Executive Director, Board on Human Sciences (BoHS) and Director,
Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources (FANR)
Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources (FANR)
Vice President, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Applications will be review as received with preference given to
applications received before December 1, 2021
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities’ (APLU’s)
Office of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) and the
Board on Human Sciences (BoHS) seeks an Executive Director, BoHS
and Director, FANR to provide strategic direction and leadership to
BoHS as well as lead key initiatives within the FANR Office.
Successful candidates will carry out the goals of BoHS by providing
national leadership and strategic oversight. This includes leading
the development and implementation of the Board’s priorities,
supporting membership in executive and liaison roles, and
developing and coordinating a communication and advocacy strategy
to advance APLU’s policy positions in human sciences. Further, as
Director, FANR, the incumbent will act as lead staff for the Board
on Oceans, Atmosphere, and Climate (BOAC) and the Board on
Veterinary Medicine (BVM). The incumbent will also provide support
to the Board on Agriculture Assembly (BAA) and the FANR Office as
needed. This full-time position is based in Washington, DC.
Employees are working remotely from locations within DC, MD, VA
through April 1, 2022 due to COVID-19. Employees of APLU must
reside in DC, MD, or VA.
Background on APLU
APLU is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated
to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in
the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. With a membership of 244 public
research universities, land-grant institutions, state university
systems, and affiliated organizations, APLU's agenda is built on
the three pillars of increasing degree completion and academic
success, advancing scientific research, and expanding engagement.
Annually, member campuses enroll 5.0 million undergraduate and 1.3
million graduate students, award
1.3 million higher education degrees, employ 1.3 million faculty
and staff, and conduct $49.2 billion in university-based research.
For more information on APLU, please consult https://www.aplu.org.
Background to the Board on Human Sciences
The Board on Human Sciences (BoHS) is an association of
institutional members of higher education units responsible for
research/discovery, extension/outreach, and teaching/learning
programs in the Human Sciences at universities across North
America. Their members are committed to a national agenda that
unifies disciplines within and beyond the Human Sciences to enrich
people’s lives. The BoHS is one of several constituent Boards
associated with the Commission on Food, Environment, and Renewable
Resources (CFERR) of the Association of Public and Land-grant
Universities. The BoHS is governed by its Board of Directors as
well as its Rules of Operations, Strategic Plan and Action Plan.
More information on the BoHS can be found
The Executive Director, BoHS, is directly supervised by APLU’s
Vice President for FANR and is responsible to the BoHS Chair for
guidance on engagement and duties. Performance reviews are
accomplished in partnership between APLU’s Vice President for Food,
Agriculture, and Natural Resources and the BoHS Chair with input
from the Executive Committee.
Executive Director, BoHS
- Responsible for the successful implementation of the BoHS goals
and objectives by providing proactive leadership, supporting board
development, ensuring positive public relations, exercising
responsible financial management, acting as a liaison with
stakeholders, complying with legal and ethical standards, and
promoting organizational development.
- Lead the development and implementation of BoHS Strategic
Framework to provide national leadership in Human Sciences. Ensure
the primary goals and objectives of the framework are incorporated
into ongoing priority areas and advocacy messaging.
- Promotes BoHS (and APLU’s) commitment to advancing a climate of
diversity, equity and inclusion that aligns with the mission of
bringing together multiple perspectives to address human
- Working closely with the Executive Committee, provide
leadership and oversight to the BoHS/APLU Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) and annually review and update the BoHS Scope
- Prepare agendas and associated background materials, including
reports, for BoHS Executive Committee Director meetings.
- Oversee BoHS events, including working with the BoHS Executive
Committee to develop agendas for events and manage speakers as well
as oversee event logistics (in-person, virtual, and hybrid).
- Maintain an active list of BoHS liaisons (primary and
secondary) to other APLU Councils, Commissions and other
initiatives and support them in their work.
- Serve as an Ex Officio member to identified organizations and
committees, including ad hoc committees appointed by the BoHS
- Promote, encourage, and support BoHS member engagement in APLU
activities, Councils and/or Commissions.
- Engage with partner organizations and coalitions by regularly
participating in external meetings and identifying opportunities
for collaboration and shared advocacy on issues related to the
disciplines of human sciences.
- Provide coordination, facilitation, and support to the
Commission on Food, Environment, & Renewable Resources
(CFERR); Board on Oceans, Atmosphere and Climate (BOAC); and
Colleges of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), including advising them of
upcoming meetings, providing background materials, and coordinating
advocacy and communications issues that may arise with appropriate
APLU offices. Contribute as a team member in the Office of Food,
Agriculture and Natural Resources.
- Work directly with CFERR leadership, BAA standing committees,
and the APLU Council on Government Affairs to coordinate a
communication and advocacy strategy to advance APLU’s policy
positions in human sciences.
- Support advocacy efforts for increased federal funding on
appropriations priorities, Farm Bill (nutrition and other human
sciences related lines of funding) and other authorization
legislation priorities, as well as other relevant opportunities
with federal agencies.
- Assist with planning and implementing joint meetings with the
Council for Administrators of Family and Consumer Sciences
- Collaborate with APLU colleagues to address issues of national
prominence important to BoHS and promote the work of APLU.
- Promote a supportive diverse, inclusive, and effective team
environment, supervising staff, and providing coaching, support,
training, and development opportunities as needed.
- Perform other duties as assigned, including assignments and
responsibilities within APLU and FANR.
- Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s Degree or Ph.D. in human
sciences, organizational leadership, or other relevant disciplines
- At least eight years of progressively responsible experience.
preferably in areas related to human sciences or higher education
(primary focus areas include: family and consumer sciences; food
science and nutrition; health management and wellness; culinary
arts, hospitality, and tourism; housing and interior design; human
development and family relations; personal and family finance; and
textiles, apparel, and retailing). Experience providing executive
director, or executive level leadership to boards and
- Ability to cultivate and maintain relationships with federal
agencies and national organizations, university stakeholder groups,
and other relevant partners. Ability to interface with high-level
university and policy leaders.
- Excellent organizational and program management skills with the
ability to manage a budget and achieve set objectives.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills; exceptional
- Experience planning meetings and events, including agenda
development, logistical oversight and budget management. Excellent
session design and facilitation skills.
- Strong management skills, with successful experiencing building
and maintaining supportive, diverse, inclusive work
- Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to provide
strategic direction and leadership to multiple constituencies and
to work collaboratively with diverse groups of people.
- Detail-oriented; able to juggle multiple responsibilities
- Strong commitment to advancing higher education
- Ability to travel domestically, as needed.
Please send a letter of interest and resume to APLU’s Human
Resources Department at email@example.com with the subject line:
ED BoHS. Applications will be reviewed as received
with preference given to those received by December 1, 2021. APLU
is committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work
environment, and supports staff with a generous benefits
APLU is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and is committed
to recruiting, employing, training, compensating and promoting
staff regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity
or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics,
disability, age, or military service.