Executive Director of the South Carolina Water Resources Center

Clemson, SC

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Our beautiful college campus sits on 1,400 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, along the shores of Hartwell Lake. But we also have research facilities and economic development hubs throughout the state of South Carolina — in Greenville, Greenwood, Columbia and Charleston.

Executive Director of the South Carolina Water Resources Center

The College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences at Clemson University invites applications for the position of Associate Professor/Professor and Executive Director of the South Carolina Water Resources Center.


Clemson University is a Land Grant institution designated as an R1 University with strong community engagement. The College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences is deeply rooted in Clemson University’s heritage as a land-grant institution, advancing founder Thomas Green Clemson’s vision of higher education that benefits South Carolina, its people, land, natural resources, and economy. World-class education, research, and Extension merge for scientific discoveries of global impact, while partnerships with industry and state and federal agencies foster innovation and provide unique opportunities for faculty and students.


The South Carolina Water Resources Center (SCWRC) is located in Pendleton, South Carolina, and is closely adjacent to the Clemson University campus. With expertise in water resource economics and policy, sustainability, climate, flood modeling, water quality/quantity, water best management practices, and aquaponics/hydroponics, the mission of the SCWRC is to help sustain South Carolina’s water resources. The SCWRC is home to faculty, support staff members, and other research and Extension personnel. The Center property includes meeting rooms, classrooms, field and clean laboratories, greenhouses, and other specialized facilities for water research. Expansion of the research laboratory infrastructure and graduate student capabilities is underway.


General Duties and Responsibilities: The Executive Director serves as the principal internal and external spokesperson for the SCWRC. This position will hold tenured faculty rank and provide leadership and support to maintain and advance strong integrated research and Extension programs appropriate for the SCWRC. The Executive Director will lead the SCWRC, manage Public Service and Agriculture (PSA) focused water resources initiatives (facilitating water research, outreach and engagement, and education and training programs), and serve as the lead for coordinating PSA water projects with state and federal water resource agencies to identify issues on sustainable water management where Clemson research and Extension can provide solutions.


The Executive Director will provide a vision for innovative, interdisciplinary research and Extension initiatives; foster a collegial working environment at the SCWRC; facilitate development of collaborative relationships with Clemson University faculty, whether located on main campus or at Research and Education Centers across the state; and strengthen working relationships with local communities, external funding agencies, commodity groups, research collaborators at partner institutions, and other key constituency groups.


Additional Responsibilities:

• Provide leadership and oversight of research and Extension activities at the SCWRC

• Mentor faculty and provide vision and guidance for research initiatives

• Establish a foundation for active and sustainable fundraising

• Improve and expand the SCWRC infrastructure through successful fundraising and project guidance 

• Manage the SCWRC’s daily operation, budget, facilities, and resources

• Provide supervision of support staff

• Foster a culture of collegiality and inclusive collaboration among students, staff, and faculty

• Attend the annual NIWR Director’s Meeting in DC and meet with SC delegation regarding NIWR WRRA reauthorization and appropriation asks