Job Summary

Official Job Title :
NDSU Extension East District Director
University or Organization :
North Dakota State University Extension
State or Territory :
N. Dakota
Application Deadline :
Mar 16, 2020
Descriptive Job Title :
NDSU Extension East District Director
Keywords separated by commas :
Extension, Director, District Director, Administration
Location :
Grand Forks, ND or other location suitable for serving the East District
Area, Department or Unit :
East District
Full/Part Time :
Salary :
Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Start Date:
None Stated
North Dakota State University Extension is recruiting a highly motivated and visionary leader to serve as district director for eastern North Dakota. NDSU Extension is an organization that values individuals who are trusted educators, adapt easily, exhibit passion for helping others and are excellent communicators. The East District director will report to the director of NDSU Extension. The successful candidate will reside in the East District (Barnes, Cass, Cavalier, Grand Forks, Griggs, Nelson, Pembina, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Steele, Traill and Walsh counties) or North Dakota counties immediately adjacent to the East District. Office support is provided through the East District Office in Grand Forks, ND, but the successful candidate is not required to have an office there. Administrative Responsibilities: - Provide leadership and supervision for NDSU Extension agents and educators in Barnes, Cass, Cavalier, Grand Forks, Griggs, Nelson, Pembina, Ransom, Richland, Sargent, Steele, Traill and Walsh counties. Specific counties and geographies may change through time and are determined by the needs of the organization. - Lead the recruitment efforts for Extension agent positions in the East District in collaboration with peer district directors, county commissioners, Extension program leaders and the director of NDSU Extension. - Oversee personnel administration in collaboration with county commissioners, including but not limited to employee relations with state and county personnel, policy/procedure interpretation, performance management, budget review, promotion and separation, mentoring and coaching. - Provide oversight of state travel requests, time off, reimbursement, incident reports, and other state and university administrative functions associated with employees. - Work with county commissioners and the director of NDSU Extension on special circumstance funding and/or personnel recruitment through memorandums of understanding, contracts and other arrangements to provide services and programming when retirements, leave of absences or resignations occur based on regional or priority issues. - Provide oversight of district support staff and/or assistant or interim district directors. Leadership Responsibilities: - Conduct/facilitate meetings and correspondence for the purpose of improving or enhancing relationships with county commissioners, employee guidance, recruitment and retention, and/or personnel management. - Exercise leadership in determining training needs, communicating with the Extension Leadership Team and securing training programs for staff in the East District. - Work collaboratively with the Extension Leadership Team responsible for orientation/mentoring of field staff, 4-H Youth Development state duties, program evaluation and reporting system, tribal relationships, leadership development programs, professional development conferences and opportunities, internships, operational and fiscal stratification, and legislative priorities. - Lead or co-lead committees or statewide tasks that may include career or agricultural related expo days, county coordinator training, evaluation and reporting system review, liaison roles on various state committees, civil rights responsibilities, record retention, award programs and others. Liaison with Organizations: - Build collaborative relationships with boards of county commissioners, county auditors and others vital to the role of NDSU Extension county-based programming. - Work with appropriate NDSU departments for recruitment efforts, compliance with state and federal laws, training requirements, and conflict resolution, as well as diversity and inclusion initiatives. - Build relationships with other North Central Cooperative Extension Association and/or national Extension staff for professional and organizational development purposes. Other: - Frequent travel (including occasional overnight travel) is required within the district and to other state meetings and events. A state fleet vehicle and per diem are provided. - Execute special assignments determined by the director of NDSU Extension and the Extension Leadership Team.
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Minimum education level :
Masters degree in an agricultural, family and consumer sciences, education or administrative discipline that corresponds to the responsibilities of the position
Years of experience :
Five or more years of direct work experience in Extension programming at a land-grant university
Travel Requirements:
Frequent travel (including occasional overnight travel) is required within the district and to other state meetings and vents. A state fleet vehicle and per diem are provided.
Other Requirements:
Relevant supervisory or managerial work experience, including excellent mediation, problem solving and conflict management skills. - Demonstrated ability to work effectively in an independent manner and as a team member Teams may include employees as well as external individuals and groups such as county commissioners and stakeholders. - Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to listen with the intent to understand - Skilled in the use of computers and other electronic equipment for office applications and in presentation technology. - Familiarity with various ethnic and socioeconomic audiences, interest in and ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds, and evidence of a commitment to reach under-served audiences with relevant Extension programming. - Valid drivers license and ability to meet travel requirements of this position


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Contact :
Lynette Flage
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Application Instructions :
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