New Associate Director of IPM Position with University of Minnesota Extension

A new full-time position of Associate Director for the UMN Extension IPM program has been created to provide statewide leadership, effective spring, 2020. The position is located on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota.


The University of Minnesota Extension is the major outreach arm of the University of Minnesota (UMN), a land grant institution with a mission to serve the public through applied research and education. The mission of the UMN-Extension is making a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota.

The UMN-Extension IPM program was established in the early-1970s, within the land grant university, Extension organization in every state through US Congressional funding. Primary funding is through USDA-NIFA. The program works with numerous UMN Extension Educators across the state, as well as campus faculty in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences. The program also works within the University to build a workforce knowledgeable about IPM and to advance IPM goals to key clientele groups, including farmers of agricultural and horticultural crops, organic growers, crop consultants, and agric. professionals who advise farmers. These interactions may involve undergraduate and graduate students, interns, and Extension educators.

As the Assoc. Director of the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program, the successful applicant is expected to work closely with Extension administration to strategically integrate the program’s research and education activities. Key roles of the position include:

  • Provide strategic direction, statewide leadership of the IPM program, aligned with national IPM goals (USDA-NIFA), North Central Region initiatives, and UMN Extension goals
  • Maintain nationally competitive external funding for IPM (e.g., USDA)
  • Promote and facilitate the implementation of IPM programs across disciplines
  • Integrate IPM programming with Extension Crops & Horticulture teams, and the Pesticide Safety & Environmental Education (PSEE) program
  • Supervise IPM staff

All details regarding the position and salary range, commensurate with experience, is located at:

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