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Director of the Nebraska Forest Service/Nebraska State Forester

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lincoln ,  Nebraska
Forestry

An exciting and challenging leadership position is being filled at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. As the Director of the Nebraska Forest Service/Nebraska State Forester, the successful applicant will lead a dynamic, progressive, and growing state forestry agency within the University of Nebraska, in Lincoln, Nebraska, one of the most livable smaller cities in the country. This full-time administrative position has excellent benefits, including tuition remission for employees and dependents. The Director/State Forester is responsible for administration and leadership of the Nebraska Forest Service (NFS) to fulfill statutory responsibilities in Rural Forestry, Community Forestry, Wildland Fire Protection, and Forest Health programs; for other non-statutory NFS programs; for seeking and acquiring financial resources to supplement permanent state funding, and for program and professional development of the NFS faculty and staff including members at statewide locations. With appropriate qualifications and interest, an academic appointment as a faculty member will be considered for the successful candidate.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing and articulating a vision for NFS programs, both within UNL and externally.
  • Providing leadership in the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of NFS, federal service and, educational programs in accordance with state statutes, and for university and IANR Strategic and Action Plans.
  • Developing and administering budgets for NFS programs. Working closely with the faculty and staff in establishing program priorities and plans, and in allocating physical, budgetary, facility, and support staff resources
  • Seeking external sources of support by building partnerships, preparing and submitting proposals for funding, and leveraging existing resources.
  • Providing coordination and oversight of federal financial assistance.
  • Providing administrative leadership and personnel management, facilitating recruitment and retention of a diverse NFS faculty and staff, and providing for professional development and formative evaluation of faculty and staff members.
  • Fostering ties with departments and programs within the university to support NFS programs, and to complement the teaching, research, and extension education missions of the university.
  • Encouraging linkages, coordination, and cooperation with external groups to strengthen ties with industry, public agencies (local, state, federal), non-profit organizations, professional organizations, and Nebraska residents to facilitate delivery of forestry services in Nebraska.
  • Representing and advocating for Nebraska forestry interests at state, regional, and national levels, including advising the University of Nebraska administration, the state legislature, the governor’s office, the Nebraska congressional delegation, and regional and national forestry leadership organizations.
  • Coordinating and developing plans for the maintenance, enhancement, and use of NFS facilities, and for complying with federal, state, and university regulations and guidelines regarding hazardous wastes, safety, and other pertinent issues.
  • Carrying out other responsibilities that may be necessary to accomplish the missions of the NFS and the University of Nebraska.

Required Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in forestry or related natural resource discipline is required. 
  • Applicant must exhibit administrative potential or administrative experience, and possess demonstrated evidence of, or a potential for, leadership.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A BS in forestry from a Society of American Foresters accredited program.
  • Ph.D. in Forestry, Fisheries and/or Wildlife, or closely related field. 
  • Experience in forestry highly desirable. 
  • Administrative experience in a public service agency, private business, or an academic institution.

To view details of the position and make application, go to http://employment.unl.edu Search for position F_170021. Click on “Apply to this job.” Complete the application. Attach a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional references (or arrange to have reference letters sent to rgaussoin1@unl.edu). Review of applications to begin on 4/14/2017 and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination



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