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Dairy Teaching and Research Center Manager

Company: Kansas State University
Location: Manhattan
Posted on: September 17, 2023

Job Description:

About This Role:The Kansas State University Dairy Teaching and Research Center (DTRC) serves the dairy teaching, research, and extension missions of the Department of Animal Sciences & Industry. The DTRC, located 3 miles from campus, is one of the highest-producing university herds in the nation, and is supported by a dedicated team of employees. Kansas is one of the of fastest-growing dairy states, with continued expansion expected in the future. The knowledge generated at the DTRC through research, teaching, and extension activities is critical to maintaining the continued growth of the Kansas dairy industry and beyond. The Department of Animal Sciences & Industry is seeking a talented individual to serve as the DTRC Manager.Primary responsibilities:The DTRC Manager is responsible for the day-to-day management of personnel, animals, and unit facilities at the DTRC. The incumbent will also work closely with faculty and students to facilitate research trials at the DTRC.Animal care--- The DTRC Manager oversees the routine care (feeding, milking, reproductive management, herd health, waste management, etc.) of the mature cows and young stock. The incumbent will work with herd veterinarians and faculty supervisors to establish, execute, and evaluate standard operating protocols for maintaining optimum animal care, herd production, and research study outcomes.Operational management--- The DTRC Manager will oversee and conduct routine daily operational management of the facility, including (but not limited to):Animal record maintenanceFeed inventory and procurementRepair and maintenance of facilities and equipmentRegulatory compliance (environmental, milk sanitation, research, etc.)Cleaning and infrastructure maintenanceManure management and exportCoordination of research facilities and animal allocations at the DTRCCoordination with researchers for scheduling and facilitation of research projectsCoordinate teaching and extension activities that occur on the DTRC.Communicate with department and faculty in establishing goals for facility projects, herd management, and research logistics.Supervision--- The DTRC Manager will lead a talented team of employees to ensure adequate care of livestock and daily operations of the DTRC, including (but not limited to):Supervise, mentor, coach, and redirect employees (fulltime, part time, and student labor)Manage payroll.Hire full time, part time, and student labor.Train employees in appropriate aspects of their job responsibilitiesAssign work responsibilities.Assign weekly work schedules.Ensure maintenance of occupational health and safety training requirements of all employeesCommunication between researchers and farm staff of protocols and processes required for adequate research project treatment administration and data collection.Maintain a motivated and vibrant working environment by facilitating communication among the DTRC staff, students, and supervisors.Other responsibilities--- The DTRC Manager is also expected to:Receive emergency calls at all times. Unless delegated to others, as appropriate.Work with the DTRC assistant manager to cover supervisory duties on weekends and holidays.-- --Perform additional tasks and duties as assigned by the faculty supervisors.Conduct tours for visitors with different backgrounds at the DTRC, e.g., farmers, students, technicians, youth, consumers, etc.--

Keywords: Kansas State University, Manhattan , Dairy Teaching and Research Center Manager, Executive , Manhattan, Kansas

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