Assistant Vice President – Agriculture and Natural Resources

The Assistant Vice President-Agriculture and Natural Resources is an integral part of the University of Arkansas System, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service’s leadership team. This position reports to the Senior Associate Vice President for Agriculture-Extension and serves as a member of the Executive Team.

The Assistant Vice President-Agriculture and Natural Resources is responsible for providing statewide leadership for the development of Extension programs in the areas of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR). This position works with relevant administrators and stakeholder organizations to set state and district priorities for ANR programs, provide visionary leadership for ANR personnel and direct the development of ANR educational curricula and professional development programs. This position serves as a liaison with research counterparts in the UA System as well as with other academic institutions, industry, and state and federal government to keep abreast of the latest developments and identify areas for future integrated research/extension programming. This position is responsible for identifying and developing opportunities to coordinate Extension programming efforts in agriculture and natural resources with the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, the state’s 1890 Land Grant institution.



  • Provide visionary leadership in planning, implementing, and evaluating Extension programs in Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR).
  • Work with administration within the UA System Division of Agriculture and with the UA Dale Bumpers College of Agriculture, Food and Life Sciences administration, and Department Heads to establish and implement Extension hiring priorities.
  • Work with relevant administrators and stakeholder organizations to set state and district priorities for ANR programs on an annual basis.
  • Provide leadership for the development of statewide Extension plans of work and accomplishment reports for ANR programs.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources.
  • Seek and develop financial support for Arkansas ANR programs including external funds, gifts, endowments, grants, and contracts.
  • Develop budget requests and manage budgets within the ANR program area.
  • Coordinate dissemination of research information.
  • Work with District teams within the state to identify agriculture/natural resource issues and problems which will drive program needs in ANR.
  • Establish and support interdisciplinary teams to address Agriculture and Natural Resources issues.
  • Facilitate and provide leadership for the development of educational curricula and effective professional development programs for employees and volunteer leaders.
  • Ensure that non-traditional programs are integrated into the total Extension effort.
  • Comply with applicable civil rights regulations in Agriculture and Natural Resources.
  • Develop operating policies, establish internal and external committees and councils as necessary for implementing programs.
  • Serve as a team member with other Assistant Vice Presidents in Community, Professional and Economic Development (CPED), Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS), and 4-H and Youth Development (4-H) to develop, coordinate and conduct the total Extension program.



  • Knowledge of the history, philosophy, objectives, and methods of Cooperative Extension work across all areas including ANR, CPED, FCS, and 4-H to foster interprofessional teamwork across the organization.
  • Ability to develop and manage innovative programs in Extension or related activities.
  • Ability to work effectively with a variety of professional and lay audiences including commodity organizations and other groups concerned with the program areas served.
  • Ability to obtain and interpret research information.
  • Knowledge of the social, economic, political, and cultural factors affecting Extension work.
  • Functional knowledge of disciplines within agriculture and natural resources such as crop and soil science, animal science, agricultural economics, and forestry.
  • Ability to communicate and convey ideas effectively to faculty, stakeholder groups, and clientele.
  • Physical and mental ability to effectively perform the duties and responsibilities of the job, including irregular hours of work, as well as frequent in-state and out-of-state travel.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctorate in an agricultural discipline, natural resources or related field of study required.
  • Administrative experience and demonstrated ability to manage budgets and supervise personnel.
  • Five years of experience in a discipline related to Agriculture and Natural Resources required.
  • Five years of professional Extension experience required.
  • Experience in planning and implementing educational programs required.


Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of Arkansas agriculture and natural resources.


Additional Information

The following items will be required at the time of application:
1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Three letters of recommendation
4. Unofficial/Official Transcript(s)


Questions and/or other inquiries should be directed to:

Dr. Michael Looper

Department Head

Animal Science Department

1120 West Maple

University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701

Phone: (479) 883-7782


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