Director of the Institute of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Extension

  • University of Alaska System
  • Fairbanks, AK, USA
  • Jun 27, 2022
Full time Agriculture/Horticulture & Aquaculture Deans & Directors Extension & Outreach

Job Description



Director of the Institute of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Extension

JOB NUMBER: 519174
CLASSIFICATION: Senior Administrator Director
GRADE: Senior Administrator
WORK TYPE: Officer/Senior Administrator, On Campus
ADMINISTRATIVE UNIT: University of Alaska Fairbanks
SCHOOL/BUSINESS UNIT: UAF Institute of Agr Nat Res & Ext
LOCATION: Fairbanks
CATEGORIES: Executive/Director/Management, Agricultural/Life Sciences/Vet Medicine, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:
The Director of the Institute of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Extension (IANRE) is the principal administrative officer of the Cooperative Extension Service (CES), the Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (AFES), and the Mining and Petroleum Training Service (MAPTS) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). The Director reports directly to the UAF Provost and provides visionary leadership to IANRE units by working with staff, faculty and the public to create an engaged organization that is responsive to the needs and goals of Alaskans. The Director promotes to the people of Alaska the visibility of the university and its engagement and research activities, and consults with state and community leaders to ensure that IANRE is responsive to the needs of Alaskans. The Director works within UAF and the UA system to support academic units in natural resource research and extension and outreach programming. The Director will be charged with leading IANRE through a period of change by prioritizing programs and seeking efficiencies in the face of budgetary reductions.

Providing leadership and oversight for the financial management of IANRE including federal and university funding allocations; and increasing program funding from all available sources including contracts, grants, and fees and forging partnerships; Insuring accountability of IANRE to the University, USDA, stakeholders, and the public; Increasing acquisition of gifts, donations, and endowments supporting Cooperative Extension programs by working in concert with UAF's University of Advancement.

Responsible for leading and managing all IANRE operations, including AFES CES and MAPTS operations. Developing partnerships between IANRE and other programs with outreach, engagement and public services throughout the UA system; Providing leadership in the development and coordination of educational programs, applied research, and scholarship, focusing on issues and problems important to Alaskans; Recognizing, supporting and collaborating with all of the extension and outreach programs at UAF and providing leadership in outreach and community engagement activities for the betterment and well being of all Alaskans; Advocating for IANRE as a significant educational resource for the State with relevant local, state, and national entities

Supervising state-wide administrators, faculty, professionals and classified staff, conduct performance evaluations and make recommendations about personnel actions; Providing vision and leadership for agricultural and forestry and other natural research related research at UAF, recognizing the importance of sustainability in agriculture and all natural resource fields. Fostering statewide relationships with local governments and elected officials as well as with the private sector, non-profits, and the public; Effectively integrating the missions of the IANRE to efficiently meet the Land Grant mission in Alaska in word and spirit; Aggressively engaging in entrepreneurial initiatives with industry and strategic partners. Recognizing, supporting and collaborating with all research outreach programs at UAF.

Preferred and Required Qualifications


Excellent leadership, organizational, planning, supervisory, and problem-solving skills;
Demonstration of administrative and leadership effectiveness in a complex organization with responsibilities for budgeting, financial planning, personnel management, strategic planning, and critical decision making;
An outstanding record of achievement or creative discovery in a professional field;
Demonstrated experience in the leadership of an extension, experiment station or similar outreach/research program;
Demonstrated scholarship in natural resources;
Demonstrated ability to seek funding that supports the core mission of IANRE;
Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the management of programs and resources and a proven ability to relate effectively to a wide variety of people of diverse backgrounds, including experience with and an understanding and respect for cultural, ethnic, and individual differences;
Thorough understanding and knowledge of the broad diversity of fields and disciplines within IANRE, including the nature, value, and inter-relationships of the represented disciplines;
Strong verbal and written communication skills including electronic media;
Strong understanding of and ability to engage and support work in a digital landscape;
Ability to work independently and collaboratively;
Ability to travel within and outside Alaska;
Demonstrated ability to make decisions in a fair and equitable manner;
Demonstrated understanding of community and economic development across a broad spectrum of organizations and cultures;
An appreciation for the "engaged university" as characterized by the Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grant Universities;
A holistic and innovative vision for the role and function of IANRE in a Land, Sea and Space Grant University;
A management style that is inclusive and empowers others to succeed, fosters respect, builds pride in the accomplishment of shared goals, and feeds upon two-way communication;
Thorough understanding and knowledge of the role of research, outreach and workforce development as a collaboration with the University, the State, the Land, Sea and Space Grant system, and the USDA in service to the people of Alaska;
Evidence of leadership for research and/or educational programs in both rural and urban communities and a commitment to serving all communities regardless of population;
Natural resource experience in Alaska or another Northern location; and
Knowledge of the history, cultures and economy of Alaska.


Evidence of IANRE relevant experience and leadership at increasing levels of responsibility required.
The successful candidate will have successfully accomplished increasingly complex goals and objectives requiring high-level leadership, promotion of diversity, communication, vision, and management skills.


Ph.D. or Masters with relevant experience.

Application Details

Applicant instructions:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information (email and phone number) for three (3) professional references with your application.

*Applicant must have a valid U.S. Drivers' license or the ability to obtain a drivers' license.

Review Date:

This position is open until filled with the initial applications review taking place on August 31, 2022. To ensure consideration please apply by 11:55 pm Alaska Standard Time, August 30, 2022.

This position is designated as an officer of the university or senior administrator at the discretion of the president.


Effective immediately, all new UAF hires, whose job function or work location results in the employee being subject to the UAF vaccine requirements guided by the Federal Contractor Employee vaccine mandate*, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption no later than six weeks from the new hire's start date.

*Employees based on UAF's Troth Yeddha' (Fairbanks) campus, regardless of university affiliation and remote work status; Employees based in UAF research units outside Fairbanks (including Seward Marine Center, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, HAARP, Poker Flat, Lena Point, and Toolik Field Station); and Employees, regardless of their work location, paid by or directly working on impacted UAF federal contract.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

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