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Dean of Cooperative Extension (id:48047)
ORONO ME 04473
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Dean of Cooperative Extension (id:48047)
The University of Maine invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of Cooperative Extension.
The Dean is the chief executive officer of Cooperative Extension (UMaine Extension) and reports to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. The Dean provides leadership for UMaine Extension's education programs, applied research, and scholarship in service to the State of Maine and beyond. Responsibilities include oversight of outreach and research programs; strategic, fiscal, staffing, personnel, and public service matters; staff development; commitment to diversity and inclusion; and compliance with university-wide policies. The Dean works in close partnership with the Extension Leadership Team in meeting all these responsibilities.
The Dean also fosters relationships with government, industry, and the public stakeholders in Maine; other administrative and academic units at UMaine and University of Maine System, and other extension programs in the national Cooperative Extension network. The Dean maintains a close working relationship with the Maine 4-H Foundation and is a member of the legislatively sanctioned University of Maine Board of Agriculture. The Dean of UMaine Extension partners with the Dean of the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture and leaders of other UMaine units (e.g., Maine Sea Grant, academic colleges) to meet the discovery and outreach needs of Maine in shared program areas.
UMaine Extension is the largest extension program in New England, and the Dean will work with the Extension Leadership Team to oversee the activities of UMaine Extension's approximately 240 full-time and temporary staff including 46 faculty. Oversight of UMaine Extension's statewide mission includes off campus and on campus-based specialists, educators and staff, 16 County-based offices, three residential 4-H Camp and Learning Centers, staffing at two research farms, 14 County Executive Committees, a variety of governing and advisory boards, and an administrative unit that provides management, support, and reporting for all aspects of the organization and serves as the key liaison with the University of Maine and University of Maine System.
UMaine Extension enjoys strong support from Maine's agricultural industries, state legislature, and general public and in a state where agricultural, aquaculture, and associated food sectors have experienced strong growth in the last decade. As a trusted resource for over 100 years, UMaine Extension has supported UMaine's land and sea grant missions by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth education program in Maine through 4-H. The program currently serves nearly 25,000 youths annually with strong support from the Maine 4-H Foundation.
**Essential Duties & Responsibilities**:
Major Responsibilities:
* Lead the development and management of UMaine Extension's educational programs, applied research, and scholarship
* Foster statewide relationships with government, industry, and other public and private entities, including within UMaine and with other University of Maine System units.
* Work collaboratively with the other college deans and UMaine's senior leadership to advance UMaine's strategic initiatives.
* Advocate for UMaine Extension through internal and external communication and marketing initiatives.
* Facilitate unit collaboration in national Cooperative Extension networks.
* Ensure effective management of fiscal, human, and facility resources; oversee safety and environmental compliance; administer UMaine policies and procedures; and ensure compliance with civil rights, affirmative action, and equal opportunity policies
* Develop new private funding and steward existing funding in partnership with the University of Maine Foundation, Maine 4-H Foundation, local (county) Extension Associations, and other partners.
* Support UMaine capacity to serve diverse audiences including under-served and under-represented clients.
* Supervise the Extension Leadership Team.
**Knowledge, Skills & Qualifications**:
Successful applicants must have the following credentials, skills, and experience:
* An earned doctorate
* Credentials and experience to qualify for the rank of Associate Extension Professor.
* The ability to work effectively with academic, business, agricultural, and natural resource communities.
* A record of effective administrative leadership, including in general administration, financial administration, and human resource management.
* Demonstrated effectiveness in the acquisition of public and private resources to develop and expand programs.
* Strong verbal and written communication skills.
* Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the management of programs and resources.
* Ability to travel both in-state and out-of-state, normally requiring a valid driver's license
Preferred qualifications include:
* An understanding and knowledge of the role of Cooperative Extension within the university, state, and the national Cooperative Extension System, land-grant system, and the USDA.
* Experience with electronic media and marketing.
* Experience working effectively with both state legislators or their staff and federal congressional delegations
* Experience with federal agencies, particularly the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) including the following offices within USDA (NIFA, ARS, NRCS, FSA, and USFS).
The University of Maine is the state's land grant and sea grant university. As Maine's flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of teaching, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is among the most comprehensive higher education institutions in the Northeast and attracts students from Maine and 49 other states, and 67 countries. It currently enrolls 11,240 total undergraduate and graduate students who can directly participate in groundbreaking research working with world-class scholars. The University of Maine offers 35 doctoral programs and master's degrees in 85 fields; more than 90 undergraduate majors and academic programs; and one of the oldest and most prestigious honors programs in the U.S. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial efforts campus-wide aimed at conserving energy, recycling, and adhering to green building standards in new construction.
Located in beautiful Central Maine, the University of Maine is the flagship campus of the University of Maine System. Our faculty report that a primary reason for staying at UMaine is quality of life. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools in neighborhoods where children can walk to school, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor/Orono area a wonderful place to live. The University of Maine is just 60 miles from the Bar Harbor area and Acadia National Park and 2 hours from Portland, offering access to a wealth of outdoor activities and a thriving restaurant and music scene. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, UMaine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.
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Nominations and inquiries should be addressed to Dean of College of Natural Sciences Forestry, and Agriculture Fred Servello, Search Committee Chair, via To apply, submit a letter explaining your background, experience, and qualifications for the position; a current curriculum vita; and names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references. All application materials must be submitted via HireTouch (), "Apply for Position". You will need to create a profile and application. Incomplete applications cannot be considered. Review of applications will begin on June 4, 2018, and continue until a qualified candidate is chosen.
Appropriate background checks are required.
All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings, and required employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence, and Sexual Harassment. The finalist for this position must successfully complete appropriate background checks. The University of Maine is an EEO/AA Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
*Position Title:* Dean of Cooperative Extension (id:48047)
*Campus:* Orono
*Department:* Cooperative Extension
*Bargaining Unit:* MGMT Group
*Work Schedule:* University of Maine Cooperative Extension office hours are weekdays from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
*Location:* Orono, ME
*Length:* Fiscal Year (12 Months)
*Required Documents:* Cover Letter, References, Resume/CV

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