In the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station this class is accountable for overseeing the activities of and assuming the responsibilities for a Department at the Station.
GUIDELINES FOR JOB CLASS USE
Incumbents in this class are responsible for the following duties:
Stimulating research in a field of agricultural science.
Administering regulatory laws as required by state statutes.
Conducting extremely complex analyses, examinations or highly original research.
Designating research problems, leading and evaluating the research of scientists within a group.
Receives administrative direction from the Director, Agricultural Experiment Station.
Assigns technicians, Research Assistants, seasonal assistants and other staff.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Directs staff and operational activities in a Department at the Station and advises the Director directly or through Station Council;
Maintains liaison with state and federal officers and citizens as required by the mission of the Station;
Brings to bear unusual distinction and insight in pursuit of research on basic and applied scientific problems;
Accurately analyzes, interprets and conveys results to scientists and the general public;
Writes papers and articles for peer-reviewed journals;
Aids colleagues in preparing reports;
Selects and trains scientists, technicians and office workers;
Addresses meetings of and answers questions from citizens of the state;
Seeks grants and extramural funding;
Develops, applies and monitors a departmental grant and extramural funding program;
Performs work with the high ethics, competence and thoroughness of a proven professional;
Participates in the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
May temporarily assume responsibilities for the Station in absence of the Director and Vice Director;
Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Administrative abilities in dealing with scientists and the general public;
Outstanding achievement in research or service as demonstrated by a substantial number of peer-reviewed publications that show a high order of skill, creativity and originality;
A nationally recognized authority in a field of science;
Possesses superior knowledge in great demand by the general public;
Serves as a resource for members of several departments by providing advice and experimental expertise to help solve important problems;
May be required to interact frequently with stakeholders.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
A Ph.D. or equivalent and ten (10) years of experience in significant and productive research or analysis and its management.
Incumbents in this class must possess a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
Incumbents in this class may occasionally be required to lift heavy objects such as standard laboratory equipment and/or trays/boxes of glassware,
Incumbents in this class may occasionally be exposed to some risk of injury from hazards such as broken glass, chemicals and toxic or disease-carrying substances.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(1)-Officials And Administrators
As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Chief Agricultural Scientist in Salary Group VR 99 approved effective March 25, 2011. (Revised to add Acknowledgement section and modify content) Final No. 22-007