The University of Arizona (UArizona), Arizona's flagship and land-grant university, seeks an energetic, innovative, and entrepreneurial Director of the School of Natural Resources and the Environment (SNRE). This directorship will also be accompanied by a Tenured Professorship commensurate to the rank and qualifications of the applicant.
The SNRE Director will work closely with nine college academic unit heads, academic unit heads in other colleges, seven associate/assistant deans, the Extension Director, Director of International Initiatives, Associate VP Advancement, Advocacy, Alumni Affairs, & Corporate Relations, the Dean of the Rogers College of Law, and the Vice President & Dean of CALS.
SNRE is larger and more complex than many UA colleges with more than 250 employees, including 37 faculty (including four Extension specialists), 292 undergraduate majors and 76 graduate students. Current course enrollment is >3100 undergraduate and >300 graduate students annually.
Teaching and research program areas include: Natural Resources; Conservation Biology; Climate Change and Society; Ecology, Management, and Restoration of Rangelands; Fisheries Conservation and Management; Global Change Ecology and Management; Geographic Information Science and Technology; Watershed Management and Ecohydrology; Water, Society & Policy; Wildlife Conservation and Management.
Cooperative Extension Programing includes: Animal Foraging Behavior and Distribution; Climate Change Adaptation Planning; Climate Services; Community-Based Sustainable Rangeland Livestock Production; Improving Range Management on Public Lands: Planning, Analysis, and Monitoring; Noxious, Invasive Plants; Rangeland and Natural Resource Ecology and Management - https://snre.arizona.edu/extension-outreach/extension-programs. As such, SNRE’s teaching, research, and extension programs address today’s critical natural resources and environmental challenges.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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Proven innovative and entrepreneurial leadership and management skills;
Proven finance, budget, and business skills in an all-funds activity-based environment;
Evidence of research productivity and a successful record of grant procurement;
A demonstrated interest in and strong commitments to undergraduate and graduate instructions programs;
Experience with annual reviews for unit, staff and faculty, including promotion and tenure;
A good understanding of Cooperative Extension and capable and willing to relate these activities to all external stakeholders and user groups;
Exemplary communication and interpersonal skills;
Collaborative leadership with impeccable integrity;
Effective interaction with advisory board members and other external stakeholder groups;
Success in securing and maintaining philanthropic support;
History of successfully working with federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector as well as the broad diversity of stakeholder groups;
Track record of autonomous management and leadership and accountability for success inherent to large, complex and extremely important organizations like the School;
A Ph.D. in a relevant scientific discipline.