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Dean and Director of Nebraska Extension
University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska
Date Posted 05/17/2021
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Dean and Director of Nebraska Extension reports to the IANR Vice Chancellor/University of Nebraska Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources. The dean is a member of the IANR senior leadership team (SLT) who partners and collaborates with colleagues to ensure IANR and UNL are coordinating and promoting all aspects of our land-grant mission as we serve all 531 rural and urban communities. The incumbent provides leadership and oversight of all Extension programming and engagement efforts in IANR, facilitating the performative evolution of UNL’s extension and engagement mission and ensuring the relevance, quality, and impact of programming for a changing world.

The dean/director fosters an inclusive culture in which all contributions to the team are appreciated and recognized, collaboration and innovation are encouraged, and the abilities of all are engaged to fully realize the potential of the team, and of each team member. The incumbent manages financial and physical resources responsibly to maximize the effectiveness of those resources, exhibiting fiscal discipline and transparency, and using best fiscal management practices. The dean ensures opportunities are open to all, programs are inclusive of all constituencies, and efforts are made to engage diverse audiences, especially those that are traditionally underrepresented. They synthesize a vision for Nebraska Extension with input from faculty, staff, and stakeholders that encompasses all programmatic areas, seeks and deploys personnel and financial resources strategically, and ensures that the strategic vision is continuously examined for relevancy and refreshed as needed.

Strategic Visioning
  • Providing vision and dynamic leadership in the direction, administration and management of Nebraska Extension to ensure that Nebraska remains one of the top five Extension systems nationally;
  • Guiding change to ensure Nebraska Extension is collaboratively addressing evolving critical issues while being creative and innovative in meeting funding challenges and enhancing funding opportunities;
  • Facilitating the continuation and expansion of Nebraska Extension’s national leadership in innovative, applied research and improved funding opportunities;
  • Making and implementing decisions in a timely, collaborative, and coordinated manner;
  • Partnering with the IANR’s SLT and unit administrators to effectively advance IANR’s strategic priorities; and
  • Engaging, supporting, and mentoring academic unit leaders in developing and advancing unit Extension and engagement goals.
Culture and Climate
  • Fostering an environment that supports disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration and team-effort.
  • Ensuring that all contributions to the team are appreciated, valued, and recognized.
  • Encouraging and rewarding collaboration and innovation.
  • Giving attention to the degree to which faculty and staff have a sense of belonging.
  • Working with faculty, administrators, staff, and clientele in a manner exemplifying high integrity, openness, and accountability.
  • Promoting an inclusive culture within Nebraska Extension so that opportunities are available to all and every effort is made to engage diverse audiences, especially those that are traditionally underrepresented and/or underserved;
  • Enhancing diversity among Nebraska Extension faculty, staff, and clientele in support of the university’s efforts in affirmative action and equal employment opportunity;
  • Collaborating with other members of the SLT to foster the professional development of faculty members, and to ensure salary equity and competitiveness across the faculty and staff; and
  • Providing for excellence in faculty and staff recruitment, selection, placement, development, promotion and tenure and handling other personnel matters.
Resource Management
  • Building, developing and nurturing a strong leadership team and faculty focused on excellence in Extension and delivery of high impact programming across Nebraska and beyond;
  • Nurturing leadership and management skills of associate deans, engagement zone coordinators and focus area leaders.
  • Managing a large and diverse budget portfolio with transparency and integrity.
  • Managing physical resources with fairness and equity and in a way that maximizes the use of those resources in accomplishment of strategic goals and objectives.
  • Ensuring relevant federal and state reporting is timely, accurate, and in accordance with guidelines and rules.
  • Overseeing the periodic evaluation of faculty members with Extension appointments, to include promotion and tenure.
Community Engagement
  • Engaging communities in learning, identifying local needs and opportunities, and problem solving.
  • Co-creating knowledge, expertise, and innovation;
  • Connecting IANR’s educational programs and resources to all people, wherever and whenever they wish to learn;
  • Partnering with stakeholders and fostering public, private, and community partnerships;
  • Delivering to Nebraskans research-based capacity-building learning experiences focused and problem-solving assistance that effectively addresses emerging trends and issues;
  • Providing educational experiences using the most advanced, innovative technology and methods available to reach diverse audiences;
  • Leading and managing the multi-state extension, engagement, and outreach education portfolio;
  • Promoting and developing interdisciplinary and multifunctional programs;
  • Working with university administrators and faculty, national and state leaders, governmental agencies, and county extension boards to address issues and opportunities; and
  • Working with the deans of CASNR and CEHS to develop and deliver educational programming across the University of Nebraska system in food and natural resource literacy, early childhood and entrepreneurship, as well as in effective education to meet the diverse needs of the continuum of learners in Nebraska.
  • Fulfilling other responsibilities and duties as assigned.

UNL offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, commensurate with the successful candidate’s background and experience.

The University of Nebraska is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work and learning environment free from discrimination and harassment. UNL is dedicated to creating an environment where everyone feels valued, respected and included. As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.

Minimum Required Qualifications
To be considered for the position, candidates must have:
  • A record of excellence in university-based community engagement, outreach, or professional-community partnerships.
  • Visionary leadership, including an ability to inspire and motivate.
  • Effectiveness in aligning resources to achieve vision.
  • Experience leading multidisciplinary teams in achieving strategic outcomes.
  • Supervisory experience
  • A record of leadership and outcomes that demonstrate an abiding commitment to practices that are inclusive of all forms of human diversity.
  • Exceptional skills in communication and interpersonal relations.
  • A master’s degree
Preferred Qualifications
Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate:
  • An earned doctoral degree and accomplishments commensurate with a faculty appointment in an IANR unit.
  • A record of excellence in Extension.
  • Proven skills for higher education administration.
  • Courage to make difficult but informed decisions.
  • Experience in mentoring.
  • Sensitivity to the perspectives and values of faculty, staff, and students
  • A commitment to shared governance
  • An ability to collaborate effectively with a broad range of consistencies.
  • A record of success in obtaining external funding, including development and fundraising.

Posted Salary

How to Apply

Click “Apply to this Job,” complete the information form and attach:
a) a letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the position, anticipated contributions, personal vision, and the value that you place on diversity and your anticipated contributions to creating inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters;
b) a detailed curriculum vitae; and
c) the names of 3-5 professional references.

References will be requested only of candidates who make the short list. All candidate information will be held in strict confidence until the final stage of the search at which time the express permission of finalists will be obtained before making their candidacy public. Candidates are urged to review all information and documents posted on the search website.

For questions and assistance with submitting the application contact Ms. Jodi Mackin, Faculty HR Specialist at jmackin2@unl.edu or by phone at (402) 756-3014.

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