North Dakota State University
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$70,000 and above
North Dakota State University invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of Head of the Department of Animal Sciences. This is a national search and all interested and qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.
The Head is responsible for dynamic statewide and national leadership to foster high-quality and effective research, teaching, and extension activities in Animal Sciences. This nationally recognized department is composed of 27 full-time faculty with 35 support personnel. The department offers undergraduate majors in animal science, veterinary technology, and equine science, with a current enrollment of 332 undergraduate students. Highly productive and dedicated faculty have developed strong research programs in diverse areas ranging from animal production systems to molecular biology. Core research areas include reproductive physiology, ruminant nutrition, meat science, and genetics, with research faculty who advise 28 graduate students at the M.S. and Ph.D. levels. Facilities include well-equipped laboratories and livestock research and teaching units. Faculty work collaboratively with scientists and extension personnel across the state, nation, and world to undertake research and disseminate knowledge relating to animal agriculture. Research, teaching, and extension programs are internationally recognized and serve a variety of stakeholders.
The successful candidate will provide leadership for the department’s research, teaching, and extension programs. The Head will serve as the administrative officer for the Department of Animal Sciences providing visionary leadership for the unit. Responsibilities and duties include (but are not limited to) the following:
• Managing the department’s human, financial, and physical resources.
• Leading the development and implementation of the vision for animal sciences.
• Recruiting and retaining outstanding personnel and promoting an environment that fosters diversity, collegiality, and teamwork.
• Leading the recruitment of outstanding students and promoting programs, both curricular and extra-curricular, that support students in reaching their full potential.
• Fostering excellence in research, teaching, and extension within the department.
• Leading the department’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusion at all levels.
• Representing and promoting the department inside and outside the university through active participation in events and engagement with stakeholders. Examples of external stakeholders include livestock producers, commodity organizations, industry, scientific communities, alumni, and potential students.
• Working closely with other departments, colleges, research extension centers, and university administration to meet department goals.
• Promoting and leading an environment of mutual assistance and collaboration within and outside the department.
• Seeking and acquiring resources, including gifts and endowments, for departmental programs.
• Representing and leading the department through assessment and accreditation processes.
• Facilitating open communication within and outside the department.
• Other duties as assigned.
The position is open until filled. For full consideration, application screening will begin on June 1, 2020. Application materials must include: 1) a letter of interest that specifically addresses how your experiences and qualifications intersect with the desired traits indicated for this position; 2) a one-page document describing your vision for the Animal Sciences Department (attach to “Other Document 1”); 3) a comprehensive vita; and 4) the names and contact information (telephone number, postal address, and email address) of three professional references for future contact, including your professional relationship with each reference listed. Please direct questions or nominations to Dr. John McEvoy, Search Committee Chair, by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (701-231-8530). Applicants must submit all materials through the NDSU Human Resources portal.
NDSU does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.
As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.
• An earned doctorate or other terminal degree in Animal Sciences or closely related field with a proven record of excellence in scholarly activities with the credentials appropriate for appointment at the rank of Full Professor and tenure in the Department.
• Recognition as an innovative leader in a discipline related to the mission of the Department of Animal Sciences.
• In-depth understanding and contemporary vision of the land-grant mission with regard to research, teaching, and extension.
• Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and oral and written communication skills.
• Ability to work closely with a diverse set of constituents and stakeholders.
• Demonstrated commitment to inclusion and to the promotion of equal opportunity, diversity, and affirmative action.
• Ability to manage large and complex budgets.
• Ability to effectively manage personnel.
• Demonstrated commitment to the land grant mission.
• Demonstrated success in fiscal and personnel management.
• Exemplary record of professional achievement.
• Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain relationships with stakeholders.
• Demonstrated success in the area of fundraising and philanthropy.
• Demonstrated ability to garner extramural grant support.