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Director/Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Programs

Apply now Department: 3670010170 Agricultural Experiment Statn
Job no: 514139
Employment type: Executive
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Worksite: On-site requirement
Categories: Administrative / Professional, Agriculture, Executive / Director / Management, Research / Scientific / Grants, Extension Agent / Educator
Pay Grade: 001

About This Role:

The College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension at Kansas State University seeks nominations and applications for the Director, Research, K-State Research and Extension, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Programs, College of Agriculture.  This is a leadership opportunity at the convergence of agricultural research, outreach, and academics.  This is a  12-month, full-time administrative appointment with tenure in an academic unit of the College.  This position reports to the Dean of the College of Agriculture and Director of K-State Research and Extension.

This position includes administration, fiscal management, mentoring, outreach, and stakeholder partnerships. The annual operating budget responsibility for the position is over $100 million.  We are seeking a creative leader from academia, government, or industry who excels in collaborative problem-solving and desires to work with faculty and our many partners on a wide range of agricultural issues important to Kansas, the nation, and the world.  Our research mission is to advance agriculture; protect natural resources; increase economic activity; and improve the lives and livelihood of all Kansans through education, research, and outreach.  The successful candidate will provide strategic direction to their responsible units as well as day-to-day operational oversight for capacity-building activities and provide a strong commitment to inclusion and multi-disciplinary approaches. 

 

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: https://www.k-state.edu/hcs/benefits

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.

 

The Successful Candidate will:

Director, Research, K-State Research and Extension

  • Plan and execute a strategic research vision for the organization that aligns with the College of Agriculture, K-State Research and Extension, and Kansas State University strategic plan, and fosters an environment that leads to significant growth and innovation.
  • Lead strategic, proactive, and capacity-building activities for individual faculty members and multidisciplinary teams that result in the sustained growth of the extramural funding portfolio.
  • Oversee the preparation and approval of federally-required Hatch and Multi-State Research Fund projects submitted by faculty.
  • Coordinate the preparation of the five-year plan of work required by USDA - NIFA and prepare annual reports of progress on these research plans.
  • Serve as an advocate for the research programs of the College and K-State Research and Extension with university leadership, external stakeholders, legislative groups, and funding agencies.
  • Support management of research facilities.
  • Provide leadership for new and creative research initiatives.
  • Develop and manage partnerships with commodity commissions, industry, universities, and state and federal agencies.
  • Facilitate multi-disciplinary research and effective teams.
  • Develop and manage the annual research budget for K-State Research & Extension (Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station, KAES) collaboratively with unit leaders and the administrative leadership team.
  • Work cooperatively with the College of Agriculture and K-State Research and Extension central management team, as well as collaborating colleges and units in which KAES has partnerships.
  • Oversee Ag Safety Program and supervise occupational health and safety director position.
  • Oversee the administration of external proposal submissions and supervise the research operations manager.
  • Serve as liaison to commodity commissions and coordinate research opportunities to improve production and profitability.

Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Programs, College of Agriculture

  • Plan and execute a strategy that promotes strong graduate programs, particularly doctoral programs, supporting the research vision for the College of Agriculture.
  • Supervise Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs and New Faculty Development.
  • Partner with academic departments and provide creative leadership to develop new graduate programs, implement new approaches to increase graduate enrollment, and promote a culture of professional development for graduate students.
  • Manage support for graduate programs in collaboration with unit leaders.
  • Liaise between the Graduate School and graduate programs for recruitment, graduate program assessment of student learning, and graduate program review.
  • Manage graduate student scholarship awards.
  • Closely coordinate with unit leaders to foster productive research at off-campus locations.
  • Coordinate with the KSRE Director for Extension to assure that research and Extension are linked and contiguous.
  • Serve on the Associate Deans for Research Council and other university committees that address research and graduate programs.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned doctorate in agriculture, food science, natural resources, or a related field with tenurable academic qualifications. 
  • At least six years of professional experience with a demonstrated track record of performance and leadership in academics, government, or industry.
  • An outstanding record of scholarly achievement in multidisciplinary research, outreach, service, and/or instruction.
  • Evidence of ability to provide collaborative leadership and creative vision for diverse research, outreach, and academic programs.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of equal opportunity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Excellent communication, organizational, managerial, and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Over 10 years of post-graduate career experience culminating in a documented record of distinction in teaching, research, outreach, extension, mentoring, and/or stakeholder partnerships.
  • A clear understanding of and commitment to the mission of land grant institutions.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a large and complex research organization.
  • Track record of using research and extension to solve problems and convey practical solutions to stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated success in developing and maintaining strong stakeholder relationships.
  • Demonstrated competence in and dedication to recruitment, retention, mentoring, and success of faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds.
  • Familiarity with relevant state and federal research agencies, programs, and regulations.
  • Ability to manage and enhance a large, complex budget.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of an administrative team with strategic responsibility, as well as manage day-to-day operational requirements.
  • Experience in liaison roles with external partners and agencies.
  • Ability to work with and appear before legislative and regulatory bodies as a trusted source of expert knowledge.
  • Ability to effectively implement the policies of Kansas State University, the Kansas State University College of Agriculture, K-State Research and Extension, and the Kansas Board of Regents.

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.

How to Apply:

Please submit the following documents:

  1. A letter of application describing interest, qualifications, and administrative experience for the position.
  2. A comprehensive curriculum vita, including external funding sought and secured.
  3. A statement describing previous and potential contributions to enhance diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging within the unit, and experience working with diverse stakeholders.
  4. A statement of philosophy regarding the role and relevance of research and extension.
  5. The names and contact information for at least three and no more than five references who can speak to the applicant’s administrative capacities.

Screening of Applications Begins:

Screening of applications begins on January 5, 2023 and continues until a successful candidate is identified.

All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be kept confidential until public interviews are scheduled and announced. 

Inquiries and nominations may be sent to search committees chair, Dr. Dan Mosier, Associate Dean of Academic Programs, dmoser@ksu.edu, (785-532-6151).

Anticipated Hiring Pay Range:

Commensurate with experience. 

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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