West Virginia University (WVU) seeks a dynamic individual to provide leadership to develop and execute an innovative and positive vision that supports and advances the comprehensive land-grant mission of West Virginia University. The Dean and Director will implement ideas that improve the quality of Extension Service programs for both West Virginia citizens and other stakeholders. The Dean and Director will lead the faculty and staff in strategic action to further WVU's mission of teaching, scholarship, and engagement into the future. The Dean and Director will provide leadership that addresses the engagement and opportunities associated with the diverse programs in Extension Service. The Dean and Director is the chief officer of Extension Service and reports to the Provost or her designee.
A Master's degree in a relevant field. Preferred fields could include, but are not limited to, extension education, agriculture, community development, family and consumer sciences, natural resources, education administration or related areas.
Documented successful experience working in Extension Service or at a land-grant University.
Demonstrated current knowledge of Extension Service issues and trends.
A clear ability to use good judgment and make sound decisions.
A leadership style that invites collaboration, encourages teamwork, welcomes diverse perspectives, and values transparency.
Evidence of an understanding of and commitment to working with diverse populations, including race, gender, economic, sexual orientation, geographic, and abilities.
A demonstrated ability to manage change, resolve conflict, and build consensus.
Superior interpersonal and communication skills, a high level of emotional intelligence and concern for others, and the ability to navigate controversy and treat all people with civility and respect.
The ability to advocate Extension Service's needs, plans, and programs effectively.
The ability to imagine new possibilities for Extension Service, develop and articulate a vision, and develop and implement effective strategic plans, including the ability to translate institutional strategy into operational goals, and to specify and prioritize short and long-range objectives.
A proven ability to provide skilled, enthusiastic, visionary leadership to a variety of groups and individuals as well as a large, geographically dispersed organization.
Familiarity with the distinctive features of, and opportunities for a land-grant institution - particularly as it pertains to the state and region.
Demonstrated experience managing complex budgets.
Knowledge of and/or experience with one or more of the fields in which Extension Service operates: 4-H and Youth Development; Community and Economic Development; STEM Education; Agriculture; Agri-Tourism; Nutrition Outreach; Wellness; Fire Safety; Safety and Health; Labor Studies; Communications; and Technology should be articulated.
Earned doctorate in a relevant field. Preferred fields could include, but are not limited to, extension education, agriculture, community development, family and consumer sciences, natural resources, education administration, law or related areas.
Significant (at least five years) experience in supervision of employees.
Supervision of faculty and staff in higher education.
Proven dedication to excellence in teaching, research, and service.
Experience in acquiring external funding through fundraising, grants acquisition and fee for services.
Knowledge of higher education recruitment and retention strategies.
A defined history of cultivating and coordinating collaborations to achieve stated goals.
The ability to effectively navigate policies and procedures in the state of West Virginia.
Experience as an agent of innovation and change achieving excellence across a complex organization.
A demonstrable track-record of administrative achievement that gives strong evidence of the capacity to manage a complex unit, including its budget, workforce, and programs.
The skills to navigate the organizational, political, and fiscal realities unique to a major public research university, and to make changes to improve current practice, including effective advocacy for the resources required to uphold mandates and achieve aspirations.
Demonstrated capability to manage professional and support staff effectively, including hiring, motivating, training, developing and evaluating the job performance of employees.
Experience and/or the clear potential to represent Extension Service articulately and compellingly within the larger University and to external constituencies, enhancing the visibility and impact of its work while increasing gifts, grant-related funding, and other mission-aligned revenue.
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting West Virginia University in the search. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. For full consideration, materials should be provided by January 18, 2020. Application materials should include a letter addressing how the candidate's experiences match the position's duties, responsibilities and qualifications, an academic curriculum vitae and contact information for at least five references. Submission of materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged.
West Virginia University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture by promoting diversity, inclusion, equality, and intercultural and intercommunity outreach. Accordingly, the University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, marital or family status, pregnancy, veteran status, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or gender expression in the administration of any of its educational programs, activities, or with respect to admission or employment. This Policy sets forth how discrimination, harassment, sexual and domestic misconduct, certain consensual relationships, stalking, and retaliation will be addressed by West Virginia University.
Job Posting: Dec 2, 2019
Posting Classification: Non-Classified
Exemption Status: Exempt
Benefits Eligible: Yes
Internal Number: 192843
About West Virginia University
West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a public, land-grant institution. WVU encourages scholarship and offers high-quality academic programs while serving the state of West Virginia and the nation. WVU statewide includes campuses in Beckley, Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg and Morgantown – which has been ranked as a #1 Small City in America. WVU is an R1 Doctoral Research University (Highest Research Activity), one of only 115 nationwide. WVU offers 212 degrees throughout the 14 colleges and schools. Areas of specialty include STEM education, healthcare in Appalachia, shale gas utilization, radio astronomy and forensics. WVU researchers have helped confirm the existence of gravitational waves and uncovered diesel vehicle emissions discrepancies. Statewide, there are over 31,000 graduate and undergraduate students along with 190,000 alumni worldwide. WVU is reinventing West Virginia’s future by strengthening education, healthcare and broad-based prosperity.