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Director of the Food Science Institute

Apply now Department: 3670010250 Food Science Institute
Job no: 504189
Work type: Executive
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Administrative / Professional, Agriculture, Executive / Director / Management, Food Safety, Food Science, Food Systems, Nutrition, Veterinary Medicine

University Mission: The mission of Kansas State University is to foster excellent teaching, research, and service that develop the highly skilled and educated citizenry necessary to advancing the well-being of Kansas, the nation and the international community.
University Information: Kansas State University educates more than 24,000 of tomorrow's potential leaders, and provides some of the best global food systems and biosecurity research in the world.  In fact, the university is progressing toward its goal of becoming a Top 50 public research university by 2025.

The university has nine academic colleges and offers more than 250 majors and options.  The Graduate School offers 65 master's degrees, 45 doctoral degrees and 22 graduate certificates in multiple disciplines.  The Princeton Review recognizes the university as one of the nation's best colleges, and U.S. News & World Report lists the university among the top 75 public universities in the U.S.

Commonly referred to as K-State, the community is proud of its welcoming environment, and considers all K-Staters family.  Our athletic teams, known as the Wildcats, compete in the Big 12 Conference and frequently win titles and championships.

Diversity and Inclusion: Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks candidates whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's commitment to the Principles of Community.
The Opportunity:

Kansas State University seeks applications for the position of Director, Food Science Institute. The Institute seeks an entrepreneurial, visionary, creative, and pro-active leader who will lead the faculty, staff and students in their research, teaching, extension, and outreach missions. This is a 12-month position with competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The successful candidate will have credentials for appointment as a tenured faculty. Start date is 1/1/2019 or as negotiated.

The Institute is an inter-departmental program that works with approximately 50 nationally and internationally recognized faculty in 5 colleges and 11 departments with specialties in the following areas: food chemistry, food microbiology, food safety, veterinary medicine, cereal science, dairy science, meat science, food service, sensory analysis, food engineering, food business, human nutrition and product development. The faculty have an administrative department home outside of the Institute. The Institute offers undergraduate courses leading to a B.S. and graduate courses leading to an M.S. or Ph.D. in Food Science as well as a Food Safety and Defense Graduate Certificate. The B.S., M.S., and certificate programs are also available online.  The programs serve approximately 200 undergraduate students and 140 graduate students. Additional details about degrees, programs, and facilities are available at http://www.foodsci.k-state.edu/ or www.ag.k-state.edu .

The Successful Candidate:

The Director provides leadership and administrative guidance to:

  • Implement the Institute’s strategic vision and align actions and resources to achieve strategic goals of K-State’s 2025 plan.
  • Provide leadership in planning and supervising programs relevant to the Institute’s mission within the land grant university system.
  • Foster excellence in research, extension, teaching, and both domestic and international service.
  • Create an environment that fosters diversity, collegiality, teamwork, and ability to work in a multicultural setting.
  • Promote quality instruction in undergraduate and graduate programs and enhance undergraduate and graduate student enrollment, retention, and financial support.
  • Enhance the inter-departmental nature of the Institute by recruiting faculty and staff from across the University and actively involving faculty in the decision-making process, using appointed and elected committees as appropriate.
  • Cultivate productive relationships with industry and other stakeholders.
  • Communicate effectively with faculty, staff, students, and university administrators.
  • Attract extramural funding to support programs in the Institute and facilitate multi-disciplinary projects and teams.
  • Facilitate development and fundraising for various Institute activities.
Required Qualifications:
  • Earned doctorate or terminal degree in an area relevant to food science programs.
  • Credentials for appointment as a tenured, associate or full professor and comprehensive knowledge of food science.
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities, including administrative, personnel management, budgeting, communication skills, grantsmanship, and the ability to positively represent the Institute to scientific, stakeholder, and community groups.
  • Evidence of commitment to excellence in teaching, research, extension, and both domestic and international service.
  • Strong connections to the food industry.
  • Experience in assessing priorities and adapting to the changing environment with creativity and innovation.
  • Strong commitment to expanding diversity in the Institute and broader university community.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Credentials to merit appointment as full professor.
  • Experience in teaching, research, extension and/or international programs at a land grant university.
  • Experience in or demonstrated support of the important role of online education in meeting the needs of a diverse student population.
  • Strong record of achievement in fundraising.
Search Process:

Please complete the PageUp application process and upload a letter of interest that addresses your vision, administrative philosophy and qualifications; curriculum vitae; and the names, mailing addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of five professional references.

The review of applications will begin on September 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.

Salary Range Commensurate with experience and qualifications. Kansas State University has an attractive benefit package that includes a retirement plan, group medical, dental, and life insurance plans, worker’s compensation insurance, vacation leave, sick leave, and other benefits.
Equal Employment Opportunity: Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.
Background Screening Statement: In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee. 

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