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Director, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State university, Ames, IA

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Director, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State university, Ames, IA

Employing Department: Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Appointment Conditions: Tenured, 12-months, full-time
Proposed Start Date: January 1, 2010 or as soon as a suitable candidate is selected.

Job Description
Iowa State University is seeking an outstanding scientist and administrator to direct the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, established by the 1987 Iowa Groundwater Protection Act (Iowa Code Chapter 266). The Center contributes, through research, outreach, and education, to the development of sustainable agriculture production systems that are environmentally sound, socially acceptable, and economically competitive. The Center also informs the agricultural community and general public of its research findings.

The Director of the Leopold Center will be appointed by the president of Iowa State University, employed by and responsible to the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station, and advised by an independent board. The board shall advise the director in the development of a budget, on the policies and procedures of the center, in the funding of research grant proposals, and regarding program planning and review.

Major responsibilities include:
1. Organize and administer an interdisciplinary, mission-oriented research and extension program with an annual institutional support base of at
least $1,600,000.
2. Provide leadership and coordination for a professional staff to accomplish the research, education, and outreach objectives of the Center's mission as described fully in Chapter 266 of the Iowa Code.
3. Provide leadership to secure additional resources to enhance the Center's activities.
4. Contribute to the development and application of sustainable agriculture practices in the state and elsewhere through personal research and education activities consistent with the mission of the Center.
5. Direct dissemination of research results and their environmental, social and economic implications through the Iowa State University Extension
programs and other professional publications and conferences.
6. Serve as a member of the administrative team of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, which includes the Dean and associate
deans, administrators of the Experiment Station, other research centers and academic departments.
7. Build partnerships with a wide array of agricultural, environmental and related organizations to facilitate coordination of research and educational activities related to agriculture and natural resource issues.
8. Work with the Henry A. Wallace Endowed Chair for Sustainable Agriculture to coordinate programs in sustainable agriculture.

Required Qualifications
1. Demonstrated commitment to the mission of the Center and evidence of a holistic viewpoint relative to solving agricultural, environmental and social problems (as outlined in the Groundwater Protection Act.)
2. A Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in a discipline related to the mission of the Center and appropriate for appointment as a tenured full professor in a department in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
3. Experience in building effective leadership with personnel and programs and obtaining new funds through creative partnerships and innovation.
4. Distinguished record of research and outreach accomplishments and evidence of success in obtaining competitive grant and philanthropic funding. An ability to provide leadership and direction to various competitive grant and other funding programs.
5. An ability to communicate effectively about sustainable agriculture with stakeholders and with the general public.
6. Shows evidence of an understanding of current agriculture and natural resource issues, technology, practices, and affiliated organizations.

Preferred Qualifications
1. Experience in managing a large staff and financial budget
2. Evidence of national and international stature in sustainable agriculture.
3. Evidence of experience working with the media.
Salary Commensurate with qualifications

Application Instructions
1. Both nominations and direct applications are welcome. Letters of reference will be sought only with the knowledge and consent of the candidates after screening of the resumes.
2. Nominations should include complete contact information of the nominee. The search committee will respond by inviting the nominee to submit the necessary application materials. Nominations should be sent to
3. Applications must be submitted electronically by clicking on "Apply for this Vacancy". Applicants should be prepared to attach the following:

1) a resume of their education, research accomplishments, list of publications, and other professional activities
2) the addresses and contact information for at least three references
3) a statement of their interest in the position, and
4) their philosophy on sustainable agriculture.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Maynard Hogberg
Chair, Search Committee
1221 Kildee Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA, 50011
(515) 294-2160,
Please direct questions regarding the application process to or (515) 294-4800. For full consideration, applications must be received by July 1, 2009.

For additional information about employment opportunities at Iowa State University, contact:

Recruitment & Employment Office
3810 Beardshear Hall
Ames IA 50011-2033
Phone: 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485
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State University is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce. Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of
race, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran. Women
and minorities are highly encouraged to apply for all employment opportunities. Inquiries or questions regarding our non-discrimination policy
can be directed to Carla R. Espinoza, Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity and ADA Coordinator, 3750 Beardshear Hall, Ames, IA 50011 or
by phone at (515) 294-6458.

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