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Associate Dean & Director of Virginia Cooperative Extension

Virginia Tech
Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Feb 7, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Agriculture & Animal Sciences, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Other Academic Affairs, Deans, Executive, Executive Directors, Other Executive
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Full Time
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Job Description

Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Virginia Tech are recruiting its next Associate Dean and Director of VCE. The Associate Dean and Director provides primary leadership for all aspects of Virginia Cooperative Extension. We are seeking an energetic leader, strategic thinker, relationship builder, and strong communicator who will strengthen the role of VCE and CALS throughout the university and the communities it serves. The Director reports to the Dean of CALS, and serves with the associate deans for Academic Programs, Research and Graduate Studies, and CALS Global as a member of the dean’s executive team. The director is also one of the voting members of the University’s Administrative Council for Extension and Experiment Station Research. The director collaborates closely with the Extension Administrator at Virginia State University to ensure a shared vision and to promote a state-wide joint Extension program. The director will also represent VCE at the state, regional and national levels, as well as build strong relationships with stakeholders, partners, and funders.

VCE programs are delivered through a network of faculty and staff at two universities, 107 county and city offices, 11 Agricultural Research and Extension Centers, and six 4-H educational centers. Our system incorporates the expertise of faculty in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Natural Resources and Environment, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station, as well as the School of Agriculture at Virginia State University.

Applications should be submitted through this site ( ; Job #519044). Nominations of individuals for this position and additional information about this position, Virginia Tech, and VCE can be found at the following site: .

In addition to the online application, applicants are required to attach 1) Updated CV, 2) Statement of Extension Philosophy, and 3) Names and contact information of 3 references.

Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about this position can also be directed to Dr. Tom Thompson, search committee chair, at 540-231-4152 or .

Required Qualifications

● An earned doctorate in a field of study commonly associated with colleges of agricultural sciences, natural resources, human sciences or veterinary medicine.
● Distinguished record of achievement and scholarship.
● Demonstrated success in forming teams and encouraging collaboration amongst specialists, agents, and internal and external stakeholders.
● Experience in fiscal management and building a portfolio of external funding and building funding capacity.
● Experience in planning, organizing, and communicating policies and programs.
● Demonstrated ability to represent the university and Extension to diverse constituencies at local, state, and national levels.
● A commitment to the university’s principles of community, and a clear recognition of the land-grant mission.
● A commitment to building a diverse workforce and serving diverse audiences.
● Candidates should have the ability to administer and promote statewide Extension programs, and possess vision and the ability to successfully engage, motivate, and lead people.

Preferred Qualifications

• Track record of developing productive relationships with legislators, local and state government officials, and industry and organizational partners.
• Credentials appropriate for rank of professor are preferred.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience

Review Date

March 15, 2022

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

Travel required. Must have a driver's license check and an acceptable and safe driving record.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Dr. Tom Thompson at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

Advertised: February 7, 2022
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