Position Summary

Descriptive Title

Associate Director, UW Extension /UW Extension Educator, Sr. The position reports to the Director of UW Extension and is a member of the director’s administrative leadership team. Though focused on field operations as well as the state 4-H office, the position carries key leadership responsibilities for the UW Extension system and the UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Position Description

This position has statewide responsibilities with primary leadership for and oversight of approximately half of the Extension Educators in the state, as well as the Extension Educators and Specialist within the state 4-H Office. Approximately 80 percent of the appointment is allocated to provide leadership for personnel and programs associated with UW Extension’s 4-H Youth Development Focus Area Team.  The responsibilities of this position include supervision of all the UWE Educators in the 4-H Youth Development Focus Area, and the associated evaluation of their performance in developing, delivering and evaluating educational programs to meet community needs. UW Extension Focus Areas include: Community Vitality and Health, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and 4-H Youth Development. This position will also provide administrative guidance and support to interdisciplinary Program Development and Assessment teams and other collaborative educational efforts aimed at the newly envisioned UW Extension Grand Challenges. This position also works closely with county coordinators and other Extension Educators to build effective and supportive relationships with county government and other partners. This position demands a high level of computer proficiency.

Approximately 20 percent of the appointment is directed to conduct state-level administrative duties as assigned by the director, provide leadership for special projects and committees, engage with other UW units to enhance service to Wyoming communities, and serve on regional and national USDA NIFA committees relevant to Wyoming’s Extension mission.


Duties of this position often include physical activities associated with experiential learning. The University of Wyoming is an EEO/Affirmative Action employer and employees with disabilities may request reasonable accommodations.

Required Qualifications

• Doctorate degree • Minimum of five years of professional experience in Extension or a similar educational organization • Minimum of two years supervisory experience of professional employees • Visionary leadership and demonstrated administrative ability • Demonstrated collaborative leadership skills and a genuine appreciation for interdisciplinary approaches to organizational leadership • Knowledge of the land-grant university system and Extension at all administrative levels and the ability to manage relationships between those levels • Demonstrated team leadership and team member skills • Demonstrated teaching, facilitation, and mediation skills • Valid driver’s license with a motor vehicle record (MVR that is compliant with the University Vehicle Use Policy.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience in the development, delivery, and evaluation of community-based, informal learning experiences for adult and youth audiences • Extension Educator or Specialist Experience • Academic training and professional experience which contributes to the diversity of the UW Extension leadership team • Experience and a demonstrated track record as an effective administrator or supervisor • Experience and track record in receiving and addressing public input • Demonstrated ability to develop positive and productive relationships with external stakeholders

Travel Requirements

Extensive regional and state travel is required (including overnight stays).

Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?


Contact Name

Ann Roberson

Contact Email


Contact Phone


Application Instructions

• Completed online UW application • Detailed letter of intent specifically addressing qualifications relative to the responsibilities and qualifications of the position • Current resume/curriculum vitae • Copies of all college transcripts; (official transcripts required at time of hiring). • Four (4) references identifying individuals who can address your professional qualifications. The University of Wyoming online employment application can be found at University of Wyoming Human Resources - Talent Acquisition

Equal Employer Statement(s)

The University of Wyoming is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law and University policy. To review the EEO is the Law Poster and its Supplement, please see The Diversity & Fairness page. Pursuant to Wyoming State law, W.S. 19-14-102, as amended, an honorably discharged veteran who has been a resident of the state of Wyoming for one (1) year or more at any time prior to the date when the veteran applies for employment, or any surviving spouse who was married to such veteran at the time of the veteran’s death, who is receiving federal survivor benefits based on the veteran’s military service and is applying for employment, shall receive an interview preference during the applicant screening process with the University of Wyoming. At the time of application the applicant must possess the business capacity, competency, education or other qualifications required for the position. If disabilities do not materially interfere with performance of job duties, disabled veterans will be given preference over able-bodied veterans. Appropriate documentation of veteran status must be provided at time of application as outlined in the application process. No preference will be given to a veteran currently employed by a public department. We conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of the background check. Applicants with disabilities may request accommodation to complete the application and selection process. Please notify Human Resources at least three (3) working days prior to the date of need.