven ability to perform in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment
A strategic thinker with excellent communication, organizational and analytic skills being able to communicate with a wide range of constituents including growers, scientists, business, government, and the public
Leadership skills, such as the ability to engage and empower others; the ability to recognize team efforts and foster an enabling environment; a leader who demonstrates knowledge sharing and seeks continuous improvement
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About California Cooperative Rice Research Foundation
CCRRF is a California rice grower owned and funded non-profit foundation that owns the Rice Experiment Station. The station was established in 1912 with the mission of developing improved rice varieties for California. Varieties developed at the Rice Experiment Station are grown on more than 90% of California's rice acreage.