Responsibilities include administering and leading the forestry staff in Eastern Nebraska; providing leadership in developing and implementing programs to improve Nebraska's forests and trees; working with state, federal, local officials and stakeholders including commercial forest industry professionals and conservation groups to accomplish Forest and Fire Bureau's program goals and objectives.
Serve as the leader for the forestry staff in eastern Nebraska, providing strong leadership by ensuring an inclusive culture within the NFS' Forestry and Fire Bureau programs that appreciates and recognizes all contributions to the team, encourages collaboration and innovation, and engages the abilities of all to fully realize the potential of the team, and of each team member.
Supervise Conservation Forester, Assistant Conservation Forester and seasonal employees related to eastern Nebraska Forestry staff and programs.
Administer, develop and manage the forestry grant programs for eastern NE including managing financial resources responsibly to maximize the effectiveness of those resources.
Actively seek external funding for program/project implementation.
Assist with synthesizing a vision for the NFS forestry programming with input from faculty, staff, and stakeholders.
Seeks to deploy supervised personnel strategically to best serve stakeholders and clientele.
Implement a comprehensive forestry program strategy (consistent with the NFS and IANR Strategic Plans) to expand traditional and emerging programs within the Bureau.
Work with Forestry staff to promote sustainability of Nebraska's trees and forests and provide guidance and direction to address forestry issues in eastern Nebraska.
Work closely with federal, state and local agencies, organizations, forest industry, funders and individual entrepreneurs to proactively develop and expand forestry programs. Furthermore, ensuring opportunities are open to all, programs are inclusive of all constituencies, and that every effort is made to engage diverse audiences, especially those that are traditionally underrepresented.
Supervise forestry staff, including work planning, reporting, and performance evaluations.
Develop, manage, allocate and track performance, outcomes and impacts of projects.
Assist the Nebraska Forest Service Senior Leadership Team (SLT) with policy issues, strategic planning, and accomplishment reporting.
Assist Bureau Chief with the development and implementation of successful external funding proposals and projects.
Assist Bureau Chief with managing grant programs, including planning, monitoring, financial tracking, and performance reporting.
Direct staff with educational programming and development of educational materials to raise awareness of programs and opportunities.
Work with SLT in the development of statewide initiatives.
Stay current on environmental, regulatory and incentive policies, programs and markets as they affect forestry in Nebraska.
Work with the SLT to position NFS to best capitalize on tree and forest policies, programs and opportunities.
Work with staff and leadership to develop programming to support forest field days, workshops, conferences and trainings.
Assist leadership in the development of training for both internal and external stakeholders.
Cooperate with media to promote forestry programming through traditional and nontraditional platforms.
Serve on NFS Leadership Team and other ad hoc committees as needed to jointly develop, revise and implement NFS strategies, direction, programs, staffing and administration.
Serve as Acting State Forester if requested.
Other duties as assigned.
In addition to the above-described duties, the individual will be expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the Administrative Unit, College/Division, Institute, and/or University level.
Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) and Nebraska Forest Service are committed to creating learning, research, extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of human diversity. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of individuals from underrepresented groups.
As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.
Minimum Required Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in forestry, natural resources, horticulture, or related field.
Three years professional experience leading forestry programs which include landowner assistance, community education/outreach, and program implementation. Must include program development, project and administrative experience.
Experience in staff supervision.
A proven record of supervisory experience and staff administration.
A proven record in developing and successfully implementing short to medium-term projects and program goals.
Experience and proven record in successful grants writing and preparation.
A history of identifying, defining and implementing new and existing programs.
Experience in defining, guiding and implementing strategic and operational planning and management activities.
Demonstrated technical, program management and administrative abilities in forestry or natural resource programs with excellent knowledge of forestry and forest management practices.
Demonstrated ability to manage and oversee programs, projects, operations, and staff.
Demonstrated ability to engage and foster partner support.
Excellent communication, planning, interpersonal, technology and administrative skill set
Experience providing accurate and complete programmatic reports.
Job Type: 12 Month (Faculty Only)
Internal Number: 72327
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