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Extension Director

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Review of applications will begin October 9, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Please attach a cover letter, a resume/CV, and a separate document containing contact information for references. Transcripts are optional but may required of finalists.

Posting Details

Posting Information

Vacancy Type EHRA Non-Faculty
Is Internal Transfer Only No
Working Title Extension Director
Salary Range
Anticipated Hiring Range Commensurate with education and experience
Position Number 00061741
Work Schedule 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.00
Department 061501 - Sea Grant Program
Department Sea Grant Program
Job City & State Raleigh, NC
Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The North Carolina Sea Grant Program sponsors research and outreach efforts addressing the state’s rich and diverse coastal resource, which is comprised of miles of sand beaches, coastal rivers, sounds, estuaries and barrier islands. Research and outreach foci are multi-interdisciplinary with a range of emphases including ecosystem health, water quality, aquaculture, fisheries, estuarine health and dynamics, seafood science, coastal processes and hazards, and coastal community resilience and development. This program is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Sea Grant College Program. The program currently directs the efforts of 23 full or part-time staff. To review the program and its organization, please see NC Sea Grant’s web page:

The WRRI identifies and supports research needed to help resolve or address water resource quality and quantity issues and opportunities throughout North Carolina and the Southeast region of the U.S. The WRRI also conducts public education and information transfer activities related to water resource issues and opportunities. The program is part of the U.S. Geological Survey’s national Water Research Institutes Program. The program currently directs the efforts of 6 full or part-time staff. To review the program and its organization, please see the WRRI webpage:

Essential Job Duties

The North Carolina Sea Grant and N.C. Water Resources Research Institute Extension Director provides vision, leadership, administration, and active development for current and future Sea Grant and WRRI extension programming. The extension program supports both entities’ missions and couples tightly with respective and combined research and outreach components, resulting in clear benefits to communities and ecosystems across North Carolina, the region and nation. The Extension Director works closely with the Executive Director, Deputy Director, Communications Director and Fiscal Officer as part of the management team supporting robust and long-term, sustainable programs.

Responsibilities and primary functions include, but are not limited to:

A. Designs, implements and leads a dynamic extension program that ensures a mutually beneficial interaction among NC public and private university researchers and North Carolina inland and coastal communities.

1. Consistent with strategic plans and related federal requirements, works with extension specialists, along with representatives from related organizations and programs throughout the state and region, to plan and implement specific short- and long-term cooperative projects with measurable outcomes.
2. Works with the Executive Director and management team to design and implement projects that integrate research, extension and outreach programs.
3. Develops and secures external funding in support of Sea Grant- and WRRI-related extension missions, including federal and state grants as well as from other sources of funding (e.g. foundations) that compliments and expands current Sea Grant and WRRI efforts across North Carolina.
4. Develops and manages overall extension budgets, implementation and compliance, including projected financial planning to support programmatic mission.

B . Supervises, supports, and evaluates the work of Sea Grant and WRRI extension team to facilitate staff success.

1. Responsible for obtaining and aggregating extension program annual accomplishments and impacts to meet state and national reporting requirements.
2. Leads organizational change within extension program based on current and anticipated future program priorities.

C. Promotes Sea Grant and WRRI programming at multiple scales, with varied stakeholders and partners.

1. Establishes and maintains positive lines of communication with representatives of public and private organizations and agencies in order to assess community needs for coastal extension services, and with university researchers and industry to ensure ready access to and timely utilization of research results, including information generated and technologies developed.

2. Develops effective formal and informal agreements for extension staff to work with government agencies, private organizations, industries and community organizations.

3. Works with communications team to share program impacts across the state, region and nation through publications, presentations, and various internal and external avenues (e.g. social media, extension blueprints, videos, blogs, Coastwatch magazine articles).

Other Work/Responsibilities

1. Participates in, and provides leadership, on various boards, associations, etc. with local, state and national Sea Grant and WRRI partners as appropriate.
2. Other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Education/Experience

• Master’s degree with substantial work experience (more than 5 years) relevant to the duties described, in the natural or social sciences.

Departmental Required Skills

• Demonstrated capabilities in the management, performance and evaluation of extension and outreach programs.

• Extensive program management experience, including large and geographically distributed staff supervisory experience, a thorough knowledge of budgeting and financial planning, and a proven record of success in securing external funding.

• Demonstrated ability to build partnerships, collaborate in a team setting, and work effectively with diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders at the local, state, and national levels.

• Excellent oral and written communications and interpersonal skills.

• Knowledge of national, regional, and state coastal, marine and water resource issues.

• Experience working with different aspects, and multiple stakeholders, in environmental and social sciences that promote leadership in coastal and water resources research, education and outreach.

• Commitment to support increasing diversity and inclusivity in the workplace and within extension programming.

This position is based at NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Work outside regular business hours including weekends is sometimes necessary in order to complete the requirements of the position. Monthly travel throughout the state is typical as are multiple out-of-state trips for this position.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

• Earned doctorate in a field relevant to Sea Grant and/or WRRI mission (e.g. natural or social coastal or marine sciences, water resources, natural resource management, ecology, environmental policy, environmental health) with an academic and applied publication record.

• Substantial knowledge of the NOAA/Sea Grant and USGS/Water Resources Research Act missions.

• Extension program management and integration of research with extension, education and communication activities.

• Significant experience in implementing and managing meaningful public outreach and education programs.

• Extensive experience working in collaboration with industry, national, state, or local government agencies, or conservation organizations.

Required License or Certification

NC drivers license.

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin October 9, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please attach a cover letter, a resume/CV, and a separate document containing contact information for references. Transcripts are optional but may required of finalists.

Job Open Date 08/31/2017
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 Question

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
    • 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. * Do you possess a Master's degree with substantial work experience (more than 5 years) relevant to the duties described, in the natural or social sciences?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * A valid NC driver's license is required for this position and must be maintained as a condition of employment. Do you have a valid NC driver's license or will you obtain it within 60 days of start date?
    • Yes, I have a valid NC driver’s license and understand that it must be maintained as a condition of employment.
    • Yes, while I do not currently have a valid NC driver’s license, I will obtain it within 60 days of hire and maintain it as a condition of employment.
    • No, I do not currently have a valid NC driver’s license, and I will not obtain it.

Application Materials Required

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Contact Information for References
  3. Resume/CV
Optional Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Transcripts
  3. Transcripts 1 (required of finalists)