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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 commensurate with education and experience
Position Number SC-00002420-1117
Work Schedule Monday - Friday Business Hours - nights and weekends as required
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.00
Department 117616 - South Central District - Harne
Job City & State Lillington
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.

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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 position requires a dynamic individual to provide visionary leadership for a comprehensive Extension program to meet the needs of diverse segments of the population. The County Extension Director serves as the County Extension administrative leader with responsibilities for administration, public policy issues, and community/leadership development. The County Extension Director is responsible for maintaining an effective advisory leadership system representative of all program areas. The County Extension Director provides leadership and expertise in coordinating/securing resource development for all program areas. Responsibilities include marketing Extension programs and impacts.

The County Extension Director must maintain a strong, collaborative relationship in assisting the staff in delivering educational programs with county government input and support. Also, to meet the needs of county citizens, the position must network and collaborate with agencies and organizations, county departments, schools, town officials, area agencies, and University and Extension personnel. The position will be responsible for coordinating staff development, training and maintaining the Affirmative Action Plan of North Carolina Cooperative Extension. The individual must demonstrate the ability to plan, organize, and work well with people.

Other Work/Responsibilities
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

The position requires someone with exceptional communication, managerial and leadership skills. Excellent public relations skills and the ability to connect the local program needs with N.C. State University’s mission are required. Ability to create a positive work environment for all staff members through fostering teamwork and encouraging interdisciplinary programming; demonstrate strong coaching skills with employees; and model effective communication skills.

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

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

Preferred candidates should have abilities or experience in the following areas: agriculture or agribusiness, community and resource development, administration, or appropriate Extension related subject matter; demonstrated leadership in Extension programming and management; supervisory experience and skills in human relations, negotiations, public relations, and team building; managing public policy issues; securing and managing outside funding and resources to develop innovative educational programming; and the ability to work with people, staff, customers, elected officials and volunteers; evidence of drive and initiative. Must be a self-starter. Demonstrated skills in conflict management, group or public facilitation and negotiation is a plus.

Required License or Certification

Valid driver’s license and reliable personal transportation required and must be maintained. In order to operate a state vehicle, a valid driver’s license is required and must be maintained.

Special Instructions
Job Open Date 11/10/2017
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
    • 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