The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) at North Carolina State University (NC State) seeks an internationally recognized scholar and visionary for the position of Director of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and W.K. Kellogg / Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation Endowed Distinguished Chair in Sustainable Community-Based Food Systems (this name is conditional on BOT approval). CEFS is a partnership of NC State, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC A&T), and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) whose mission is to develop and promote just and equitable food and farming systems that conserve natural resources, strengthen communities, improve health outcomes, and provide economic opportunities in North Carolina and beyond.
The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (www.cefs.ncsu.edu) is one of the nation’s most important centers for research, extension, and education in sustainable agriculture and community-based food systems. Ongoing multidisciplinary work at the Center includes sustainable agriculture research and extension, career ladder development, local food supply chain development, expanding markets for local foods, engaging communities, supporting food policy council development statewide, climate change mitigation and adaptation, addressing racial equity in the food system, improving healthy food access, and improving health outcomes and food security as they relate to the food system. CEFS is celebrated for its work in building consensus around policies, programs and actions that facilitate a vibrant and resilient local food economy in North Carolina. The Director provides strategic leadership, direction, and vision and facilitates significant collaborative linkages with the other two core CEFS partners, NC A&T and NCDA&CS, along with many other non-governmental organizations (NGOs), agencies, foundations, and businesses that partner with CEFS.
Applications are welcome from leaders of a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. The successful applicant will need to meet expectations for tenure at the rank of Professor in a department related to their expertise and experience at the time of appointment. The position is expected to be primarily focused on administration, though the successful applicant may wish to retain a modest independent or collaborative scholarship program in addition to administrative responsibilities. The CEFS Director works closely with the co-director at NC A&T and will be housed at NC State in a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) department associated with their area of expertise and experience. The position is currently supported by a CEFS leadership team including three Assistant Directors, one each for Educational Programs, Community Based Food Systems, and Collaborative Research, and a superintendent for an associated NCDA&CS research farm. It is also supported by a strong administrative team that includes bookkeeping, pre- and post- grant award support, event logistics, communications, and program evaluation. The Director will report to the NC State CALS Associate Dean for Research and Director of the NC Agricultural Research Service (NCARS), with a secondary reporting line to the Associate Dean for Extension and Director of the NC State Cooperative Extension Service