Associate Dean (Agriculture and Natural Resources Focus) - Nebraska Extension

University of Nebaraska-Lincoln
October 16, 2023
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Position Information

Position Information

Working Title Associate Dean (Agriculture and Natural Resources Focus) - Nebraska Extension

Department Cooperative Ext Division-0788 Requisition Number F230137 Posting Open Date 08/14/2023 Application Review Date: (To ensure consideration, please submit all application materials before review date) 10/16/2023 Posting Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Description of Work

Nebraska Extension at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) is seeking applications for an Associate Extension Dean position with an Agriculture and Natural Resources focus. This 12-month (calendar year), tenured appointment that is 100% administrative. This position will be based out of Lincoln, Nebraska.

The Associate Dean is a member of the Extension Executive Team (EET) that focuses on advancing the effectiveness and success of Nebraska Extension. This person functions within the broad organizational leadership framework provided by the EET with discretion in the implementation of programs and practices related to specific content areas.

The focus of the Associate Dean position is to initiate, build, and enhance the overall effectiveness of Extension programs through leadership and coaching of Extension program area leaders, specialists, educators, and instructors in their respective areas of expertise to nurture the development of relevant, high impact educational and experiential educational programs, resource development, and talent acquisition. This person represents Nebraska Extension on regional and national committees and supports the EET in carrying out the overall vision of Nebraska Extension.

Specific Responsibilities as Associate Dean of Extension

  • Work in tandem with the Extension Dean and the EET to envision and develop Strategic Initiatives that guide and facilitate the growth, development, and effectiveness of Nebraska Extension.
  • Facilitate the development and delivery of relevant, innovative, and impactful Extension programs addressing critical issues for Nebraska. Seek and pursue opportunities for program integration and collaboration.
  • Identify and pursue opportunities for program integration and collaboration to address critical, evolving, and/or complex challenges faced by Nebraskans.
  • Engage with IANR Unit Leaders/Chairs/Directors, Program Area Leaders, Engagement Zone Coordinators (EZC's), state and federal organizations and agencies, stakeholder groups, and private partners to stay informed of evolving critical issues and to leverage Extension resources to meet the needs of Nebraskans.
  • Coordinate communication among all Program Area Leaders with special emphasis for those intimately involved with Agriculture and Natural Resources.
  • Collaborate with faculty and Program Area Leaders to develop and deploy professional capacity building opportunities focused on Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension professionals that enhance their technical knowledge, build their skills in contemporary Extension andragogy and pedagogy, and increase their effectiveness engaging new and existing clientele.
  • Actively identify, acquire, and develop key talent to pursue and achieve our Agriculture and Natural Resources mission.
  • Represent the Nebraska Extension Dean on University, State, North Central Regional, and National committees and serve as the Dean's chief liaison on state/regional/multistate initiatives.
  • Pursue and coordinate resources (financial and other) and coordinate these resources with peers to support and/or lead collaborative, integrated proposal development and engagement opportunities.
  • Contribute to state and federal reporting requirements.
  • Promote an inclusive, equitable, and diverse culture, ensuring that opportunities are available to all and that every effort is made to engage diverse audiences, especially those that are traditionally underrepresented and/or underserved.
  • Participate in personal and professional development opportunities that enhance personal knowledge, skills, and competencies relevant to this leadership role.
  • Lead, contribute, and follow Nebraska Extension as we energize Nebraska's future with The Big-3 ( https: //
  • Lead, contribute, and follow Nebraska Extension as we pursue excellence, change lives, and serve in a leadership position among our peers; locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
  • In addition to the above-described duties, the individual 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.

    As an EO/AA employer, the University of Nebraska considers qualified applicants 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 https: // www. nondiscrimination.

    Minimum Required Qualifications

  • Terminal degree in an area related to agriculture and natural resources.
  • Five years of significant and successful leadership in Extension or related field including direct supervision/coaching of faculty and staff, budgets/expenditures, and program development.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Understanding of land-grant University System.
  • Successful record of grantsmanship and/or securing other external resources.
  • Experience serving as an academic faculty member in the agriculture and natural resources area.
  • Demonstrated experience effectively communicating, engaging, partnering and collaborating with stakeholders.
  • Tenured or Tenure Eligible at the time of hire.
  • Work Location (City, State) Lincoln, NE Pre-Placement Driving Record Review Required Criminal History Background Check Required Posted Salary How to Apply

    Click “Apply for this Job” and complete the information form. Attach the following documents:

  • A letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job, anticipated contributions.
  • Your curriculum vitae.
  • Contact information for three professional references.
  • A statement that describes your philosophy and approach to Extension leadership.
  • A statement describing your experience working in diverse teams or groups and your anticipated contributions to creating inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters (2 page maximum). See https: // for guidance in writing this statement.
  • Combine the statements (items 4 and 5) into a single document and attach as “Other Document.”

    For questions or accommodations related to this position contact

    Rachel Szelag [email protected]

    Job Category Job Category (old) Administrative Job Type 12 Month (Faculty Only) Position funded by grant or other form of temporary funding? No If Temporary, indicate end date Planned Hire Date Appointment End Date Organizational Location Default Location

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  • Letter of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of References
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