General Manager Campus Farm

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Ottawa Centre Town, ONTARIO
Job Type: FullTime

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Career opportunity available at Macdonald Campus, McGill, located in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue. Applications accepted by August 20, or until position gets filled.

Background:   McGill’s Macdonald Campus is home to the large-scale operational farm (consisting of seven units) where students and researchers of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences obtain hands-on training and conduct research in various disciplines related to agriculture and the agri-food sectors.  In accordance with the Faculty’s mission, research and teaching of sustainability, biodiversity, and the quality of air, soil and water are important considerations in farm operations.  The Macdonald Campus Farm also serves as a venue for outreach to the general public. 

Position Summary:
Reporting directly to the Associate Vice-Principal (Macdonald Campus), directs a 500-acre agricultural complex engaged in diverse activities (business operations, research, teaching, outreach activities), utilizing diversified resources, and servicing a diverse clientele (students, researchers, commercial/government partners, general public).  Manages and exercises control over financial, human, animal and physical resources.  Promotes the involvement of Macdonald Campus Farm within the community. 
Primary Responsibilities:

Oversees operations in all farm units (dairy, swine, poultry, agronomy/fields, horticulture centre/Mac Market, Student-run Ecological Gardens).  Provides leadership, technical expertise and guidance to staff; resolves problems, handles complex operational issues.  Sets production and quality objectives feasible within research and teaching parameters.  Evaluates operational effectiveness.  Develops/updates policies; introduces improvements in work methods. 

Hires, supervises, motivates and evaluates technical and administrative staff (per current organizational chart – 12 regular staff and as many as 60 part-time staff at peak harvest season).  Deals with performance and labor issues, as well as approvals of overtime/vacation requests.  Balances need to provide care to animals over 365 days per year within parameters of several collective agreements as well as those of regulatory bodies such as Agropur, Producteurs de Lait du Québec, Producteurs d’oeufs,  Producteurs de volaille, and Canadian Council on Animal Care.  Manages human resources to meet demands of research and teaching. 

Works closely with the Faculty administration and the Farm Research and Teaching Committee to establish the strategic direction and develop short-term and long-term plans for all Farm units.  Plays leadership role in collaboration with the designated Academic liaison stakeholder in developing joint initiatives with the Campus research community and with industry partners.   Supports the execution of innovative research and aligns the strategic priorities of the farm with the research and teaching strategic priorities of the Faculty. 

Participates in determining feasibility and cost estimates of various research project requests, and negotiates terms and cost recovery agreements with principal investigators.   Plans use of land, animal, buildings and human resources to ensure harmonious collaboration with the research community and realistic allocation of Farm resources. 


Ensures long-term success and viability of the Macdonald Campus Farm through innovations or improved operational efficiencies.   As member of the Farm Research and Teaching Committee, and of several other committees, leads efforts to ensure “branding” of the Campus agricultural facilities as a reputable “demonstration farm” and model of environmental responsibility. Promotes the various research, teaching, related services and community outreach projects conducted at the Farm and in the Faculty, in pursuit of funding opportunities.  

Ensures compliance of all farm operations with federal, Quebec, municipal and university legislation, as well as with recommendations of regulatory bodies involved in the Farm’s areas of activity.   

Plans and manages maintenance and renovation needs of farm buildings.  Negotiates terms and conditions of capital repairs, equipment acquisition or leasing, feed and parts purchases, as well as service contracts with external suppliers.  Is member of the Macdonald Campus Physical Facilities Sub-committee (planning and building use).   Implements and maintains a contingency budget for maintenance and equipment/vehicle replacement.

Plays an active role in the construction/renovations for the upcoming Community Engagement Centre to be located at the Farm, and funded through donor and alumni financial contributions.  Works closely with the Faculty’s University Advancement staff. 

Is accountable for profitability of revenue-generating operations within the constraints of the Farm’s mission of teaching, research and outreach.  Oversees annual budget preparation (over $1.5 million). Keeps expenses on track; implements deficit-repayment measures.   

Represents the Faculty on various internal/external committees or on high visibility project consultations (Energir, Hydro-Quebec, MAPAQ, Town of Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Montreal “Grand Parc de l’ouest” project).  Attends conferences and professional associations annual meetings.  Plays consultative role on the Macdonald-Facilities Animal Care Committee. 

Promotes high-visibility events, open to the public, featuring the Campus farm and the Faculty.

Works closely with McGill’s Office of Sustainability and with Hospitality/Food Services to maintain and enhance the McGill Feeding McGill initiative. 

Writes and presents proposals, recommendations, and draft policy documents. 

Other Qualifying Skills and/or Abilities

University degree in field related to agriculture (agronomy, animal production, agri-business or agri-food).  Minimum five years’ related experience.  Membership in Ordre des agronomes du Québec, an asset.  

Exceptional leadership, managerial, organizational, problem-solving and decision-making skills. Experience supervising, mentoring, mobilizing and motivating direct reports. Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and interact collegially with a diverse range of academic, private sector, university administration, and other stakeholders. Proven operations, human resources and financial management acumen. Track record of success in setting, managing, achieving performance objectives and delivering results. Talent for driving new projects forward from idea to fruition. High level of comfort in presenting to diverse groups in a scientific setting. Experience working within the academic/research community in a university setting and commercial environments.  Exposure to research as part of a graduate degree would be an asset.  Fluency in English and French, written and spoken.

Minimum Education and Experience:

Bachelor's Degree 5 Years Related Experience /

Annual Salary:

(MPEX Grade 07) $82,150.00 - $102,690.00 - $123,230.00

Hours per Week:

33.75 (Full time)



Position End Date (If applicable):

Deadline to Apply:


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