Assistant Director, Green Section Research

From the USGA Handicap System to national amateur championships, to modernizing the delivery of the game’s Rules and supporting sustainable golf course management practices, the United States Golf Association promotes the health of a game that inspires, challenges, and rewards like nothing else can.

Are you looking to join a dynamic team that works together to promote and conserve the true spirit of the game of golf?

The Assistant Director, Green Section Research assists in the execution and management of the USGA Turfgrass and Environmental Research Program – a global program focused on improving sustainability, turfgrass science principles and golf course management practices. The USGA Green Section develops and disseminates sustainable management practices that produce better playing conditions for better golf.



This position will be based at one of the Green Section offices


What You Can Expect:

Program Administration

  • Collaborate with the Director of Research to develop, publicize and administer regular research call for proposals
  • Coordinate the collection, evaluation and dispersal of proposals reserved for Green Section research funds.
  • Work with the USGA Legal department to administer and complete timely contracts with universities for all projects exceeding $3,000 per year.
  • Work with USGA Accounting staff to make timely, scheduled payments to all funded universities within the Research Program budget.
  • Maintain accurate, up-to-date project and budget records


Research Management

  • Work with the Director of Research, with input from the Turfgrass and Environmental Research Committee, to determine research needs and priorities and develop a long-range work plan to achieve objectives.
  • Assist with collection, coordination, editing, layout and online publication of the annual research summaries for all the current USGA-funded projects by the Turfgrass and Environmental Research Program.
  • Develop presentations, articles and multi-media educational materials promoting the research program and its grant outcomes for USGA resources and outside publications.
  • Coordinate and work with university professors to develop and edit articles for publication in the USGA Green Section Record.
  • Attend scheduled research committee meetings and research visits to funded universities, as needed.
  • Collaborate with the Green Section Education group to plan and develop multi-media materials promoting Turfgrass and Environmental Research Program outcomes.
  • Cultivate relationships with key researchers within the global scientific community.
  • Coordinate and collaborate research efforts with the USGA Research, Science and Innovation group.
  • Develop regular updates for the Green Section staff to assist them on remaining current on research program activities.
  • Represent the USGA at scientific, environmental, and educational meetings and conferences, as needed.



  • Remain current in turf-related literature associated with the USGA Turfgrass and Environmental Research Program and the sport-related turfgrass industry.
  • Maintain a fundamental understanding of the USGA strategic plan and goals for a culture of excellence.
  • Develop a broad understanding of the department strategic plan.
  • Assist the Research Director in the development and monitoring of the research program component of the Green Section department plan.
  • Prepare necessary departmental communications and briefs, as needed.
  • Assist with other departmental activities and projects, as assigned.
  • Additional duties assigned as needed.


What You Bring to the USGA:

  • Ph.D. in agronomy or horticulture with an emphasis in turfgrass science required.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and maintaining a proactive, viable turfgrass research program, including publications. (minimum of seven years)
  • Golf course management experience and knowledge of the golf community (preferred).
  • Strategic vision for issues impacting the industry.
  • Demonstrated ability to gather, analyze, and synthesize information. Must have excellent organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare compelling materials, including proposals, reports, and letters.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, people skills and editing abilities required with strong attention to detail. This skill set includes a demonstrated ability to effectively communicate scientific information written for a non-technical audience.
  • Ability to collaborate and build relationships with a broad range of external constituents.
  • Able to work well independently.


To Apply:

Applications will be accepted through October 21st.  Please submit a cover letter and resume in one document to the following link: Assistant Director, Green Section Research


About the USGA:

The USGA celebrates, serves and advances the game of golf worldwide.  Founded in 1894, we conduct golf’s premier professional and amateur championships, including the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open.  With The R&A, we govern the sport via a global set of playing, equipment and amateur status rules.  Our operating jurisdiction for these governance functions includes the United States, its territories and Mexico.  The USGA Handicap System is utilized in more than 40 countries and our Course Rating System covers 95 percent of the world’s golf courses, enabling all golfers to play on an equitable basis.  The USGA campus in Liberty Corner, New Jersey, is home to the Association’s Research and Test Center, where science and innovation are fueling a healthy and sustainable game for the future.  The campus is also home to the USGA Golf Museum, where we honor the game by curating the world’s most comprehensive archive of golf artifacts.  To learn more, visit 


The United States Golf Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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