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Dean for Warner College of Natural Resources

Colorado State University
Job Field:
Job Type:
Experienced Professional
Location Detail:
Fort Collins, Colorado
Job Description:

Reporting directly to the Provost, the Dean serves as the chief academic and administrative officer of WCNR. The successful candidate will be responsible for all aspects of undergraduate and graduate education in the College, leadership of the College’s research and outreach programs, oversight of its multiple centers and institutes, accreditation of instructional programs, educational policy, academic planning, academic advising, academic resource management, development and revenue goals, oversight of the academic affairs budget, and faculty personnel actions.

The Dean’s direct reports include the College’s five department chairs, directors of six centers, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Associate Dean for Research, the Executive Director of Development, the Assistant to the Dean for Finance, the Assistant to the Dean for Human Resources, the Director of Diversity and Inclusion, the Director of Technology Services, the Director of Communications, and the Assistant to the Dean. The Dean oversees an annual operating budget of just over $16.2 million.


The successful candidate will bring many of the following experiences, abilities, and qualities:

  • Recognized as an accomplished academic leader in natural resource and environmental science disciplines both nationally and internationally

  • Demonstrated skill and experience promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels

  • Commitment to research, teaching, extension, outreach, and engagement

  • Ability to attract, retain, and advance a diverse and superior faculty, student body, and


  • Outstanding leadership and communication skills to effectively interact with stakeholders

    and be a strong advocate for the College

  • Thorough understanding of the financial issues facing a multi-disciplinary, multi-

    constituent college at a land-grant institution

  • Holds an earned doctoral degree and has a distinguished record commensurate with an

    appointment at the rank of Professor at Colorado State University. Exceptions may be considered for individuals with extraordinary national or international reputations.

    Additionally, applicants will be evaluated based on demonstrated evidence of the following preferred qualifications:

  • Visionary leadership and experience in building and enhancing inter-and transdisciplinary, multi-agency, and multi-national collaborations, including fostering collaborative relationships with government agencies, public sectors, and private industries with particular emphasis on increasing extramural funding of teaching and research programs

  • Experience and success as a collaborative campus partner, working with other schools and units to develop inter-and transdisciplinary opportunities

  • Multi-faceted administrative experience including personnel and budget management

  • Expertise in organizational management, outstanding communication skills, and proven

    leadership ability

  • Success in leading and implementing a collaborative and inclusive strategic planning


  • Experience and success in identifying and establishing new revenue streams and

    resources to advance the vision and priorities of their unit

  • Knowledge of the complexities of operating off-campus research stations, including their

    connections to campus, and responsiveness to the needs of local constituencies,

  • The leadership of extramurally-funded research programs

  • Advancement of undergraduate and graduate education and research

  • Skills to improve extension, distance education, outreach, and engagement by faculty

  • Ability to communicate with, understand, and appreciate the role and concerns of

    consumers, producers, land managers, and other external stakeholders in the program


  • Experience in leadership of successful development campaigns, as well as commitment to

    active participation and support of a successful advancement effort





How to Apply:

Confidential inquiries, nominations/referrals, and résumés with cover letters can be sent electronically and in confidence to:

Jacqueline Mildner, Partner
Kelly McLaughlin, Senior Associate Isaacson, Miller