Job Openings

COUNTY EXTENSION DIRECTOR

North Carolina State University

Location: Lincolnton, NC
Application Deadline: 2022-10-10

County Extension Director

Posting Details

Position Information


Posting Number      PG190396CE
Position Number    SC-00002321-0922
Position Type          NC Cooperative Extension

Department Information


Job City & State    Lincolnton, NC
Department            NCCE Lincoln County

System Information


Working Title         County Extension Director
Appointment         12 Month Recurring
Job Type                 Full-Time - Permanent
                                  FTE 1.00


Position Information

Position Overview

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.

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.

Other Work/Responsibilities    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 ability to work with diverse people, staff, customers, elected officials, and volunteers is essential. The County Extension Director 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, University, and Extension personnel in nearby counties. This position is responsible for coordinating staff development and training, conducting performance evaluations, and aligning staff work responsibilities. The position will also be assigned programming responsibility for subject matter area(s).

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


Supervisory
Number of Permanent Employees this Position Supervises -6
 
Percent of Time Spent    75%- 85%

Requirements and Preferences
Identify if the Position is Mandatory / Key Personnel    Essential / Key
Work Schedule    Monday - Friday- 8 AM - 5 PM Business Hours - Evenings and Weekends as 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.

Department Required Skills    Potential candidates should have skills, abilities, or experience in the following areas:
-demonstrated leadership in Extension programming and management,
 

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education
 
-supervisory experience,
-skills in human relations,
-ability to negotiate,
-public relations,
-team building,
-strong communication skills,
-managing public policy issues, and
-securing and managing outside funding and resources to develop innovative educational programming.

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
 
Required License or Certification    Valid Driver’s License and reliable, personal transportation required. Valid North Carolina driver’s license is required within 60 days of hire and must be maintained.
Valid NC Driver's License required?  Yes
Commercial Driver's License    No
Required?
Physical Required?    No
List any other medical/drug tests required


Recruitment

Recruitment Details


Anticipated Hiring Range    Minimum $50,000 commensurate with education and experience.
Internal Transfer Only    No

Recruitment Dates
Job Open Date    09/02/2022

Applicant Information


Quick Link    https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/170390
AA/EEO    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 workatncstate@ncsu.edu. 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. 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 Monster.com
CareerBuilder.com InsideHigherEd.com HigherEdJobs.com 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)
3.    In 4-5 sentences, please tell us about your greatest leadership achievement in your professional career. (Open Ended Question)
4.    In 4-5 sentences, please tell us about a difficult project that you have led and what obstacles you faced. (Open Ended Question)
5.    in 4-5 sentences, please give us an example of a time when you used good judgement and logic to solve a problem on a tight timeline.
(Open Ended Question)

6.    In 4-5 sentences, please describe a situation where you recognized a potential problem as an opportunity and how you handled it.
(Open Ended Question)


Application Materials Required

Required Documents

1.    Resume
2.    Cover Letter
3.    Contact Information for References Optional Documents
1.    Transcripts
 
AA/EEO In addition, NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation. Persons with disabilities requiring 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. Degree must be obtained prior to start date.