Current Position Openings

Position announcements on the NACAA website are available by contacting Scott Hawbaker, NACAA Executive Director at (217)794-3700, or email exec-dir@nacaa.com . Costs associated with postings are 30 days - $100, 60 days - $150 or 90 days $200. Payment can be made via credit card or Purchase Orders.

University of Vermont
Director of Extension and Associate Dean in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)

Location: Burlington, Vermont

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Brief Description: The University of Vermont (UVM) seeks an accomplished, inspiring leader to serve as Director of Extension and Associate Dean in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). This is an exceptional opportunity to lead an organization of more than 160 people working across the state to deliver education, applied research, and service that improves the lives of Vermonters. UVM Extension is a unit in CALS, which serves as the hub of UVM’s land-grant and outreach missions.

Since its founding in 1913, UVM Extension has developed strong relationships with a wide variety of constituents, assessing their needs and developing programs to address critical issues they face. Extension’s specific program efforts have continuously evolved to address the changing needs and composition of Vermont’s communities.

Today, UVM Extension has eight program areas: 4-H, Youth and Families; Clean Water; Consumer and Community Horticulture; Engaged Communities; Nutrition, Food and Health; Sustainable Agriculture; Sustainable Forests; and Thriving Economies. Extension also has many unique programmatic collaborations, including: Across the Fence television program, Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Cereal Grains Lab, Lake Champlain Sea Grant Institute, Northeast Center to Advance Food Safety, Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program, Proctor Maple Research Center, and the Vermont Tourism Research Center.

UVM Extension’s structure, operations, and funding have evolved in response to changes in higher education, state and federal budgets, and partnerships with other organizations. Once base-funded with a county focus, today Extension secures external funding to support much of its work, which is regional or statewide in scope. Its annual budget is ~$26M with over $15M from grants, gifts, and contracts. To thrive into the future, Extension will continue to identify and address emerging issues, strengthening its capacity to secure external funding.

The Director will develop a deep understanding of the work of Extension personnel, including their administrative and programmatic challenges and opportunities. This individual will provide internal guidance and inspiration, facilitating the communication and planning needed for success in the short- and long-term. They will nurture the interdisciplinary relationships necessary to develop innovative, high-impact programs. Using a clear narrative about Extension’s evolving work, they will promote the organization externally to its current and potential partners, funders, and the public.

The Director will advance Extension’s interests at the state and federal level, securing resources to support applied research, education, and outreach activities. This individual will be expected to recruit, engage and build enduring relationships with philanthropic supporters of Extension programs. The Director will play a key role in recruitment and retention of diverse, high-performing faculty and staff. This individual will enhance the visibility of UVM Extension and its work to the people of Vermont. They will strengthen communication and partnerships with state and community leaders, UVM departments and colleges, and Extension leaders in other states. The Director will foster an environment conducive to academic quality, collegiality, innovation, and open discussion, and an appreciation for ethnic, cultural, and social diversity.

Specific duties of the position include:
● Develop and implement regular communications to inspire and synergize the work of a highly talented group of faculty, staff and other professionals during a period of dynamic change. Promote internal and external communications that exemplify integrity, accountability and transparency.
● Facilitate, lead and/or participate in, as appropriate, planning and evaluation efforts intended to strengthen current programs, identify emerging program areas, and optimize the deployment of Extension resources.
● Lead the effort to boost the visibility of UVM Extension to external stakeholders, including the development of specific communication goals, methods, and metrics.
● Meet regularly with Extension, CALS, other UVM departments and colleges, state and federal partners, local community leaders, businesses, and non-profit organizations, etc., to strengthen relationships and identify collaborative opportunities to secure external funding for applied research, outreach and service in support of the land-grant mission.
● Develop and implement a strategy to achieve long-term financial well-being for the organization that includes diversifying revenue streams to support Extension programming, with an emphasis on significantly increasing grant funding and philanthropic donations.
● Work toward enhancing the diversity of UVM Extension faculty, staff, and students and support UVM’s affirmative action and equal employment opportunity efforts.
● Represent UVM Extension on internal and external committees, task forces, advisory boards, and to agencies and professional organizations including the Association of Extension Administrators.
● Conduct performance evaluations of direct reports. Make recommendations about personnel actions in consultation with the Dean of CALS.

Required Qualifications:
● PhD, EdD, other terminal degree (e.g., MBA) related to the position, or a combination of Master’s degree with significant leadership and teaching experience.
● Experience leading a complex organization with multiple programs.
● Experience with grants, contracts, and philanthropy to raise funds to support programs.
● Experience with organizational budgeting and financial planning.
● Experience with personnel management, conflict resolution, and team building.
● Experience with evaluation and planning.
● Understanding of Extension, the land-grant system, and their federal partners.
● Understanding of digital technologies associated with education and outreach.
● Excellent leadership skills including: ability to plan and lead effective meetings and administrative processes, ability to identify clear goals and measures of success, understanding of how and when to delegate tasks, accountability for actions and outcomes, respect for divergent viewpoints, ability to problem-solve.
● A management style that is inclusive and empowers others to succeed, fosters respect, builds pride in the accomplishment of shared goals, and feeds upon two-way communication.
● Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in the management of programs and resources and a proven ability to relate to a wide variety of people.
● Superior verbal and written communication skills. Ability to listen to and integrate feedback from diverse constituencies.

This is a full-time, non-tenure track faculty position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, depending on experience, based in Burlington, VT. Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with the successful candidate’s background and experience. A full benefits package is included.

The University of Vermont is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and inclusive excellence of the academic community through their teaching, service, and research, scholarship, or creative arts. We are an educationally purposeful community seeking to prepare students to be accountable leaders in a diverse and changing world. Members of the University of Vermont community embrace and advance the values of Our Common Ground: Openness, Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, Innovation, and Justice. The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to the ideals of accessibility, inclusiveness, and academic excellence as reflected in the tenets of Our Common Ground.

For more than 100 years, University of Vermont Extension has delivered education tailored to local needs. Our faculty and staff, located in 12 offices around the state, help improve the quality of life of Vermonters through research-based educational programs and practical information Our purpose is to cultivate healthy communities. Our mission is to provide and facilitate research, education and outreach with our partners for the people of Vermont.

UVM is one of the nation’s premier small public research universities. Enrollment includes more than 10,500 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate students, 450 medical students, 22 post-baccalaureate certificate students, and 720 non-degree students. UVM combines the teaching and faculty-student relationships typically found at a liberal arts college with the scholarship and resources of a major research institution. Its campus is home to seven undergraduate schools and colleges, an honors college, graduate college, medical school, a dual degree program with Vermont Law School, and a division of continuing and distance education. UVM has a distinguished faculty and a growing research enterprise, with $182 million in research funding in FY 2020. The campus spans Burlington’s highest ridgeline overlooking Lake Champlain, the Adirondack and the Green Mountains, and is adjacent to the small, historic city of Burlington, perennially voted one of America’s best places to live.

Please direct all inquiries, nominations, and referrals, in confidence, to Dr. Vern Grubinger via email at: vernon.grubinger@uvm.edu To apply, complete an application by 11/1/20 at https://www.uvmjobs.com/postings/41897 and upload a single pdf document titled “yourlastname_ExtensionDirectorApplication” that contains: 1) a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and your commitment to diversity and excellence, 2) a summary of your approach to organizational leadership in an Extension-oriented environment, and, 3) your vision for philanthropy and development that would support Extension programming. Please also upload your c.v.

The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state law. The University encourages applications from all individuals who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution.

Application Deadline: 11/01/2020


University of Florida Extension
Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent II, III, or IV and County Extension Director

Location: Desoto County, Florida

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Brief Description: Job Number: 0001‐4002

Classification Title: Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent II, III, or IV and County
Extension Director

Job Description:
The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is committed to creating an environment
that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race,
gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such
an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.
If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352‐392‐
2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800‐955‐8771 (TDD) or visit Accessibility at UF.
The University of Florida (UF) is a Land Grant institution with core values of unique purpose, excellence, integrity, collaboration and partnership, lifelong learning, diversity, responsiveness, innovation, communication, and global reach. IFAS employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff statewide. IFAS Extension employs 375 Extension Agents and has an office in each of Florida’s 67 counties.

Our mission in the Florida Cooperative Extension Service is to partner with communities to provide quality, relevant education and research‐based expertise to foster healthy people, a healthy environment, and a healthy economy. We are the resource that helps educate Floridians to address issues related to agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, youth
development, families and communities.

University of Florida/IFAS Extension and Desoto County seek to fill a permanent‐status accruing, full‐time Extension Agent position with a self‐starting, energetic, team‐oriented
individual who will also serve as County Extension Director (CED; 20‐30%). The educational responsibilities of the CED/Agent encompass strong leadership with respect to Agriculture and Natural Resources with Livestock specialty (65‐75%). There is an expectation of active participation in the 4‐H Youth Development program (5%).

As an extension educator, you will lead through the design, implementation, and evaluation of educational programming that meet the needs of the county’s diverse population in the
selected programmatic area. Duties will include farm visits and diagnostics along with assisting growers in securing appropriate expertise from University of Florida Extension specialists. You may also assist in applied research projects that further improve farming operations and profitability.

As the CED, you will lead, manage, supervise, coordinate and report on the total county extension program while maintaining, fostering and building effective working relationships with advisory committee, stakeholders, county government, community leaders, private sector clientele, media, government agencies, county residents, and UF/IFAS faculty, staff and extension administration.

You will demonstrate resourcefulness, creativity, enthusiasm, and innovation to strengthen current educational programs while reviewing and implementing new policies, maintaining
records, assessing risks, communicating and marketing effectively across social media platforms, managing financial resources, and creating educational materials and opportunities for Desoto County.

The CED/Agent role provides the opportunity to make a positive impact in the Desoto County community working with extension faculty, staff and stakeholders. You will also collaborate
with the District Extension Director and other Southwest CEDs on multi‐county projects and serve as a role model to the community.

Minimum requirements:
Bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal science, agriculture, natural resources, agronomy, or a closely related field (one degree must be in animal science) from an accredited college or university. At least 5 years of professional extension experience or equivalent. A commitment
to customer service. Ability to possess (or be able to obtain) a Florida driver’s license. Flexibility with working hours. Willingness to work irregular hours, including evenings, weekends and overnight travel.

Preferred qualifications:
Previous CED experience or equivalent is preferred. Experience in creating lesson plans, developing instructional materials, and applying teaching methods appropriate for the audience
is highly desirable. Expertise in getting groups to work together for a higher goal, managing competing priorities, and adaptability to handle unexpected situations is a plus for this role. You must be an effective written, verbal and listening communicator, feel comfortable presenting in
front of small and large crowds, be able to establish solid partnerships, and find innovative ways to attract new audiences.

Further information:
Employment is contingent on the results of a national background screening.

Applicants who are expecting to earn a master’s degree by December 2020 are eligible to apply.

Desoto County is a small, rural, community. This interior Florida county consists of approximately 639 square miles, providing many activities for nature enthusiasts, such as
boating, canoeing, swimming, and golf. Agriculture and related industries are the primary employer for this close‐knit community of approximately 36,000 residents. The city of Arcadia is the county seat. The county has easy access to the coastal communities of Bradenton/Sarasota and Punta Gorda/Fort Myers.

Extension is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public. As such, all partners are involved in the supervision of the office and contribute to the salary and support resources. The primary goal of Extension is to disseminate the latest knowledge and applicable technologies in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences in order to sustain and enhance the quality of human
life. The UF/IFAS mission is accomplished through extension faculty members, scientists, educators, administrative staff, and volunteers working cohesively throughout Florida’s 67
counties.

Candidates will be reviewed as applications are received, but please be aware that interviews might not be scheduled until 4‐6 weeks after the position closing date.

Application Deadline: 10/26/2020


Position announcements on the NACAA website are available by contacting Scott Hawbaker, NACAA Executive Director at (217)794-3700, or email exec-dir@nacaa.com . Costs associated with postings are 30 days - $100, 60 days - $150 or 90 days $200. Payment can be made via credit card or Purchase Orders.