The Department Head serves as the chief administrative officer of the department and represents the department at all levels of the University administration, to industry, commodity groups, non-profit citizen groups and other external stakeholders. The Department Head provides leadership to teaching, research, extension, and international activities; has administrative responsibility for faculty, staff, and students of the department; and encourages and challenges departmental personnel to excel in their respective positions. The Department Head encourages and fosters open communication, cooperation, and collaboration among departmental and external stakeholders.
Major Areas of Responsibility: 1. Leadership • Leads in establishment of department priorities, goals and areas of emphasis including those involving cross-disciplinary activities or inter-departmental programs; provides vision and direction of programs to keep relevant and competitive; ascertains how well department goals are being met; and facilitates periodic formal review of department programs. • Fosters effective working relationships among departmental personnel to accomplish goals. • Fosters internal and external collaborations, explores partnership opportunities and revenue sources. • Promotes and practices principles of affirmative action and equal opportunity. Fosters a climate that respects diversity and the professional development of personnel. • Responsible for departmental human resource management, including recruitment, development, and retention. • Conducts departmental personnel performance evaluations; directs departmental faculty promotion and tenure process; and determines faculty salaries. • Participates in the development of collegiate policy and collegiate strategic planning and supports these activities within the Department. • Plans and conducts departmental personnel meetings; initiates nominations for internal and external awards; and coordinates all department committee assignments and activities. • Supports the department's graduate and undergraduate programs to fulfill the academic mission. • Enhances a sense of community in the Department by promoting successes and relevance within and outside the Department. • Works effectively with geographically dispersed faculty located at outlying Research and Outreach Centers.
2. Fiscal Responsibility • Actively engages in securing adequate resources for the Department to strengthen and broaden its mission, and nurture collaborations with other units at the University; and reviews and realigns resources to support faculty and programs. • Directs preparation and monitoring of departmental budgets and records; allocates and manages departmental funds and resources including personnel, space, and equipment; and oversees campus-based animal care facilities.
3. Communication/Transparency • Communicates on a regular basis with departmental personnel. • Consults with the Department’s Faculty Consultative Committee to seek faculty input into decision-making processes. • Enhances external relations and the Department’s image within CFANS, the University and beyond.
Leadership Competencies: The individual in this position will be a collaborative leader committed to working effectively across all leadership positions within the College. Leadership competencies are expected specifically in the following areas: • Driving Results – creating a culture of innovation, accountability, high quality and service. • Vision – establishing direction through clear communication and aligning resources with priorities. • Engagement – building, sustaining and retaining high performance individuals and teams. • Collaboration – effective at building consensus, valuing diversity and inclusion, influencing others, and problem-solving. • Accountability – high standards for self and team, and fostering a strong culture of accountability.
Nature of Appointment: This is a 100%-time, 12-month administrative appointment in addition to a 12-month tenured faculty position, with an initial three-year appointment period. Reappointment to annually renewable terms is contingent upon a comprehensive administrative review and evaluation following the initial appointment period. The Department Head is responsible administratively to the Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, and is a member of the college’s leadership council.
• Has the credentials to be a tenured full professor in the Department of Animal Science in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.
• Has the ability to articulate a vision for formulating and implementing goals and policies.
• Demonstrates a commitment to strong disciplinary and interdisciplinary teaching and learning, research and discovery, and Extension, outreach and service.
• Has a record of administrative experience, either through formal assignment or academic leadership, grant administration, or related experiences.
• Demonstrates an ability to work with people and to represent the Department within the University and to the general community.
• Broad understanding of current and emerging areas of animal sciences.
• Evidence of visionary leadership in supporting and promoting excellence in teaching, research, Extension, outreach, and collegiate-centered activities and initiatives.
• Record of fostering the scholarly productivity of others.
• Experience in fiscal management, administration and supervision.
• Effective organizational and communication skills, including oral, written, and listening skills.
• Success in supporting curricular development and programmatic innovation in undergraduate and/or graduate education. Knowledge and skill in utilizing information technology.
• Demonstrated skill in fostering linkages with other disciplines and building program partnerships.
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