The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) is pleased to announce that the North Carolina State University (NC State) College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) has opened the search for Director of the Center for Environmental Farming Systems 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 North Carolina State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T), and the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS). Ongoing multidisciplinary work at CEFS 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. The Director will provide strategic leadership, direction, and vision and facilitate significant collaborative linkages with the other two core CEFS partners, N.C. 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. NC State is diverse because it is a community of individuals from varied backgrounds and demographic categories; it encourages, accepts, and values a diversity of people and ideas; it seeks to promote an environment where equity, respect, and understanding represent the norm in the campus climate; and it seeks to prepare entrepreneurs who are effective citizens of a global community. NC State is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their experience, research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.
Confidential review of applications will begin in December of 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.
CEFS develops and promotes 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. CEFS envisions a future of vibrant farms, resilient ecosystems, strong communities, healthy people, and thriving local economies. Learn more about our work.