Skip to Main Content

Research Center Department Head

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

To apply, please upload your current CV and a letter of application addressing each individual required and preferred qualification. Please note, three professional references will be required as part of your applicant profile.

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 17049
Quick Link for Internal Postings
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Dr. Darrin Boss

Classification Title
Working Title Research Center Department Head
Brief Position Overview

Tenure-track FY position, 80% administration, 10% outreach, 10% research

Faculty Tenure Track Yes
Faculty Rank Associate or Full Professor
Position Number 4B6652
Department Department of Research Centers
Division College of Agriculture/MAES
Appointment Type Faculty
Contract Term Fiscal Year
If other, specify From date
If other, specify End date
FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.
Contract Type MUS
If other, please specify
Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

The Department Head (DH) for Research Centers (RC) has the following responsibilities: to provide dynamic vision and leadership; lead, coordinate, and administer the RC’s research and outreach programs; foster a department culture that is participatory, cohesive, innovative, and unique to the region/nation and supports faculty/superintendent and staff excellence; recruit personnel, manage budgets, evaluate performance (annual, retention, promotion/tenure); participate in development activities; promote professional development activities and represent the faculty in various capacities on- and off-campus; provide leadership and advocacy for the Department of Research Centers; work collaboratively with the faculty and staff to develop missions, long-range plans and consistent policies and procedures; encourage and assist individual, multidisciplinary, multi-state, and multi-institutional research activities to leverage resources; dynamically support faculty in the pursuit of extramural funding from State, regional, National and private sources; enhance communications with faculty, local citizen/community advisory committees, and interested groups; serve as the primary communication link between Research Center personnel and on-campus administrative units; be a resource for University, College and Departmental policies regarding personnel, property and budget; travel on behalf of MAES would be required with regular visits to each Research Center; other related duties as assigned. The position is located in the College of Agriculture/Montana Agricultural Experiment Station in Bozeman and reports directly to the COA/MAES VP, Dean and Director.

The Department strives to maintain a rich and diverse faculty group; women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will maintain an active research program and will facilitate the success of departmental programs, including outreach and research initiatives. This position is responsible for managing all departmental fiscal affairs; promoting and integrating productive working relationships among the department faculty and staff; promoting the department within the college, university, state and nation; and planning and developing long-term departmental programs. This person will also be responsible for annual faculty performance reviews; guiding new departmental hires; and communicating on behalf of the department with the academic community, state and federal agencies, private industry, agricultural organizations, and the general public. Further information on areas of responsibility for department heads can be found here

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Tenured associate or full professor with a terminal degree in a relevant agriculture discipline.
  2. Experience working with or for a State Agricultural Experiment Station and off-campus centers.
  3. Record of progressively responsible leadership experience.
  4. Record of successful scholarly productivity and receipt of external funds.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Knowledge of and experience with diverse agricultural science and natural resources research programs.
  2. Demonstrated commitment to shared governance with faculty, staff, students, and administrators.
  3. Experience in comprehensive communication and outreach efforts.
  4. Record of successfully recruiting, mentoring, motivating and retaining faculty and staff.
  5. Strong problem-solving abilities and team-building skills.
  6. Demonstrated ability to work with and engage diverse students, staff, and colleagues within and outside the department and a commitment to the principles of inclusiveness and diversity.
The Successful Candidate Will
  • Have strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Possess an ability to work productively with limited supervision.
  • Possess exceptional written and oral communication skills.
    Possess good decision-making abilities and initiative.
  • Be a team player.
  • Have excellent leadership, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Work effectively and positively with a broad range of constituencies.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information
  1. Knowledge of applicable University, State, and Federal laws, regulations, policies and procedures; technology applications; and safety procedures and practices including OSHA regulations for research facilities.
  2. Travel to research centers will be required.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program
The Department
The College

As the foundational component of Montana’s land grant university at Montana State University, the College of Agriculture (COA) and the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) provide instruction in dynamic degree programs and conduct research relevant to the challenges in Montana’s agricultural and natural resource communities. We create opportunities for students, staff and faculty to excel through hands-on learning, to serve through campus and community engagement, to explore unique solutions to distinct and interesting questions and to connect Montanans with the global community through research discoveries and outreach. The COA offers eleven baccalaureate, nine masters, and four doctoral degree programs from five departments and one division. MAES conducts research through the Department of Research Centers (Corvallis, Conrad, Creston, Havre, Huntley, Moccasin, Sidney), in collaboration with other academic departments, near Bozeman, and throughout Montana.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search.
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date
Close Date
Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on April 1, 2017; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

To apply, please upload your current CV and a letter of application addressing each individual required and preferred qualification. Please note, three professional references will be required as part of your applicant profile.

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Response to Each Required and Preferred Qualification
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).