District Extension Director
Position Number: 00002036
Primary Function of Organization Unit: NC State University is a world-class land-grant university that delivers exceptional teaching and research, and through North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service (NCCES), fulfills its land-grant mission by being a world-class leader in experiential learning, both in the classroom and in the field. NC Cooperative Extension Service (NCCES) is the outreach division of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, in partnership with the US Department of Agriculture, all 100 Counties in North Carolina, and with the Eastern Band of the Cherokee nation. Cooperative Extension partners with these entities in communities across the state to deliver reliable, research-based education and technology to local citizens, youth, farmers, families, businesses, and others to enrich the lives, land, and economy of North Carolina. For more about NC Cooperative Extension, please visit our website at ces.ncsu.edu
Essential Job Duties: The District Extension Director (DED) provides leadership to each county in the assigned district while under the supervision of the Associate Director of NCCES and with the County Operations Team, the State as a whole. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: * Provide strong, visionary, and progressive administrative leadership to the district on behalf of the total organization. * Provide leadership to field faculty and staff to develop, deliver, and evaluate exceptional, comprehensive educational programs that address NCCES' priority program areas of agriculture, food systems, and 4-H youth development, family and consumer sciences and community development, as identified by the citizens, the counties, and the University collectively through extensive needs assessment and program planning methodology. * Ensure that programs are available to all interested persons in accordance with applicable equal opportunity/civil rights laws and best practices. Ensure that all employees, volunteers, and citizens are provided access according to civil rights laws and best practices. * Extensive personnel management responsibilities for recruiting, developing, supervising, and evaluating each County Extension Director (20-25 in each district), who in turn supervise the county staff members. Engages in staff development, coaching and employee relations to ensure excellent personnel management. Provides extensive support to county field faculty in the promotion process. * Responsibility for the University portion of the County Operations budget for each office within the district, including salary, travel, and other operating budgets. * Supervise one administrative assistant who supports the DED and District, as well as is responsive to the other DEDs/County Operations Team and the Associate Director. * Supervise Area Specialized Agents within the district. * Work collaboratively with county partners (County Managers, Boards of County Commissioners, etc.) and State Advisory Council members. * Work effectively as part of the County Operations Team, along with colleagues in Organizational Development, Program Leadership, Information Technology, Personnel and Regional Program Leaders from NC A&T State. Will be assigned organizational projects that solve issues and/or advance strategic priorities. Highly qualified candidates will possess: * Substantial knowledge and understanding of the Extension organization, operation, philosophy and strategic objectives. * Demonstrated abilities in the areas of planning/project management, organizing, budgeting/financial management, personnel management, motivating employees, team building and project management. * Exceptional, proven competency in interpersonal relationship skills, including the ability to effectively relate to and communicate with staff, faculty, elected officials, colleagues, and the public. * Knowledge and proficiency in the use of technology to support program delivery, training and staff development. * Demonstrated knowledge and experience in at least one core program area of Agriculture, Natural Resources, Youth Development/4-H, Community Development, and/or Family and Consumer Sciences. * Ability to interpret and enforce University policy and best practices in a variety of areas, including personnel and financial, conflict of interest, volunteer management, program liability, * Strong work ethic, independent responsibility, attention to detail, dependability, and follow-through. * Ability to travel as extensive travel is required *This position is located in Mills River, NC (North Central District).*
Minimum Education/Experience: A Master's degree in a related Agriculture and/or Life Sciences or an appropriate Extension-related discipline is required.
Department Required Skills: * Significant successful professional experience in Cooperative Extension. * Significant successful professional experience in educational program development (needs assessment, development, delivery, evaluation) in one or more of Extension's core program areas. * Significant successful professional experience in financial management, employee recruitment, supervision, training, coaching and recognition/motivation, and other aspects of public administration. * Demonstrated leadership skills and experience, excellent verbal and written communication skills, a commitment to diversity, and the ability to work effectively with and through others. * Ability to travel extensively throughout the State, with frequent overnight stays and occasional weekend travel/work required.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education: * Doctorate and/or terminal professional degree in a related Agriculture and/or Life Sciences or an appropriate Extension-related discipline. * Significant successful professional experience in public administration, preferably in a higher education/land-grant university Extension program. * Significant successful professional experience in educational program development (needs assessment, development, delivery, evaluation) in one or more of NCCE's core program areas. -Successful record in public administration and interaction with local government and public agency officials.
Necessary Licenses and Certifications: * A valid drivers license is required for travel. NC drivers license required within 60 days of hire and must be maintained.
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":http//wes.org. Degree must be obtained prior to start date.
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