Position Summary

Descriptive Title

This is one of the premier urban county leadership positions in the N.C. Cooperative Extension system. The County Extension Director is a member of the faculty of North Carolina State University. 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 educational program.

Salary and Other Benefits

$50,000 Minimum Salary, additional compensation is based on previous experience. Excellent benefits.

Position Description

North Carolina Cooperative Extension gives our residents easy access to the resources and expertise of NC State University and NC A&T State University. Through educational programs, publications, and events, Cooperative Extension field faculty deliver unbiased, research-based information to North Carolina citizens. Mecklenburg County is located in the south central area of North Carolina. It is home to over 1 million residents throughout Charlotte, Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill, and Pineville.

Mecklenburg County Cooperative Extension is associated with Mecklenburg CountyPark and Recreation. For more information on Mecklenburg County visit https://www.mecknc.gov/Pages/Home.aspx Other Work/Responsibilities 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 County Extension Director 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, 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 position will also be assigned programming responsibility for subject matter area(s).

Required Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

Potential candidates should have skills, abilities, or experience in the following areas: -demonstrated leadership in Extension programming and management, -supervisory experience, -skills in human relations, -ability to negotiate, -public relations, -team building, -strong communication skills, -managing public policy issues, and -securing and managing outside funding and resources to develop innovative educational programming.

Other Requirements

Preferred candidates should have abilities or experience in the following areas: agriculture or agribusiness, community and resource development, administration, or appropriate Extension related subject matter.

Travel Requirements

Travel within the district, as well as occasional travel outside the district is required.

Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?

yes

Contact Name

Keith Walters

Contact Email

keith_walters@ncsu.edu

Contact Phone

919-515-8433

Application Instructions

https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/164559

Equal Employer Statement(s)

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

About North Carolina State University

NC State Extension faculty and staff work throughout the spectrum of innovation to deliver research-based solutions to local issues.

Identify local needs and challenges.
Collaborate with specialists to find potential answers.
Transfer research-based knowledge to North Carolinians.
Translate knowledge into practical applications.
Improve the economy.
Enhance citizens' quality of life.