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Job Annoucement – Director of Laboratory Operations

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Please submit resumes by August 19, 2016 to jobs@citrusresearch.org

Citrus Research Board Director of Laboratory Operations

Position Summary:
The Director for Laboratory Operations for the Citrus Research Board (CRB), is responsible for assisting the CRB President with administrative, human resource, finance, grant reporting and other key details for CRB laboratory operations in the Riverside area: (1) the Jerry Dimitman Laboratory and (2) the CRB Biocontrol office, laboratory and field operations. The Citrus Research Board’s corporate headquarters are in Visalia, CA, but this position will be located in the Riverside, California area. The Director of Laboratory Operations is a valuable team member that reports to the CRB President and will work with the CRB Research Department, the Jerry Dimitman Laboratory Lab Director, the CRB Entomologist and the USDA biocontrol advisor to ensure regular communications, proper attention to detail, accountability, transparency, and compliance regarding grant requirements/work plans/work instructions. The position requires a positive self-starter who can achieve multiple daily priorities. The Director of Laboratory Operations will be a focused team player who will motivate, inspire and direct staff to achieve success.
Responsibilities:
• Serve as Principal Investigator for CHRP and HLB MAC funded biological control projects, including report preparation and submission, development of grant work plans and budgets.
• Provide direction and support to the two laboratory operations in the Riverside area.
• Work on a regular basis with the CRB Jerry Dimitman Laboratory Lab Director to ensure proper work instruction compliance and agency communication.
• Coordinate Biocontrol logistics (personnel, equipment, vehicles) to ensure goals are met.
• Assist entomologists, field crews and technicians in erecting cages, harvesting biocontrol agents and overseeing experiments.
• Coordinate weekly conference calls to provide updates to personnel and cooperators.
• Serve as liaison with scientists, growers and homeowners in the investigation into new ACP/HLB detection and control techniques.
• Oversee delivery of fruit to homeowners who voluntarily allow removal of possible HLB positive hosts.
• Report regularly to the President regarding operational details.
• Assist the CRB Finance Department in the annual budget preparation, review of monthly budget variance reports, approval of expenditures, timely submission of accounts payable and subsequent production of claims to respective funding agencies.
• Provide lead management liaison with the California Agricultural Support Services (CASS) agency in hiring, evaluation and possible termination recommendations to the President.
• Serve as the lead staff member regarding organizational responsibilities for the Biocontrol Task Force, the Lab Path Forward Committee and the Lab Technical Advisory Committee. This includes collaboration with the committee chairmen and the President, and preparing meeting notices/agendas/minutes.
• Provide regular communications to the board, the staff and the citrus industry regarding the work of the two CRB laboratory operations.
• Prepare and present technical and non-technical presentations.
• Support the President by attending meetings, conferences and events as assigned.
• Serve as an advisor to Cal Poly-Pomona’s ACP Senior Research Program.
• Perform any and all other duties as may be required from time to time as the need arises and as assigned by the President.

Recommended Qualifications:
• PhD degree in entomology, plant pathology, plant physiology or other relevant degree program preferred.
• 5 years of experience in research related to agricultural production or related science.
• General knowledge of citrus pest and disease detection and management preferred.
• 3 years of organizational leadership and management track record of success is a priority.
• Must be a dependable self-starter with a good work ethic.
• Demonstrated PC skills and software (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel) required.
• Excellent planning, verbal, and written communication skills required.
• Possession of a valid California Driver’s License

Physical Requirements:
Work situations occur in both office and field locations.
• Office work involves sitting for long periods of time
• Working at a desk or computer keyboard
• Occasional bending and lifting of objects
• Field work involves driving vehicles to work locations
• Walking over uneven ground
• Work in a citrus grove
• Working in extreme weather conditions of heat or cold
• Working in wet weather conditions
• Working on ladders
• Ability to lift up to 45 pounds

See full annoucement and application instructions HERE

The Citrus Research Board is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sex, genetic information, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.

Job Announcement – Assistant Accountant 1

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SUMMARY

The Citrus Research Board (CRB) is a grower-funded commodity Board that operates under the authority of the California Department of Food and Agriculture Marketing Branch. The CRB’s mission is to ensure a
sustainable California citrus industry for the benefit of growers by identifying and prioritizing research needs, and investing in and promoting sound science.

The Assistant Accountant will assist with banking, accounts payable, reporting, and other accounting and administrative duties as needed. This position reports to the Chief Financial Officer.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES

Finance

• Process incoming paper or electronic invoices for payment.
• Process incoming paper or electronic requests for reimbursements from grantees.
• Mail or electronically submit payments to vendors.
• Maintain vendor files.
• Preparation of 1099s.
• Process incoming mail and prepare deposits.
• Prepare assessment (revenue) reports as requested.

Other

• Answer phones and assist with other reception duties as needed.
• Perform other administrative duties as assigned by the President and the Chief Financial Officer.

QUALIFICATIONS

Competencies:

• Clear, effective verbal and oral communication.
• Thoroughness and accuracy.
• Ethical conduct.
• Ability to create and organize electronic files.

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION:

AA preferred. High school diploma plus three years of experience in a similar role required. Experience using Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel required. QuickBooks experience preferred.

SALARY & BENEFITS

• The CRB provides a comprehensive and competitive benefits package.
• Salary $20 per hour.

See full announcement and application instructions HERE.

EOE STATEMENT

The CRB is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, marital status, religion, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or veteran status or other characteristic protected by the law.

Request For Proposal – Business Consultant for Research and Development

Citrus Research Board Request For Proposal

Business Consultant for Research and Development Request For Proposal
You are invited to review and respond to this Request For Proposal (RFP), entitled:
RFP – Business Consultant for Research and Development.

The deadline for this proposal is July 22, 2016See the full request here

Financial Audit – Request For Proposal

Citrus Research Board Request For Proposal

Financial Audit Request For Proposal
You are invited to review and respond to this Request For Proposal (RFP), entitled:
RFP – 2015\16 Financial Audit.

The deadline for this proposal is July 22, 2016See the full request here

Job Announcement – Communications & HR Administrative Assistant

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The Citrus Research Board (CRB) is a grower-funded commodity Board that operates under the authority of the California Department of Food and Agriculture Marketing Branch. The CRB’s mission is to ensure a sustainable California citrus industry for the benefit of growers by identifying and prioritizing research needs, and investing in and promoting sound science.
The Communications and Human Resource Administrative Assistant will assist the President with human resource and communications duties. This position also has responsibility for minute taking at meetings.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES
Communications
• Citrograph Magazine.
Assists with writing, production coordination, proof reading and editing.
Maintain distribution mailing lists.

• Social Media
Develops social media strategy and implements.
Produces semi-monthly electronic newsletter.

• Press Releases
Composes and distributes press releases as required.

• Event Planning and Production
Provides assistance in planning and producing grower meetings and events.

Human Resources
• Assist with job postings and perform initial screening of applicants for open positions.
• Setup interviews for the President.
• Onboard new employees.
• Assist in maintaining job descriptions, performance evaluations and employee benefits package.
• Maintain employee files, paid-time-off records and annual review of the employee handbook.
• Comply with reporting requirements regarding Form 700s and ethics training for Board members and Corporate Officers.
• Utilize employee leave forms, W-4s, employee deduction authorizations, and notifications of pay changes to prepare a summary spreadsheet for each pay period.
• Coordinate the exit process for terminating employees.

General Administration
• Take corporate minutes during Citrus Research Board meetings. Also, prepare minutes during various subcommittee meetings and submit all to the President for final review and submission in a timely manner to the committee/board members and CDFA.
• Perform other duties as may be assigned by the President.

See full announcement and application instructions HERE.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Contract Management Software – Request For Proposal (RFP)

Citrus Research Board Request For Proposal

Contract Management Software – Request For Proposal
You are invited to review and respond to this Request For Proposal (RFP), entitled:
RFP – Contract Management Software.

The deadline for proposals is July 5, 2016 See the full request here (PDF).

2016 Grower Seminar Series Registration

Registration for the 2016 Grower Seminars is now open. There will be 3 dates and times available. Please make sure to choose which meeting you would like to attend when filling out the Registration Form. Dates and times will be listed below for reference:

7/11 in Temecula
7/12 in Santa Paula
7/14 in Loomis

Please click HERE to register

CRB 2016-2017 Research – Full Proposal Forms Now Available

2016-2017 Full Proposal Forms

Here you will find the 2016-2017 Full Proposal form, Subcontractor Budget form, and RFP Guidelines.
Full Proposal Form is HERE

Subcontractor Budget is HERE

RFP Guidelines is HERE

If you have any comments or question you may email: research@citrusresearch.org or call our office at (559)738-0246.

2015-2016 Monthly Assessment Report

Notice of the 2015-2016 Monthly Assessment Report for the California Citrus Research Program

Please save it to your computer before filling it out.
2015-2016 Monthly Assessment Report

Job Announcement – GIS Analyst

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The Director of Communications will direct Communications Department personnel and contracted vendors, oversee the quality of all communications work, work to deliver all products and events on-time, and be a team player that contributes to a business culture of accountability, transparency and customer service to the many industry assessment payers and stakeholders.

See full announcement and application instructions HERE.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.