Vice President for Agricultural Affairs; Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natur

Fargo, ND
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Aug 14, 2019
Job Type
Full Time
Position Description:
North Dakota State University ( NDSU ) invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice President for Agricultural Affairs; Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources ( CAFSNR ); Director of the North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station ( NDAES ); and Director of NDSU Extension ( NDSU EXT ).

The combined position of VP, Dean, and Director of AES and EXT (VP Ag) is responsible for providing vision, leadership, and fiscal management of the academic, research, and Extension programming activities encompassed by all of NDSU Agriculture and Extension. In cooperation with the State Board of Agricultural Research and Education and a wide array of university, county, state, and federal constituents, the VP Ag leads the development of long-term strategies to enhance academic, research, and Extension programs and diversify revenue streams to fulfill the land grant mission of NDSU .

Agriculture is a critical component of the economy of North Dakota. North Dakota produces 42 commodities, leading in the production of 11. Nearly half of all new dollars generated in North Dakota can be attributed to agricultural activities. Crop production accounts for approximately 70% of total farm revenue and approximately 25% of total farm economy is based on livestock enterprises. Both plant- and animal-based agriculture systems are undergoing rapid change and dynamic leadership is needed to address challenges and strengthen the ND agricultural economy.

The College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural Resources is one of seven academic colleges at NDSU . It provides critical, contemporary instruction at the undergraduate and graduate level in Animal Sciences, Agribusiness and Economics, Plant Sciences, Plant Pathology, Soils, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Entomology, Range Sciences, Natural Resource Management, and Microbiology, as well as interdisciplinary programs.

The North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station is responsible for developing information and technology needed for North Dakota crop and livestock producers to remain competitive in today's global economy. Research encompasses a wide array of disciplines reflected in the academic mission of CAFSNR . Activities at the main station, seven Research Extension Centers, the Agronomy Seed Farm, and many other research sites located throughout North Dakota provide stakeholders and consumers with essential information and technology and work in close concert with NDSU Extension.

NDSU Extension is part of a nationwide university-based educational system that provides research-supported and knowledge-based educational programs to North Dakota citizens. Educational programs focus on rural resources and issues affecting the state's food producers and businesses, as well as the youth, families, and communities that make up the agricultural communities of today and tomorrow. Extension serves every one of North Dakota's 53 counties and four American Indian reservations. Through this network of county and community-based centers and offices, Extension develops relationships across the state and enhances the University's capacity to serve the citizens of North Dakota and the region.

The Northern Crops Institute ( NCI ) is a collaborative effort among North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, and South Dakota to support the promotion and market development of crops grown in this four-state region. The NCI Director reports to the Northern Crops Council and to the VP Ag for NDSU administrative reporting only.


The VP Ag provides leadership and vision for academic, agricultural research, and Extension programs at NDSU . Specifically, the VP Ag:
• reports to the NDSU President (as VP, Director, and Director) and to the Provost as Dean of CAFSNR . (S)he serves as a member of the NDSU President's Cabinet, representing agricultural and Extension interests and facilitating cooperation and interaction with the Provost and other NDSU Vice Presidents in the best interest of advancing agriculture at NDSU .
• leads an administrative team comprised of the Associate Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station, the Associate Director of NDSU Extension, the Associate Dean of the CAFSNR , and the Director of Agriculture Budget Office. (S)he works closely with the Dean of the College of Human Sciences and Education and other college deans to provide assistance, guidance, and resources that ensure coordination and integration of programs.
• develops and implements biennial budgets working closely with the President; Provost; department chairs and heads; directors of the seven Research Extension Centers, Agronomy Seed Farm, and NCI ; Extension Leadership Team; and with the State Board of Agricultural Research and Education ( SBARE ). (S)he articulates capital improvement and other program funding needs to the NDSU President and legislative committees.
• builds relationships and facilitates collaboration among REC - and county-based research and Extension staff and faculty within CAFSNR to increase the impact of NDAES , Extension, and the University throughout the entire state.
• interacts with citizens, local officials, and county, state and federal agencies to identify and address critical needs of agricultural research and Extension programs.
• works with academic colleges and other units to mobilize, coordinate, integrate programming, and prioritize university resources in support of the university's mission and promote academic, research, and outreach missions of the university.
• coordinates and collaborates with the NDSU Office of University Relations to develop an integrated public relations system that is proactive in communicating the mission, programs, activities, importance, and benefits of NDSU and its agricultural research and Extension programs on local, county, state, regional, national, and international levels.
• provides leadership in long-range planning and development to enhance academic, research, and Extension programs.
• coordinates with the executive director of the NDSU Foundation and Alumni Association to advance relationships related to agricultural research and Extension programs.
• provides leadership, administrative coordination, and facilitation for the development of interdisciplinary academic, research, and Extension programs consistent with the mission of the university. Promotes university vision and goals throughout the diverse agricultural constituent community in the state.
• participates in and articulates university interests at appropriate meetings/conferences on behalf of agricultural research and Extension programs.
• serves as an ex officio member of the State Board of Agricultural Research and Education.

Minimum Qualifications:
• An earned doctorate or terminal degree from an accredited institution
• Recognition as an innovative leader in a discipline related to the mission of NDSU Agriculture and Extension
• Demonstrated in-depth understanding of and vision for a contemporary land-grant mission with regard to teaching, research, and/or Extension
• Understanding of or experience with agricultural practices
• Demonstrated ability to delegate authority and responsibility
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Excellent organizational skills
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Demonstrated commitment to the promotion of equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action
• Demonstrated ability to manage and direct complex budgets
• Demonstrated ability to garner extramural funding including grant and development support

Preferred Qualifications:
• Outstanding record of professional achievement and national recognition in teaching, research, and/or Extension activities
• Demonstrated ability to work with a wide variety of constituents and stakeholders to grow support for teaching, research, and/or Extension programming at the local, state and federal level
• Experience in faculty recruitment, development, and/or retention
• Demonstrated ability to delegate authority and responsibility
• Demonstrated ability to work with policy makers and understanding of the legislative process
• Experience evaluating faculty for merit, promotion, and tenure decisions
• Proven ability to align resources to strategic goals
• Demonstrated knowledge of global issues germane to agriculture-focused teaching, research, and/or Extension

Open Until Filled: Yes
Search Type: Internal/External Simultaneously: Open to all applicants
Special Instructions to Applicants:
The search will be conducted in compliance with North Dakota Open Record Laws. Applications are accepted online only at Create an account, search for the opening, and create and submit your application when prompted. The application can be attention to Jane Schuh, Vice President for Research and Creative Activities or Mr. Keith Peltier, past-Chair of the State Board for Agricultural Research and Education who serve as the Search Committee co-Chairs. Application materials must include:
1) a letter of interest that specifically addresses how your experiences and qualifications intersect with the desired traits indicated for this position (this should be attached in the "Cover Letter" section of applicant documents);
2) a one-page document describing your philosophy of teaching, research, and Extension programming as it relates to contemporary land-grant needs (this should be attached in the "Other Document 1" section of applicant documents); and
3) a CV that includes the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three to five references for future contact (this should be attached in the "Resume" section of applicant documents).
Please direct questions or nominations to Jane Schuh by email ( or by phone (701-231-8601).
Screening will begin 9/11/19

No Smoking Notice:
As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. • 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:
NDSU does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.

Veteran's Preference Notice: This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran's Preference requirements.
Location (City, State): Fargo, North Dakota

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Other Document 1
Optional Documents
  1. Veterans Preference Claim Form (DD214)
  2. Veterans Administration Letter
  3. Other Document 2