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Department Head

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by March 15, 2017. Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date, until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled, no later than April 15, 2017. The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants. When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents: 1) A Curriculum Vitae (CV) 2) A cover letter that responds to each of the minimum/required and preferred qualifications. You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process. For additional information please contact: Adrienne Wonhof, adrienne.wonhof@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-4279. OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver's license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per OSU STANDARD 576-056-0000 et seq. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Motor Vehicle Check Requirement.

Position Details

Position Information

Department Forest Eng/Resourcs/Mgmt (FOR)
Position Title Administrator 1-Dept Head
Job Title Department Head
Appointment Type Administrative/Professional Faculty
Job Location Corvallis
Position Appointment Percent 100
Appointment Basis 12
Faculty Status Regular
Tenure Status Tenured Administrator
Pay Method Salary
Recommended Full-Time Salary Range Salary is commensurate with education and experience.
Position Summary

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, tenured Department Head position. The Department Head serves at the pleasure of the Dean.

The College of Forestry at Oregon State University (OSU) is comprised of three departments, one of which is Forest Engineering, Resources and Management (FERM). The FERM Department is comprised of a unique group of specialists in forest management, engineering, biometrics, hydrology, forest health, and silviculture working to support decisions for sustainable forests. FERM’s teaching and research emphasize all aspects of active forest management and restoration from regeneration through harvest for multiple land use objectives, including wood production and management for values other than wood.

Position Duties

30% – Leadership:
The Department Head is responsible for leading a diverse group of faculty to implement a common mission: to develop, communicate, and teach the science and engineering necessary for sustainable management of forest, land, and water resources to achieve economic, environmental, and social objectives. The Department Head also serves as the Director of Faculty of Professional Forestry, engaging them and external Advisory Boards in curriculum assessments and student success. The Department Head is expected to:
• Inspire faculty to develop a departmental vision; finding opportunities where others might see constraints; displaying a capacity for integrative and creative thinking and an ability to see ongoing initiatives through to implementation.
• Work collaboratively with the other College of Forestry departments to develop, implement, and support a common vision for the College; seeking and building connections with the other College departments and beyond, including direct engagement with College of Engineering leadership to sustain close working relationships between the two Colleges on the joint Forest Engineering (FE)/Civil Engineering (CE) degree program.
• Serve as a member of the Forestry Executive Committee and the Dean’s Staff shaping the College for the future.
• Help build and maintain morale, unity, and a common sense of purpose among the department faculty, staff and students and facilitating an environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.
• Advocate and articulate the collective vision of the faculty and staff of the Department.
• Provide leadership and active mentorship for faculty development.

30% – Administration:
The Department Head will be instrumental in moving the Department towards fulfilling its vision. It is critically important that the Department Head be fiscally responsible, as well as an excellent administrator, capable of making and implementing potentially difficult, but necessary, decisions in order to use resources effectively. The Department Head is expected to:
• Implement the Departmental Vision and Mission.
• Strategically recruit and retain high quality faculty, staff, and students and fostering their professional growth, productivity, and recognition to advance the Department’s vision and mission. Proactively recruit women, people of color and members of other under-represented groups into the Department’s student, faculty, and staff populations.
• Make and take responsibility for the sometimes tough decisions necessary to maintain high quality and keep the Department “on track.” Advocate for and represent the Department within the College and beyond. Manage departmental resources and people. Set priorities for allocating resources within the Department for teaching, research, and outreach; manage the associated budgets; and seek operational efficiency.
• Support a respectful and productive working environment for departmental staff; address difficult personnel issues constructively, should they arise. Maintain transparency in decision making, exhibiting honest and frank communications about decisions, once made. Balance faculty involvement in governance and administration with relief of faculty from excessive or unnecessary administrative burden.

20% – External Relations:
All College of Forestry departments foster strong relations with external stakeholders and supporters and maintain an extensive regional, national, and international network of contacts, including but not limited to the Advisory Boards’ members. The Department Head is expected to:
• Represent the Department to a variety of stakeholders from outside the University who are interested in and benefit from Department activities. These include such groups as alumni, forest industry, family forestland owners, public forestland management agencies, nongovernmental organizations, community groups, and conservation organizations.
• Seek to provide opportunities for external stakeholders to contribute to the Department and the College by:
– Making financial contributions.
– Involving themselves in Department activities such as presenting guest lectures, interacting with students, informing faculty and students of their interests and experiences.
– Providing feedback to the Department as we develop and implement our vision.
– Portraying the Department to the public in order to enhance their understanding of our contributions to Oregon forests and society.

20% – Advancement:
The Department Heads are responsible for advancement of the missions of the Department, College and University through:
• Discovery: Provide overall scope and focus for departmental research programs. Support faculty in the search for external research funding and the coordination of research activities with appropriate internal and external units. Encourage and facilitate the dissemination of research results through an array of outlets.
• Learning: Establish vision, goals, and objectives for departmental degree programs in concert with faculty, students, and stakeholders. Ensure cooperative relations with other departments in developing and administering curricula and graduate programs that cross departmental boundaries, and for which intellectual ownership is shared. Foster the maintenance of high academic and professional standards such that our students will reflect well on us as they move through their professional lives. Assist in recruiting and retaining students from a variety of backgrounds and fostering their professional development in alignment with the mission of our land grant status.
• Engagement: Participate in coordinated planning and goal setting for College of Forestry outreach education efforts, including the OSU Extension Forestry program. Interact with other University units and external parties in the development and implementation of cooperative ventures in extended education. Underscore the importance of creative and scholarly contributions in Extension and continuing education.

Minimum/Required Qualifications

PhD in forestry, natural resources, or closely related field.

Current tenure as full professor; or tenured Associate Professor with an international reputation for achievement meriting appointment as a tenured full professor based on a record of exceptional teaching, research & service.

Demonstrable leadership skills with the ability to set challenging and attainable goals, to set priorities, and work with and inspire others to high levels of creative performance.

Demonstrable strength in administrative organization, including experience in areas such as: personnel management, budget management and fundraising; professional experience in science, education, management, policy or other relevant arena; understanding of a commitment to the research, teaching, and extended education functions of a Land Grant University.

Demonstrable cultural competency and experience promoting and enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, as well as ensuring transparency in decision-making and fairness in opportunity.

Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, which include working effectively with people at various levels of an organization (i.e. Deans, faculty, students, senior administrators, government agencies, etc).

This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per OSU Standard 576-056-0000 et seq.

Preferred (Special) Qualifications

Two or more years of programmatic leadership and administrative experience.

Evidence of active engagement with the land, practical field experience, and familiarity with land management issues.

Evidence of the ability to foster high morale in communities such as academic, research, and others.

Demonstrable record of positive engagement with funding agencies, industry and/or other stakeholders.

Working Conditions / Work Schedule

Schedule may require overnight travel, evenings and weekends to participate in Department, College and University activities.

Travel may require using personal, college or university vehicles.

This position requires a clear and unambiguous commitment to compliance of all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) regulations for Division I (FBS) universities. No

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number P01044UF
Number of Vacancies 1
Anticipated Appointment Begin Date 09/01/2017
Anticipated Appointment End Date
Posting Date 02/11/2017
Full Consideration Date 03/15/2017
Closing Date 04/15/2017
Indicate how you intend to recruit for this search Competitive / External - open to ALL qualified applicants
Special Instructions to Applicants

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by March 15, 2017. Applications will continue to be accepted after the full consideration date, until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved or the position is filled, no later than April 15, 2017. The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants. When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) A Curriculum Vitae (CV)
2) A cover letter that responds to each of the minimum/required and preferred qualifications.

You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process.

For additional information please contact: Adrienne Wonhof, adrienne.wonhof@oregonstate.edu, 541-737-4279.

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per OSU STANDARD 576-056-0000 et seq. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Motor Vehicle Check Requirement.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please describe, in up to five hundred words, how you have demonstrated cultural competency and your commitment to diversity in your current or previous employment.

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents