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Official Job Title :
Extension Central Region Department Head
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Montana State University Extension
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Extension Central Region Department Head
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Extension Central Region Department Head
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Extension's Central Region of Montana consists of 29 field faculty located in 19 offices that serve Blaine, Carbon, Cascade, Chouteau, Fergus, Glacier, Hill, Judith Basin, Liberty, Meagher, Musselshell-Golden Valley, Pondera, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Teton, Toole, and Wheatland counties, plus the Blackfeet and Ft. Belknap Reservations.We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, possess effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, can work independently, and have the ability to contribute positively to the academic success of the students and the mission of Montana State University. This position provides supervision, leadership and support to agents in the MSU Extension Central Region. As a member of the Extension administrative team, the Central Region Department Head will also provide leadership and support on the development and implementation of MSU Extension policies and procedures relating to personnel management, educational programming and budgetary management. This position requires extensive travel throughout the region and frequent travel throughout the state. The Central Region Department Head is responsible to the Executive Director of Extension. Office location is negotiable.Specific position responsibilities:Provide strong leadership to field faculty to effectively develop and implement county, multi-county, regional and multi-state educational programming and reporting efforts.Administer regional personnel activities, including determining the regions staffing needs; leading the hiring process for new Extension agents; supporting, guiding, training and orienting new Extension agents; conducting annual performance evaluations of all agents; motivating and advising agents; educating agents and their office staff about and assuring their compliance with all financial policies and state and federal civil rights and affirmative action policies; determining, developing and implementing career and professional development plans and opportunities for agents; mediating conflicts; and monitoring and guiding the promotion and tenure process for agents.Assist and supervise agents with program planning, local advisory processes, identification of programming needs, development of plans of work and reporting impacts about programming efforts.Develop and maintain working relationships with county commissioners and other local, regional and state decision-makers.Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with appropriate county, reservation, state, regional and federal entities.Market Extension programs to counties, the region and the state.Represent the Central Region as a member of the Extension Administrative Team.Promote teamwork and regional networking, with agents, specialists, on-campus department heads, and Extension and University administration.Utilize all available media sources, including electronic mail, the Internet and other advancing technology to communicate with MSU Extension personnel and to disseminate Information.We hope to attract applicants who can teach in a diverse University community and have demonstrated ability in helping students from diverse backgrounds succeed.Required Qualifications: -1.Completed Masters Degree. Preferred areas; family and consumer sciences, agriculture, community development, youth development education, natural resources, or a closely related field of study.2.Training or experience in administrative, leadership, personnel and fiscal management.3.Demonstrated skill in working with others as individuals, groups, staff members and decision-makers with emphasis on teamwork to accomplish individual or group goals.4.Demonstrated experience in the areas of planning, facilitation, organization, and conflict management.5.Demonstrated knowledge of organization, philosophy, operation and objectives of Extension and the mission of the land grant system.6.Demonstrated ability and experience in administering and managing educational programs, including conducting audience needs assessment, program planning, evaluation and reporting.7.Computer literacy as demonstrated in communications, program development, delivery and management. Preferred Qualifications Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills1.Extension experience, particularly field faculty experience.2.Record of achievement as an Extension faculty member. The Successful Candidate WillThe successful candidate will have the ability to effectively function as a member of a cohesive administrative team, effectively communicate (verbal, written and listening skills), lead and facilitate organizational change to position the region for the future, and evidence of an appreciation for and understanding of urban and rural communities with an interest in working with both. The successful candidate will also be familiar with multi-cultural and different socioeconomic audiences and will demonstrate an interest in working with people from diverse backgrounds, and a commitment to the principles of diversity. Position Special Requirements/Additional InformationMust possess currently or be eligible to obtain a valid State of Montana Drivers license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points). Do NOT send a copy of the drivers license.This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State Universitys rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
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Master's degree
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Extensive travel throughout the region and frequent travel throughout the state
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