Assistant Professor – Nonprofit Leadership and Management

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Work type: Tenure-Track Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Biology/Life Science, Agricultural Sciences, Counseling/Community Outreach/Social Work
Department:60320000 - AG-FAM YOUTH / COMM SCI

Classification Title:

Ast Prof

Job Description:

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is creating an environment that affirms community across all dimensions. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or visit Accessibility at UF.

Duties and Responsibilities

This is a 9-month tenure-accruing position that will be 60% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences) and 40% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station) available in the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, at the University of Florida. This assignment may change in accordance with the needs of the unit. Tenure will accrue in the Department of FYCS. Duties will include (1) teaching graduate and/or undergraduate courses in nonprofit organizational leadership and management;  (2) actively participating in graduate and undergraduate education; (3) engaging in professional development activities related to teaching and advising; (4) planning and conducting a high quality, productive research program with an emphasis on examining issues and emerging trends in the third sector, including philanthropy, board governance, or social entrepreneurship which results in the publication of scholarly journal articles and creative works; (5) seeking contract and grant funding to support the aforementioned research and educational programs; and (6) contributing to the Department's overall goals in scholarship and research.

The successful candidate will engage in scholarly activities related to instruction, including teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses, advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, participating in curriculum revision and enhancement, seeking funding for the teaching program, supervising undergraduate and graduate research and creative work, publishing teaching-related scholarship, producing learning tools, and engaging in professional development activities related to teaching and advising. Faculty are encouraged to support and participate in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Honors Program, distance education, and international education.

Because of the IFAS land-grant mission, all faculty are expected to be supportive of and engaged in all three mission areas—Research, Teaching, and Extension—regardless of the assignment split specified in the position description.

Background Information:

The Department of Family, Youth, and Community Sciences (FYCS) ( is a unit in the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida. The Department employs 29 faculty members, a 3-person advising team, and three administrative staff members. The Department is located at the Gainesville campus. The interdisciplinary FYCS program is an undergraduate major with an enrollment of over 200 students. The graduate program offers in-person and online master's degrees as well as a PhD in Youth Development and Family Sciences that attracts both UF graduates and students from other institutions while supporting the University's commitment to increasing graduate enrollment and maintaining quality undergraduate education. The Department is home to an undergraduate Nonprofit Organizational Leadership Minor; an Online Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership; training grants and courses on nongovernmental organizational leadership hosted internationally in locations such as Belize, Greece, Ireland, India, South Korea, and Spain; and nonprofit research laboratories. The undergraduate practicum and graduate capstone programs collaborate with local nonprofits to connect students with the Gainesville community.

The unit's sponsored research and Extension activities have generated in excess of $24 million over the past year. The Department's mission is to enhance lifelong learning and the personal, social, economic, and environmental well-being and resilience of diverse individuals, families, and communities through state-of-the-art teaching, research, and Extension programs. The Department encompasses programs in community development/nonprofit leadership, prevention science, youth and family development, human nutrition and health, food safety, housing, and consumer economics and resource management. The Department engages in collaborative working relationships with Florida A&M University, Florida State University, and other public and private universities in the US and other countries.

The University of Florida is a Land-Grant, Sea-Grant, and Space-Grant institution, encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines, with an enrollment of more than 56,000 students. UF is a member of The Association of American Universities. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) includes the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Florida Sea Grant program, and encompasses 16 on-campus academic departments and schools, 12 Research and Educational Centers (REC) located throughout the state, 6 Research sites/demonstration units administered by RECs or academic departments, and Florida Cooperative Extension Service offices in all 67 counties (counties operate and maintain). The School of Natural Resources and Environment is an interdisciplinary unit housed in IFAS and managed by several colleges on campus. UF/IFAS employs nearly 4,500 people, which includes approximately 990 salaried faculty and 1,400 permanent support personnel located in Gainesville and throughout the state. IFAS, one of the nation's largest agricultural and natural resources research and education organizations, is administered by a Vice President and four deans: the Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the Dean for Extension, and the Director of the Florida Cooperative Extension Service, the Dean for Research and Director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, and the Dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine. UF/IFAS also engages in cooperative work with Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Minimum Requirements:

A doctorate (foreign equivalent acceptable) in Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy, Public Administration, Leadership Development, Social Entrepreneurship, Social/Health Services Administration, Community Development, or a closely related discipline is required. Candidates should possess demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication and interpersonal relationships. Candidates must be supportive of the mission of the Land-Grant system. Candidates must also have a commitment to UF's core values of excellence, discovery & innovation, inclusion, freedom & civility, community, and stewardship. 

Preferred Qualifications:

The demonstration of extramural funding procurement is preferred. Evidence of excellence in teaching graduate and undergraduate classes and a track record of research achievement, including a current research plan in areas relevant to the intersection of nonprofits and youth and/or families, is preferred. Work experience in the nonprofit sector, nationally or internationally, and affiliation with appropriate professional associations is desirable.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

For full consideration, candidates should apply and submit materials by March 1, 2024. The position will remain open until a viable applicant pool is determined.

Employment Conditions

This position begins on August 16, 2024. Compensation is commensurate with the education, experience, and qualifications of the selected applicant. A competitive startup package will be provided for use within the first three years of employment.


Nominations are welcome. Nominations need to include the complete name and address of the nominee. This information should be sent to:

Please refer to Requisition # 529980

Dr. Kimberly Wiley and Dr. Muthusami Kumaran

Co-Chairs, Search and Screen Committee

University of Florida

P.O. Box 110310

Gainesville, FL 32611-0310

Telephone:  (352) 294-3189

Facsimile: (352) 392-8196

Email: and

Application Information

Individuals wishing to apply should go online to Careers at UF and submit:

  • Cover letter that states the applicant's interest in the position, qualifications relative to the credentials listed above, and how their scholarship is related to the intersection of nonprofits and youth and/or families.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Contact information (including email addresses) for a minimum of three individuals willing to write letters of recommendation.

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered "official" if a designation of "Issued to Student" is visible.  Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. The University of Florida is a public institution and is subject to all requirements under Florida Sunshine and Public Record laws.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.

Health Assessment Required: No


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