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Research Center Department Head with Montana State University – Department of Research Centers in Bozeman, MT

Type of position Tenure-track FY position: 80% administration, 10% outreach, 10% research
Employer Montana State University – Department of Research Centers
Description of Employer As the foundational component of Montana’s land grant university at Montana State University, the College of Agriculture (COA) and the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) provide instruction in dynamic degree programs and conduct research relevant to the challenges in Montana’s agricultural and natural resource communities. We create opportunities for students, staff and faculty to excel through hands-on learning, to serve through campus and community engagement, to explore unique solutions to distinct and interesting questions and to connect Montanans with the global community through research discoveries and outreach. The COA offers eleven baccalaureate, nine masters, and four doctoral degree programs from five departments and one division. MAES conducts research through the Department of Research Centers (Corvallis, Conrad, Creston, Havre, Huntley, Moccasin, Sidney), in collaboration with other academic departments, near Bozeman, and throughout Montana.
Location Bozeman, MT
Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.
Closing date of competition Screening of applications will begin on April 1, 2017
Date position available Upon completion of a successful search
Description of duties The Department Head (DH) for Research Centers (RC) has the following responsibilities: to provide dynamic vision and leadership; lead, coordinate, and administer the RC’s research and outreach programs; foster a department culture that is participatory, cohesive, innovative, and unique to the region/nation and supports faculty/superintendent and staff excellence; recruit personnel, manage budgets, evaluate performance (annual, retention, promotion/tenure); participate in development activities; promote professional development activities and represent the faculty in various capacities on- and off-campus; provide leadership and advocacy for the Department of Research Centers; work collaboratively with the faculty and staff to develop missions, long-range plans and consistent policies and procedures; encourage and assist individual, multidisciplinary, multi-state, and multi-institutional research activities to leverage resources; dynamically support faculty in the pursuit of extramural funding from State, regional, National and private sources; enhance communications with faculty, local citizen/community advisory committees, and interested groups; serve as the primary communication link between Research Center personnel and on-campus administrative units; be a resource for University, College and Departmental policies regarding personnel, property and budget; travel on behalf of MAES would be required with regular visits to each Research Center; other related duties as assigned. The position is located in the College of Agriculture/Montana Agricultural Experiment Station in Bozeman and reports directly to the COA/MAES VP, Dean and Director.The successful candidate will maintain an active research program and will facilitate the success of departmental programs, including outreach and research initiatives. This position is responsible for managing all departmental fiscal affairs; promoting and integrating productive working relationships among the department faculty and staff; promoting the department within the college, university, state and nation; and planning and developing long-term departmental programs. This person will also be responsible for annual faculty performance reviews; guiding new departmental hires; and communicating on behalf of the department with the academic community, state and federal agencies, private industry, agricultural organizations, and the general public. Further information on areas of responsibility for department heads can be found here.The Department strives to maintain a rich and diverse faculty group; women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.
Qualifications sought Required

  1. Tenured associate or full professor with a terminal degree in a relevant agriculture discipline.
  2. Experience working with or for a State Agricultural Experiment Station and off-campus centers.
  3. Record of progressively responsible leadership experience.
  4. Record of successful scholarly productivity and receipt of external funds.


  1. Knowledge of and experience with diverse agricultural science and natural resources research programs.
  2. Demonstrated commitment to shared governance with faculty, staff, students, and administrators.
  3. Experience in comprehensive communication and outreach efforts.
  4. Record of successfully recruiting, mentoring, motivating and retaining faculty and staff.
  5. Strong problem-solving abilities and team-building skills.
  6. Demonstrated ability to work with and engage diverse students, staff, and colleagues within and outside the department and a commitment to the principles of inclusiveness and diversity.
Contact for additional information Dr. Darrin Boss – dboss@montana.edu
Application procedure
Submit what Required Documents
1. Curriculum Vitae
2. Response to each Required and Preferred Qualification
Submit to For application instructions, please visit http://jobs.montana.edu/postings/7516
Additional Information Position Special Requirements/Physical Demands
1. Knowledge of applicable University, State, and Federal laws, regulations, policies and procedures; technology applications; and safety procedures and practices including OSHA regulations for research facilities.
2. Travel to research centers will be required.
3. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.MSU is an ADA/EEO/Vet Pref Employer
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