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Department Head - Poultry Science and Executive Director, Miller Poultry Research and Education

Auburn University
Alabama, United States
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Jun 15, 2023

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Department Head - Poultry Science and Executive Director, Miller Poultry Research and Education Center

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Department Head, Poultry Science
Executive Director, Miller Poultry Research and Education Center
Auburn University is seeking candidates for Head of the Department of Poultry Science and Executive Director of the Miller Poultry Research and Education Center in the College of Agriculture. The successful candidate will provide vision and leadership that upholds the College’s tradition of excellence in teaching, research, extension/outreach, and service. The Head will serve as the chief academic and administrative officer for the Department. The Executive Director will provide leadership for research, education, and extension/outreach conducted at the Charles C. Miller, Jr. Research and Education Center supporting the fast-growing, global poultry industry. The successful candidate will report directly to Dean of the College of Agriculture and Director of the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station.
Responsibilities: The Department Head provides visionary leadership and overall management of the Department. The Head also serves as the senior faculty administrator and promotes excellence in teaching, research and extension/outreach programs. The position demands performance of professional duties requiring leadership, vision, strategic planning, and decision-making skills in the supervision of departmental programs and personnel. The Head is responsible for recruitment, supervision and evaluation of personnel, department budgets, extramural funding, professional development of faculty and staff, as well as oversight of the departmental facilities that are located on the Auburn University campus. In addition, the Head will serve as an advocate and representative of the department/college interests, needs and programs through active engagement with stakeholders and support of fund-raising activities. The Head/Executive Director establishes and fosters working relationships with other departments within the university, commodity groups, agribusiness representatives, governmental and private agencies in addition to students and alumni. The Executive Director will ensure that research, education, and outreach/extension activities supporting the poultry industry are coordinated across all academic units at Auburn University, notably those engaged at the Miller Center. The Executive Director will be accountable for the operations and maintenance of all facilities at the Miller Center and will ensure all programs conducted at the Miller Center meet all state, federal, and university requirements. The Executive Director will work to enhance Auburn University’s reputation in the poultry industry and amongst peer institutions. The successful candidate will maintain a close collaborative working relationship with administrators and staff in the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

Minimum Qualifications

The candidate must have an earned a PhD from an accredited institution in Poultry Science, Food Science, Animal Science or related field and a distinguished scholarly record sufficient to merit appointment with tenure at the rank of Professor. The successful candidate must demonstrate an understanding of the breadth and depth of the different internal and external departmental constituencies. He/she must possess excellent interpersonal communication skills and demonstrate that he/she can communicate effectively with faculty, staff, stakeholders, parents and students. In addition, the incumbent must also demonstrate leadership and have exceptional organizational skills. The successful candidate must also demonstrate excellence in teaching, research and/or extension/outreach activities. A demonstrated ability to secure and sustain extramural funding, an understanding of funding agencies and leadership/service activities in professional societies is required. Knowledge and commitment to the unique mission of the Land-Grant University is also required. The successful candidate must meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.

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Application Procedures: Applicants should apply online at . In addition to completing the application, applicants should also attach: 1) a letter of interest stating professional goals and philosophy of leadership, 2) a complete curriculum vita, and 3) copies of all transcripts. When prompted during the on-line application process, names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of three professional references should be provided. Only complete application materials will be considered. The search will continue until the position is filled but to ensure consideration for the position, applicants are encouraged to apply by August 15, 2023. Questions about the position may be directed to Desmond Layne, Search Committee Chair at

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AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION / EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER . It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

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