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Dean, College of the Environment, Forestry and Natural Sciences

Northern Arizona University
Arizona, United States
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Posted Date
Jul 8, 2022

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Dean, College of the Environment, Forestry and Natural Sciences

Location: Col Environment, For & Nat Sci
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job ID: 606468
Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Workplace Culture

NAU is a community devoted to student success and sustained by an unshakable commitment to our shared mission, vision, and values. We—faculty, staff, and administrators—thrive by combining our efforts and working side by side to further NAU's culture of excellence.

Job Description

Northern Arizona University invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences (CEFNS). NAU seeks a strategic, visionary leader to shepherd a variety of highly ranked science, mathematics, and forestry degree programs, and to grow its globally recognized research enterprise.

The dean will collaborate with the university's academic leadership team in pursuit of a strategic agenda to build high-value programming that serves diverse students through inclusive academic excellence. The dean is the college's chief academic and administrative officer. Duties include overseeing academic programs, fundraising, and recruiting/retaining outstanding and diverse faculty, staff, and students. As the college's leader, the dean is expected to collaborate across campus and champion the college's vision, goals, and achievements within the university and to the community at large.

NAU seeks a dynamic administrator with proven ability to lead academic departments who embodies a philosophy that embraces the promotion of equity, diversity, and inclusion. The successful candidate will support students of all backgrounds in the rapidly changing world of higher education, supporting NAU's commitment to becoming the nation's leading university serving Native Americans and maintaining a focus on the university's Hispanic-Serving Institute (HSI) status. The dean will be approachable, compassionate, supportive of the CEFNS team, and an inclusive decision-maker. They will be a person of integrity who listens well and communicates transparently.

The dean reports to the Executive Vice President and University Provost. The dean will develop productive working relationships with institutional administration, faculty, staff, and students, as well as alumni, industry, and community partners.
  • Vision and planning: create a vision and strategic plan for the College that aligns with the institutional goals and strategic plan.
  • Fiduciary decisions: manage the budget and other resources.
  • College administration: appoint department chairs, school directors, and college administrators, and periodically review the performance of chairs, directors, and administrators in concert with the provost.
  • Personnel management: oversee hiring; establish job titles and salaries; make decisions and review policies regarding renewal, tenure, promotion, and dismissal; authorize faculty leave; review faculty annual evaluations; promote departmental mentoring and development opportunities; and support professional development of faculty and staff.
  • Educational leadership: provide leadership and vision for new and continuing academic programs, considering innovation, cost-effectiveness, market demand, fidelity to standards and accreditation; establish and maintain high academic standards; ensure effective teaching and curriculum design, recruitment, and retention.
  • Development: contribute to the development and fulfillment of fundraising priorities; participate in comprehensive capital campaign initiatives.
  • College governance: create ad hoc committees of the collegiate faculty; hear faculty grievances; promote academic freedom and responsibility; ensure that the college provides a diverse, opportunity- and perspective-rich environment; promote and support shared governance.
  • Diversity and inclusion: foster diversity and inclusivity among students, faculty, and staff.
  • Outreach: participate in various councils, commissions, and committees as set forth in university policy; represent the college within state or national boards/organizations and other appropriate groups; effectively demonstrate a commitment to Northern Arizona University's core values through engaging the college in the campus, state, and national communities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • An earned doctorate from an accredited institution in one of the disciplines of the college or in a closely related STEM field;
  • A distinguished record of teaching, scholarship, and leadership that warrants a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of full professor;
  • At least three years of successful administrative leadership experience in higher education as a dean, associate dean, department chair, center or institute leader, or comparable position with responsibilities that include budgets, strategic planning, personnel management, performance reviews, promotion and tenure decisions, and experience with accreditation processes.
  • A philosophy, vision, and experience that reflect a commitment to innovative and effective education, and teaching/learning in multiple contexts.

Preferred Qualifications

Leadership Experience
  • Support for shared governance and academic freedom
  • Excellent interpersonal skills (e.g., listens well, treats others with respect, be collaborative and collegial) with a proven record of consensus building
  • Knowledge of current trends in higher education, demographic trends, and the ability to incorporate relevant issues and innovative thinking into strategic planning for the college
  • Demonstration of visionary, future-focused leadership that encompasses creative, innovative, inclusive strategic planning reflecting a growth mindset and encompassing a commitment to excellence
  • A focus on interdisciplinary opportunities and recognition that complex challenges require collaborative responses
Administrative/management experience
  • Demonstrated success in leadership and administration of complex and interdisciplinary academic units of relevant size and structure to the college, and in management of diverse types of faculty and staff
  • Successful record of visionary leadership related to academic programming, including experience developing and sustaining high-quality, student-centered coursework and curricula at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; practiced consideration of innovation, cost-effectiveness, and high academic standards; oversight of effective teaching and curriculum design, academic excellence that produces equitable student learning and graduation outcomes; and recruitment, enrollment growth and retention initiatives
  • Experience recruiting, supervising, retaining, and managing professional development for strong and diverse faculty and staff
  • Evidence of success in leadership roles such as department chair, director of programs, associate dean, or dean
  • Experience and skill in developing and implementing a coordinated strategic plan
  • Skill in building/facilitating collaborative efforts among diverse units
  • Demonstrated budget development and management skills with a focus on fiscal responsibility and attention to equity issues
  • Experience with broad student populations, including underserved and marginalized groups
Academic experience
  • Significant classroom teaching experience, including an understanding of the value and role of technology in teaching and program delivery
  • A record of excellence in research/scholarly pursuits, a demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary academic and professional programs, and the acquisition and management of extramural funding
  • Experience teaching and/or conducting service in diverse areas
  • An understanding of the CEFNS disciplines, its role as a provider of general education courses for non-majors, and a willingness to learn and embrace new areas as needed
  • Experience with undergraduate general education and ability to support programs providing foundational coursework for academic programs across the university

Fundraising experience
  • Evidence of encouraging individuals and units to obtain external support for research
  • Experience soliciting philanthropic gifts from individuals, foundations, and communities
  • Proven record of accomplishment in donor development and alumni engagement
  • Experience preparing, submitting, and managing federal, state, local, and foundation grants and contracts
Commitment to diversity
  • Experience recruiting and/or supporting diverse students, faculty, and staff
  • Experience designing or supporting programs with a diversity focus
  • Scholarly and/or creative pursuits in support of diversity
  • Broad community engagement and/or partnerships with diversity and inclusion focus

General Information

Northern Arizona University has a student population of 29,569, including approximately 21,000 on its main campus in Flagstaff and the remainder at more than 20 locations statewide and online.

Committed to a diverse and civil working and learning environment, NAU has earned a solid reputation as a university with all the features of a large institution but with a personal touch. NAU carefully balances teaching, scholarship and service with a faculty and staff dedicated to each student's success. All faculty members are expected to promote student learning and help students achieve academic outcomes. For information about diversity, access and equity at NAU, see the Center for University Access and Inclusion webpage.

While our emphasis is undergraduate education, we offer a wide range of graduate programs and research that extend to such national concerns as forest health and bioterrorism. Our institution has carefully integrated on-campus education with distance learning, forming seamless avenues for students to earn degrees.

Flagstaff has a population of about 70,000, rich in cultural diversity. Located at the base of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is 140 miles north of Phoenix at the intersection of Interstate 17 and Interstate 40.

With its elevation of 7,000 feet and four-season climate, Flagstaff is ideal for year-round outdoor activities. Nearby attractions include the Grand Canyon, Lowell Observatory, Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona, Monument Valley, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater, and Arizona Snowbowl.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

As of 12/10/21, the Safer Federal Workforce employee vaccination requirement is currently suspended pending the outcome of a federal court-issued injunction. This injunction has suspended the recent executive order issued by President Biden requiring all employees of federal contractors to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. For current status of the vaccine requirement and/or questions, please visit FAQs for Employee Vaccination Requirement.

Background Information

This position has been identified as a safety/security sensitive position. Therefore, per AZ Revised Statute, Northern Arizona University requires satisfactory results for the following: a criminal background investigation, employment history investigation, degree verification (in some cases) and fingerprinting. If you are applying for a job that requires a CDL, you will be required to register with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse and adhere to the clearinghouse requirements. Additionally, as an employer in the state of Arizona, NAU is required to participate in the federal E-Verify program that assists employers with verifying new employees' right to work in the United States. Finally, each year Northern Arizona University releases an Annual Security Report. The report is a result of a federal law known as the Clery Act. The report includes Clery reportable crime statistics for the three most recent completed calendar years and discloses procedures, practices and programs NAU uses to keep students and employees safe including how to report crimes or other emergencies occurring on campus. In addition, the Fire Safety Report is combined with the Annual Security Report for the NAU Flagstaff Mountain Campus as this campus has on-campus student housing. This report discloses fire safety policies and procedures related to on-campus student housing and statistics for fires that occurred in those facilities. If you would like a free paper copy of the report, please contact the NAUPD Records Department at (928) 523-8884 or by visiting the department at 525 E. Pine Knoll Drive in Flagstaff.


Commensurate with experience.


This is an Administrative Faculty (ADF) position. NAU offers an excellent benefit package including generous health, dental and vision insurance; participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP); 22 days of vacation, sick leave accruals, and 10 holidays per year; and tuition reduction for employees and qualified family members. More information on benefits at NAU is available at the NAU HR benefits page. Administrative Faculty are hired on a contract basis, renewable annually according to the terms of offer. Upon completion of the administrative assignment, employees will return to the faculty role, renewable according to the Conditions of Faculty Service. Academic year (9 month) faculty do not accrue vacation. Employees offered a position will be eligible for state health plans (including NAU's BCBS Plan). Employees will have 31 days from date of hire to enroll in benefits, and their benefits will then be effective the first day of the pay period following their completed enrollment. If a new employee chooses the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) retirement option, participation in the ASRS Plan (and the long-term disability coverage that accompanies it) will begin on the first of the pay period following 183 days of employment. New employees who choose to participate in the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP; an alternative to the ASRS plan) will begin to participate on the first day of employment. The long-term disability plan that accompanies the ORP will begin on the first day of the pay period following 90 days of employment. More information about NAU benefits is available at the NAU HR benefits page.
NAU is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.

Submission Deadline

A review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; parties who apply by August 10, 2022 will be given first consideration.

How to Apply

A review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; parties who apply by August 10, 2022 will be given first consideration. To apply: Navigate to the NAU Careers application site and look for Dean, College of the Environment, Forestry, and Natural Sciences. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Apply; Sign in to access your account, or if you are not an existing user, select the New User link to create one and proceed as instructed to complete application. As part of your application, please submit:
  • A PDF version of your CV/resume,
  • A letter of interest that describes both your motivation for application and how your leadership experience aligns with the key qualifications of the role,
  • A diversity statement (maximum two pages) that addresses the ways in which your personal and professional philosophy and related record as a leader in higher education align with the institution's vision to become a True Diversity University: a university environment exhibiting true diversity and inclusion where there exists a wealth of individuals whose unique experiences of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual and gender identities, disability, and other perspectives are valued and woven into the fabric of the institution.
  • Note that names and contact information for references will be requested should you move forward in the process following committee review.

To make recommendations or for more information, please contact:

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Senior Consultant
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Direct: 302-388-9480

Beth Baldino
Senior Consultant
Summit Search Solutions, Inc.
Direct: 828-216-6606

If you are an individual with a disability and need reasonable accommodations to participate in the hiring process, please contact the Office of Equity and Access at 928-523-3312/TDD 928-523-1006 or PO Box 4083, Flagstaff, AZ 86011.

FLSA Status

This position is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and therefore will not earn overtime or compensatory time for additional time worked.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Northern Arizona University is a committed Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. NAU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

EEO is the Law Poster and Supplements

NAU is an Employer of National Service. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other National Service alumni are encouraged to apply.

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