Dean, College of Natural Resources

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Vacancy TypeSAAO Tier IIs Internal Transfer OnlyNoWorking TitleDean, College of Natural ResourcesSalary RangeAnticipated Hiring RangeSalary will be competitive and commensurate with education, qualifications, and experience.Position Number00001612Work ScheduleMonday-Friday, 8:00 am- 5:00 pm additional hours as requiredFull Time Equivalent (FTE)1.00Department480503 - Executive Search ServicesDepartmentCollege of Natural ResourcesJob City & StateRaleigh, North CarolinaPrimary Function of Organizational Unit

Founded in 1929, the College of Natural Resources educates tomorrow’s leaders and professionals working to address global challenges in natural resources management, sustainable manufacturing, and healthy and resilient communities. Award-winning faculty and staff work side-by-side with students to generate new knowledge and technology, leverage interdisciplinary partnerships, and strengthen both industries and communities.

The College maintains a tradition of excellence in education, research, and extension and outreach, and aims to build on NC State’s land-grant mission of creating economic, social and intellectual prosperity.

For almost a century, the College has served vital industries in North Carolina — including the state’s largest manufacturing sector, forest and wood products; its largest service sector, tourism; and more than half a million forest landowners. Together, these industries sustain more than half a million jobs and generate $50 billion in annual economic impact.

The College’s 235 faculty and staff educate approximately 1,500 undergraduate and 435 graduate students per year in three academic departments: Forest Biomaterials; Forestry and Environmental Resources; and Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. The Center for Geospatial Analytics also administers graduate programs. Overall, the College offers 10 bachelor’s degrees, 10 master’s degrees, four distance education master’s degrees and four doctoral degrees.

A comprehensive array of programs explores all aspects of natural resource management and sustainability, including: environmental science; environmental technology and management; fisheries, wildlife and conservation biology; forest management; natural resources; parks, recreation and tourism management; sport management; PGA golf management; sustainable materials and technology; paper science and engineering; geospatial analytics; and public science.

The College is a close-knit diverse and inclusive community where students enjoy reduced class size and direct access to faculty and staff support from application to graduation. Faculty and staff work to ensure that all graduates leave campus career ready. 100 percent of students in the College graduate with hands-on experience through internships, co-ops, in-the-field summer programs, or study abroad.

The College has an annual budget of $42.3 million, with research expenditures totaling $10 million and endowment assets of $31 million. In addition, 85,000 acres of forest provide the largest university-owned forestland in the nation for teaching, research and demonstration.

Through cooperatives, consortia and centers, the College collaborates to create solutions to real-world issues impacting our communities and industries. Research efforts not only lead to new breakthroughs in natural resource management and industry practices, but also serve as a valuable training ground for students interested in working on the front-lines of their chosen fields.

The College’s outreach, extension and continuing education programs and services spread knowledge throughout the state and the nation. Distance education, certificate programs, workshops and short courses are delivered to thousands of professionals each year. Because of these efforts, more than 100 county extension agents funnel forestry and tourism programming and resources to the communities that need them.

Essential Job Duties

NC State invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the College of Natural Resources. The university seeks a visionary leader with a bold commitment to refine and enhance the College’s international leadership in the use and stewardship of renewable resources.

The Dean of the College of Natural Resources must be an experienced, innovative, creative and collaborative leader who understands domestic and international natural resources issues in the broadest sense. The Dean should have a strong commitment to student achievement, faculty scholarship and staff development, and possess the drive to move the College forward nationally and internationally. The Dean is the chief academic, administrative and budgetary officer of the College. They will serve as the spokesperson for the College and reports directly to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost.

The Dean is responsible for the following:

  • Providing strong leadership and strategic direction for the College;
  • Representing the College within the university at a skilled, politically astute level with respect to campus resources and issues;
  • Representing the diverse clientele, programs and interests of the College persuasively to both internal and external constituencies;
  • Promoting a culturally competent and welcoming environment, with a strong commitment to recruiting and retaining diverse faculty, staff and students;
  • Openly communicating in a transparent manner that provides clarity in financial management and decision-making;
  • Being a successful fundraiser and a visible, interactive participant in foundation and industry events;
  • Recognizing and valuing the contributions of everyone in the College;
  • Fostering high-impact interdisciplinary collaboration and partnership within the College and externally with other programs;
  • Integrating three diverse departments under one vision for the College;
  • Promoting, recognizing and rewarding excellence in teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students;
  • Providing programs and opportunities for students to develop research, leadership and communication skills;
  • Serving faculty and supporting their research, extension and engagement activities;
  • Providing transparent supplemental support of the departments; and
  • Encouraging the high-performance and excellence of faculty, staff and units within the College and the delivery of high-quality academic programs.
Other Work/ResponsibilitiesMinimum Education/Experience

Successful candidate must possess the terminal degree in their field and qualify for an appointment as full professor with tenure in at least one of the departments within the College of Natural Resources.

Departmental Required Skills

The successful candidate will possess most, if not all, of the following qualities or experience:

  • Evidence of working effectively and collaboratively with faculty, university administration, and other constituent groups and partners both within and outside the university;
  • Ability to play a key role in university leadership, advocating for the College and forging advantageous and strategic connections across colleges;
  • A clear commitment to excellence in research, teaching and undergraduate and graduate education;
  • A commitment to educating students who enter the university through diverse pathways, fostering a healthy and respectful community, and recruiting and supporting diverse faculty, staff, and administration;
  • Outstanding communication skills, including interpersonal, written, verbal, presentation and listening capabilities;
  • A proven record of success in setting priorities, allocating resources and achieving specific goals;
  • An affinity for fundraising, and the ability to contribute to and lead development efforts;
  • Ability to function in a complex, high-demand environment, balancing and executing internal and external responsibilities; and,
  • Distinguished record in research, teaching, extension, and outreach/engagement.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

Successful candidates may have a distinguished record in research, teaching, extension, and outreach but experience outside academia is also highly valued.

Required License or Certification


Special Instructions

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited and may be directed to Justin Lang, Director, NC State Executive Search Services, at (919) 513-1963 or [email protected]

Confidential review of applications will begin in December, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a resume or curriculum vitae, cover letter, and the names and contact information of three references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials may be submitted online at (position #00001612).

Job Open Date10/10/2019Anticipated Closing Date01/15/2020Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?NoProposed Hire Date07/01/2020AA/EOE

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Supplemental Question

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity?
    • NCSU Website
    • NCSU Executive Search Services
    • Other Online Job Board
    • Carolina Job Finder / Employment Guide
    • Job / Career Fair
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Professional Journal
    • Print Advertisement (Newspaper / Periodical)
    • Professional Organization
    • Direct Contact from NCSU HR Representative / Recruiter
    • NCSU Employee Referral
    • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Other)
    • Other
  2. If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.

    (Open Ended Question)

Application Materials RequiredRequired Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Contact Information for References
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    Posted: 10/12/2019
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