County Extension Director
Company: University of Illinois Extension
Posted on: November 23, 2019
County Extension Director - 123550
College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences
University of Illinois Extension
The County Extension Director serves as a regular, full time, 12
month academic professional staff member with primary
responsibility for providing leadership to and communicating the
educational mission of the local multi-county unit and University
of Illinois Extension. The primary responsibilities of the County
Extension Director are local program management, personnel
management, interpersonal effectiveness, organizational leadership
and development, fiscal management and facilities management. The
County Extension Director is the local representative of University
of Illinois Extension and is responsible for facilitating and
establishing relationships with diverse audiences, and
collaborating and partnering with people to improve the lives of
individuals and the communities in which they live. The County
Extension Director is also responsible for marketing and promoting
University of Illinois Extension and its educational programs. The
County Extension Director fosters sensitivity to the needs of
diverse audiences while working with the local leadership in
program planning. This position will demonstrate behaviors that
reflect high levels of performance, a strong work ethic, and a
commitment to continuing education and the letter and intent of
University of Illinois Extension's mission.
One full time position is available.
Location: Unit 22 – Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair Counties
(Position will be housed in Monroe County – Waterloo, IL)
Additional positions may become available in other locations
The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative
Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with
disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit
This is a security-sensitive position. Comprehensive background
checks, including but not limited to a criminal conviction
information check, a CANTS check, and a review of the Registered
Sex Offender list, will be conducted.
Specific responsibilities of the County Extension Director are as
- Provide administrative supervision of all unit staff including
educators and civil service employees.
- Ensure that job descriptions are developed and that annual
performance appraisals of academic and non-academic staff in the
unit are held and documented. Performance evaluations of academic
staff will be a shared responsibility with Regional Directors
and/or Program Leaders.
- Participate in the County Director professional development
program offerings and seek additional opportunities to maintain
- Facilitate the professional development of all staff in the
- Assist and collaborate with unit staff to develop a plan for
recruitment, training, support and recognition of
- Implement and comply with University of Illinois and Extension
policies and rules, federal and state personnel regulations, and
- Ensure compliance with University of Illinois Extension Civil
Rights, Affirmative Action Plan and Equal Employment Opportunity
- Ensure onboarding of all new staff in the unit.
- Conduct staff and unit team meetings as appropriate to enhance
- Prepare budget, operate within budget guidelines, assure funds
are distributed in accordance with fiscal policies and requirements
and oversee all grants to the unit.
- Maintain official records and documents, and ensure compliance
with University of Illinois and Extension policies and reporting
- Work with the Extension Council, other volunteers and local
entities to educate stakeholders of the value of University of
Illinois Extension's programs in order to secure financial
resources for the unit.
- Ensure that adequate funds are available to meet the financial
and human resource goals of the unit.
- Provide leadership in securing adequate field office
facilities, including off-site facilities as necessary.
- Ensure Extension offices and program delivery sites meet ADA
requirements and other related guidelines.
- Manage the unit office facilities, including relations with the
lessor and lease negotiation.
- Procure and maintain equipment inventory and supplies.
- Determine appropriate networks and legislative contacts to
build effective communications about Extension's mission with key
individuals and groups within the unit.
- Communicate and identify in-service needs for all employee
groups in the unit and make recommendations to the Regional
Director for appropriate training.
- Effectively communicate program initiative concerns to Program
Leaders and Regional Directors.
- Communicate to the Regional Director the success of unit
leadership and the challenges within the unit.
- Effectively work to resolve conflicts constructively and
implement positive solutions to challenges.
- Maintain effective communication about the unit regarding
program, fiscal and personnel management with the Regional
- Respond to all forms of communication in a timely manner.
- Work with staff and stakeholders to assess local needs and
identify program priorities within the unit using data.
- Ensure inclusion of new and diverse audiences to achieve parity
while strengthening relationships with existing clientele.
- Demonstrate support of statewide initiatives by working with
Program Leaders and unit staff in needs assessment, program
planning, implementation and evaluation.
- Work with Regional Directors, Program Leaders and unit staff to
develop new unit level programs and improve existing
- Provide initiatives and opportunities to further
interdisciplinary program planning and development in the
- Provide program impact results to local groups, decision makers
and administration in an Annual Report.
- Market and promote University of Illinois Extension and its
- Assist and orientate staff and Extension Councils to their
respective roles in the program development process.
Organizational Leadership and Development:
- Participate on regional, state, or national committees and
- Engage in teamwork with other unit or regional staff.
- Ensure completion of documents and reporting deadlines as
required in the organization.
- Communicate administrative policies and procedures to the
Extension staff and Extension Council leadership and assist with
- Establish and maintain effective collaborations to enhance
- Engage local community groups, informing them of University of
Illinois Extension's positive impact.
- Provide leadership to unit staff through clear communication
and articulation of unit direction and vision.
- Initiate and take leadership on projects that move Extension
- Local, regional, and (limited) statewide travel required;
personal transportation required.
- To perform the functions of this position, the employee will be
required to perform work both within an office and outside in the
communities that are served, and must have the capability to travel
from one location to the other in a timely fashion. Employee is
responsible for securing personal transportation. A valid drivers
license is preferred. Some work will be required during evenings
and/or weekends. When working, the employee may be exposed to a
variety of environmental factors to include, but not limited to,
hot or cold weather, exposure to noise and allergens, and uneven
ground. In performing the functions of this position, the employee
may be subjected to various mental and physical demands as well to
include, but not limited to, independently traveling to and
performing work at different locations, lifting and moving items
that may occasionally weigh up to forty (40) pounds and frequently
weigh up to twenty (20) pounds, and twisting, pushing and pulling
movements. More detailed information regarding the functions of
this position (including the physical, mental and environmental
requirements of the position) may be obtained from Human Resources
for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental
Sciences (ACES) by contacting .
County Extension Directors are administratively responsible to the
- Required: Master's degree from an accredited institution of
higher education. Appropriate fields of study include Adult and
Continuing Education, Public Administration, Educational
Leadership, Business Administration, Community Development,
Communications, Extension Education, or other fields related to the
subject matter emphasis. Candidates with a Master's degree in
progress may be considered for interviews, but degree must be
completed by hire date. At least 3-5 years of supervisory
experience within a complex organization with a high volume/time
sensitive workload. Experience in shared decision making and
working collaboratively in a team environment. Experiences with
human resource/personnel related activities. Experience with the
use of standard office technology/software and similar management
tools. Experience in the management of fiscal and budgetary
- Preferred: Experience in needs assessment, program
development/delivery, teaching, marketing, and/or program
evaluation. Experience in the area of grant management and
developing external funding opportunities. Experience with
- Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of skills needed to
work and supervise in communities with different cultural and
The position is a full-time, benefits-eligible, non-tenure academic
professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The
expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date.
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Generous
vacation and sick leave. State Universities Retirement System.
Group health, dental, vision and life insurance.
To apply, go to . Log in to your account and upload a cover letter
and resume, as well as the names and contact information of three
professional references. Resume dates must be in month/year format
and employment history, at a minimum, should include all work
dating back to the completion of your undergraduate degree.
Positions that were less than full-time/100% must be noted as being
part-time. Transcripts may be requested at a later date. To receive
full consideration, all requested application materials must be
submitted via the online system by the close date of November 15,
For further information about the position please contact Ryan
Hobson at . For technical assistance with the online application
process please email .
College Name or Administrative Unit: ACES - Extension
Title: County Extension Director - University of Illinois Extension
Open Date: 10/14/2019
Close Date: 11/15/2019
Keywords: University of Illinois Extension, Belleville , County Extension Director, Executive , Belleville, Illinois
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