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Director, Sustainable Livestock Systems Collaborative (SLSC) Candidate Search Information

Director, Sustainable Livestock Systems Collaborative (SLSC) Candidate Search Information

The Colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences are pleased to host candidates for the Director, Sustainable Livestock Systems Collaborative (SLSC) position.

Position Description Expand

The Director of the Sustainable Livestock Systems Collaborative (SLSC) is a full-time, twelve-month tenured (or eligible for tenure) associate/full professor faculty position for a person with a proven track record of leadership of diverse teams, industry partnerships, academic collegiality, and research/teaching credibility. This leadership position will have dual reporting lines to the Dean of College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS) and the Dean of College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS). The Director will be expected to contribute to research and/or teaching as well as substantial outreach/engagement. Final allocation of effort in these areas will be discussed and negotiated with the successful candidate at the time of hire. We seek an established leader with working knowledge of Sustainable Livestock Systems who is committed to collaboration, networking and team building. CSU’s Colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Agriculture Science, Health and Human Sciences, Natural Resources, Engineering, and Natural Sciences, along with Schools of Global and Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) and Public Health, and state-wide CSU Extension provide a fertile basis for development of change-making programs in Sustainable Livestock Systems. A large number of state and federal governmental agencies, including CDC, USDA APHIS, USDA NWRC, NPS, USGS, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and others are located in the Northern Colorado area, providing an internationally unique opportunity to develop large collaborative programs of real global strength and significance. Key to this endeavor are partnerships with nongovernmental stakeholders, including industry/producer groups, as key constituents in this endeavor.

This newly created position will be responsible for developing the nascent Sustainable Livestock Systems Collaborative at CSU into an internationally recognized program. This will include developing strategic partnerships, alliances and collaborations both on and off-campus; developing internal and external advisory boards; coordinating activities across campus and community; taking responsibility for representing the University through networking and professional collaboration with external constituents, industry stakeholders, schools and organizations; and developing resources for programmatic growth and sustainability.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate strong leadership skills and must be an effective communicator who is able to convey the vision for SLSC to multiple audiences. Candidates should demonstrate strategic thinking skills, organizational political savvy, and should be visionary and inspirational. Effective group communication skills, and capacity to assimilate organizational vision, mission, values and goals are highly desirable traits. We seek to identify a solution-oriented decision maker able to effectively lead others.


Henry Zerby

Stephen Kemp

Kim Stackhouse-Lawson

After attending the session(s), please submit your feedback using this form:

  1. Henry Zerby Survey Feedback Form
  2. Stephen Kemp Survey Feedback Form
  3. Kim Stackhouse-Lawson Survey Feedback Form


Date and time of the open forum/seminar: (no link to the meeting; this is only distributed through email)

Seminar: Henry Zerby Expand

Wednesday, June 17th

1:00pm-2:35pm (MST)

Seminar: Stephen Kemp Expand

Monday, June 22nd

8:00am-9:35am (MST)

Seminar: Kim Stackhouse-Lawson Expand

Wednesday, June 24th

8:00am-9:35am (MST)

*A couple of friendly reminders for all sessions: 1) please keep your audio and video muted, and 2) please submit all questions for the candidates through the chat function, and a moderator will ask the questions of the candidates.

Questions may be directed to Keith Belk, Department Head of Animal Sciences and Search Chair, and Monica Thrasher, Assistant to the Department Head in Animal Sciences and Search Support.

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