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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 NC-00002377-0817
Work Schedule 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday, evenings and weekends as required
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.00
Department 117536 - North Central District- Chatham
Department
Job City & State Pittsboro, 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.

Within Chatham County’s 709 square miles are picturesque towns, rolling farmland, Jordan Lake and an increasingly diverse economy. Among its assets are industrial and commercial businesses and a range of agricultural-based enterprises, including specialty farms whose products support businesses throughout the Triangle area. The County has one of North Carolina’s most vibrant arts communities as well as The North Carolina Arts Incubator. It is home to Central Carolina Community College and within easy access to major Triangle universities, medical centers and Research Triangle Park.

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.

Other Work/Responsibilities

The County Extension Director (CED) serves as the county Extension administrative leader with responsibilities for administration.

This is considered a county department head level position, and the CED will be expected to perform at that level and be accountable.

Close communication with the District Extension Director and the County Manager is necessary.

This position requires a dynamic individual to provide visionary leadership for a comprehensive Extension program to meet the needs of county citizens and maintain the affirmative action plan of North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

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

The CED provides leadership and expertise in managing and coordinating resource development for all program areas, which includes fiscal responsibility for the county- and state-appropriated funds as well as allocated funds.

Responsibilities also include marketing Extension programs and their impacts.

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 ability to work with diverse people, staff, customers, elected officials, and volunteers is essential.

The CED must maintain an effective, collaborative relationship in delivering educational programs by working closely with county government agencies and organizations, county departments, local officials, area agencies, and University and Extension personnel in nearby counties.

This position is responsible for coordinating staff development and training, conducting performance evaluations, and aligning staff work responsibilities.

The successful candidate must have demonstrated the ability to plan, organize, and work well with people.

Successful performance of the duties encompassed in the CED’s job requires that the individual possess educational leadership and statesmanship qualities, habits of industry, a sense of responsibility, a genuine appreciation for the work of the individual, a high degree of objectivity, and effective oral and written communication skills.

Travel within the district, as well as occasional 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, managing public policy issues, and securing and managing outside funding, grants, and resources to develop innovative educational programming.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in programming.

Required License or Certification

n/a

Special Instructions
Job Open Date 08/14/2017
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.
08/28/2017
Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No
Proposed Hire Date
AA/EOE

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 www.wes.org. 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
    • Monster.com
    • CareerBuilder.com
    • InsideHigherEd.com
    • HigherEdJobs.com
    • 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
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
    • 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 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