Dean, W. A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana

  • Missoula, MT, USA
  • Feb 14, 2020
Full time Education

Job Description

Dean, W. A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana

The University of Montana (UM), located in Missoula, Montana, invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the W. A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation (FCFC). The FCFC seeks an innovative and resourceful leader to further our mission as a top-ranked college in natural resource management and environmental sciences.

UM is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity in all areas. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people, including people from academic, public sector, private sector, or non-governmental settings, who would assist the University in pursuing its five priorities for action. We encourage applications from and nominations of women, Native Americans, persons of color, persons with disabilities, veterans, and other individuals from underrepresented groups.

The Position
Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Provost, the Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer for FCFC and is responsible for administering the College's departments and programs, developing and implementing academic strategies, recruiting and retaining students and members of the faculty and staff, and managing organizational and financial structures that promote excellence in research, professional practice, and education.

We seek a Dean with an established record of creative and effective leadership who understands the pressing challenges facing natural resources management and environmental science. The College seeks an innovative, dynamic, and experienced leader who will enhance and further its reputation and position as an international pioneer in teaching, research, and outreach. Montana is a large state with virtually unmatched opportunity for natural resources-related research and outreach. The Dean will also serve as an effective leader and advocate for the College within the University.

The Dean will display a high level of energy and aptitude for building meaningful connections with a variety of stakeholders and donors. In addition, the new dean should be a collaborative leader who will nurture the convivial culture within the College and help the College implement its strategic goals while unifying its diverse disciplines, promoting collegiality among both the faculty and staff, and valuing relationships with students. The Dean will lead the realization of a new mass timber building that will bring the College together under one roof and serve as a centerpiece of sustainability. At a time of change and opportunity within the University, the new dean will forge connections with other campus units through participation in the University's Communities of Excellence, especially the Community of Excellence in Environment and Sustainability.

Primary Responsibilities

The Dean will further the mission and vision of the College and the University. The successful candidate will:

  • Provide the leadership, vision, and strategy to increase academic and research opportunities for the College in Montana, nationally, and abroad.
  • Promote and encourage faculty excellence in teaching, scholarship, research, outreach, and service through innovative strategies.
  • Advocate for students both inside and outside the University to support their professional success, including developing relationships with key employers.
  • Establish relationships with individuals, associations, corporations, and local, tribal, state, federal and international programs and agencies.
  • Serve as Director of the Montana Forest and Conservation Experiment Station, administering state-appropriated funds, federal McIntire-Stennis funds, grant and donor funds, and station research properties and facilities.
  • Represent the eleven FCFC centers and institutes that serve as an integral part of research and outreach for the college and university.
  • Represent the interests of a variety of students, staff, and faculty in the biological, social, and physical sciences in a unified strategic vision.
  • Oversee effective fiscal and personnel management and collaboration, including the recruitment and retention of highly qualified and diverse staff, students, and faculty.
  • Build partnerships through strategic communication and interaction with funding agencies and potential donors.

Required Qualifications
Candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to student achievement and faculty scholarship, and effective interpersonal and collaborative skills, and possess the drive and skills to advance the College through excellence in its teaching, outreach, and research missions. They must have strong leadership capabilities and demonstrate the ability to set priorities and to challenge and inspire individuals to achieve strategic goals. Specific qualifications include:

  • Doctorate or other terminal degree from a discipline related to those represented within the College with experience in an academic, public sector, private sector, or non-governmental setting. Candidates shall have a record of scholarship commensurate with a tenured faculty position in one of the College's departments.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness as a leader and administrator of a multi-faceted organization.
  • Demonstrated understanding of contemporary issues in natural resource management, sustainability, and environmental science.
  • Commitment to excellence and innovation in undergraduate and graduate education, including high impact learning experiences.
  • Record of effective leadership and management with a commitment to ethics, openness, and diversity.
  • Demonstrated ability to foster cooperation, collaboration, and consensus building.
  • Demonstrated understanding of, commitment to, and ability to support natural and social science, as well as interdisciplinary approaches.
  • Effective communication skills, and a demonstrated commitment to communicating research, science, and programing with the public, press, stakeholders, and partners.
  • Commitment to and experience with transparent budgeting and decision-making.
  • Experience that indicates an aptitude for development, including working effectively with private donors and foundations, and policy-makers at the state and federal levels.

Position Details

  • Position is full-time (1.0 FTE) MUS Contract and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.
  • Salary for this position is commensurate with qualifications.

How to Apply
Priority Application Date: Monday, March 16, 2020
For application instructions, required application materials, and to learn more about UM and Missoula, please apply at

UM is an AA/EEO/ADA/Veterans Preference Employer