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Iowa State University Associate Dean and Director for Extension and Outreach to Human Sciences in Ames, Iowa

Position Title:Associate Dean and Director for Extension and Outreach to Human Sciences

Appointment Type:Faculty

Job Description:

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach (ISUEO) and the College of Human Sciences (CHS) is seeking an exceptional individual to lead its Human Sciences program to enhance the impact of Iowa State University (ISU) on the lives of Iowans. The Associate Dean and Director, also referred to as Program Leader within the National Cooperative Extension Service, provides strategic leadership and administrative management for the Human Sciences Extension and Outreach (HSEO) program. Specifically, this person provides leadership, motivation, strategy, vision, resource management, and coordination for the development and delivery of HSEO programs and faculty/staff development that address the diverse needs in Iowa communities and beyond. The Associate Dean and Director is an essential member of the Extension Leadership Team and the College of Human Sciences Cabinet. In keeping with the university's land-grant mission, the human sciences program works collaboratively within Extension and Outreach and with other mission areas of research and teaching to focus the resources of Iowa State University toward positive outcomes for all Iowans.

Iowa’s human sciences extension and outreach programs are delivered across the state through 100 county extension offices by a network of ISU faculty and staff, in addition to county paid staff reaching individuals, families, employers and communities through a variety of delivery methods. Partnerships with ISU colleges, other extension units, county extension councils, state government agencies, other universities, non-profit organizations, foundations, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and many others are essential to the success of the human sciences extension program. The Associate Dean and Director serves as a key leader in developing and supporting these partnerships. This position is expected to work with faculty, staff, and administration to seek and secure additional resources from public and private sources to support human sciences extension programs and initiatives.

The Associate Dean and Director is responsible for leading and developing a long-term strategy for human sciences extension and outreach programming. Candidates are expected to support and inspire a collaborative environment that fosters the open exchange of ideas and innovations through a culturally and intellectually diverse environment. This position will also support and provide stewardship for strategic collaborations across all mission areas (research, teaching, and extension), other extension program areas of agriculture and natural resources, 4-H youth development, community and economic development, as well as other universities and with government agencies and non-profit organizations. The successful candidate will participate in the recruiting, hiring and orientation of new extension professionals and facilitate professional development to enhance program outputs, outcomes, and impacts. This position will also identify financial, human, and in-kind resources to enhance programming and pursue regional and national opportunities to enhance multi-state extension programming and new resources to support human science extension efforts. This position has a robust team to support administrative leadership, resource management, staffing, communications and evaluation.

The Associate Dean and Director position is a 12-month full-time appointment and reports to the Vice President for Extension and Outreach and the Dean of the College of Human Sciences for an initial term of five years. The appointment will be renewable upon mutual agreement of all parties. The successful candidate must meet the qualifications for a tenured faculty position as the rank of professor at Iowa State in one of the departments/school in the College of Human Sciences.

Responsibilities include:

Program Leadership

  • Serve as the Associate Dean and Director of ISU Extension and Outreach, Human Sciences

  • Provide visionary leadership for the College's extension and outreach efforts to serve the needs of stakeholders, faculty, and staff to advance the college and university’s mission and strategic priorities.

  • Lead the Human Sciences extension and outreach efforts by working with College and Extension unit leaders to develop teams, collaborations, strategies, and action plans to continue the College's reputation as a national human sciences model for integrating research, teaching, extension and outreach, in addition to developing and sharing innovations and best practices locally, regionally, and nationally.

  • Effectively communicate the vision, mission, and strengths of the college and extension within Iowa State University and to external stakeholders and collaborators in the public and private sectors.

  • Be a collaborative member of the college leadership teams and university extension leadership teams.

  • Foster a collegial, transparent, welcoming, and accessible working environment in which all faculty and staff work toward the college and extension’s purposes.

  • Collaborate with other ISU departments and units, extension and outreach program units, and 28 county extension education regions to create and execute excellent programs, particularly in the focal areas of family, food, finances, disaster resilience, and behavioral health.

Program Administration

  • Assist college leaders in enhancing the integration of extension and outreach, research, and teaching in collaboration with college leaders.

  • Provide leadership, particularly as related to extension and outreach efforts, for the Human Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council.

  • Develop and maintain effective partnerships on campus as well as at state, multi-state, and national levels to enhance programming efforts focused on human sciences.

  • Develop and manage entrepreneurial approaches to procure revenue through grants, contracts, gifts, and fees to support and expand ISU Extension and Outreach programs, including managing a multi­million dollar budget.

  • Provide leadership for needs assessment, development, delivery, and evaluation of issues-based and interdisciplinary Human Sciences Extension and Outreach programs within the university and with outside agencies, with an emphasis on health and wellness, economic development, and food and environment.

  • Direct and facilitate use of educational and communication technologies and creative formats for reaching a variety of constituents.

  • Recruit, hire, supervise, and evaluate a diverse campus and field staff funded from base budgets and revenue generation.

  • Provide direction for the development and implementation of college extension and outreach programs, budgetary, and management policies as a member of the College and University Extension and Outreach administrative teams

  • Participate in the 12-state North Central Regional Family and Consumer Sciences Program Directors meetings.

Scholarly Activities

  • Contribute to the academic success of the College as a faculty member by supporting graduate students, conducting research, guest lecturing, and producing scholarly products as appropriate for Extension and Outreach.

  • Lead teams and serve as principal investigator on external and internal grant-funded projects.

Required Minimum Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree/Doctorate in human sciences disciplines or related fields of study.

  • A record of scholarly activities to qualify for tenure at the rank of professor in human sciences fields of study.

  • Three (3) years of related experience in working with higher education or Extension.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated expertise with collaboration and goal planning

  • Demonstrated expertise with personnel management

  • Demonstrated expertise with budget management

  • Demonstrated accomplishments in leading, mentoring, facilitating the professional development of others, and team building

  • Demonstrated expertise in working with external stakeholders

  • Nationally recognized extension and outreach profile

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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is an equal opportunity employer and in accordance with Federal law and USDA civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Proposed Start Date:July 1, 2024

Number of Months Employed Per Year:12 Month Work Period

Time Type:Full time

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Applications may be accepted until the position is filled. However, to receive full consideration, applications should be received by March 15 , 2024. The following items are required to apply for this position.  1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter3) Contact Information for Three References including name, contact information, nature of relationship and number of years known. References will not be contacted without permission. 

4) Statement on leadership experience.  (maximum one page)

5) Statement on accomplishments or commitments related to the responsibilities listed above. (maximum one page)

Applications that do not include the five documents listed above will not be considered .

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.Why Choose ISU?Iowa State University is committed to fostering a workplace of belonging, where diversity is celebrated and equity is a core value. Our Iowa State Employees enjoy comprehensive health and work-life benefits, including medical and dental; as well as:• Retirement benefits, including defined benefit and defined contribution plans;• Generous leave plans;• Onsite childcare (Ames, Iowa);• Life insurance and long-term disability;• Flexible Spending Accounts;• Various voluntary benefits and discounts;• Employee Assistance Program;• Wellbeing program.

Original Posting Date: January 31, 2024

Posting Close Date:

Job Requisition Number:R13848

By focusing on the future and providing the best student experience possible, Iowa State attracts students and faculty who want to make a difference. With a comprehensive land-grant mission of education, research, extension and outreach, we produce scholars whose ideas change the world. And through Innovate at Iowa State , we provide innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities for students of all backgrounds. Located just 30 minutes north of Des Moines, the city of Ames was recently named one of the Top 10 cities in the U.S. for campus life and career opportunities.

Iowa State University is a welcoming, global, and culturally diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. Campus community members have a wide range of backgrounds and experiences and are committed to engaging with each other respectfully as outlined in the university's Principles of Community ( . Iowa State recognizes that diverse intellectual and philosophical perspectives are vital to innovation, critical thinking skills, and a dynamic academic community that fosters the land-grant ideals of putting science, technology, and human creativity to work.

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Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email .

If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485 . Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485 . TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942 .

General ISU compensation information can be found on the University Human Resources ( website. Please note that this is only a list of ranges and individuals will be paid commensurate with qualifications.