Southwest District Extension Director
Open Until Filled: Yes
Job Summary: Position Overview: The District Extension Director (DED) is a member of the Extension leadership team in the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences (CAES) at the University of Georgia responsible for administering the Extension program in the Southwest District of the state. The College is one of the largest colleges of agriculture in the nation and supports a $74.9 billion agricultural industry, the largest sector of the economy in the state of Georgia. For over 100 years, UGA Cooperative Extension has provided free, reliable, research-based information to farmers and businesses and has taught life skills and lessons to millions of young people. Administrative Relationships: * Will lead the Southwest Extension District staff under the supervision of the Associate Dean for Extension and the Director of County Operations. * This is a University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences 12-month Public Service or Tenure-Track faculty position located in the Southwest District of Georgia, which consists of 41 counties. To see the district map and counties visit: http://extension.uga.edu/about/districts--facilities--and-centers/southwest-district.html Major Responsibilities: * Position responsibilities include personnel administration, budget management, performance evaluations, employee relations, staff recruitment & development, and serving as a liaison to local governments. * The DED provides administrative leadership for the district team which consists of County Extension Coordinators, county and district Extension staff, and Program Development Coordinators in each of the following areas: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, and 4-H Youth. * The position guides county Extension faculty in the Public Service promotion process and the implementation and management of multi-county programming. * The successful candidate will oversee all phases of program planning including needs assessment, program development, implementation, evaluation, and fund development. * The successful candidate will be expected to oversee the delivery of high-quality extension programs in cooperation with appropriate extension and research leaders. * The individual will also be expected to work effectively with, and represent faculty to, University of Georgia administrators, UGA Public Service Units, Fort Valley State University Extension, state and federal agency personnel, industry clientele, and local governments. * Assume other duties as directed by the Director of Extension County Operations, Associate Dean for Extension, and Dean of CAES. The search committee will take the final candidate's appointment preference into consideration at the time of offer. Although this is a national search, qualified internal candidates at UGA are also encouraged to apply. If the successful candidate is a tenured UGA faculty member, his/her appointment will be retained in the current appointment home and tenure retained by the institution. To qualify for Tenure-Track Appointment see http://provost.uga.edu/documents/UGA_Guidelines_for_APT_4_2017_online.pdf for requirements. To qualify for Senior Public Service Associate rank see http://outreach.uga.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/2017-Promotions-Guidelines.pdf for requirements. To qualify for Administrative A (administrative faculty rank) see https://provost.uga.edu/policies/academic-affairs-policy-manual/1-01-definition/#p-1-01-2 The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]). Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.
Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must have earned a doctoral, master's, or bachelor's degree in a field related to Cooperative Extension.
Preferred Qualifications: Candidates with a master's or bachelor's degree must document exceptional accomplishments and be nationally recognized in a field related to Cooperative Extension and must be approved for a terminal degree exception before hire. County Extension experience, especially as a County Coordinator, is highly desirable but not mandatory. The successful candidate should possess the following qualities: * Ability to provide strong visionary and progressive administrative leadership * Substantial knowledge and understanding of Extension organization, operation, philosophy, and objectives * Demonstrated abilities in the areas of planning, organizing, budgeting, personnel management, motivating employees, and team building * Ability to effectively relate to and communicate with staff, faculty, and the public * Knowledge and proficiency in the use of technology in support of program delivery, training, and staff development * Demonstrated knowledge and experience in at least one core area of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, or 4-H Youth * High degree of competency in human relations skills
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Faculty Rank: Open Rank
Tenure Status: Negotiable
Employee Percentage: 100
Location of Vacancy: SW District