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Applicant required documents: cover letter and CV, applicants are asked to include a brief description of their administrative leadership philosophy and contact information for three professional references.

Posting Details

Posting Information

Vacancy Type Tenured/TT Faculty
Is Internal Transfer Only No
Working Title Department Head
Salary Range
Anticipated Hiring Range Commensurate with Experience
Position Number 00000158
Work Schedule Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm; other hours as required
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.00
Department 111501 - Horticultural Science
Department College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Job City & State Raleigh, NC
Primary Function of Organizational Unit

North Carolina State University is a land-grant institution with strong research, teaching, and extension programs in the agricultural and life sciences. Current University enrollment is greater than 24,000 undergraduate and 9,500 graduate students. The Horticultural Science Department currently consists of 44 faculty members having the rank of assistant, associate or full professor, 16 full-time non-tenure track professionals, and 44 office and support staff. The Department is well known for its excellence in academic programs and offers the following degree programs: two-year Associate, Bachelor of Science, Master of Horticultural Science (non-thesis), Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy. Current Departmental student enrollment includes 36 students in the associate degree program, 113 students in the undergraduate program and 51 graduate students. NC State Horticulture is nationally and internationally recognized as an outstanding Department with fully integrated programs in teaching, research and extension. Areas of expertise include biotechnology, horticultural pest management, plant breeding and genetics, fruit production, floriculture, greenhouse production, nursery production, weed science, urban horticulture, landscape design, specialty crop production, organic and sustainable agriculture, and vegetable production. At least twenty faculty in the Department are actively involved with extension programming to support North Carolina producers of tree fruit crops, small fruit crops, vegetable crops, nursery/landscape crops, floriculture, landscape design, consumer horticulture, new crop development and the Master Gardener program.

Essential Job Duties

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at North Carolina State University (NC State) invites applications for the position of Head of the Department of Horticultural Science. The Head will provide leadership in Department administration, the recruitment and development of faculty and staff, planning and evaluation of the Department’s academic, research, and extension programs, and is responsible for allocation and accountability of departmental budgets. The Head will foster an environment of diversity and inclusion and promote mutually beneficial working relationships. The Head will be actively involved in fundraising to support the department’s programs and other developmental activities and serve as the lead representative in interactions with College and University administrators, industry and commodity groups, and consumers. The Department Head is expected to promote collaborations and partnerships with other University departments as well as state, national, and international agencies to position the Department as global leaders in their discipline. The Head’s office and administrative home of Horticulture Science is located on the main campus of NC State University in Raleigh. This position will further have responsibilities with regard to several Horticulture departmental faculty, staff, and students located at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River, the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, and other NC State University research and extension facilities within North Carolina.

Other Work/Responsibilities

Other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Education/Experience
  • Ph.D. degree in Horticultural Science or a closely related discipline and have a record of outstanding professional achievement commensurate with appointment to the rank of Professor with tenure.
Departmental Required Skills
  • The successful candidate should be current with developments in the discipline and related fields to provide dynamic and visionary leadership, demonstrate a record of program extramural funding and knowledge of funding opportunities, and promote a commitment to excellence in teaching, research and extension appropriate to a land-grant university.
  • Successful administrative and personnel management experience and the ability to communicate effectively with faculty, staff, students, administrators and the public are expected.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education


Required License or Certification
  • A valid drivers license is required for travel. NC drivers license required within 60 days of hire and must be maintained.
Special Instructions

Applicant required documents: cover letter and CV, applicants are asked to include a brief description of their administrative leadership philosophy and contact information for three professional references.

Job Open Date 09/11/2017
Must Be Open Until

Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time.
Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No
Proposed Hire Date

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

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Supplemental Question

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity?
    • NCSU Website
    • NCSU Executive Search Services
    • Other Online Job Board
    • Carolina Job Finder / Employment Guide
    • Job / Career Fair
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Professional Journal
    • Print Advertisement (Newspaper / Periodical)
    • Professional Organization
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
    • Direct Contact from NCSU HR Representative / Recruiter
    • NCSU Employee Referral
    • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Other)
    • Other
  2. If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Are you a current faculty member at NC State University?
    • Yes
    • No

Application Materials Required

Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Contact Information for References
  4. Other Document (1)
Optional Documents