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Executive Director of Extension
Montana State University


Date Posted May 1, 2018
Title Executive Director of Extension
University Montana State University
Department
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date October 1, 2018
 
  • Bozeman, MT
    United States
 
  • Director/Manager
    Professor
    Associate Professor
    Assistant Professor
  • Agricultural Extension
 
 
Executive Director of Extension


Announcement Number
FAC - VA - 18115

For questions regarding this position, please contact:
Julie Heard
406-994-4373
ExtensionDirectorSearch2018@montana.edu

Brief Position Overview
Montana State University (MSU) seeks nominations and applications for the position of Executive Director of MSU Extension. Founded in 1893, Montana State University is a comprehensive Land Grant University with over 18,000 students system-wide with campuses in Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls and Havre. It has widespread Extension programs and is committed to the land grant mission of providing the services of the university to citizens and youth throughout the state MSU Extension has a field faculty staff of 90 Extension Agents representing every county in the state and four Indian Reservations with 50 specialized faculty and professional staff located in Bozeman and other locations. Program offerings include agriculture, energy and natural resources, 4-H youth development, family and consumer sciences, and community and economic development. MSU Extension Programs focus on bringing university research and services to local communities via county agents with support from statewide specialists. The total state, county and federal budget for FY13 was about $14 million of which over 40% is funded through a partnership with Montana counties. For additional information see the web site http://msuextension.org.

Faculty Tenure Track
Yes

Faculty Rank
Assistant/Associate/Full Professor

Department
Administration - MSU Extension

Division
Extension

Appointment Type
Executive

Contract Term
Fiscal Year

Benefits Eligible
Eligible

Salary
Salary range of $130,000 to $140,000 annually, commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Position Details
General Statement
Montana State University (MSU) seeks nominations and applications for the position of Executive Director of MSU Extension. Founded in 1893, Montana State University is a comprehensive Land Grant University with over 18,000 students at campuses in Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls and Havre. The academic enterprise includes disciplinary breadth in the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences, as well as professional schools. It has extensive Extension programs and is committed to the land grant mission of providing the services of the university to citizens and youth throughout the state. Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples. Further information can be obtained from the MSU website.

MSU Extension has a field faculty staff of 90 Extension Agents representing every county in the state and five Native American Reservations with 50 specialized faculty and professional staff located in Bozeman and other locations. Program offerings include agriculture, energy and natural resources, 4-H and youth development, family and consumer sciences, and community and economic development. MSU Extension Programs focus on bringing university research and services to local communities via county agents with support from statewide specialists. The total state, county and federal budget for FY13 was about $14 million of which over 40% is funded through a partnership with Montana counties. For additional information see MSU Extension's website.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Executive Director provides overall direction and leadership to Montana State University Extension and reports directly to the President. He/She serves as a liaison between the President, Provost, Vice Presidents, Extension staff, specialists, and Extension constituencies. The Executive Director is responsible for administering the Extension budget, directs the Extension administrative staff, serves on the President's cabinet and works closely with the Deans of all Colleges and campus Department Heads who house Extension Specialists and Extension Agents. This includes maintaining an ongoing partnership with the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station. Those reporting to the Executive Director include the Regional Department Heads, the Director of the Local Government Center, the State 4-H Leader, the Director of the Fire Services Training School, the Director of the Nutrition Education Programs and non-departmental specialists. The Executive Director is responsible for maintaining good working relationships with agricultural commodity groups, the Montana Association of Counties, and numerous other organizations and government entities that partner with Extension. He/She represents Extension at Montana legislative sessions and at regional and national Extension meetings. He/She is also responsible for federal reporting requirements, including the Plan of Work and Civil Rights, and maintains a close working relationship with all of federal partners.

Required Qualifications - Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
1.Earned terminal degree from an accredited university.
2.Record of excellence in Extension, teaching and/or research sufficient for appointment at a senior faculty level.
3.Successful experience in personnel management, budget development and management and administration.
4.Demonstrated excellence in program development, management, implementation, and assessment.

Preferred Qualifications - Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
1.A record of increasingly responsible positions in Extension that include successful fiscal and personnel management including county agents and extension specialists.
2.Significant accomplishments in development and delivery of innovative programs and educational outreach.
3.A demonstrated record of working positively with culturally diverse constituents.

The successful candidate will
  • Have excellence in written, oral and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with constituencies at the university campus, county, state and national levels;
  • Demonstrated record of positive leadership;
  • Demonstrated success in team building and collaborative efforts;
  • Demonstrated ability to fund raise;
  • A broad understanding of the philosophy, accomplishments and challenges of the Extension System and the Land Grant University;
  • Appreciation of ethnically diverse constituencies;
  • Equally value all program areas of Extension and will respect Extension's traditional rural model in Montana while encouraging response to emerging constituent needs.


Position Special Requirements/Additional Information
This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University's rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Department
MSU Extension serves the state's 56 counties and seven reservations. Montana takes great pride in its rural character, being the fourth largest state in the union with a population of just over 1 million people. Agriculture remains a mainstay of the state's economy, led by cattle and wheat. hay, barley, pulse crops, sugar beets, wool production and a wide variety of specialty crops also play an important role in the agricultural economy of the state.

MSU Extension is highly valued by the citizens of Montana and strongly supported by the university's president, Waded Cruzado, who considers it a vital part of land-grant mission. MSU Extension is in a constant cycle of identifying local needs, planning and prioritizing work, creating programs, and delivering high-quality, unbiased programs and information to Montana's citizens.

The College
Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman is composed of eight academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the Bozeman campus hosts an enrollment of over 14,000 students, including approximately 2,000 graduate students, is recognized as one of 106 U.S. Research Universities representing the top tier of the Carnegie Foundation rankings, and has received the Carnegie classification for community engagement from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 90,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in southwest Montana. Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The local airport is served by four national airlines and is the second busiest airport in the state.

Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year.Powder Magazine identified Bozeman, with "three distinctly different" major ski resorts within an hour's drive, as the number one place to live and ski in its November 2010 Magazine. Bizjournals.com ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dream towns – small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America's most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.

Desired Start Date
October 1, 2018 or upon completion of a successful search.

Applications will be:
Screening of applications will begin on May 29, 2018; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

To apply, visit https://jobs.montana.edu/postings/11892

Diversity Statement
Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual's race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran's status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University's mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant's ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee's ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; recruitment@montana.edu .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran's Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran's preference please complete the veteran's preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU's Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: www2.montana.edu/policy/affirmative_action/ .





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