Director of the Institute of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Extension
- University of Alaska Fairbanks
- Location: Fairbanks, AK
- Job Number: 7065390
- Posting Date: Mar 18, 2020
- Application Deadline: Apr 9, 2020
Job DescriptionDirector, Institute of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Extension at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
The Director is the principal administrative officer of the Institute of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Extension (IANRE) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). The Director reports directly to the UAF Provost. The Director provides visionary leadership to IANRE by working with staff, faculty and the public to create a learning organization that is responsible to the needs of Alaskans. The Director will enhance the visibility of the university and its engagement and research activities to the people of the state. The Director will consult with state and community leaders to ensure that IANRE is responsive to the needs of Alaskans. The Director works within UAF and the UA system to engage academic units in natural resource research and extension and outreach programming.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) is the Land Grant institution for the State of Alaska and is home to the statewide efforts of the Institute of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Extension (IANRE).
The IANRE is an outreach and engagement program that supports the public service and Land Grant mission of the university in partnership with the USDA Department of Agriculture and the University of Alaska Fairbanks and has six district offices, four outreach centers, and four service centers across the state of Alaska that each serve different regions of the state. The IANRE mission is to interpret and extend relevant research-based knowledge in an understandable and usable form; to encourage the application of this knowledge to solve the problems and meet the challenges that face the people of Alaska; and to bring the concerns of the community back to the university.
A key portion of the Director's portfolio is maintaining the Alaska Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (AFES), which is administered by the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The station includes the Fairbanks Experiment Farm, the Matanuska Experiment Farm & Extension Center and the Delta Junction Field Research Site. The Georgeson Botanical Garden and the Reindeer Research Program are at the Fairbanks farm. Researchers associated with the experiment station focus on creating knowledge and solving problems in agriculture and forest sciences. The University of Alaska Fairbanks, through state funding, and USDA Department of Agriculture, as well as private industry, foundation and other sponsored research fund AFES research.
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is the USDA division that manages federal funding of the nation’s experiment stations and the extension service.
The Director is the principal administrative officer of the Institute of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Extension. The Director reports directly to the UAF Provost. The Director provides visionary leadership to IANRE by working with staff, faculty and the public to create a learning organization that is responsible to the needs of Alaskans. The Director will enhance the visibility of the university and its engagement and research activities to the people of the state. The Director will consult with state and community leaders to ensure that IANRE is responsive to the needs of Alaskans. The Director works within UAF and the UA system to engage academic units in natural resource research and extension and outreach programming.
Required Qualifications: The successful candidate will have successfully accomplished increasingly complex goals and objectives through which high-level leadership, promotion of diversity, communication, vision, and management skills will be evident.
An earned Ph.D. or other terminal degree;
Excellent leadership, organizational, planning, supervisory, and problem-solving skills;
Demonstration of administrative and leadership effectiveness in a complex organization with responsibilities for budgeting, financial planning, personnel management, strategic planning, and critical decision making;
An outstanding record of achievement or creative discovery in a professional field;
Demonstrated experience in the leadership of an extension, experiment station or similar outreach/research program;
Demonstrated ability to seek funding that supports the core mission of the IANRE at UAF;
Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the management of programs and resources and a proven ability to relate effectively to a wide variety of people of diverse backgrounds, including an understanding and respect for cultural, ethnic, and individual differences;
Thorough understanding and knowledge of the broad diversity of fields and disciplines within IANRE, including the nature, value, and inter- relationships of the represented disciplines;
Strong verbal and written communication skills including electronic media;
Ability to work independently and collaboratively;
Demonstrated ability to make decisions in a fair and equitable manner;
Demonstrated understanding of community and economic development across a broad spectrum of organizations and cultures;
An appreciation for the “engaged university” as characterized by the Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grant Universities;
Experience working with diverse communities
Desired Qualifications: The successful candidate will have:
A holistic and innovative vision for the role and function of IANRE in a Land, Sea and Space Grant University;
Qualifications commensurate with appointment as full professor in an academic department;
A management style that is inclusive and empowers others to succeed, fosters respect, builds pride in the accomplishment of shared goals, and feeds upon two-way communication;
Thorough understanding and knowledge of the role of Cooperative Extension as a collaboration with the University, the State, the land, sea and space grant system, and the USDA in service to the people of Alaska;
Evidence of leadership for research and/or educational programs in both rural and urban communities and a commitment to serving all communities regardless of population;
Knowledge of the history, culture and economy of Alaska.
Location and Compensation: The position will be based in Fairbanks, Alaska. Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with the successful candidate’s background and experience.
Responsibilities: The Director provides overall leadership for all programmatic and administrative functions within IANRE. Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
Developing and administering University-wide policies that enhance the effectiveness of the University and its faculty and staff in the engagement arena;Supervising state-wide administrators, faculty, professionals and classified staff, conduct performance evaluations and make recommendations about personnel actions;
Providing leadership and oversight for the financial management of IANRE including federal and university funding allocations; and increasing program funding from all available sources including contracts, grants, and fees and forging partnerships;
Insuring accountability of IANRE to the University, USDA, stakeholders, and the public;
Increasing acquisition of gifts, donations, and endowments supporting Cooperative Extension programs by working in concert with UAF’s Office of Advancement and Community Engagement;
Providing leadership in the development of a UA system-wide engagement effort;
Developing partnerships between IANRE and other programs with outreach, engagement and public services throughout the UA system;
Providing leadership in the development and coordination of educational programs, applied research, and scholarship, focusing on issues and problems important to Alaskans;
Recognizing, supporting and collaborating with all of the extension and outreach programs at UAF and providing leadership in outreach and community engagement activities for the betterment and wellbeing of all Alaskans;
Advocating for IANRE as a significant educational resource for the State with relevant local, state, and national entities;
Providing vision and leadership for agricultural and forestry and other natural research related research at UAF, recognizing the importance of sustainability in agriculture and all natural resource fields.
Fostering statewide relationships with local governments and elected officials as well as with the private sector, non-profits, and the public;
Effectively integrating the missions of the IANRE to efficiently meet the Land Grant mission in Alaska in word and spirit;
Aggressively engaging in entrepreneurial initiatives with industry and strategic partners.
Recognizing, supporting and collaborating with all research outreach programs at UAF.
The Institute of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Extension celebrates the rich diversity of its students, employees and clientele and is committed to providing workplaces and programming free of discrimination. Successful candidates must have the ability to provide equal program participation opportunities to people of all backgrounds in a culturally relevant manner responsive to local needs. All IANRE employees have a responsibility to support a welcoming and inclusive learning environment. This responsibility includes, but is not limited to, complying with NIFA civil rights obligations.
This is a full-time, annually, salary DOE, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. This position is open until filled with the initial application review taking place on April 10th, 2020. To ensure your application is considered, apply by 11:55 pm, 04/09/2020. Applications received after this date may not be considered. A complete application will include a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references.
To ensure your consideration, applicants must submit their information via the UA Careers portal. Failure to do so will result their application not being received by the hiring committee, and thus not considered.
If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact the Central Admin Fiscal Office at 907-474-5664. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the local Human Resources office at 907-450-8200.
Reasonable Accommodation Statement:
The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.
Affirmative Action Statement:
UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination
The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.
Public Disclosure Statement:
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It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.
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