Director of NM Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute


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Position Director of NM Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute Full Time/Part Time Full Time Job Type Regular Position Summary
New Mexico Highlands University ( NMHU ) seeks a dynamic leader to serve as Director of the New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute ( FWRI ). The Director will be responsible for leading an interdisciplinary staff of professionals dedicated to advancing the restoration of forest ecosystems in order to regain natural ecological function, lower the risk of undesirable fire in forests, and increase resiliency of our public lands and the human communities of the Intermountain West.

The Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute ( FWRI ) at New Mexico Highlands University was established by Congress (PL108-317) as one of three state-based ecological restoration institutes in the Southwest directed to develop landscape scale solutions to reverse degraded forest health and the increasing risk of catastrophic fire in dry forests and woodlands of New Mexico. FWRI has an important role in New Mexico in implementation of the State’s Forest Action Plan. The Institute is a partner in the Southwest Ecological Restoration Institutes ( SWERI ), with the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University and the Forest Restoration Institute at Colorado State University. FWRI is seeking a permanent Director for its operations.

Most of the FWRI budget comes from annual appropriations by Congress that pass through the United States Forest Service. In 2005, the Western Governors’ Association and the governors and presidents of the three universities signed a charter committing support for the mission of the institutes. To be successful, the Director must be: passionate about the mission of the FWRI ; eager to interact with funders (Congress, United States Forest Service, United States Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs and tribes, and the State of New Mexico); able to understand the need for producing relevant information for funders while also pursuing scholarly activities that anticipate information needs of all constituents in the future; and, able to inspire, lead, and manage staff. Duties and Responsibilities
·Supervise an expanding team of professionals dedicated to restoration of New Mexico’s forests and watersheds;
· Work with federal, state, and tribal land management agencies to develop and improve restoration-based fuel-reduction treatments in woodlands and forests;
·Work with the US Congressional Delegation and NM Legislators on policies and legislation concerning forest restoration and FWRI funding;
·Acquire other funding from federal, state, and private sources, and manage those additional Institute activities;
·Draw on scholarly research and technical innovation to develop information and tools to aid natural resource management and community development.
· Develop public awareness of the importance of fire in forest ecosystems and restoration;
·Develop innovative annual work plans based on the needs of on-the-ground land managers, rural communities, and other stakeholders;
·Engage other institutions of higher education and research for accomplishment of FWRI’s mission;
·Contribute to the technical approaches and completion of projects;
·Work with the Board that jointly advises FWRI, the NMHU Forestry Department, and the NMSU John T. Harrington Forestry Research Center;
·Support the needs of NM Highlands University and the surrounding area.
·Performs other related duties as required. Minimum Job Requirements
· Education : An earned Doctorate in Forestry, Ecology, Conservation, or a closely related natural resources management field, with advanced study.
· Experience : At least 10 years’ experience directly related to the above listed duties and responsibilities Preferred Qualifications
· Experience :
• Record of work with policymakers at state and federal levels.
• At least five years of personnel supervision. Special Conditions for Eligibility
·Must possess and maintain a valid NM driver’s license. Selection of an out of state candidate will require possession of a valid New Mexico Driver’s license within sixty (60) days of employment.
·Must be willing to work weekends, evenings and odd hours as required. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
· Ability to work collaboratively with people of diverse backgrounds on natural resources issues.
· Ability to communicate effectively to diverse professional and public audiences.
· Ability to lead a group of professionals working on multiple technical and outreach projects.
· Ability to acquire and manage federal and state grants, contracts, and other forms of funding.
· Knowledge and understanding of federal land management agencies and policies.
· Knowledge and experience in forests and woodlands of the Southwest. Physical Demands
· Sitting…………………………………………………………………………… Frequently
· Standing……………………………………………………………………….. Occasionally
· Walking………………………………………………………………………… Occasionally
· Bending………………………………………………………………………… Occasionally
· Squatting……………………………………………………………………….. Occasionally
· Climbing………………………………………………………………………… Occasionally
· Kneeling………………………………………………………………………… Occasionally
· Lifting up to 20 pounds…………………………………………………… Occasionally
· Lifting greater than 20 pounds…………………………………………… Seldom Working Environment
·Work is performed in an indoor/outdoor setting to include working in the forest in environments that include hot, cold and wet conditions. Pay Rate $88,899.20 Work Location/Campus Center Las Vegas, NM Campus EEO Statement
New Mexico Highlands University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. We are committed to the University values of diversity, accessibility, excellence, and responsiveness.

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Posting Number AS506P Open Date 07/09/2021 Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicant
Interested applicants must submit 1) a letter of interest that clearly describes your qualifications for this position (reference minimum and preferred qualifications listed in the job description), 2) curriculum vitae, 3) names and contact information of at least three professional references in online application.

References will be contacted in conjunction with on-campus interviews. Official transcripts should be requested upon invitation to an on-campus interview.
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