University of Alberta

Research Stations Manager

Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science

Competition No.  -    A108135839
Closing Date  -    Jun 20, 2018

The Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science (AFNS) is inviting applications for the position of Research Station Manager.  This managerial position is responsible for operational activities of all of the off-campus resources owned by The University of Alberta and managed by the Department of AFNS including the administrative coordination of all resources (land, labour, equipment) and budget.  Specifically, this includes the Dairy Research and Technology Center, the Swine Research and Technology Center, the Poultry Research Center, Roy Berg Kinsella Research Ranch, Mattheis Research Ranch, Metabolic Unit, the Crops and Land Unit, the Feedmill, the Composting Facility and Agri-Food Discovery Place. The position will also serve as a Unit Manager for at least one significant unit or cluster of units and will be responsible for the daily managerial guidance.

The Research Station Manager is a senior technical advisor to academics which encompasses staff supervision, operational management, policy development, implementation and co-ordination, the support of research and teaching responsibilities, and managing external stakeholder relations.  This position advises and consults with the academic leaders on controversial and strategic decisions that may impact the effectiveness, efficiency and/or ultimate capacity of these resources to remain operationally viable or to provide research and teaching support.

The Research Manager's secondary responsibilities are to facilitate good relationships between operational and research activities and to promote the strengths and capabilities of the off-campus facilities and resources. The incumbent will present, explain and/or promote both the operational and scientific strengths of the off campus resources to external parties and support research and teaching activities developed with governmental, industrial and/or other partners.

Responsibilities and Activities:

  • Manages and supervises operational activities at all facilities managed by AFNS which includes direct supervision of 4 Unit Managers, 2 Foreman and 4 Technologists
  • Management of the limited and finite off-campus resources and balances their utilization between a broad mix of  operational, research and teaching undertakings
  • Determines the most effective way to maintain revenues while managing costs while supporting and enhancing research and teaching activities
  • Acts as the first point or contact for promotion, tours and all interactions with the public.  Implements policies and practices that have a global impact on the Off-Campus Research Units
  • Advises and consults with unit managers and academic leaders to facilitate congenial operations between the units when the activities of one unit overlap, conflict and/or impinge upon the operations on another unit 
  • Monitors the global activities at all units and resolving potential conflicts and/or friction between units
  • Advises the academic leaders in the units he/she manages to facilitate a balanced and effective allocation of resources that supports and assists a wide range of researchers, associate researchers, graduate students and/or trust employees
  • Understands operational activities, research protocols and research objectives to provide support, assistance, advice, the allocation of finite resources, interpretations results, projection of outcomes, implementation and application of department policies, etc.  The incumbent is responsible for:
  • Ensuring that off campus animal facilities operate in compliance with Canadian Council of Animal Care requirements
  • Development and implementation of service charges and policies related to all support services and activities provided


  • Minimum academic level of M.Sc. in a related area of plant or animal science, or an equivalent of education and experience including significant knowledge in Beef and Range management or other large farm animals
  • Diverse knowledge of the commodity markets related to cattle, swine, poultry, grains, feed and supplements
  • Detailed knowledge of the principles essential to oversee and manage a multifunctional unit
  • Detailed knowledge of University practices related to budgeting, staffing, research, teaching, development of RFPs, purchasing, contracting out, materials management, utilities, and land utilization
  • Detailed knowledge of farm crops and their use, production and harvest
  • Knowledge regarding the use, distribution and utilization of major utilities (water, power, etc.) A knowledge of operating fuels and lubricants (gasoline, natural gas, propane, etc.)
  • Kinetic skills essential to operate and train others on equipment and machines
  • Supervisory skills essential to monitor and direct employees from multi-functional units
  • Mechanical skills essential to understand the use, operation and maintenance of farm equipment
  • Ability to negotiate independently
  • Ability to make decisions independently
  • Ability to facilitate groups and/or organize meetings
  • Ability to interact with a diverse group of individuals (students, suppliers, academics, etc.)
  • Ability to refocus from the use of one knowledge base, skill and/or aptitude to another

In accordance with the Administrative and Professional Officer Agreement, this full-time continuing position offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits and annual salary range of $78,370 - $130,610.

Interested candidates are encourage to submit a resume and a cover letter outlining their qualifications by June 20, 2018.

How to Apply

Apply Online

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.