Reporting directly to the Dean, College of Science, Engineering, & Technology, but with University-wide scope, the Director of the Minnesota Institute for Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Land Stewardship (MINRALS) will direct applied research and curricular endeavors across all divisions, colleges, and multiple departments and disciplines. The Director will oversee the Water Resource Center (WRC), led by an Associate Director, to achieve strategic outreach and external funding priorities. The Director will lead a team of MINRALS affiliated faculty and staff to advance the University's distinctiveness in academic, research, and industry initiatives in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources, and related areas in service to the region, state, nation, and global society. As an academic leader, the Director of MINRALS may participate on the University's Council of Deans and President's Expanded Cabinet, as guided by strategic priorities.
Master's degree in a discipline related to MINRALS. (Conferred on an official transcript at the time of application.)
Minimum five (5) years research experience in Higher Education, state/federal agency, non-profits and/or other related experience.
Demonstrated success in obtaining grants and/or contracts.
Implementation of initiatives in academia, government agencies, non-profits and/or industry.
Experience in MINRALS-related disciplines to meet research, educational and outreach needs.
Evidence of working in a collaborative environment and in the professional development of staff.
Exceptional outreach skills along with oral and written communication and presentation skills.
Successful experience in fundraising and/or relations with funding agents
Demonstrated commitment to leading and supporting academic and/or research program quality, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Ability to manage budgets and develop resources, while balancing multiple and competing demands in alignment with unit goals.
Knowledge of current standards and best practices in MINRALS-related fields.
Ability to lead and significantly support integrated strategic planning processes for a research or academic unit.
Ability to supervise, develop, and/or lead a cross-functional team.
Ability to effectively lead in a collective bargaining and/or shared governance environment.
Successful experience working in a public higher education university and state system.
Ability to engage in professional leadership and service, as a senior academic administrator, at the state, regional, national, and international levels to advance strategic directions.
Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse working and learning environment.
To apply for this position, please continue the process via this website or directly at: http://www.mnsu.edu/hr/vacancy/jobopp.html. A complete online application will include the following attachments. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed by the search committee.
Contact information for three (3) references
Unofficial Transcript(s) of your highest completed degree
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