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Director of Extension and Associate Dean for Engagement

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Director of Extension and Associate Dean for Engagement
College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources
University of Nevada, Reno

The University of Nevada, Reno, seeks a strategic, visionary leader to serve as the Director of Extension and Associate Dean for Engagement within the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources.

The Director/Associate Dean for Engagement leads and administers statewide Extension programs as part of the land grant mission of the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), while also acting as an ambassador on and off campus to a wide range of stakeholders and constituency groups across the state. Extension is a major unit within the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources (CABNR), and collaborates closely with the Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station and other units within the Nevada System of Higher Education. As director, the position has direct supervisory authority for Extension, including NIFA reporting authority.

As Associate Dean, the position works collaboratively with other associate deans in CABNR and other colleges to assure effective integration of the university's statewide engagement mission. The position reports to the Dean of CABNR, Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station (NAES) and Extension.

Required Qualifications
Doctorate in relevant field and three (3) years of managerial experience.
Related Experience: Extension or comparable administrative experience with responsibility for personnel and budget; experience and qualifications commensurate with appointment in Extension with tenure at rank of professor.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Administrative experience at the level of Chair or higher.
  • Experience as an Extension faculty member at a land-grant university.
  • Candidates with experience working with diverse populations and leading diverse teams.

    Ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and communicate a clear and relevant vision and strategy to secure resources (federal, state and local) to develop Extension programs in all six program areas defined in state statue, with excellence, statewide.
  • Demonstrated understanding of urban and rural community needs.
  • Experience with program review and development.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain consultative and collaborative relationships with Nevada's counties and communities; trade groups and other community organizations; and state, local and federal agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with and mentor faculty and staff, and to create a positive and productive work environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate the Extension mission to a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the changing nature of digital communications and their use in promoting Extension programs.
  • Ability to use visionary leadership and innovation to provide for continued educational, research, outreach and service programs pertaining to agriculture, community development, health and nutrition, horticulture, personal and family development, and natural resources in Nevada's rural and urban communities.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, particularly in diplomacy, listening, and consensus building.
  • Demonstrated ability to seek, clarify, and consolidate input from all levels (Deans and Directors, Academic Departments, Extension faculty and staff, local government, etc.) into a clear strategy for organizational development.

    Extension at the University of Nevada, Reno
    University of Nevada Reno, Extension brings information to solve problems and deal with critical issues throughout Nevada. Extension is a partnership supported by federal, state and county funds, working closely with a wide range of partners. Extension has offices in 15 counties, serving urban and rural populations throughout the state. Nevada hired its first Extension employee in 1914 following the signing of the Smith-Lever Act and Extension has been at the forefront of many community actions throughout its history in the state.

    About the University of Nevada, Reno
    The University of Nevada, Reno, is a public research university that is committed to the promise of a future powered by knowledge. Nevada's historic land-grant university founded in 1874, the University serves 20,000 students. The University is a comprehensive, doctoral university, classified as an R1 institution with very high research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and also earned the Carnegie Community Engagement classification. More than $800 million in advanced labs, residence halls and facilities has been invested on campus since 2009. It is home to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and Wolf Pack Athletics, maintains a statewide outreach mission and presence through programs such as the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, Small Business Development Center, Nevada Seismological Laboratory.

    The University's main campus is located in Reno, Nevada, immediately adjacent to a vibrant and growing downtown region, and has a satellite campus in south Reno. Currently underway is the acquisition of a 20 acres residential campus at Lake Tahoe which will complement the University's presence in each of Nevada's 17 counties. The University is part of the Nevada System of Higher Education, which includes two research universities, one state college, four community colleges and an environmental research institute, and endeavors to create and develop strong partnerships with each institution. Through a commitment to world-improving research, student success and outreach benefiting the communities and businesses of Nevada, the University has impact across the state and around the world.

    Located where the Sierra Nevada meets the high desert of the Great Basin, the University's verdant, 290-acre main campus is a 45-minute drive from scenic Lake Tahoe. Today, the University delivers on its land-grant mission of access to education and knowledge by investing in the academics, facilities, support, engagement and vibrant campus life that promote UNR's diverse students' cognitive growth and academic achievement — all while remaining one of the best values in American higher education, according to both Forbes and Money magazines (2018). The University is ranked in the top tier of National Universities by U.S. News & World Report and in the top tier of the WSJ/Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

    The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. UNR is an inclusive and engaged community and recognizes the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.

    The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a person's age (40 or older), disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender/sex (including but not limited to pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, color, or religion.

    Total Compensation
    The total compensation package includes a competitive salary, moving allowance (if applicable), a generous retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability, annual and sick leave, along with many other benefits. Additionally, there is a grant-in-aid educational benefit for employees and dependents. For more information, please visit: UNR Benefits.

    Dual Career Assistance Program
    The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples' professional needs. UNR offers a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. Dual Career Assistance Program

    Required Attachment/s
    The University is being assisted by Academic Search. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, to:
    [email protected]

    Attach the following attachments to your Academic Search application
    1) CV
    2) Cover Letter
    3) Contact Information for Five Professional References: no references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate.
    4) Please write a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward UNR's mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment as the Director of Extension and Associate Dean for Engagement.

    Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting consultants Chris Butler and Ann Die Hasselmo.

    More information, including an institutional profile, can be found at

    Full Consideration
    The position is open until filled but only applications received by Tuesday, March 15, 2022, can be assured full consideration.

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  • Organization

    University of Nevada, Reno


    Reno, NV

    University of Nevada, Reno is a major teaching, research and land-grant university enrolling over 17,000 students from 49 states and over 70 countries. Our faculty lead comprehensive undergraduate, graduate and doctoral academic programs, and many have attained national and international stature in such areas as:

    -Psychology                         -Environmental Literature

    -Hydrology                          -Physiology and Cell Biology

    -International Business          -Civil, Mechanical, Mining Engineering

    -Economics                          -Judicial Studies

    -Medicine                            -Gaming Management

    -Speech Pathology                -Anthropology

    With research that defines their fields, University of Nevada faculty last year had more than $80 million in research expenditures, continuing the position of the University as the leading research enterprise in Nevada's higher-education system. The acclaimed cultural and arts programs provide opportunities for students, faculty and the public to engage in creative activity.

    The educational experience at University of Nevada is augmented by a competitive athletic program, year-round community activities and a strong student association. A new campus center has emerged by the addition of two major buildings - a new student union and a state-of-the-art Knowledge Center (library). The University of Nevada has also expanded with new teaching and research facilities such as the Davidson Math and Science Center and the Center for Molecular Medicine.

    The University of Nevada, Reno campus extends across 255 acres conveniently situated in Reno and just 30 miles from Lake Tahoe. Our playground provides an average of 300 days a year of sunshine, 20 world-class ski resorts, 40 golf courses and an abundance of outdoor activities. Fishing, sailing, swimming, hiking, biking, kayaking, camping and horseback riding activities are all exceptional and a half-hour away in the Sierra Nevada Mountains or surrounding desert lakes.

    Nevadans work hard to make you feel at home. With a population of close to 400,000, Reno offers a favorable quality of life that has been recognized by numerous national sources, including Forbes magazine. There are life-enriching opportunities for University employees and their families in every dimension.

    Nevada ranks fourth in the nation for its business-friendly climate according to the 2011 State Business Tax Climate Index. This is in a state that has no income tax, comparatively low property tax and excellent faculty tuition benefits for university employees and their dependents. Access to policy-making and influential leaders is high and ability to get attention on issues affecting local and national health, energy and security is exceptional.

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