The Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota invites applications for the position of Professor and Department Head. The Head will serve as the chief administrative officer of the department, reporting to the Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and will represent the Department at all levels of the University administration. In addition the Head represents the Department in our collaboration with many stakeholders and partners, such as forest-based industry; natural resource management agencies; tribal, federal, state, and local governments; and non-profit organizations. The Head will provide leadership in teaching, research, outreach, engagement, international activities, and cooperative departmental programs. The Head has administrative responsibility for faculty, civil service, graduate student, postdoctoral and hourly employees of the Department and actively supports and challenges staff to excel in their respective positions. The Head will encourage open communication, cooperation, and interchange among departmental personnel and others in the discharge of their varied responsibilities.
Responsibilities ? Leads in establishment of department priorities, goals and areas of emphasis including those involving cross-disciplinary activities or inter-departmental programs; ascertains how well department goals are being met; facilitates periodic formal review of department programs; fosters effective working relationships among faculty and staff, as well as stakeholders, to accomplish departmental goals. ? Actively supports securing adequate resources for the Department to strengthen and broaden its mission ? Participates in the development of collegiate policy and collegiate strategic planning and supports these activities within the Department. ? Promotes excellence of graduate and undergraduate programs, such as through resource allocation, curricular review, and governance; provides leadership in growing enrollment and retention, improving the student experience, and recruiting a diverse student body in both graduate and undergraduate programs. ? Promotes effective, regular, and pro-active outreach and engagement with external stakeholders ? Responsible for departmental human resource management, including recruitment, professional development, mentoring, and retention of faculty and staff. ? Promotes and practices principles of affirmative action and equal opportunity. Fosters an inclusive, diverse, and culturally-rich academic environment. ? Conducts faculty and staff performance evaluations; directs departmental faculty promotion and tenure process; determines faculty salaries and faculty and staff workloads (with College Dean). ? Directs preparation and monitoring of department budgets and records; allocates and manages department funds and resources including personnel, space, and equipment. ? Plans and conducts faculty/staff meetings; initiates nominations of department personnel for internal and external awards; coordinates all department committee assignments and activities.
Leadership Competencies: A successful candidate will possess or show strong potential to develop these leadership competencies: ? Operate Strategically: Approaches departmental activities with a big picture, long-term view; works collaboratively with faculty, staff, and stakeholders to set vision and direction and aligns resources with priorities. Focuses on collaboration and community building. ? Demonstrate Academic Leadership: Displays academic credibility and sound intellectual leadership; exhibits understanding of the particular leadership needs of the department; interfaces with internal and external stakeholders to act on issues important to the department. ? Engage Faculty and Staff: Sustains and retains high performance individuals and teams. ? Demonstrate Organizational Savvy: Understands the context of issues and dilemmas; is attuned to external and institutional politics; skillfully navigates University cultures. ? Leverage Diversity and Differences: Ensures that the department supports diversity goals, values, and practices; leads by example. ? Drive Results: Creates a culture of innovation, accountability, high quality and service. ? Collaboration: Effectively builds consensus, valuing diversity and inclusion, influencing others, and problem-solving. ? Accountability: Sets high standards for self and team; fosters a strong culture of accountability.
Nature of Appointment:
Academic and administrative appointment will be on a twelve-month basis as Head and tenured faculty position as full professor. The initial administrative appointment is for three years with subsequent annual reappointment dependent on performance and outcome of administrative reviews conducted every three years. Salary is commensurate with experience and achievement, and carries an administrative salary augmentation. Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.
Essential Qualifications: ? Candidates must have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline related to the department’s mission, such as forest resources, natural resource sciences, environmental social sciences ? Record of excellence in research/discovery as well as engagement/outreach that meets the criteria for rank of full professor with tenure in the Department. ? Record of achievement in leadership and the ability to articulate a vision for formulating and implementing goals and policies. ? Evidence of strong disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching and learning, research and discovery, outreach and engagement, and service. ? Record of national and international research, education and/or outreach. ? Demonstrated skill in building partnerships with external stakeholders and collaborators. ? Record of administrative experience within or beyond academia, for example through formal assignment or academic leadership, multi-unit grant administration or related experiences. ? Evidence of a commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action. ? Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups of people from various cultures and backgrounds.
Desired Qualifications: ? Evidence of visionary leadership in supporting and promoting excellence in areas that align with the Department’s mission. ? Broad understanding of current and emerging areas of forest and related natural resources as they affect research, education, outreach/engagement and diverse issues faced by stakeholders. ? Experience facilitating the transition of an academic unit, or similar organization, to address future natural resource challenges and opportunities. ? Effective communication skills, including oral, written, and listening skills. ? Demonstrated organizational skills, including effective management of departmental human, infrastructural, and capital resources. ? Demonstrated skill in development and fundraising.
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