Director (Wye Research and Education Center)

College Park, MD, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level (5-7 Years)
Degree Required: 


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The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR), Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) at the University of Maryland seeks an individual to serve as Director of its Wye Research and Education Center (WREC) as well as the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc. (Hughes Center). The ideal candidate will increase applied research at WREC, strengthen the relationships of the WREC and Hughes Center with other research centers and the departments within the college, as well as other institutions and entities, and translate the results into programs, and educational and outreach opportunities that will help the stakeholders of Maryland better manage their agricultural operations, forestry operations and overall resource management with an eye toward ensuring a clean and healthy Chesapeake Bay.

This position encompasses an exciting hybrid responsibility, with oversight of WREC, a unique landscape that provides a robust platform for research and outreach programs in an agro-ecosystem at the interface of an aquatic ecosystem. Equally as important, is the Hughes Center, a well-established and stakeholder-driven research and outreach entity that has provided policy driven decision making at all government levels based on research at WREC, other research centers, and departments within AGNR. The position reports to the Associate Dean/Director MAES and is housed at WREC.



  • Ph.D. degree in Agriculture, Watershed Sciences, Forestry, Natural Resources or related field.
  • Proven excellence in managing and directing an academic or research program.
  • Proven track record in garnering grants and private funding to enhance key research issues and areas where information and data are lacking.
  • Evidence of scholarship in research, extension and/or outreach. 
  • Seven years of demonstrated experience with administrative duties in a research, extension and/or outreach related environment.
  • Proven ability to develop and translate knowledge attained through research and Extension activities to scientists, policy-makers, and other stakeholder groups.


  • Ten years of administrative and management experience in a research and/or outreach related environment.
  • Experience in a Land-Grant system environment.
  • Proven ability to work with diverse stakeholders including non-profits.
  • Working knowledge of and experience with Chesapeake Bay region issues and its working lands in regard to Chesapeake Bay health.