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County Extension Director

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Posting Details

Posting Information

Vacancy Type NC Cooperative Extension
Is Internal Transfer Only No
Job Type Full-Time - Permanent
Time-Limited Appointment Length No
If Yes, Appointment Length
Title County Extension Director
Working Title County Extension Director
Salary Range
Anticipated Hiring Range Minimum $50,000
Position Number WT-00002123-0117
Work Schedule 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.00
Department 117108 - West District - Henderson
Job City & State Hendersonville, NC
Primary Function of Organizational Unit

North Carolina Cooperative Extension gives our residents easy access to the resources and expertise of NC State University and NC A&T State University. Through educational programs, publications, and events, Cooperative Extension field faculty deliver unbiased, research-based information to North Carolina citizens.

Henderson County is located in the Western North Carolina Mountains between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains. The county is south of Asheville, and is north of the North-South Carolina border. Henderson County has a mild year round climate with four distinct seasons. Henderson offers a variety of attractions, festivals, cultural activities, wineries, orchards, breweries, historic sites, theaters and outdoor recreation.

Henderson County is one of the fastest growing counties in the western part of the state, with a 12.2% population change from 2000 to 2006, and a current population of 108,500. The average home sale price is $268,190 and the median household income is $41,595. The poverty rate is 11.7% compared to the state’s 14.9%. The county enjoys a strong economic base with a four-pronged economy, and the leading contributors are Manufacturing, Retirement, Tourism, and Agriculture.

Agriculture is a diverse industry characterized by hundreds of individual businesses of vary in size and enterprise spread throughout the county. There are over 550 (average size 68 acre) farms that, together, contribute nearly $400,000,000.00 to the Henderson County economy. Every year agriculture spends over $80,000,000 on expenses, much of it locally.

In 2011 N.C. Agriculture Statistics, Henderson County, ranked 11th in NC for total crops cash receipts and 3rd in the state for vegetable, fruit and nut cash receipts, contributing nearly $38,000,000 annually. Since 2011 apple prices have increased 21% or $2.00 per bushel. Apple crop in 2011 averaged $21,000,000.

For additional information on Henderson County see:

Essential Job Duties

The County Extension Director is a member of the faculty of North Carolina State University. The major responsibility of the job is to provide leadership for and coordinate the efforts of the county Extension staff in developing an effective total County Extension educational program. The County Extension Director will also be responsible for programs in one or more subject matter areas.

Other Work/Responsibilities

The CED is responsible for maintaining an effective advisory leadership system representative of the county Extension program work.

Travel within the district, as well as occasional overnight travel outside the district is required.

Minimum Experience/Education

The major responsibility of the job is to provide leadership for and coordinate the efforts of the county Extension staff in developing an effective total county Extension education program. Other responsibilities include organizing and allocating resources, marketing the Extension program, preparing budgets, maintaining administrative relationships, interpreting and communicating policy, teaching, evaluating, and reporting in the assigned county.

The minimum requirements for the County Extension Director is a Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field related to Extension/educational programming and/or administration. Administrative and supervisory experience including experience with human resource development, fiscal resource management, and external relations is strongly preferred. In addition to the education requirement, candidates must have a minimum of three years of service with Cooperative Extension or similar work experience in a university or community outreach organization or program. Internal candidates must hold or be eligible to hold an appointment at the level of Associate Extension Agent or higher. External candidates must be eligible to hold an appointment at the level of Associate Extension Agent.

Candidates must possess educational leadership, strong work ethic, a sense of responsibility, a high degree of objectivity, excellent and effective oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work successfully with staff, volunteers, community leaders, and county officials.

Departmental Required Skills

Potential candidates should have skills, abilities, or experience in the following areas: demonstrated leadership in Extension programming and management, supervisory experience, and skills in human relations, negotiations, public relations, team building, resources to develop innovative educational programming.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

Preferred candidates should have abilities or experience in the following areas: tree fruit production, Horticultural Science or closely related field is preferred.

Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in program development and management and a familiarity with Cooperative Extension.

Required License or Certification


Special Instructions
Job Open Date 01/20/2017
Must Be Open Until

Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time.
Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No
Proposed Hire Date

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity?
    • NCSU Website
    • NCSU Executive Search Services
    • Other Online Job Board
    • Carolina Job Finder / Employment Guide
    • Job / Career Fair
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Professional Journal
    • Print Advertisement (Newspaper / Periodical)
    • Professional Organization
    • Direct Contact from NCSU HR Representative / Recruiter
    • NCSU Employee Referral
    • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Other)
    • Other
  2. * If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * All County Extension Director positions require a Master's degree. Do you meet this minimum education requirement?
    • Yes, I meet this minimum requirement.
    • No, I do not meet this requirement.
  4. * All County Extension Director positions require the minimum experience entry level for a County Extension Director is an Associate Extension Agent. Do you meet this minimum experience qualification?
    • Yes, I meet this requirement.
    • No, I do not meet this requirement.
  5. * Do you have a a minimum of three years of service with Cooperative Extension or an equivalent organization?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. * Please describe your experience with the following administrative functions human resource development, fiscal resource management and external relations. Include the number of years of experience you have with each of these functions in your response.

    (Open Ended Question)

Application Materials Required

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Contact Information for References
Optional Documents
  1. Transcripts
  2. Letter of Recommendation 1
  3. Letter of Recommendation 2
  4. Letter of Recommendation 3