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NC State University
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Posting Number:

PG191269EP

Internal Recruitment :

No

Working Title:

Director of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and W.K. Kellogg / Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation Endowed Distinguished Chair in Sustainable Community-Based Food Systems

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate with Experience

Work Schedule:

Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM with flexibility as needed

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC

Department :

Dean's Office - Research Services

About the Department:

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) is a partnership of NC State University, NC A&T State University, and the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The Center for Environmental Farming Systems develops and promotes just and equitable food and farming systems that conserve natural resources, strengthen communities, improve health outcomes, and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond. Our goals are to: provide new economic opportunities in rural and urban communities, develop technologies that promote a cleaner and healthier environment, educate the next generation of farmers, consumers, and scientists, and engage all citizens in the food system.

Essential Job Duties:

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) at North Carolina State University (NC State) seeks an internationally recognized scholar and visionary for the position of Director of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and W.K. Kellogg / Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation Endowed Distinguished Chair in Sustainable Community-Based Food Systems (this name is conditional on BOT approval). CEFS is a partnership of NC State, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T), and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) whose mission is to develop and promote just and equitable food and farming systems that conserve natural resources, strengthen communities, improve health outcomes, and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond.

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (www.cefs.ncsu.edu) is one of the nation’s most important centers for research, extension, and education in sustainable agriculture and community-based food systems. Ongoing multidisciplinary work at the Center includes sustainable agriculture research and extension, career ladder development, local food supply chain development, expanding markets for local foods, engaging communities, supporting food policy council development statewide, climate change mitigation and adaptation, addressing racial equity in the food system, improving healthy food access, and improving health outcomes and food security as they relate to the food system. CEFS is celebrated for its work in building consensus around policies, programs and actions that facilitate a vibrant and resilient local food economy in North Carolina. The Director provides strategic leadership, direction, and vision and facilitates significant collaborative linkages with the other two core CEFS partners, NC A&T and NCDA&CS, along with many other non-governmental organizations (NGOs), agencies, foundations, and businesses that partner with CEFS.

Applications are welcome from leaders of a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. The successful applicant will need to meet expectations for tenure at the rank of Professor in a department related to their expertise and experience at the time of appointment. The position is expected to be primarily focused on administration, though the successful applicant may wish to retain a modest independent or collaborative scholarship program in addition to administrative responsibilities. The CEFS Director works closely with the co-director at NC A&T and will be housed at NC State in a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) department associated with their area of expertise and experience. The position is currently supported by a CEFS leadership team including three Assistant Directors, one each for Educational Programs, Community Based Food Systems, and Collaborative Research, and a superintendent for an associated NCDA&CS research farm. It is also supported by a strong administrative team that includes bookkeeping, pre- and post- grant award support, event logistics, communications, and program evaluation. The Director will report to the NC State CALS Associate Dean for Research and Director of the NC Agricultural Research Service (NCARS), with a secondary reporting line to the Associate Dean for Extension and Director of the NC State Cooperative Extension Service.

Position duties Include, but are not limited to the following:

Provide Strategic and Visionary Collaborative Leadership across a landscape of integrated and interdisciplinary research, extension, academic, community engagement, and policy initiatives, supporting the development of new programmatic initiatives as needs and opportunities arise.

Provide Tactical Insights and Collaborative Team Building to a large interdisciplinary and multi-sector team of researchers, extension personnel, program team leads, and affiliated faculty engaged in CEFS programming. Collaborative opportunities within research and extension will be based on the successful candidate’s expertise and interests.

Supervise Staff: This position directly supervises between 10 – 15 employees spanning project leads, field research staff and administrative officers. This position currently oversees a total organizational staff at NC State of approximately 25 employees, many of whom are funded through external grants.

Provide Leadership for the CEFS Board of Advisors: This position is responsible for board oversight and relations; the 19 member CEFS Board of Advisors serves in an advisory capacity to the Director in developing strategic directions and funding relationships.

Sponsored Programs: The Director will be responsible for cultivating and managing relations with government, NGO, and foundation funders. The Director often serves as the Lead Principal Investigator (PI), and proposal content generator, or in a supporting role in many of the sponsored program proposals and contracts for CEFS.

Fundraising and Advancement: The Director serves as the lead in engaging in advancement/fundraising activities on behalf of the Center. The Director will work closely with the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation advancement representatives to establish and strengthen relationships with donors. Additionally, the Director provides leadership for the CEFS ‘Annual Ask’ grassroots fundraising efforts, the annual ‘Farm to Fork’ event, and special event and sponsorship fundraising.

Ensure Financial Sustainability: The Director is responsible for ensuring the financial health and sustainability of CEFS by increasing internal and external support in collaboration with the CEFS team. Duties include directing and managing resources to ensure success of the overall operation and effectiveness of CEFS including overseeing fundraising and growing endowments to ensure long-term sustainability. This position is responsible for a variety of funds including state and federal budgets, endowment funds, gift accounts, and sponsored program budgets.

Represent CEFS and NC State in statewide, national, and international forums: The incumbent, being known as a leading expert in sustainable agriculture and local and community based food systems, will periodically be asked to provide talks and presentations to community, university, national and international audiences on behalf of CEFS, CALS, or NC State, as well as to serve as a representative on influential boards, commissions, committees, and multi state or organizational collaborations.

Confidential review of applications will begin in December of 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

NC State is diverse because it is a community of individuals from varied backgrounds and demographic categories; it encourages, accepts and values a diversity of people and ideas; it seeks to promote an environment where equity, respect and understanding represent the norm in the campus climate; and, it seeks to prepare entrepreneurs who are effective citizens of a global community.

NC State University is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their experience, research, teaching and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

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. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-513-3148.

Other Responsibilities:

Perform other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Education and Experience:

  • Earned PhD and qualifications necessary to meet the expectations of a tenured faculty member at the rank of Professor in an agricultural or local and community-based food systems-related discipline or a related field and have a broad range of expertise in food system relevant topics listed above.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Nationally/internationally recognized agricultural, natural, and/or social scientist and leader in sustainable agriculture and community-based food systems

Preferred Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have most if not all of the following preferred qualifications:

  • A collaborative and strategic vision with clear understanding of the importance of interdisciplinary programming, partner development, community collaboration, and racial equity in the food system
  • Demonstrated success in these areas at a national/international scale
  • Requisite experiences of working with producers, students, local community members, scientists, extension personnel, business leaders, government officials, and other national leaders and academic professionals in related fields
  • Current knowledge of food system developments and innovations underway that are relevant in North Carolina
  • Experience supervising and leading a large, diverse team of local food and agriculture research professionals
  • Proven track record securing federal, state, private, and foundation funding for projects, research and operations, and organizational team building
  • Experience with and commitment to advancing nontraditional, interdisciplinary team science approaches and training
  • A servant leadership mentality coupled with the gravitas, credibility, and leadership experience required to lead this nationally-recognized organization

Required License(s) or Certification(s):

  • Valid NC Driver’s License or the ability to obtain one with In 60 days of hire.

Valid NC Driver's License required:

Yes

Commercial Driver's License required:

No

Job Open Date:

10/07/2021

Anticipated Close Date:

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In addition to your application please submit a resume/CV, cover letter, and the contact information for at least three (3) professional references.

Position Number:

00101636

Position Type:

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):

1.00

Appointment:

12 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Mandatory - Medical Emergencies

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:

No

Department ID:

110302 - Dean's Office - Research Servi

AA/EEO:

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. 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.

Organization

NC State: Think and Do

NC State was founded with a purpose: to create economic, societal and intellectual prosperity for the people of North Carolina and the country. We began as a land-grant institution teaching the agricultural and mechanical arts. Today, we're a pre-eminent research enterprise with 12 colleges excelling in all major academic fields.

NC State studentsOur 34,000 high-performing students take what they learn in the classroom and apply it in the real world by conducting research, working in internships and co-ops, and performing acts of world-changing service. That experiential education ensures that they leave here ready to lead the workforce. NC State's 13:1 student-faculty ratio is one of the reasons why we're the best college for your money in North Carolina (Money) and the No. 5 best value among public universities nationally (U.S. News & World Report).

Overcoming Challenges, Improving Lives

NC State is one of only two universities in the nation leading two National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers — one developing wearable, self-powered health monitors, and the other researching smart-grid technology. We’re also leading interdisciplinary efforts to curb nuclear proliferation, help farmers confront climate change and build a new American manufacturing sector.

Our research doesn't just get published in a journal or sit on a shelf; it makes an impact. NC State is No. 6 nationwide in commercialization agreements based on university research, and we're No. 2 among universities without a medical school. Our Cooperative Extension Service provides research-based information to citizens in all 100 North Carolina counties. In addition, our industrial extension unit — Industry Expansion Solutions — has created an economic benefit for the state's manufacturers averaging $149 million per year since 2005.

Bright Minds Creating a Bold Future

NC State’s 9,000 faculty and staff are world leaders in their fields, bridging the divides between academic disciplines and training high-caliber students to meet tomorrow’s challenges. NC State students won two Goldwater scholarships, five Fulbright scholarships, one Churchill scholarship and a record-breaking 25 National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships in the 2016-2017 academic year. In addition, 25 faculty are members of the National Academies.

NC State bldg in darkOur Centennial Campus, an award-winning public-private research campus, is home to more than 70 partner organizations working alongside more than 70 NC State research and academic units. Centennial is also the location of the innovative Hunt Library, which Time magazine has dubbed “the library of the future.”

In Raleigh and Around the World

It all happens in one of the best cities in America. A top spot for job-seekers and tech professionals, Raleigh is nationally recognized as a leading urban center:

NC State building oldWith Durham and Chapel Hill, Raleigh anchors the Research Triangle, a national hotspot for high-tech enterprise. The top companies in the region — including IBM, Cisco Systems, SAS Institute, Biogen Idec and GlaxoSmithKline — are among the country’s best employers. They also lead the way in hiring new NC State graduates.

More than 130 years after its creation, NC State continues to make its founding purpose a reality. Every day, our career-ready graduates and world-leading faculty make the fruits of learning and discovery available to people across the state, throughout the nation and around the world.

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