Position Summary

Descriptive Title

The Extension Specialist and Program Director, Rural Leadership North Dakota, is a 12-month, non-tenure track, 100% Extension position located in Fargo, North Dakota, with responsibilities statewide. The specialist/director is a member of a statewide Extension Family and Community Wellness team responsible for providing leadership to create and deliver innovative learning experiences that empower North Dakotans to improve their lives and communities through science-based education.

Salary and Other Benefits

Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university. Other benefits include, wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, EAP, sick leave and holiday pay. Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans.

Position Description


The position includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership for the coordination of the Rural Leadership North Dakota program, focusing on transformational educational programs and connecting participants to viable community projects.
  • Coordinate community-based RLND seminars and targeted interventions to improve expanded leadership and civic engagement outcomes.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate a continuum of educational programs and initiatives for RLND and other leadership and civic engagement work that:
    • are appropriate and effective to attract new and diverse audiences;
    • are based in scholarly and scientific theory and research;
    • incorporate high-level teaching skills for optimal audience engagement and impact;
      incorporate policy, systems and environmental changes;
    • communicate results through effective and creative evaluation and reporting to appropriate stakeholders; and
      utilize appropriate technology
  • Develop and maintain relationships with stakeholder groups (e.g., RLND Advisory Council, state and regional agencies, government officials, city planners, community groups, for-profits and non-profits, and community members) to:
    • obtain a wide range of feedback on planning and programmatic efforts for RLND;
    • identify place-based solutions that are responsive to leadership and civic engagement-related issues;
    • foster policy, systems and environmental changes to support strong community environments.
  • Contribute to research and scholarship in leadership and civic engagement.
  • Be willing to travel, this position requires a fair amount of travel (in state, national, international). Over an 18-month program, RLND participants take 7 in-state trips, 2 national trips and 1 international trip.

The responsibilities of this position will also include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Read and abide by all the rules and regulations for faculty at NDSU as outlined in the NDSU Policy Manual.
  • Secure extramural funding to support RLND or other leadership and civic engagement Extension programming.
  • Contribute to a positive work environment through cooperation, collaboration and teamwork with others by developing and maintaining good working relationships with co-workers, faculty, staff, and clientele.
  • Participate in local, regional and national professional associations whenever possible.
  • Participate in program planning and training efforts as required.
  • Assure compliance with equal opportunity policies.
  • Provide assistance in the development and enhancement of leadership and civic engagement related programming for youth.

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree, by start date, in a discipline related to the responsibilities of the position. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, access, and inclusiveness. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with individuals, groups and through mass media. Effective interpersonal skills, including ability to interact and collaborate effectively with a diversity of colleagues. Organizational management skills including the ability to conduct oneself professionally, be self-directed in the work environment, work flexible and extended hours. Manage time and resources (including grant writing) to efficiently accomplish the duties of the position. Basic computer skills and ability to use Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).

Preferred Qualifications

Extension work experience. Leadership development experience. Experience designing and delivering educational programs. An established record of external funding.

Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?


Contact Name

Carrie Johnson

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