Director, Championship Agronomy


About the USGA: 

The USGA conducts the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open, as well as 10 national amateur championships, two state team championships and international matches. Together with The R&A, the USGA governs the game worldwide, jointly administering the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, Equipment Standards and World Amateur Golf Rankings. The USGA’s working jurisdiction comprises the United States, its territories and Mexico.

The USGA is a global leader in the development and support of sustainable golf course management practices. It serves as a primary steward for the game’s history and funds an ongoing “For the Good of the Game” charitable giving program. Additionally, the USGA’s Course Rating and Handicap systems are used on six continents in more than 50 countries.

 

Location: 

Far Hills, NJ
 

Reports to: 

Managing Director, Green Section
 

Position Summary: 

Founded in 1920, the USGA Green Section is the world’s foremost authority in researching, developing and promoting environmentally-friendly practices.  The USGA makes an annual investment of $5+ million to provide the golf industry with research, education, course consultation services and partnerships. The education programs deliver timely, science-based materials to help golf courses be economically and environmentally sustainable.

 

The Director, Championship Agronomy will oversee the agronomic preparations of the USGA championships to achieve each events on-course objectives.


Duties 

 

USGA Championships

  • Guide the agronomic preparations of the USGA championships based on data collection, field experience, what is in the best interest of the competition, host facility, and the USGA and agronomically sound for the golf course. Support and collaborate with the appropriate staff-in-charge of each championship.
  • Work with the championship staff-in-charge in advance of and during the championship to develop and achieve the course set-up and playing conditions established by the staff-in-charge.
  • Serve as the lead agronomist for the U.S. Open, the U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Amateur, U.S. Women’s Amateur, Curtis Cup, and Walker Cup.
  • Coordinate the agronomic responsibilities for Green Section staff working as the lead agronomist on other USGA championships.
  • Participate in course set-up visits for assigned events and coordinate regional Green Section staff participation, as directed by and coordinated with the appropriate staff-in-charge.
  • Write agronomic summary reports, as necessary, for meetings associated with each event.
  • Work with the Rules and Competitions and Green Section staffs to provide input when future championship site proposals are evaluated. 
  • Develop and improve data collection tools to implement at championships.
  • Develop necessary documentation and guidelines to direct Green Section agronomic staff in championship responsibilities.

Education Outreach

  • Work closely with the Green Section’s education outreach staff to identify and plan primary education products on agronomic and resource conservation topics for domestic and international audiences.
  • Develop timely, well-written, and thorough articles, case studies, and education products on agronomic and sustainability issues to promote the Green Section strategic priorities to a broad audience (e.g. course officials, superintendents, regulatory officials, golfers).
  • Collaborate with Green Section staff and provide input into the development of agronomic multi-media education products.

Administration

  • Collaborate closely with other Green Section program Directors (research, education outreach, course consultation service) to coordinate the overall departmental activities to help achieve and advance the USGA’s organization mission and the Green Section department goals and objectives.
  • Develop clearly-defined monitoring to accurately measure, evaluate, and report on the progress and impact of the Green Section’s agronomic preparations and participation in USGA championships.
  • Maintain a fundamental understanding of the USGA strategic plan and goals for a culture of excellence. 
  • Participate in Green Section staff meetings.
  • Assist with other departmental activities and projects, as assigned.

Research

  • Remain current on the USGA Turfgrass and Environmental Research Program and other research being conducted by regional universities. 
  • Keep the director of the USGA research program abreast of needed research and other research activities.
  • Monitor agronomic parameters at championship events to incorporate into Green Section research projects.
  • Provide input to the Equipment Standards department in the development of agronomic-based tools and equipment.
 

Knowledge, Education, Skills & Abilities 

  • Minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in agronomy, horticulture, or related field
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Attention to detail and desire to provide high-quality, progressive products and services for the organization.
  • Experience with championship-level golf
  • Working knowledge of the Rules of Golf
  • Courteous, professional and diplomatic demeanor
  • Demonstrated skills to successfully work in and support a team environment


Additional Comments: 

  • Varying degrees of travel will be required. At certain times of the year, travel will be for extended periods of time.

To Apply: 

Please click on the following link: Director, Championship Agronomy.




 
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