Position Summary

Position Description

The County Extension Director (CED) is a member of the faculty of North Carolina State University. The primary responsibility of the job is to exercise sound judgment and provide leadership for and coordinate the efforts of the county Extension staff in developing an effective total county Extension education program. In addition, the CED will have programming in 4-H Youth Development and volunteer management.

 

Develops and maintains a comprehensive understanding of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service as an educational agency and its implications for administration and programming in the county.
 

Provides leadership and exercises sound judgment for personnel management of the county Extension staff.

Markets county Extension programs and services to the community using various media.

In cooperation with the Extension staff and County Extension Advisory Leadership System, plans all areas of the total county program.

Maintains liaison with civic organizations, related businesses, informal educational organizations, and other voluntary groups.

Continuously strives to maintain and encourages the county Extension staff to maintain a high level of professional competence.

Ensures that the county Extension office follows, where appropriate, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, state, county and national laws, policies, regulations and guidelines.

Maintains an effective administrative relationship with county government and represents the county government in managing appropriated county funds and assigned county resources.

Maintains the affirmative action plan of North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

Develop and maintain organized 4-H programs in accordance with the mission of the 4-H organization and North Carolina Cooperative Extension. Work with the County 4-H team, including key volunteers to provide leadership to an educational process through which youth and adults learn skills of understanding self; acquiring, analyzing and using information. Communicating and relating to others; problem solving, decision making, and managing resources; and working with others. Develop and deliver objective and research-based educational programs to meet the needs of diverse audiences, specify program goals and objectives, and identify resources needed.

Identify, recruit, train, support and supervise adult volunteers and clubs to assist with the implementation and maintenance of the 4-H programs. Encourage and promote active volunteer involvement in the NC Association of Adult 4-H Volunteer Leaders. Work with 4-H team to organize and maintain a multi-level system of recognition and incentives for youth and volunteers in the program on an annual basis.

Market 4-H programs and the 4-H organization to the community using various media. Network and build coalitions with other agencies, organizations and institutions to address the complex youth and family issues and the needs of the 4-H program.

Coordinate day-to-day activities and events associated with the County 4-H program including 4-H delivery (community/project clubs, in-school 4-H enrichment, after school 4-H enrichment, special interest 4-H, and 4-H camping.

Work collaboratively with other Extension programs, staff, agencies and community organizations to meet the needs of the 4-H programs and the individuals that the programs serve. Plan, execute and evaluate the 4-H Youth Development program with other County 4-H Professional members. Work with 4-H team members to maintain 4-H budget through county, state, grant and fund-raising efforts reviewing on an annual basis. Maintain knowledge of current research information. Work with county support staff to organize and maintain county 4-H files and records of 4-H activities and maintain an inventory of county 4-H project and educational support materials.

Promote county, district, state and national level participation in the 4-H organization within the community. Programming will be conducted in compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Civil Rights policies and procedures.

Develop and provide leadership 4-H programs youth development programs that follow North Carolina Cooperative Extension, North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, state, county and national laws, policies, and guidelines, regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, or religion. Use appropriate technologies to plan and deliver programs through workshops, seminars, conferences, one-on-one visits, field trips, and tours.

Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

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 education program. Other 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 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

Ability to work independently with little supervision and to manage teams to accomplish the planned program of work and exercise sound judgment. Strong oral and written communication skills. Self-directed and self-motivated with the ability to multi-task and set priorities. Possess strong work ethic with skills in leadership, communications, networking, budgeting, and public relations. Strong computer and technical competencies, including experience and knowledge in mass media, marketing and presentations. Ability to work and interact with a diverse population. Excellent time and resource management skills. Ability to plan, organize, and work well with people. Ability to network with community partners and agencies and maintain working relationships. Has demonstrated leadership in Extension programming and management. Skills in human relations, negotiations, public relations, team building, and managing public policy issues. Experience in securing and managing outside funding and resources to develop innovative educational programming. Travel within district and state is required.

Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?

yes