Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Assistant Director for County Extension Operations
University or Organization :
AL Cooperative Extension System
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Application Deadline :
Sep 21, 2020
Descriptive Job Title :
Assistant Director for County Extension Operations
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Salary :
$78,900 - $131,600
Start Date:
Oct 15, 2020
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) ( is seeking applications for the position of Assistant Director, County Office Operations. This continuing term, Auburn University Administrative Professional position will be located on the Auburn University campus at Auburn, Alabama. This position works collaboratively with a parallel position located on the Alabama A&M University campus at Normal, Alabama, and both positions partner to carry out the organizational mission of ACES through the Systems 67 County Extension Offices. The position reports jointly to the System Associate Directors.The incumbent will serve as supervisor-of-record for a designated groupings of County Extension Coordinators as defined by the ACES Small Extension Teams (SET) structure.Primary responsibilities include: 1) carry-out the organizational mission of ACES through the Systems 67 County Extension Offices; 2) provide leadership, coaching, professional development opportunities, and capacity-building of the Systems investment in 67 County Extension Coordinators (CECs) and our County Extension Offices; 3) strengthen cooperative partnerships with County Commissions and other organizations; and 4) provide a bridge to the System Program Team to develop programmatic strategies that proactively address changing client needs due to significant population shifts and trends; 5) Provide a vital interface with campus support units; 6) act as a conduit among County Extension offices. Develop and maintain strong working relationships with ACES colleagues, partners, and County Extension Office personnel. Recruit and recommend selected candidates for the position of CEC. Provide supervision, mentoring and performance assessment of CECs. Ensure excellence in County Extension Office operations that are conducted in a manner consistent with the vision of the System Administrative Team. Guide the professional development of CECs to build capacity for greater service and impact. Assist CECs in partnering and developing regional program strategies to generate new revenues, public appropriations, grants, contracts, user fees, and donations to expand or maintain programming. Provide visionary and transformational leadership to address local and regional program needs. Foster the use of distance communication technologies, social media, and digital products to engage Extension personnel and new audiences. Extend institutional commitment to core values of excellence, diversity, inclusion, and accountability.Shared responsibilities among Assistant Directors for County Operations: Conduct annual performance evaluation of CECs. Strengthen cooperative partnerships with County Commissions and other funding organizations. Collaborate with the Assistant Directors for Programs in Urban Affairs; Alabama 4-H; Human Sciences; and Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources to assess and address program needs. Assist CECs in the development of a comprehensive program plan-of-work in conjunction with the Urban Team and Priority Program Teams. Interface routinely with the ACES business office to ensure efficient and compliant operations of County Extension Offices. Assist CECs in program impact reporting and civil rights planning, reporting, and annual auditing; Provide leadership and guidance to SET CEC team leaders. Serve as Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN lead) delegates representing ACES; and Participate on the System Program Team. Implement strategies to integrate new County Extension Coordinators and Administrative Support Assistants/Associates into ACESs organizational culture utilizing a streamlined onboarding process. Provide a structured onboarding of new County Extension Coordinators and Administrative Support Assistants/Associates. Jointly supervise County Extension Coordinators per the policies and procedures of the County Extension Coordinators respective University affiliation.
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Minimum education level :
Masters degree in a discipline relevant to ACES programming. Experience building relationships with employees and colleagues who are not centrally located (remote). At least seven years of related work experience. Five years of supervisory experience, including:o Experience and demonstrated effectiveness in leadership, as well as development, delivery, and evaluation of Extension or similar programs that meet the needs of a target audience and create measurable impacts is required.o Demonstrated ability to provide one-on-one consultation and coaching to supervised employees, including experience coaching employees in professional and leadership development opportunities.o Highly skilled at assessing needs of employees, working with a team to create new initiatives, taking responsibility for implementation of programs, delivering training's, evaluating outcomes and making changes to improve program delivery. Proven record in generation of revenue streams to support applied-research, Extension, or similar programming;
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Desired Qualifications: 7 years of supervisory experience 10 years of related work experience Previous Extension work experience
Travel Requirements:
Travel is required.
Other Requirements:
The successful candidate must meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time of appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.


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Contact :
Paul Brown
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Application Instructions :
Application Procedures: Applicants must apply online through the Auburn University Employment website at the link below: utilize the attachment feature of our online employment system and attach the following: cover letter, resume, and references (included in application). Only complete applications will be considered.