The department head will promote excellence in all facets of the department of Agricultural Economics by:
• Fostering an inclusive culture within the department in which all contributions to the team are appreciated and recognized, collaboration and innovation are encouraged, and the abilities of all are engaged to fully realize the potential of the team, and of each team member;
• Managing financial and physical resources responsibly to maximize the effectiveness of those resources, exhibiting fiscal discipline and transparency, and utilizing best fiscal management practices;
• Ensuring opportunities are open to all, programs are inclusive of all constituencies, and efforts are made to engage diverse audiences, especially those that are traditionally underrepresented;
• Synthesizing a vision for the department with input from faculty, staff, and stakeholders that encompasses all programs within the department, seeks and deploys personnel and financial resources strategically, and is continuously examined for relevancy and refreshed as needed;
• Leading the development and execution of an integrated strategic plan for instruction, research, extension, community engagement, and public and professional service in the department that results in sustained impacts within the mission of IANR, and for the benefit of the state of Nebraska and beyond;
• Recruiting faculty, staff, and students to attract, develop, and retain a team that exhibits and values excellence;
• Nurturing a strong and productive relationship with an advisory board for the department.
• Providing appropriate stewardship of the unique partnerships with the Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance and its director.
• Providing appropriate oversight for the Commodity Trading Room and other labs and learning centers within the department.
• Working with IANR administrators, unit heads, and center directors to promote and support collaborations and team building;
• Engaging, coordinating and providing leadership as appropriate with the IANR Communities of Practice, especially in those communities of practice where departmental faculty have expertise that contributes to the expected outcomes and impacts of these communities. It is expected that particular attention will be given to the Drivers of Economic Vitality community;
• Engaging and coordinating as appropriate with Extension and research program areas;
• Fostering linkages with external groups to strengthen ties that advance the mission and vision of the department, IANR, and the university.;
• Fostering linkages, coordinating, and partnering with departments/schools and other entities internal to the university that support and/or align with departmental programming and faculty expertise;
• Communicating with transparency and clarity all aspects of departmental initiatives, operations, and challenges and opportunities with faculty, staff, students and stakeholders;
• Engaging in professional development to continually hone skills to effectively lead and manage departmental operations and initiatives, and to advance the mission of the department;
• Ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations regarding safety, and, if appropriate the environment (e.g., handling and disposing of hazardous wastes, animal care and use, and biosafety); and
• Ensuring all programs of the department are administered in accordance with the university’s affirmative action/equal opportunity/diversity programs.
Success in the role will be measured by the accomplishments and impacts of the faculty, staff, students, and programs of the department.
In addition to the above-described duties, the incumbent will be expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university level.
Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2021, and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. To view details of the position and create an application, go to http://employment.unl.edu Search for position F_210200. Click on “Apply to this job.” Complete the application. Attach 1) a letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job, anticipated contributions; 2) your curriculum vitae; 3) contact information for three professional references 4) statements that describe your philosophy and approach to administration; 5) a statement of the value you place on diversity and your anticipated contributions to creating inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters (2 page maximum; see https://ianr.unl.edu/tips-writing-about-commitment-to-deib for guidance in writing this statement). Please combine documents 4 and 5.
As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.
Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) and the Agricultural Economics Department are committed to creating learning, research, Extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of human diversity. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of qualified individuals from underrepresented groups including racial and ethnic minorities, women, sexual minorities, persons living with disabilities, and veterans.