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Horticulture Department Head with Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR

Type of position Horticulture Department Head Professorial Faculty
Employer Oregon State University
Description of Employer Working for Oregon State University is so much more than a job!

Oregon State University is a dynamic community of dreamers, doers, problem-solvers and change-makers. We don’t wait for challenges to present themselves — we seek them out and take them on. We welcome students, faculty and staff from every background and perspective into a community where everyone feels seen and heard. We have deep-rooted mindfulness for the natural world and all who depend on it, and together, we apply knowledge, tools and skills to build a better future for all.


• Top 1.4% university in the world
• More research funding than all public universities in Oregon combined
• 1 of 3 land, sea, space and sun grant universities in the U.S.
• 2 campuses, 11 colleges, 12 experiment stations, and Extension programs in all 36 counties
• 7 cultural resource centers that offer education, celebration and belonging for everyone
• 100+ undergraduate degree programs, 80+ graduate degrees plus hundreds of minor options and certificates
• 35k+ students including more than 2.3k international students and 10k students of color
• 217k+ alumni worldwide
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Oregon State has a statewide presence with campuses in Corvallis and Bend, the OSU Portland Center and the Hatfield Marine Science Center on the Pacific Coast in Newport.

Oregon State’s beautiful, historic and state-of-the-art main campus is located in one of America’s best college towns. Corvallis is located close to the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade mountains and Oregon wine country. Nestled in the heart of the Willamette Valley, this beautiful city offers miles of mountain biking and hiking trails, a river perfect for boating or kayaking and an eclectic downtown featuring local cuisine, popular events and performances.

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Oregon State University offers a comprehensive benefits package with benefits eligible positions that is designed to meet the needs of employees and their families including:
• Medical, Dental, Vision and Basic Life. OSU pays 95% of premiums for you and your eligible dependents.
• Free confidential mental health and emotional support services, and counseling resources.
• Retirement savings paid by the university.
• A generous paid leave package, including holidays, vacation and sick leave.
• Tuition reduction benefits for you or your qualifying dependents at OSU or the additional six Oregon Public Universities.
• Robust Work Life programs including Dual Career assistance resources, flexible work arrangements, a Family Resource Center, Affinity Groups and an Employee Assistance Program.

Future and current OSU employees can use the Benefits Calculator to learn more about the full value of the benefits provided at OSU.

Location Corvallis, OR
Salary Salary is commensurate with skills, education and experience.
Closing date of competition September 16, 2023
Date position available November 14, 2023
Description of duties
Provides visionary leadership to maintain and advance the department as a widely recognized regional, national and international leader in Horticulture Science. Works with faculty to identify emerging opportunities and develop strategic plans to enhance departmental programs. Creates a supportive environment for transformative, interdisciplinary programs that address complex research issues, engage and educate clientele, and prepare today’s students to address tomorrow’s problems as leaders in the field.

Oversees daily operations of the Department of Horticulture, including the facilitation of ongoing regional and multistate cooperative opportunities and issues. Develops and secures staff and support for high quality teaching, research and Extension programs statewide. Where appropriate, works with Agricultural Branch Experiment Station directors, Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources program leaders, and Extension regional directors to implement, staff, and support key programs and maintain adequate resources to ensure success.

Recruits, retains, and supports outstanding faculty and staff, clearly communicates expectations and goals, and provides criterion-based performance evaluations. Encourages, supports, and creates opportunities for faculty and staff development, study leaves, and sabbaticals. Develops effective mentoring relationships and programs to optimize faculty success. Nominates faculty and staff for department, college, university or national recognition. Builds and promotes a work environment that listens with respect and aligns with Oregon State University’s Plan for Inclusive Excellence (https://diversity.oregonstate.edu/strategic-plan“>https://diversity.oregonstate.edu/strategic-plan). Inclusive excellence is the recognition that an organization’s success is dependent on, and tied directly to, how well it values, engages and includes the rich diversity of its community members, including its students, faculty, staff, alumni, stakeholders and affiliates.

Provides active leadership in collaborative development and advancement of the department’s goals related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Coordinates with Branch Experiment Station Directors and Heads of other units to mentor and evaluate faculty located off campus and faculty with joint positions in Horticulture Science and other units. Provides an academic home for faculty located in Branch Experiment Stations and Extension offices by supporting them through the promotion and tenure process.

Provides vision and oversight for academic programs (including online programs), working with faculty and advisors to ensure that these programs provide high quality, up-to-date, and challenging content needed to train the next generation of horticulture scientists. Makes teaching assignments to ensure that classes are taught on schedule and that teaching facilities are appropriate. Engages with faculty to carry out the teaching plans outlined in the departmental strategic plan. Oversees annual learning outcome assessments and other periodic reporting requirements, working with advisors and faculty to develop student success plans and metrics.

Manages departmental budget, making sound investments that advance departmental programs in alignment with the departmental and College strategic plan, while exhibiting sound stewardship and fiscal responsibility.

Serves as an ambassador for the departments’ mission, vision and goals to broad clientele and stakeholders. Fosters effective communication among the broad collection of external and internal stakeholders. Provides departmental representation to commodity commissions, advisory groups, and other organizations to promote the department, college, Extension, and university. Works with these groups to plan, establish priorities, and implement programs. Actively fosters development and strengthening of new relationships.

Serves as a conduit to address clientele/industry needs through faculty research, teaching workforce development, and Extension programs. Works cooperatively with the agricultural industry and other land managers through outreach programs, conferences and workshops. Assists faculty in engaging with the industry in ways that clearly serve the needs of stakeholders at state, regional, national, and international levels. Represents the College of Agricultural Sciences on commodity commissions and in other organizations as approved or assigned by the Dean.

Participates as a member of the College of Agricultural Sciences administrative team. Contributes to long-range planning, fosters inter-unit cooperation, and supports college-wide programs. Works collaboratively with the heads of other units to help ensure cross-college planning, coordination, joint programs, and other activities that advance the department’s mission.

Assists with the variety releases, intellectual property development, and royalty distribution through appropriate channels, following College and Department guidelines.

Develops and maintains strong collaborative relationships with relevant stakeholders, industry, and commodity commissions to ensure there is open and regular communication and that the department is meeting stakeholder and industry needs. This includes attending relevant stakeholder conferences and events and Agricultural Experiment Station field days, as well as attending commodity commission meetings. Driving is required.

Works collaboratively with development officers at the Oregon State University Foundation and the Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences to develop private gifts that improve or provide new department facilities, endowed professorships or support of department personnel, students, and operations.

Develops and maintains cooperative relationships with professional organizations and agencies that have interests in horticulture science and related fields. Serves on state, regional, and national advisory committees as appropriate to position responsibilities. Serves on the College of Agricultural Sciences and other University committees as appropriate and as requested by the Department, College, Division of Outreach and Engagement, and the University.
Qualifications sought
    • Ph.D. degree in Horticulture or closely related field.


  • Commitment to the missions of undergraduate and graduate teaching, applied and basic research, and outreach to communities across Oregon.
  • Demonstrated successful and visionary leadership in the strategic planning and management of a large and complex organization or research program, including demonstrated success as a collaborative, interdisciplinary team player who promotes success of their teams, and puts success of their collaborative groups above their own self-interest.
  • Record of securing programmatic support for instruction, research, service, or outreach and Extension.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills for conversing with a wide range of scientists and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work collaboratively, as well as manage and resolve conflict, with a wide range of faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders in public agencies and private organizations, including growers, volunteers, and the public.
  • Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion that can advance the department’s goals for inclusive excellence.
  • This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per University Standard: 05-010 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.
  • 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 University Policy 05-030.
Contact for additional information For additional information please contact:
| Dr. Selina Heppell
| [email protected]
| 541-737-9039
Application procedure  
Submit what When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:
1) A resume/CV; and

2) A cover letter indicating how you meet all required and preferred qualifications listed in the position duties.

3) Please attach a Statement of vision for leadership of the department, including research, teaching, and outreach, stakeholder relationships, inclusive excellence, donor development and fundraising, other duties of the position.

4) After reviewing the OSU mission statement at http://leadership.oregonstate.edu/trustees/oregon-state-university-mission-statement and the emphasis on diversity, please state how your background and experience has prepared you to be effective in an environment that values diversity

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.

Submit to https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/position_descriptions/18607