Director (School of Natural Resources)

University of Missouri-Columbia

Columbia, MO, United States 🇺🇸

Job #20716

Job Description

The University of Missouri (MU) invites nominations and applications for Director of The School of Natural Resources (SNR), an autonomous academic division within the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR). The School seeks a dynamic individual to lead the division in developing sustainable solutions to environmental challenges and training the next generation of natural resources, and environment and society professionals. The Director will further SNR’s mission to provide science-based knowledge for integrated sustainable management of natural resources through basic and applied research, education, and outreach for the benefit of society. The candidate will advance SNR’s vision of being an emerging leader in providing solutions for complex local, regional, national, and global issues related to the management of natural resources through transdisciplinary collaboration while cultivating a diverse community of preeminent scientists and educators.  The candidate will also lead The School’s efforts to enhance a faculty-driven, competitively funded research program consistent with MU’s role as one of 34 public institutions in the Association of American Universities.

The successful candidate will engage in and coordinate ongoing efforts within SNR to (1) strengthen the long-term viability, efficiency, and effectiveness of its research, teaching, and Extension programs; (2) promote collaborative research within the division, CAFNR, and across MU, and (3) increase synergy among SNR faculty, stimulate novel and creative approaches to solving contemporary challenges, advance our understanding of natural systems, and expand knowledge and management of human interactions with the environment. This position is an excellent opportunity for a candidate to lead efforts designed to enhance student educational experiences through new degree programs that capitalize on the integration of SNR’s collective expertise, while preparing SNR students for 21st Century careers.

The Director represents all aspects of the SNR’s various programs by providing overall management within the University, preparing and administering the annual budget of approximately $6 million and an additional $10 million in annual grant and contract expenditures, providing vision and leadership in personnel recruitment and promotion, guiding academic and research program development, interacting with programs at the outlying research centers, overseeing planning activities, and supporting external development opportunities. In addition, the Director is the chief spokesperson for the Division, and serves as a liaison between the Division and the many stakeholders associated with Missouri’s abundant natural resources, recreation, and sporting activities.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate in an appropriate discipline;
  • An understanding and commitment to the mission of a comprehensive land-grant university;
  • Established record of excellence in teaching, research, Extension and economic development;
  • Demonstrated effective leadership, management and communication with faculty, staff, students, other administrators, and external stakeholders at the state, federal and international levels;
  • Commitment to shared governance, collegiality, and continual professional development for self, faculty and staff;
  • Previous experience collaborating with agency and other partners that share common missions and goals;
  • Evidence of administrative leadership at successive levels of responsibility;
  • Demonstrated engagement and commitment to diversity and inclusion initiatives.

About MU and SNR: MU, the flagship institution in the University of Missouri System, has over 33,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Located midway between St. Louis and Kansas City, Columbia is a vibrant small city consistently ranked among the top such places to live in The United States. The School of Natural Resources consists of 42 faculty and instructors, 47 staff members, 700 undergraduate students, and 150 graduate students. The School includes faculty in Atmospheric Science; Environmental Science; Fisheries & Wildlife; Forestry; Parks, Recreation & Tourism; and Soil Science. Multiple federal agencies (USDA-ARS, USFS, USGS) are housed on the MU campus, and some are co-located with SNR. Consequently, this results in strong linkages and collaborative opportunities between SNR faculty and federal entities. The School also has robust collaborative ties to state agencies charged with managing natural resources, and numerous opportunities are available to access and conduct research on the extensive and diverse public lands surrounding Columbia.

The School operates many laboratory and greenhouse facilities and has access to extensive field areas available within the CAFNR’s Agriculture Research Centers ( including the Center for Agroforestry and the Soil Heath Assessment Center. The School supports three interdisciplinary research centers:  the Center for Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, the Climate Change Research Center, and the Center for Watershed Management and Water Quality (  Detailed information about SNR academic programs, faculty, facilities and ongoing research is available at

Application Materials

Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, narrative of administrative and management philosophy, a narrative of teaching and advising philosophy, narrative of research accomplishments, a statement describing current efforts to increase diversity and inclusion, and the names and contact information of four references.  Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. For additional information about the position, please contact Dr. Jim English, Chair of Search Committee ([email protected]).

Columbia Missouri Information

Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources.  Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving  the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information, call the Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.