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Department Head (Carl and Melinda Helwig Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering)

Apply now Department: 3670045020 Carl Melinda Helwig Dpt BioAgE
Job no: 512233
Employment type: Academic / Faculty - 12 month
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Engineering
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

The Carl R. Ice College of Engineering at Kansas State University (K-State) invites nominations and applications for the position of Head of the Carl and Melinda Helwig Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. The college seeks an individual with the experience to provide leadership and administrative oversight for successful instructional; research; diversity, equity, inclusion; and Extension programs in the department. The successful candidate will:

· Lead the department of biological and agricultural engineering (BAE) as it increases the number of incoming and graduating students, develops new knowledge, and disseminates information.

· Provide leadership and administrative actions for the department that advance the knowledge and application of engineering and technology to living systems, agriculture, and the environment.

· Provide daily oversight and management for the BAE department, teaching, research and Extension programs; supervise the BAE office professionals; oversee/administer the departmental budget; facilitate grants, contracts, and other external funding, and developmental support activities; foster a diverse and inclusive environment, and respond to college and university programmatic and informational requests.

· Represent the BAE departmental faculty, students and programs at both College of Engineering and College of Agriculture executive/leadership committees, other college/university functions, and within the engineering and agricultural communities.

· Provide vision and leadership to advance the goals of the land grant mission and BAE departmental strategic priorities.

· Facilitate external funding support and opportunities, including working with alumni; local, state and federal agencies; industry partners; and the Kansas State University Foundation.

· Mentor and develop faculty and staff to grow professionally.

The successful candidate will have a strong record of scholarly and professional accomplishments, a distinguished reputation in the biological and agricultural engineering community, and excellent interpersonal skills. An earned doctorate in biological and agricultural engineering or a closely related field is required.

The department of biological and agricultural engineering at Kansas State University has a rich tradition of teaching and advising excellence, interdisciplinary research, and highly recognized Extension and outreach programs. Established programs of study and research include agricultural machinery systems, precision agriculture, biological materials, and environmental and water resources engineering.

The department head reports to the dean of the College of Engineering with a strong working relationship with the dean and other leaders in the College of Agriculture, and is responsible for the administration of all programs and budgets of the department. Duties include working with faculty, staff, and students to deliver outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs, fostering research efforts of the highest quality, and maintaining productive relationships and development activities with alumni, industry partners, and government agencies.

Why Join Us:

Kansas State University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays.   To see what benefits are available, please visit:

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and inclusion.  The university actively seeks individuals who foster a collegial environment and cooperative interactions with coworkers, students, and others.  The University is dedicated to promoting the Principles of Community.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

· Earned doctoral degree in biological and agricultural engineering or a closely related field

· A strong record of teaching, research, Extension, service, and proven leadership and administrative abilities

· Exceptional interpersonal skills with the ability to effectively nurture talent, and a demonstrated commitment to the principles of equal opportunity and diversity

· Academic credentials and professional qualifications that merit appointment as a tenured full professor in the department

Preferred Qualifications:

· Demonstrated ability to raise substantial external funding

· Proven fiscal and managerial skills

· A record of increasing administrative responsibility with demonstrated leadership

· Engagement in national/international professional organizations

· Demonstrated strategic vision in leading organizations and projects

· A record of positive interaction with business, alumni and other relevant constituents

· Ability to lead and facilitate a positive environment for continuing growth of the department and its endowment

· Registration as a professional engineer or other professional licensure or the willingness to pursue licensure

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

· Letter of application outlining the applicant’s qualifications for the position

· Current curriculum vitae

· Statement of vision and goals for leadership of the department

· Contact information of at least three professional references

Inquiries and applications will be confidential. The names and CVs of finalists will be publicly available.

Screening of Applications Begins:

Immediately and continues until position is filled. For best consideration, apply by March 1, 2022. Anticipate a starting date of July 1,2022.

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range:

Competitive salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran.

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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