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University of Alaska System
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Posted: 06/7/2022
Director of the Institute of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Extension

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.