Director of Extension and Associate Dean for Engagement
College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources
University of Nevada, Reno
The University of Nevada, Reno, seeks a strategic, visionary leader
to serve as the Director of Extension and Associate Dean for
Engagement within the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and
The Director/Associate Dean for Engagement leads and administers
statewide Extension programs as part of the land grant mission of
the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), while also acting as an
ambassador on and off campus to a wide range of stakeholders and
constituency groups across the state. Extension is a major unit
within the College of
Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources (CABNR)
collaborates closely with the Nevada Agricultural Experiment
Station and other units within the Nevada System of Higher
Education. As director, the position has direct supervisory
authority for Extension, including NIFA reporting authority.
As Associate Dean, the position works collaboratively with other
associate deans in CABNR and other colleges to assure effective
integration of the university's statewide engagement mission. The
position reports to the Dean of CABNR, Nevada Agricultural
Experiment Station (NAES) and Extension.
Doctorate in relevant field and three (3) years of managerial
Related Experience: Extension or comparable administrative
experience with responsibility for personnel and budget; experience
and qualifications commensurate with appointment in Extension with
tenure at rank of professor.
- Administrative experience at the level of Chair or
- Experience as an Extension faculty member at a land-grant
- Candidates with experience working with diverse populations and
leading diverse teams.
Ideal candidate will have the following:
- Demonstrated ability to develop and communicate a clear and
relevant vision and strategy to secure resources (federal, state
and local) to develop Extension programs in all six program areas
defined in state statue, with excellence, statewide.
- Demonstrated understanding of urban and rural community
- Experience with program review and development.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain consultative and
collaborative relationships with Nevada's counties and communities;
trade groups and other community organizations; and state, local
and federal agencies.
- Demonstrated ability to work with and mentor faculty and staff,
and to create a positive and productive work
- Demonstrated ability to communicate the Extension mission to a
variety of audiences.
- Demonstrated understanding of the changing nature of digital
communications and their use in promoting Extension
- Ability to use visionary leadership and innovation to provide
for continued educational, research, outreach and service programs
pertaining to agriculture, community development, health and
nutrition, horticulture, personal and family development, and
natural resources in Nevada's rural and urban
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills, particularly in
diplomacy, listening, and consensus building.
- Demonstrated ability to seek, clarify, and consolidate input
from all levels (Deans and Directors, Academic Departments,
Extension faculty and staff, local government, etc.) into a clear
strategy for organizational development.
Extension at the University of Nevada, Reno
Nevada Reno, Extension brings information to solve problems and
deal with critical issues throughout Nevada. Extension is a
partnership supported by federal, state and county funds, working
closely with a wide range of partners. Extension has offices in 15
counties, serving urban and rural populations throughout the
state. Nevada hired its first Extension employee in 1914 following
the signing of the Smith-Lever Act and Extension has been at the
forefront of many community actions throughout its history in the
About the University of Nevada, Reno
The University of Nevada, Reno, is a public research university
that is committed to the promise of a future powered by knowledge.
Nevada's historic land-grant university founded in 1874, the
University serves 20,000 students. The University is a
comprehensive, doctoral university, classified as an R1 institution
with very high research activity by the Carnegie Classification of
Institutions of Higher Education and also earned the Carnegie
Community Engagement classification. More than $800 million in
advanced labs, residence halls and facilities has been invested on
campus since 2009. It is home to the University of Nevada, Reno
School of Medicine and Wolf Pack Athletics, maintains a statewide
outreach mission and presence through programs such as the
University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Nevada Agricultural
Experiment Station, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, Small
Business Development Center, Nevada Seismological Laboratory.
The University's main campus is located in Reno, Nevada,
immediately adjacent to a vibrant and growing downtown region, and
has a satellite campus in south Reno. Currently underway is the
acquisition of a 20 acres residential campus at Lake Tahoe which
will complement the University's presence in each of Nevada's 17
counties. The University is part of the Nevada System of Higher
Education, which includes two research universities, one state
college, four community colleges and an environmental research
institute, and endeavors to create and develop strong partnerships
with each institution. Through a commitment to world-improving
research, student success and outreach benefiting the communities
and businesses of Nevada, the University has impact across the
state and around the world.
Located where the Sierra Nevada meets the high desert of the Great
Basin, the University's verdant, 290-acre main campus is a
45-minute drive from scenic Lake Tahoe. Today, the University
delivers on its land-grant mission of access to education and
knowledge by investing in the academics, facilities, support,
engagement and vibrant campus life that promote UNR's diverse
students' cognitive growth and academic achievement — all while
remaining one of the best values in American higher education,
according to both Forbes and Money magazines (2018).
The University is ranked in the top tier of National Universities
by U.S. News & World Report and in the top tier of the
WSJ/Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes
excellence in education and research. UNR is an inclusive and
engaged community and recognizes the added value that students,
faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the
The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) is committed to
providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on
the basis of a person's age (40 or older), disability, whether
actual or perceived by others (including service-connected
disabilities), gender/sex (including but not limited to pregnancy
related conditions), military status or military obligations,
sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic
information, national origin, race, color, or religion.
The total compensation package includes a competitive salary,
moving allowance (if applicable), a generous retirement plan,
health insurance options that include dental and vision, life
insurance, long-term disability, annual and sick leave, along with
many other benefits. Additionally, there is a grant-in-aid
educational benefit for employees and dependents. For more
information, please visit: UNR Benefits.
Dual Career Assistance Program
The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of
addressing dual-career couples' professional needs. UNR offers a
dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty
spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to
identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. Dual Career
The University is being assisted by Academic Search. Applications,
nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted
electronically, and in confidence, to:
Attach the following attachments to your Academic Search
2) Cover Letter
3) Contact Information for Five Professional References: no
references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the
4) Please write a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you
would contribute toward UNR's mission of creating a culturally
inclusive environment as the Director of Extension and Associate
Dean for Engagement.
Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by
contacting consultants Chris Butler and
More information, including an institutional profile, can be found
The position is open until filled but only applications received by
Tuesday, March 15, 2022, can be assured full consideration.