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Department: 117703 - Northeast District - Camden
Location: Camden, NC
Essential Job Duties:
The County Extension Director (CED) serves as the county Extension administrative leader with responsibilities for administration. The major responsibility is to provide leadership for and coordinate the efforts of the county Extension staff in developing an effective total county Extension educational program.
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.
The CED provides leadership and expertise in managing and coordinating resource development for all program areas, which includes fiscal responsibility for the county- and state-appropriated funds as well as allocated funds.
Responsibilities also include marketing Extension programs and their impacts.
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 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, and 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 successful candidate must have demonstrated the ability to plan, organize, and work well with people.
Travel within the district, as well as occasional travel outside the district is required.
Develops and maintains a comprehensive understanding of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension as an educational agency and its implications for administration and programming in the county.
Provides leadership and exercises sound judgement for personnel management of the county Extension staff.
Markets county Extension programs and services to the community using various media.
Provides leadership in planning and initiating action needed to implement all areas of program responsibility in the planned program.
In cooperation with the Extension staff and County Extension Advisory Leadership System, plans all areas of the total county program.
Work collaboratively with other Extension programs, staff, agencies and community organizations to meet the specialized needs of the community.
Maintains liaison with civic organizations, related businesses, informal educational organizations, and other voluntary groups.
Continuously strives to maintain and encourages the county Extension staff to maintain a high level of professional competence.
Ensures that the county Extension office follows, where appropriate, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, state, county and national laws, policies, regulations and guidelines.
Maintains an effective administrative relationship with county government and represents the county government in managing appropriated county funds and assigned county resources.
Subject matter responsibilities as assigned.
Other duties as assigned.
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.
Potential candidates should have skills, abilities, or experience in the following areas: demonstrated leadership in Extension programming and management, supervisory experience, and 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.
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.
Required license or certification:
Valid driver's license and reliable personal transportation required and must be maintained.
Position Number: NE-00002445-0919
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