Director, School of Natural Resources and the Environment

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ, USA 🇺🇸

Posting Numberreq7547
DepartmentSch of Nat Resource&Enviro-Res
Department Website Link
LocationMain Campus
Address1064 E. Lowell Street, ENR2 building, TUCSON, AZ 85721 USA
Position HighlightsThe University of Arizona (UArizona) School of Natural Resources and the Environment (SNRE) seeks an enthusiastic, innovative, growth-minded, and entrepreneurial Director to lead one of UArizona’s largest and most complex schools. The new director will build upon a tradition of excellence to grow SNRE’s reach, profile, and programming, working closely with nine college academic unit heads, academic unit heads in other colleges, seven associate/assistant deans, the Extension Director, Director of International Initiatives, Associate Vice President for Advancement, Advocacy, Alumni Affairs and Corporate Relations, the Dean of the Rogers College of Law, and the Vice President & Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The School houses more than 250 employees, including 36 faculty (including four Extension specialists), 78 staff members, 292 undergraduate majors and 76 graduate students. Current course enrollment is >3100 undergraduate and >300 graduate students annually. The directorship will be accompanied by a Tenured Professorship commensurate to the rank and qualifications of the applicant. SNRE’s teaching, research, and extension programs address today’s critical natural resources and environmental challenges. The School’s teaching and research program areas include Natural Resources; Conservation Biology; Climate Change and Society; Ecology, Management, and Restoration of Rangelands; Fisheries Conservation and Management; Global Change Ecology and Management; Geographic Information Science and Technology; Watershed Management and Ecohydrology; Water, Society & Policy; and Wildlife Conservation and Management. SNRE contributes to UArizona’s Land Grant Mission through its Cooperative Extension Programming, which includes Animal Foraging Behavior and Distribution; Climate Change Adaptation Planning; Climate Services; Community-Based Sustainable Rangeland Livestock Production; Improving Range Management on Public Lands: Planning, Analysis, and Monitoring; Noxious, Invasive Plants; and Rangeland and Natural Resource Ecology and Management.Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; sick leave and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!  

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Duties & ResponsibilitiesThe School Director, who will have both College and Extension appointments, must be a proven entrepreneurial and
innovative leader with demonstrated excellence and outstanding achievements warranting appointment as Full Professor.
Reporting directly to the VP and Dean, the Director is responsible for:
• Building and leading all aspects of the School.
• Driving additional excellence in enrollment, programming, advancement, and partnerships.
• Increasing and maintaining connections with private, state, and federal agencies.
o Working with commercial and governmental partners in funded projects.
o Partnering with donors and community organizations to secure philanthropic funding.
• Leading financial and budget administration for the School.
• Recruiting diverse students and faculty.
• Advocating for an inclusive environment.Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
• Exemplary communication and interpersonal skills.
• Collaborative leadership with impeccable integrity.
• Proven innovative and entrepreneurial leadership and management skills.
• Experience with finance and budgeting in a growth-oriented environment.
• Experience overseeing undergraduate and graduate instructional programs.
• Experience with Cooperative Extensions and relating these activities to all external stakeholders and user groups.
• Leadership focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Minimum QualificationsA terminal degree.
• Track record of successful leadership, management, and accountability for an academic or research organization.
• History of successfully working with a broad diversity of stakeholder groups, such as federal and state agencies,
non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.
• Experience in an all-funds activity-based environment.
• Experience with advocacy efforts and with effectively interacting with alumni, corporations, and advisory board
• Evidence of securing and maintaining philanthropic support
Preferred Qualifications
Full Time/Part TimeFull Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week40
Job FTE1.0
Work CalendarAcademic
Job CategoryAcademic Administration
Benefits EligibleYes – Full Benefits
Rate of PayDOE
Compensation Typesalary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)
Type of criminal background check required:Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)
Number of Vacancies1
Target Hire Date
Expected End Date
Contact Information for CandidatesFor more information or to offer recommendations or nominations:
Stephanie Rivas-Fowler Laura Woodworth-Ney, PhD
Senior Consultant Senior Consultant
Summit Search Solutions, Inc. Summit Search Solutions, Inc.
Direct: (530) 677-9945 Direct: (208) 589-8896
[email protected] [email protected]
Open Date11/10/2021
Open Until FilledYes
Documents Needed to ApplyCurriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter
Special Instructions to ApplicantConfidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; parties who apply before or by November 18, 2021 will be given first consideration. Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest to:
Diversity StatementAt the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution and a Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.





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