University of Nebraska-Lincoln Seeks Director of the School of Natural Resources

Posted on February 24, 2023
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Seeks Director of the School of Natural Resources
Position Title:
Director of the School of Natural Resources
Position Summary
The Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of the School of Natural Resources. IANR is seeking an innovative, dynamic, and collaborative person who will provide intellectual and strategic leadership for the school.
We are looking for a strong leader who understands university teaching, research, and Extension and who will be able to use their knowledge and skills to help the school maximize its impact in each of these areas. The successful school director will be one who a) puts the success of the team and school above their individual accomplishments in the role
b) appreciates the unique contributions of natural resources research and education and how faculty, staff, students, and external stakeholders can work together to address the most important challenges facing society and our natural environments
c) is committed to excellence wherever it is on the discovery-to-practice continuum
and d) will be a collaborative and inspiring school director who will uphold the university’s core values of accountability, diversity, integrity, respect, and social responsibility. 

For additional information about the position, go to 

To be considered for the position, candidates must have: 

  • D. in a field relevant to the school. 
  • Accomplishments commensurate with a tenured faculty appointment in Natural Resources at the rank of full professor.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a multidisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated ability to create a shared vision and align resources to achieve strategic outcomes.
  • A record of leadership and outcomes that demonstrate an abiding commitment to practices that enhance access, inclusion, and belongingness. 
  • Exceptional skills in communication and interpersonal relations.


Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate: 

  • A record of excellence in research evidenced by a portfolio of publications, extramural funding, and collaboration. 
  • Demonstrated ability to provide visionary leadership.
  • A record of excellence in teaching and educating students.
  • A record of excellence in Extension and/or engagement.  
  • An ability to collaborate effectively with a broad range of constituencies.
  • Evidence of using data and/or fact-based information to navigate complex situations and make strategic decisions. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of systems and networks that encourage and support entrepreneurial activities.
  • Sensitivity to the perspectives and values of students, staff, faculty, and stakeholders.


Applicants should go to and search positions using requisition number F_230029, click on “Apply to this Job,” complete the form and attach a) a letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the position, anticipated contributions, and vision; b) a statement describing your experience working in diverse teams or groups and your anticipated contributions to creating inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters (2 page maximum; see for guidance in writing this statement); c) a detailed curriculum vitae; and d) the names of 3-5 professional references. References will be requested only of candidates who make the short list.

Applications should be submitted by April 9, 2023.  For questions contact Rachel Szelag, Senior HR Specialist at or by phone at (402) 472-5730.