Position Summary

Position Description

The County Extension Director 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, this position will have programming in Agriculture & Livestock along with community economic development.

▪ 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.
▪ Provides leadership in planning and initiating action needed to implement all areas of program responsibility in the planned program.
▪ In cooperation with the Extension staff and County Extension Advisory Leadership System, plans all areas of the total county program.
▪ Work collaboratively with other Extension programs, staff, agencies, and community organizations to meet the specialized needs of the community.
▪ 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 the 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.
▪ Subject matter responsibilities as assigned.
▪ Other duties as assigned.

Ability to work independently with little supervision and 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 a 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 the district and state is required.

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.

About North Carolina State University - NC Cooperative Extension

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 agents deliver unbiased, research-based information to North Carolina citizens.