Director, School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences

Tucson, Arizona
May 31 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

Position Summary

The University of Arizona (UA), Arizona’s flagship and land-grant university, seeks an energetic Director of the School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences (ACBS).

Review of applications will begin August 13th, and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

The ACBS Director will work closely with nine other academic unit heads, four associate deans, the Office of International Initiatives, Development, Alumni, Advocacy and Corporate Relations and the Vice President and Dean.

ACBS has more than 110 employees doing research, instruction and service in diverse program areas including Animal Science and Production, Animal Health, Aquaculture, Bioinformatics, Biomedicine, Food Safety, Microbiology, Veterinary Science, and the Race Track Industry. ACBS has strong Cooperative Extension programs serving Arizona’s animal industries. ACBS has five undergraduate majors: Animal Science, Veterinary Science, Microbiology, Food Safety, and Animal and Biomedical Industries. Current enrollment includes over 800 undergraduate and 34 graduate students.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

The Director reports directly to the Vice President of Agriculture, Life & Veterinary Sciences, and Cooperative Extension and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean and is responsible and accountable for the vision, leadership, and administration of ACBS education, research and Cooperative Extension.

The School Director must: be a proven entrepreneurial and innovative leader with demonstrated excellence and outstanding achievements in at least two of the three land-grant missions, warranting appointment as Full Professor; be able to work with commercial partners in funded projects; relate well with donors and community organizations; and be excellent in financial and budget administration, leadership and management.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Minimum Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in a relevant scientific discipline.
  • Proven academic leadership and management skills.
  • Evidence of research productivity and a successful record of grant procurement.
  • A demonstrated interest in and strong commitments to undergraduate and graduate instruction programs.
  • A good understanding of Cooperative Extension and be capable of and willing to relate these activities to all external stakeholders and user groups.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Exemplary communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Collaborative leadership with impeccable integrity.
  • Effective interaction with advisory board members and other external stakeholder groups; success in philanthropic support.
  • Ability to succeed in the face of financial challenges and opportunities inherent to a large and complex school.
  • Experience in philanthropy

FLSA – Exempt

Full Time/Part Time – Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week – 40

Job Category – Faculty

Benefits Eligible – Yes – Full Benefits

Posted Rate of Pay – DOE

Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to job duties)

Posting Number – A22593

Number of Vacancies – One

Desired State Date –

Position End Date (if temporary) –

Limited to Current UA Employees – No

Contact Information for Candidates – Jon Chorover,

Open Date – 4/25/2018

Close Date –

Open Until Filled – Yes

Review Begins On – 8/13/2018

Special Instructions to Applicant

Instructions for documents required to be attached electronically:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests must include research accomplishments and future research plans
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy must include teaching experiences and interests
  • Statement of Experience in Administration, Research, Teaching and Outreach must include administrative and leadership experiences, including vision and strategy statement
  • Personal Statement must be Diversity Statement that addresses how your personal experiences and professional plans support the University of Arizona’s commitment to diversity and inclusion

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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