Director, School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Tucson, AZ
Apr 20, 2021
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Posting Number:



Sch of Nat Resource&Enviro-Res

Department Website Link:


Main Campus


1064 E. Lowell Street, ENR2 building, TUCSON, AZ 85721 USA

Position Highlights:

The University of Arizona (UArizona), Arizona's flagship and land-grant university, seeks an energetic, innovative, and entrepreneurial Director of the School of Natural Resources and the Environment (SNRE). This directorship will also be accompanied by a Tenured Professorship commensurate to the rank and qualifications of the applicant.

The SNRE Director will work closely with nine college academic unit heads, academic unit heads in other colleges, seven associate/assistant deans, the Extension Director, Director of International Initiatives, Associate VP Advancement, Advocacy, Alumni Affairs, & Corporate Relations, the Dean of the Rogers College of Law, and the Vice President & Dean of CALS.

SNRE is larger and more complex than many UA colleges with more than 250 employees, including 37 faculty (including four Extension specialists), 292 undergraduate majors and 76 graduate students. Current course enrollment is >3100 undergraduate and >300 graduate students annually.

Teaching and research program areas include: Natural Resources; Conservation Biology; Climate Change and Society; Ecology, Management, and Restoration of Rangelands; Fisheries Conservation and Management; Global Change Ecology and Management; Geographic Information Science and Technology; Watershed Management and Ecohydrology; Water, Society & Policy; Wildlife Conservation and Management.

Cooperative Extension Programing includes: Animal Foraging Behavior and Distribution; Climate Change Adaptation Planning; Climate Services; Community-Based Sustainable Rangeland Livestock Production; Improving Range Management on Public Lands: Planning, Analysis, and Monitoring; Noxious, Invasive Plants; Rangeland and Natural Resource Ecology and Management - As such, SNRE’s teaching, research, and extension programs address today’s critical natural resources and environmental challenges.

Outstanding UA benefits include health,dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for theemployee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans;access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Reporting directly to the College ofAgriculture and Life Sciences Dean, the Director is responsible for managingand leading all SNRE outcomes, outputs, and processes.
  • The School Director must be a provenentrepreneurial and innovative leader with demonstrated excellence andoutstanding achievements in at least two of the three land-grant missions,teaching, research, and extension, warranting appointment as Full Professor; andbe able to work with commercial and governmental partners in funded projects;be able to work with donors and community organizations to secure philanthropicfunding; excel in financial and budget administration, leadership andmanagement; and demonstrate excellence in recruiting diverse students andfaculty and advocate an inclusive environment.

Knowledge, Skill & Abilities:

  • Proven innovative and entrepreneurial leadership and management skills
  • Proven finance, budget, and business skills in an all-funds activity-based environment
  • Evidence of research productivity and a successful record of grant procurement
  • A demonstrated interest in and strong commitments to undergraduate and graduate instructions programs
  • Experience with annual reviews for unit, staff and faculty, including promotion and tenure
  • A good understanding of Cooperative Extension and capable and willing to relate these activities to all external stakeholders and user groups
  • Exemplary communication and interpersonal skills
  • Collaborative leadership with impeccable integrity
  • Effective interaction with advisory board members and other external stakeholder groups
  • Success in securing and maintaining philanthropic support
  • History of successfully working with federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector as well as the broad diversity of stakeholder groups
  • Track record of autonomous management and leadership and accountability for success inherent to large, complex and extremely important organizations like the School

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in a relevant scientific discipline

Preferred Qualifications:



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

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Job Category:

Academic Administration

Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:


Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required::

Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Number of Vacancies:


Target Hire Date:


Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates:

Dan Kimball

Search Committee Chair

[email protected]

305-202-2527 (cell)

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Five Additional Documents

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Documents required to be attached electronically to application:

  • Cover letter, addressing the knowledge, skills and abilities listed on the description section of this posting
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Accomplishments and Future Research Plans
  • Statement of Teaching Experiences and Interests
  • Statement of Administrative and Leadership Experiences, including vision and strategy statement
  • Diversity Statement that addresses how your personal experiences and professional plans support the University of Arizona’s commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Names and contact information for three professional references

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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