The Assistant Dean (Program Leader) for Natural Resources, Environment and Energy (NREE) serves as a regular, full time, 12-month academic professional with primary responsibility for leading and developing statewide educational programming in energy and environment, air, land, and water, forestry, wildlife, outdoor economy, and systems that support these critical areas for the Illinois food, agriculture, and outdoor industry. The Assistant Dean for NREE serves as the Associate Director of the Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) and oversees the University of Illinois Arboretum and the Energy Education Council (EEC). The Assistant Dean for NREE supports one of the six core Extension program areas and within the NREE program area may focus on one or more of the following interdisciplinary initiatives: Community; Economy; Environment; Food, and/or Health. The Assistant Dean for NREE provides organizational leadership in building relationships and reporting outcomes to Regional and County Directors, local, state and national legislators, and other stakeholders. The incumbent provides leadership to Extension’s volunteer delivery system and provides summaries of the value of volunteers and NREE program outcomes and impacts.
The Assistant Dean for NREE will be expected to lead and deliver research-based educational programs and to work within team settings that may consist of other Extension Assistant Deans, Extension Regional and County Directors, Extension Educators and Specialists, IISG Specialists at the University of Illinois and Purdue University, and faculty within and outside of the College of ACES. Establishment of a program of work based on community-based needs assessments is essential to provide clear directions, partnerships, and collaborations to successfully solve grand challenges.
The Assistant Dean for NREE is expected to concentrate programmatically on energy and environment, air and water quality, land usage and accessibility, forestry, fishery, wildlife, and the outdoor economy, among other critical areas. The Assistant Dean is responsible for the Master Naturalist program, IISG Extension activities, the Arboretum, and oversight of EEC, and other NREE-oriented services and for developing innovative programs that address NREE needs in Illinois. Close collaboration with other Assistant Deans and the IISG Leadership Team is required. The Assistant Dean for NREE also will be expected to build networks among diverse groups and take a systems approach to leading efforts in NREE. The Assistant Dean for NREE will be located in Urbana-Champaign on the University of Illinois campus, and will report to the Associate Dean and Director of Extension and Outreach, and will be available to all of Illinois Extension and Outreach. As the Associate Director of IISG, the NREE Program Leader also will collaborate closely with the Director of IISG at Purdue University and interact with diverse IISG staff from the University of Illinois and Purdue University. See website for more details.
Required qualifications include an earned doctorate from an accredited institution of higher education in a field of study related to natural resources, ecology, and/or environmental sciences as related to food, agriculture, and water systems; 10 years of successful and progressive experience in program development in the area of natural resources, environment and energy; experience organizing and directing statewide programs and leading and managing teams; demonstrated ability to secure funding from public and/or private sources; and experience working with external constituencies, volunteer delivery systems, and diverse audiences. Preferred qualifications include eligibility for a 0% adjunct appointment in at least one of the eight College of ACES academic units; experience in educational delivery in subject content of natural resources, environment and energy and with information delivery through various technologies; experience collaborating with community organizations to develop innovative programs and activities; and experience with Sea Grant operations. See website for more details.