Position Summary

Salary and Other Benefits

Based on experience.

Position Description


The Director of the Center for Healthy Grandfamilies, a collaboration between West Virginia State University Department of Social Work and West Virginia State University Extension Service, will oversee the provision of leadership, best practices, research and support to West Virginia Grandfamilies and others throughout the nation. The Director will lead other team members on applied research, grant writing, programming activities, expansion, and dissemination of program results.  The Director will have responsibility for overseeing the entirety of the Center activities. This position is employed by the West Virginia State University Research and Development Corporation.



Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

·       Developing and maintaining programmatic partnerships at the regional, state, and national levels which includes working with the lawmaking branch of government.

·       Fielding general questions from interested parties and the media

·       Managing replication activities state-wide

·       Coordinating contracts

·       Supervision of all Extension staff in the WVSU Healthy Grandfamilies Program including but not limited to Extension Agent/s and program Administrative Assistant.

·       Building a data collection and analysis plan

·       Overseeing data analysis and program evaluation

·       Promoting Interdisciplinary research opportunities across campus in conjunction with Department of Social Work

·       Presenting program and model and state and national engagements

·       Expansion of the program beyond the state

·       Ensure all WVSU Healthy Grandfamilies Program staff enter teaching, research and service activities into Digital Measures

·       Other duties as assigned.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

The individual should be experienced in communicating with stakeholders and agency partners and be able to work independently and with minimal supervision.  The position requires adherence to standards and guidelines set forth by WVSUES, WVSU R&D Corporation as well as federal guidelines pursuant to the various granting agencies. The individual must exhibit a willingness to work collaboratively and have capacity for flexibility.


The Director will have the responsibility for overseeing the entirety of the Center activities. This will include managing the replication activities in the counties including training of each county coalition and contracted social worker, consulting with the previously trained coalitions, collecting program data from the county coalitions, and providing any follow-up services as needed. Additionally, the Director will oversee data analysis and program evaluation and maintain appropriate files and record necessary for partnership and grants.


The Director will supervise Extension staff in the program including Extension Agent/s and the Administrative Assistant for the WVSU Healthy Grandfamilies Program. Furthermore, the Director will be responsible for outreach to expand the program outside of West Virginia and will serve as the designee of the Center for general questions from interested parties and the media. The Director will engage in grant writing for sustainability of the Center and will also lead collaborative efforts in applied research, professional development, dissemination of information, policy development, and presentations.


Required and Desired Skills and Traits

·       Strong written and oral skills

·       Proficient in Microsoft Office

·       Familiarity with Social Media

·       Experience with diverse clientele and organizations

·       Flexibility


Supervisory Responsibilities

This position will supervise all Extension staff in the WVSU Healthy Grandfamilies Program including but not limited to Extension Agent/s and program Administrative Assistant.




1.     Communication Proficiency: Oral and written.

2.     Initiative.

3.     Collaboration Skills.

4.     Efficiency.

5.     Technical Capacity.

6.     Personal Effectiveness/Credibility.

7.     Flexibility.

8.     People-oriented


Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.


Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Summer schedule is Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. However, due to the nature of the job performed, flexible hours, including evenings, weekends and occasional overnights, may be required.

Required Qualifications

Applicants must have a graduate degree in a human services field and at least 2 years of administrative experience post-graduation. Applicants must also have advanced professional certification in their field. Applicants must be proficient with computer applications and social media. The successful candidate will have the ability to be flexible, will have strong written and oral communication and customer service skills, and experience in working with diverse clientele and organizations.

Other Requirements

This position is designated as security-sensitive. Before an offer of employment is made, a pre-employment background investigation will be completed, which may include a criminal background check, educational, DMV and prior employment.

Travel Requirements

Travel state-wide but may also include various portions of the United States based on attendance requirements for training, professional development and presentation opportunities..

Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?


Application Instructions

To Apply Preferred: Information accepted as emailed in a Microsoft Word or PDF format to rdemployment@wvstateu.edu. Qualified candidates may submit a cover letter, resumé, unofficial transcript and contact information for three professional references (name, title, address, phone number, and email address). Closing date: This position will remain open until filled. However, first consideration will be given to applicants who reply by August 16, 2021.

Equal Employer Statement(s)

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