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Director - Farm Laboratory

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Work Type: Administrative
Location: Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Categories: College of Basic & Applied Sciences

Job Title

Director - Farm Laboratory


Farm Laboratory


$63,668 - $80,116; commensurate with experience

Job Summary/Basic Function

Director is responsible for planning, developing, coordinating, and managing all daily work activities at the MTSU Farm Units with complex operations involving beef and dairy cattle, swine, milk processing, field crops, and horticulture (650+ acres across 4 locations in Rutherford county). Essential tasks include: serve as liaison between farm personnel and agriculture faculty; responsible for budget oversight and purchasing of supplies and equipment involved in the support of the farm laboratories; ensure farm laboratory units are ready and able to support teaching mission and research projects for the School of Agriculture.. Director is responsible for management and oversight of the MTSU Creamery and Farmers Market retail outlet with weekly retail sales from May through October annually. Director directly supervises several full-time staff including farm unit managers and also multiple part-time employees, and approximately 25 student workers annually. Director provides oversight of all farm operations that serve as laboratories for courses in the School of Agriculture, and as demonstration sites , training, and public service to area producers and agricultural industries. The Director must be able to interact effectively with colleagues, staff, students, visitors, and other constituent groups; possess strong verbal, written, and organizational skills and perform other special projects as assigned.

Required Education

Master’s degree in an area of agriculture or in a business-related field. At least one (1) degree must be in an agricultural discipline.
A bachelor’s degree in agricultural discipline plus at least five (5) years of farm management and personnel management experience can be accepted in lieu of a master’s degree.

Required Related Experience

Four (4) years progressively responsible experience managing personnel.

Desirable Related Experience

Six (6) years progressively responsible experience managing personnel, field crops, and livestock preferred.

Documents Needed to Apply

Cover Letter & Resume Required

Special Instruction to Applicants 

Cover letter should detail previous farming and management experience.

MTSU offers a comprehensive benefits package, including but not limited to the following:  

  • Sick Leave
  • Vacation Leave for Administrative/Classified Staff/12-month Faculty
  • 13 paid University holidays
  • Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • Retirement plans
  • Optional 401K and 403B Deferred Compensation Plans
  • Educational benefits for the employee and their spouse and dependents
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MTSU is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that values diversity in all its forms. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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MTSU is a Tobacco & Drug-Free campus.

This position requires a criminal background check. Therefore, you will be required to provide information about your criminal history to be considered.

For individuals requiring reasonable accommodation to apply: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation to apply for a position with MTSU, please call 615-898-2929 or email

*Application Review Date: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until April 26, 2024.

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