Farm Operations Manager in Fresno, CA 93740  (Hoover area)

California State University


Job ID: 527215

Job Title:
Farm Operations Manager

Time Base:
Full Time

Date Posted:
April 21, 2023

Closing Date:
Open until filled


Farm Operations Manager (Administrator II)
Compensation and Benefits
Anticipated Hiring Salary Range: $95,000 – $125,000 per year
Full CSU Classification Salary Range: $54,996 – $176,556 per year
Salary is competitive and negotiable depending on the strength of qualifications. This is a CSU Management Personnel Plan (MPP) position.
The CSU system provides a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental and vision plans, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), sick and vacation time, and 14 paid holidays a year. Eligible employees are also able to participate in the fee waiver education program. A summary of benefit information can be found here.

Job Summary
The Farm Manager serves in a Full Time, twelve-month management position (MPP) and reports directly to the Dean of the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (Jordan College). The Farm Manager works with department chairs, staff, faculty, and enterprise managers to coordinate the daily operations of the University Agricultural Laboratory (UAL) to effectively meet the mission of the UAL. The University Agricultural Laboratory, which encompasses Agricultural Operations and UAL Enterprises, serves as the field-based laboratory for our instruction, research, outreach, and community engagement. The UAL presently encompasses 1,000 acres of diversified agriculture, 22 enterprise units, and the learning approaches such as farm-to-fork, grass-to-glass, and vine-to-wine. The Farm Manager also works closely with the community, irrigation districts, Ag Foundation, state and Federal agencies, philanthropic donors, and industry partners to fulfil the mission of Fresno State.

Key Qualifications

Knowledge of principles of financial planning and budget processes.
General knowledge of current regulations to ensure farm activities comply with government regulations.
Knowledge of pests and diseases and an understanding of how they spread and how to treat them.
Knowledge of food safety and health and safety standards applicable to farming.
Knowledge of modern farming methods including sustainability efforts and maintaining biodiversity.
Knowledge of the principles and practices of effective management and supervision, motivation, performance evaluation, progressive discipline and grievance procedures.
Knowledge of computer office systems and ability to use technology, systems, and software packages (Microsoft Office Suite, Google apps).
Ability to develop and implement short and long-term plans and initiatives to meet established development goals and objectives.
Ability to articulate performance expectations to staff, developing objectives and strategies as they relate to established goals.
Organizational and time-management skills with the ability to work under pressure and manage multiple tasks and projects under competing deadlines and maintain flexibility in response to constantly shifting priorities.
Strong interpersonal and influencing skills with ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Ability to exercise sound administrative judgment and initiative in the development of new methods and procedures and in the solution of difficult personnel problems.
Ability to analyze and interpret financial data and make strategic business decisions.
Ability to compile, write, and present reports related to the UAL.
Ability to foster an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the university.
Interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and ability to collaborate across organizational lines.

To view the full list of qualifications and job responsibilities, please click the Position Description button above.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in business or agriculture-related field from a regionally accredited higher education institution.

Business or agricultural business degree with 2 or more years of farming management experience in diversified farming or ranching operation; OR
Agriculture-related degree with 5 or more years of business/management experience in diversified, complex operation.

Applicant must possess an unrestricted California driver’s license and must meet California State University, Fresno’s safe driving criteria.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Master’s degree.
Experience in cost management, employee safety, regulatory compliance, and project management.
Experience in systems management.

Department Summary
The Jordan College draws on its deep roots in the Central Valley to prepare students today to be productive, resilient leaders in a sustainable global agriculture and food sector of the future.

Deadline & Application Instructions
Applications received by May 21, 2023 will be given full consideration by the search committee.

Applications received after that date will be forwarded at the request of the Hiring Manager and/or search committee.

Fresno State
California State University, Fresno is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. The University’s mission is to boldly educate and empower students for success through our values of Discovery, Diversity and Distinction. The current student population is more than 25,000, including a large percentage of students with diverse and culturally rich backgrounds. The University serves the San Joaquin Valley while maintaining deep involvement with the state, nation, and across the globe.
Metropolitan Fresno, with a multi-ethnic population of over 527,000, is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. The campus is within driving distance of Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, San Francisco, Los Angeles, the Monterey Peninsula, beaches, sailing, lakes, and numerous ski resorts. Fresno boasts one of the most reasonable housing markets in California and offers a wide array of locally grown fruits and produce.

Equal Employment Opportunity Information
California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. Executive Orders 1096 and 1097 prohibit discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of a protected status: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including gender identity), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status. Fresno State’s commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring, and retention. We are proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.

Vaccination Interim Policy

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at

Supplemental Information
Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with California State University, Fresno. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Fresno State has identified as sensitive.
The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
This position may be a “designated position” under the California State University’s Conflict of Interest Code. This will require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within six (6) months of assuming office and every two (2) years thereafter.
Fresno State is a tobacco-free, smoke-free and vapor-free campus.
Fresno State is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions. (e.g. H1-B Visas)