LOCATION:TheUniversity of Tennessee, Institute of Agriculture, Lone Oaks Farm, 10,000 LakeHardeman Road, Middleton, TN
EFFECTIVEDATE: Screening of applicants'credentials will begin October 1, 2018 and will continue until the position isfilled.Target Start Date is January 1,2019.
Salary is commensurate with trainingand experience. Benefits include group hospitalization and life insurance,State Employees Retirement; Workers' Compensation; sick and annual leave;numerous University of Tennessee and state benefits programs, including liberaltime off for holidays and longevity pay after three years of service;reimbursement for official travel.
TheDirector will provide leadership for the operation of Lone Oaks Farm (LOF), anew and developing 1,200-acre 4-H Youth Development camping, STEM education andconference center owned and operated by UT Extension. Additional informationabout LOF is available at https://www.loneoaksfarm.com/. TheLOF Director is a direct report to the Dean of UT Extension.
TheDirector will oversee the four primary functions and activities of LOF: (1) 4-HYouth Development and youth camping, (2) STEM education and (3) conferencecenter and lodging and (4) farm operations.The position provides a unique opportunity to lead the development and implementationof a creative and entrepreneurial business plan as LOF continues to develop bothinfrastructure and programing. The LOF Director will have numerous opportunitiesto support programs across multiple areas including 4-H Youth Development, Agricultureand Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, STEM education, outdoorrecreation, and hospitality. In additionto supervising the day to day operations of LOF, the director will provideleadership to the continued long-term development of LOF as called for withinthe LOF Master Plan: https://www.loneoaksfarm.com/about/master-plan/The LOF Director will be instrumental inleading the continued development of LOF in-line with the Master Plan throughthe development and implementation of sustainable business plans, helpingdefine future staffing needs, developing and expanding 4-H Youth Developmentcamping opportunities. The LOF Director will also be expected to provide inputand assistance with facility construction oversight, promotion and marketing,and fundraising in support of the long-tern development of LOF.
·Supervise staff and ensure that LOF operatesin accordance with UT policy.
·Operate LOF as a self-sustaining and self-fundedentity of the University of Tennessee.
·Work closely with the State 4-H YouthDevelopment Office, regional and county Extension staff, the Dean's office,faculty and staff of UT and TSU Departments, public and private stakeholdersand clients.
·Oversee marketing, educational,business, management, publicity, fund development and planning efforts on thefarm.
·Identify and fill additional staffneeds as financially feasible to successfully accomplish goals and objectives.
·Provide leadership to the developmentof budgets, monitor the expenditures of funds, develop plans for incomegeneration, secure resources and develop implement and evaluate strategies tomarket LOF to public and private users.
·Provide leadership to the developmentand operation of appropriate advisory and steering groups/committees.
Ensure the establishment of aresearch-based youth curriculum that focuses on STEM principles and currenteducational standards at LOF.Developbusiness plans for events, hospitality and conferencing. Develop and manage revenue and expense budgetsfor various projects, enterprises and income streams at LOF. Support the implementationof a $48 million master plan for 4-H Youth Development and youth camping andSTEM education facilities.
Identify key work functions at LOF andmanage corresponding new positions. Lead the process of recruitment, screening,and hiring highly qualified staff.Developperformance standards for all positions and communicate these standards with staff.Conduct annual performance appraisals for staff members and address otherpersonnel issues as needed.
Work with UT Foundation and TN 4-HYouth Development Foundation staff to identify and cultivate potentialphilanthropic donors. Ensure that gift proposals correspond with the vision andmission of LOF. Identify, pursue, and attain grants to support farm operations andlocal programs.
Lead the development of a promotionand marketing program for all aspects of LOF; including marketing of the farmproperty as a premier, nationally-recognized facility for 4-H Youth Developmentand STEM youth education.Othermarketing efforts will include the promotion of UT events, private events,hospitality, conferencing, recreation and other youth events.Identify and develop agreements with externalpartners with regard to marketing and promotion.
Plan, lead and direct the AmericanCamp Association accreditation process.
Provide leadership for a program ofactivities that meets the needs of all eligible clientele regardless of race,color, national origin, age, sex, disability, religion or veteran status.
Provide general oversight for thedevelopment and construction of new infrastructure and facilities at the LOF site.Provide ongoing supervision for all facilities,buildings, and grounds.Develop budgetsand priorities for all capital outlay, maintenance and disclosed projectsbudget requests for LOF in partnership with the Dean, UT Extension, ChiefFinancial Officer, and others as required.
Internal Number: 158165
About University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
The Institute’s four major units are the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch and UT Extension. The Institute contributes to improving the quality of lives and enhancing the agricultural, economic, environmental and social well-being of Tennessee. Our clientele include students, families, farmers, 4-Hers, agribusiness and the general public.