Position Summary

Salary and Other Benefits

DOE Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

Position Description

The University of Arizona (UArizona), Arizona’s flagship and land-grantuniversity, seeks a strategic and innovative leader to be the next Director of the UArizona Cooperative Extension System (CES)

The CES Director is a senior executive leader who must work closely with 15 County Extension Directors, four Associate Directors, 10 Academic Unit Heads, Directors of three research / policy centers, two Associate Deans in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), the Director of the Arizona Experiment Station (and affiliated research centers), the Associate Vice President for Finance, Administration and Operations, and Development, Alumni, Advocacy and Corporate Relations. They must liaise with peers in other UArizona colleges, federal and state personnel, agricultural producers and commodity groups, external advisory committees, UArizona administrators, 4-H (and other youth programs), and other CES stakeholders throughout the state. Under the direction of UArizona Government and Community Relations, the CES Director may be required to represent the CES to elected and appointed officials in five tribal nations and county, state, and federal government.

As the vital contributor to the communities in which it serves and a visible ambassador of UArizona throughout the state, the CES has more than 400 employees and nearly 2,500 volunteers delivering Extension programs that serve Arizona’s private and public sectors.

Preferred Qualifications

 Demonstrated understanding of Extension’s role in the 4th Industrial Revolution  Demonstrated delivery of increased diversity, inclusion, equity, and access  Earned doctorate or equivalent in a relevant discipline, and be qualified for an appointment at full rank as a specialist or agent with continuing status at the University of Arizona  Experience in managing and leading a large and geographically dispersed organization responsive to the needs of diverse stakeholders in the context of changing environments, demographics, and funding  Experience working in Advocacy, Alumni and Corporate Relations, and Development  Work experience with advisory board members and other external stakeholder groups

Contact Name

George Frisvold

Contact Email


Application Instructions

Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Four Additional Documents For your application to be considered complete, please submit the following required documents:  Cover Letter  Curriculum Vitae  1. Statement of Research and/or Extension Accomplishments and Future Plans (upload as an Additional Document)  2. Statement of Administrative and Leadership Experiences, including vision and strategy statement (upload as an Additional Document)  3. Diversity Statement that addresses how your personal experiences and professional plans support UArizona’s commitment to diversity and inclusiveness (upload as an Additional Document)  4. Names and Contact Information for three professional references, that in sum can speak to the applicant's breadth of qualifications (upload as an Additional Document) https://arizona.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/4/home/requisition/8109?c=arizona

Equal Employer Statement(s)

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

About University of Arizona Cooperative Extension

Cooperative Extension is one of the pillars of The University of Arizona's Division of Agriculture, Life & Veterinary Sciences & Cooperative Extension. We are about "Improving Lives, Communities and the Economy" by serving as a statewide network of knowledgeable faculty and staff that provides lifelong educational programs for all Arizonans. We are part of a nationwide educational network of scientists and educators who help people solve problems and put knowledge to use. Arizona Cooperative Extension provides a link between the university and the citizens of this state.