County Extension Director

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Vacancy TypeNC Cooperative ExtensionIs Internal Transfer OnlyNoJob TypeFull-Time - PermanentTime-Limited Appointment LengthNoIf Yes, Appointment LengthTitleCounty Extension DirectorWorking TitleCounty Extension DirectorSalary Range$50,000 - $95,000Anticipated Hiring RangeMinimum $50,000Position NumberNC-00002405-0820Work Schedule8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday; evenings and weekends as requiredFull Time Equivalent (FTE)1.0Department117514 - North Central District - GranvDepartmentJob City & StateOxford, NCPrimary 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.

The primary function of the organizational unit is to provide Extension education and outreach programs to the citizens of Granville County, including but not limited to:

•Crop, livestock, and horticulture farm operations.
•Train 4-H leaders and manage the 4-H program
•Teach nutrition, nutritional health, and food safety
•Build communities through leadership training and collaborations

Founded in 1746, Granville County is known for its small-town charm, rich history, colonial architecture and an abundance of recreational activities. Granville County is located in the northern Piedmont of North Carolina, about 45 minutes north of Raleigh and borders Virginia on its northern side, Vance County to the east, Person County to the west, and Wake County to the south. Cities in Granville County include Oxford (the county seat), Creedmoor, Butner, Stem, and Stovall. Interstate 85 runs through the county, and most north-south traffic is handled by highways US 15 and NC 50. Granvillle County is rural, with a vibrant agricultural base that includes tobacco, soybeans, wheat, hay, and livestock farms. There are several farms that produce a variety of produce and sell their products at the Oxford and Creedmoor Farmer’s Markets. The Granville Athletic Park has tennis courts and accessible walking trails, and partners with the recreation departments of the cities to host many baseball and softball tournaments through the summers. Some of the county’s featured annual events include the North Carolina Hot Sauce Contest, the Creedmoor Music Festival, the Butner Chicken Pickin’, and more! Granville County is located far enough from major cities to retain its rural character, yet is close enough that its citizens can enjoy the bright lights of Raleigh and Durham.

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Essential Job Duties

The County Extension Director is a member of the faculty of North Carolina State University. The primary responsibility of this position 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.

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.

•Providing leadership and expertise in managing and coordinating resource
development for all program areas, which include fiscal responsibility for county and state
appropriated funds.

•Marketing Extension programs and their impacts.

•Organizing and allocating resources.

•Preparing budgets, maintaining administrative relationships, and interpreting and communicating policy

•Teaching, evaluating, and reporting in the assigned county.

•Coordinating staff development and training, conducting performance evaluations, and aligning staff work responsibilities.

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, NC State University, and Extension personnel in nearby counties.

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 either a (i) Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field related to Extension/educational programming, administration, organizational leadership, or public administration and a minimum of (3) three years of service with Cooperative Extension or similar work experience in a university or community outreach organization or program; or (ii) a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a field related to Extension/educational programming, administration, organizational leadership, or public administration and a minimum of (10) ten years of service with Cooperative Extension or similar work experience in a university or community outreach organization or program. A candidate applying with a Bachelor’s degree and less than 10 years of experience must be actively enrolled in an accredited graduate degree program and confer the degree within one year of hire. Administrative and supervisory experience including experience with human resource development, fiscal resource management, and external relations is strongly preferred.

Departmental Required Skills

Potential candidates should have skills, abilities, or experience in the following areas:

•Demonstrated leadership in Extension programming, management, and supervisory experience.

•Skills in human relations, negotiations, public relations, team building, managing public policy issues, and securing and managing outside funding and resources to develop innovative educational programming.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in leadership and management as well as an expertise in delivering educational programs in a discipline related to one of the N.C. Cooperative Extension focus areas.

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Special InstructionsJob Open Date09/01/2020Must 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.09/15/2020Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?NoProposed Hire DateAA/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.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] 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 equivalency verified at or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

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
    • Job Alert (automated email from our system)
    • 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)
    • Radio / Television Advertisement
    • 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)

Application Materials RequiredRequired Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Contact Information for References
Optional Documents
  1. Transcripts
  2. Letter of Recommendation 1




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Posted: 9/9/2020
Application Due: 12/8/2020
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