Department Head, Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
22 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
19 Nov 2017
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Department is one of five academic Departments in the Warner College of Natural Resources. The other Departments are Ecosystem Science and Sustainability, Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, Geosciences, and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources. The Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology Department has a major in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, with three concentrations: Wildlife Biology, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, and Conservation Biology. The Department has an M.S. and Ph.D. program as well as coursework intensive Master’s of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology (MFWCB) degrees offered on campus and online. Faculty also advise students in the interdisciplinary Graduate Degree Program in Ecology. The Department has over 500 undergraduates, including 58 Honors students, and approximately 50 graduate students.

The Department is transdisciplinary, conducting impactful research at local, national, and international scales in conservation biology, ecology (behavioral, community, disease, evolution, landscape, population, social, spatial), ecosystem services, ecotoxicology, endangered species, fish and wildlife management, global environmental change, human-wildlife conflicts, invasive species, restoration ecology, and wildlife habitat management. In addition, the Department is a recognized leader in analytical methods development and their application across disciplines in the natural resource and ecological sciences. The Department is home to the Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (CCFWRU) and the Larval Fish Laboratory, and has strong partnerships with state, federal, and non-governmental organizations. The Department currently has 17 tenured and tenure-track faculty, including two endowed chairs; three CCFWRU faculty; two advising/instructional faculty; and two research faculty.

The Department mission is to serve students and varied constituencies through learning, research and service/outreach. The Department teaches students to think critically about environmental issues, and become ecologically literate citizens with the training to be successful in graduate school and in careers with natural resources agencies, the private sector, and non-government organizations. Outreach efforts contribute significantly to life-long learning by assisting individuals and agencies to solve complex environmental problems and to be good stewards of our nation’s natural resources.

Position Summary

The Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology in the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University seeks to fill their Department Head position. The Head serves as the lead department administrator and is responsible for leadership, administration of teaching, research, extension, and service activities of departmental personnel. This is a full-time, 12-month appointment.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Required Job Qualifications

  1. Earned doctorate in fish, wildlife, conservation biology, or related field.
  2. Experience with education, research, and outreach.
  3. Accomplishments that meet the requirements for a tenured, full professor or a commensurate level of relevant experience and accomplishments.

Preferred Job Qualifications

  1. Demonstrated success in administrative duties, budgeting, and programmatic development and growth.
  2. Demonstrated interpersonal and leadership skills in communicating with and mentoring faculty and staff.
  3. A record of scholarly contributions to knowledge in fish, wildlife, and conservation biology, with demonstrated expertise in these areas.
  4. A record of excellence in teaching and mentoring at the undergraduate and graduate level in a fish, wildlife, and conservation biology program.
  5. Demonstrated commitment to and experience in managing successful professional degree programs in fish, wildlife and conservation biology or related fields.
  6. A demonstrated understanding of the full breadth of programs in the Department, and the vision to fully develop the unique opportunities the Department presents.
  7. A record of success in working collaboratively with government and tribal fish and wildlife management agencies, the private sector, and other conservation and scientific organizations.
  8. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.
  9. Demonstrated success in creating and fostering community and collaborative environments, creative initiative and problem solving, and conflict resolution efforts.
  10. Experience conducting development activities and a willingness to lead Departmental development efforts.
  11. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary leadership team.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Application materials consist of:

  • A letter that addresses the applicant’s experience, performance, and vision in light of the job qualifications, position criteria, and Departmental context.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • The names and contact information of three to five references who will be contacted only after the short list of candidates is established and candidates have been notified.

Application materials of semifinalist candidates will be made available for review by the entire faculty of the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology.

References will not be contacted without prior notification to candidates.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Diversity Statement

Personal and professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by involvement in teaching, research, creative activity, service to the profession and/or diversity/inclusion activities.

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Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research Duty/Responsibility

  • The successful candidate will be expected to maintain scholarly productivity through publications and extramurally funded research in an area of fish, wildlife, or conservation biology.

Percentage Of Time 10 Job Duty Category Outreach Duty/Responsibility

  • Service and outreach efforts will entail service to the college and university, to academic peers and institutions, and professionals in the field.

Percentage Of Time 5 Job Duty Category Teaching Duty/Responsibility

  • Teaching courses as needed by the department.

Percentage Of Time 5 Job Duty Category Administration Duty/Responsibility

  • Creative, facilitative leadership in cooperatively defining and implementing goals, objectives and strategies of the Department and in communicating its aspirations, abilities, and achievements to all relevant internal and external constituencies, while fostering positive relationships.
  • Serving as a key member of the College’s leadership team, and working collaboratively and effectively with the College Executive Committee (composed of Department Heads, Associate Deans, and Dean) to shape and further the goals of the Department, the College, and the University.
  • Preparation of, administration of, and adherence to the Departmental budget.
  • Providing leadership for developing and strengthening curricula, recognizing changing societal values and technical advances in the profession.
  • Management of the Department to promote student, staff, and faculty achievement and development.
  • Advancing the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion among students, faculty, and staff.
  • Working effectively with the Departmental committees to address governance, curricular, human resource, and physical resource needs.
  • Fostering an atmosphere of collegiality and cooperation within the Department, and College, and across the University.
  • Conducting formal and informal personnel evaluations, including mentoring of Department faculty and staff members.
  • Providing leadership in faculty hiring, promotion, and tenure decisions.
  • Working effectively with alumni, the Dean, and the College Development Office to attract and allocate development funds.
  • Proactively pursuing interaction and developing working relationships with other Departments and programs in the College and across the University, state and federal agencies, professional societies, and other organizations.
  • Interacting with prospective and current students and diverse audiences.