Provide vision and dynamic leadership appropriate to themission of a comprehensive land-grant institution to address thechallenges and opportunities associated with Florida’s diverse foodand agricultural systems, natural resources, and sensitiveecosystems; changing and expanding human population; ongoingurbanization; and globalization of markets for agriculture andother products.Promote inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA)initiatives for the recruitment, retention and development offaculty and staff.Work in a multi-disciplinary capacity with UF administratorsand faculty; state and local leaders in agriculture, food, lifesciences, and natural resources; industry, private organizations,and government agencies; and other institutions of highereducation.Maintain close working relationships with federal and stateagency partners, and state and county governments, includingoversight of MOUs with county governments.Work cooperatively and serve as the primary liaison withFlorida Sea Grant and the 1890 Extension Program at Florida A &M University.Lead and manage all aspects of the Florida CooperativeExtension Service, including fiscal responsibility, budget andsalary management, and the hiring, placement, tenure, promotion,and permanent status of state and county faculty.Work closely with the UF/IFAS Dean for Research, the Dean ofthe College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS), and the Deanof the College of Veterinary Medicine.Work collaboratively with other UF Deans.Secure private endowments and increase extramural funding forExtension programs.Participate as an active member of the National ExtensionDirectors and Administrators (NEDA) and the Association of SouthernRegion Extension Directors (ASRED). The University of FloridaThe University of Florida, ranked No. 6 best public university (http://www.ufl.edu ), is aLand-Grant, Sea Grant, and Space-Grant institution, encompassingvirtually all academic and professional disciplines, with anenrollment of more than 56,000 students. UF is a member of theAssociation of American Universities. The Institute of Food andAgricultural Sciences ( http://ifas.ufl.edu ) includes theCollege of Agricultural and Life Sciences ( http://cals.ufl.edu ), the FloridaAgricultural Experiment Station ( http://research.ifas.ufl.edu ),the Florida Cooperative Extension Service ( http://extension.ifas.ufl.edu), the College of Veterinary Medicine ( http://www.vetmed.ufl.edu ), theFlorida Sea Grant program ( http://www.flseagrant.org/ ), andencompasses 16 on-campus academic departments and schools, 12Research and Educational Centers (RECs) located throughout thestate, 5 Research sites/demonstration units administered by RECs oracademic departments, 3 camps for Florida 4-H activities andFlorida Cooperative Extension Service offices in all 67 countiesand the Seminole Tribe. UF/IFAS employs nearly 4,500 people, whichincludes approximately 990 faculty and 1,400 support personnellocated in Gainesville and throughout the state. UF/IFAS, one ofthe nation’s largest agricultural and natural resources researchand education organizations, is administered by a Vice Presidentand four deans: the Dean of the College of Agricultural and LifeSciences, the Dean for Extension and Director of the FloridaCooperative Extension Service, the Dean for Research and Directorof the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Dean forthe College of Veterinary Medicine. UF/IFAS also engages incooperative work with Florida A&M University inTallahassee.The City of GainesvilleGainesville ( http://cityofgainesville.org )is home to Florida’s largest and oldest university, and so is oneof the state’s centers of education, medicine, cultural events andathletics. The University of Florida and UF Health Shands Hospitalare the leading employers in Gainesville and provide jobs for manyresidents of surrounding counties. Gainesville is also the largestcity in Alachua County and is the county seat, with approximately269,000 residents county-wide. It serves as the cultural,educational and commercial center for the north central Floridaregion. The city provides a full range of municipal services,including cultural and nature services and necessary administrativeservices to support these activities. Additionally, the city owns aregional transit system, a regional airport, and a 72-parchampionship golf course. Known for its preservation of historicbuildings and the beauty of its natural surroundings, Gainesville’snumerous parks, museums and lakes provide entertainment tothousands of visitors. Because of its beautiful landscape and urban”forest,” Gainesville is one of the most attractive cities inFlorida. The city is in a central location to both the Gulf ofMexico and the Atlantic Ocean, providing easy access within a day’sdrive to beaches, nature preserves, and water-based activities.ExploreGainesville in 60 Seconds. The Dean and Director leads and administers statewide programs ofthe Florida Cooperative Extension Service, a principal component ofthe University of Florida’s Institute of Food and AgriculturalSciences (UF/IFAS).The roles and responsibilities of the Dean and Director areto: Applications are invited for the position of Dean for Extension andDirector, Florida Cooperative Extension Service at the Universityof Florida. The Dean reports directly to the Vice President forAgriculture and Natural Resources. To find background informationabout the position and the search, visit https://ifas.ufl.edu/searches/dean-for-extension/.Candidates must apply online and should provide a letter ofapplication summarizing qualifications, a complete curriculumvitae, and names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbersof at least five references.If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for thisposition, please call 352.392.2477 or the Florida Relay System at800.955.8771 (TDD) or visit Accessibility at UF .Review of applications will begin on June 1, 2021, and willcontinue until the position is filled. Inquiries can be sent toMercedes Swan, Manager for the Strategic Talent Group of Universityof Florida Human Resources at [email protected] or 352.273.1703.Our CommitmentThe University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer. TheUniversity is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race,creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation,gender identify and expression, marital status, national origin,political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteranstatus in also aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring,promotion, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salaryadministration, benefits and training.We welcome nominations of and applications from anyone who wouldbring additional dimensions to the university’s research, teaching,extension, and outreach mission, including women, members ofunderrepresented groups, protected veterans and individuals withdisabilities.The “government in the sunshine” laws of Florida require that alldocuments relating to the search process, including letters ofapplication/nomination and reference, be available for publicinspection.Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript tothe hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not beconsidered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” isvisible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside ofthe United States are required to be evaluated by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by National Association ofCredential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found athttp://www.naces.org/ .#category=64The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining. Must have an earned doctorate or equivalent in a field relevantto the position and be qualified for an appointment at the rank ofprofessor in a UF/IFAS department; experience as a faculty memberat a land-grant university is highly desired.Must be able to show evidence of a strong commitment toinclusion, diversity, equity and access.Must be capable of leading Cooperative Extension with a strongvision and strategy for the future as Extension responds to theneeds of a diverse clientele in the context of changingenvironments, needs, demographics, and funding.Must be able to support collaboration and recognize excellenceacross all UF/IFAS mission areas: teaching, research, andextension.Must be able to communicate the Extension mission to a varietyof audiences and understand the changing nature of technology anddigital communications and their role in delivering Extensionprograms.Administrative experience as a Chair, Director, Assistant Dean,Associate Dean, or Dean is highly desired.