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Director, School of Plant Sciences

Position Details

Position Information

Title Director, School of Plant Sciences
Department School of Plant Sciences-Res (2425)
Medical Sub-Speciality
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The University of Arizona (UA) College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS) is seeking a proven strategic, entrepreneurial, innovative, visionary leader and manager as its next School of Plant Sciences ( Director. The Director will advance an already exceptional legacy in all three of the School’s Land Grant University (LGU) mission areas of Teaching, Research and Cooperative Extension, consistent with College ( and University strategic goals ( CALS leaders embrace thought-diversity and inclusion as key drivers of success.

The School of Plant Sciences supports Inclusive Excellence, the University diversity strategic initiative designed to engage every member of the university community in diversity and inclusiveness. Candidates are encouraged to support the department’s diversity and inclusiveness efforts and to be especially supportive of underrepresented communities including women and minorities.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; 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 & Responsibilities

The Director is the appointed leader and administrative manager of the School of Plant Sciences, reporting directly to the CALS Dean and working collaboratively with three other CALS school directors, six CALS academic department heads, and four CALS associate deans, as well as with colleagues across the campus, nation and world.
The Director has authority, responsibility and accountability for leading and managing all school activities including but not limited to: student education, research, Cooperative Extension, employee professional development, recruitment, workload allocation, evaluation, budgets and finance, philanthropy and relationships with public and private partner institutions. The Director must have experience in, appreciation for, and credibility across the breadth of plant-related sciences, including discovery based laboratory research, precision agriculture and commercial production, pathogens, contemporary science and engineering, and national and global policy and political issues. The Director must be inclusive and understand models for achieving organizational progress.
The successful candidate will be:
1. A proven entrepreneurial leader with a record of achieving organizational cohesion and progress.
2. A direct faculty contributor to at least one of School’s LGU mission areas.
3. Committed to a selfless focus in support of the unit, putting personal professional disciplinary achievements after those of colleagues and the School’s future.
4. Committed to faculty- and shared-governance, academic freedom, communication, transparency, inclusivity, diversity, work-assignment equity, and employee engagement.
5. Able to know when and how to make decisions (especially difficult ones) and lead change, while maintaining team cohesion.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications

1. Ph.D. in relevant discipline area.
2. Nationally and internationally recognized academic accomplishment consistent with tenure at the rank of full professor in the School of Plant Sciences.
3. Thorough, first-hand understanding of: federal funding agencies; grants and contracts administration; corporate and philanthropic support; intellectual property and technology licensing; and economic development.
4. Proven leadership and management ability.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Prior leadership and management outside of academia.
2. Proven ability to work with and/or within the Cooperative Extension System to ensure that Extension program delivery is accomplished and appropriate regional economic development is facilitated.

Rank Professor
Tenure Information Tenured (T)
FLSA Exempt
FTE 1.0
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Job Category Faculty
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F21222
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 09/01/2018
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Parker Antin

Open Date 12/01/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 01/16/2018
Special Instructions Summary
Diversity Statement

At 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. 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 encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. 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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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have a Ph.D. in relevant discipline area?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Statement of Interest
  3. Statement of Experience in Administration, Research, Teaching and Outreach
  4. Reference/Referee Contact Information
Optional Documents