Job Description Summary
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Auburn University, is looking for a dynamic leader to lead our Choctaw County Extension program and serve the citizens of Choctaw County!
This individual will build partnerships and collaborate with multiple entities to deliver research-based educational opportunities that transform lives and communities. The major responsibility of the job is to provide leadership for and coordinate efforts of the Regional Extension Agents and staff in developing an effective total county Extension educational program. The County Extension Coordinator is a non-tenure track faculty, community-based professional of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) who knows and represents the research-based resources and other resources available through Alabama A&M University and Auburn University. They are recognized as a community leader who addresses the contemporary challenges, issues, and opportunities facing the citizens of the county through university programs and knowledge. County Extension Coordinators build and strengthen relationships with key business, government, and education leaders and citizen stakeholders to build county leadership capacity and programmatic linkages. They assess community needs by engaging and involving citizens, plan and implement programs in conjunction with regional educators and state specialists, and document measurable outcomes over time. The County Extension Coordinator actively supports or provides leadership to community development initiatives. The County Extension Coordinator is the first line supervisor and manager of the county extension office and serves as the primary contact person with local governing bodies that provide funding.
County Extension Coordinators are responsible for implementing the management functions of the county office to include planning and organizing, directing, and staffing. Human resource management includes counseling during employee probationary periods, reviewing employee performance, making merit-pay and promotion recommendations, training staff, and advising staff in terms of career development. The County Extension Coordinator is responsible for generating financial support from local governing bodies and from new sources including grants, contracts, user fees, and donations; providing leadership to developing an annual comprehensive plan-of-work for the county; play an active role in achieving program objectives and outcomes through the comprehensive county plan-of-work ; and promoting teamwork among county funded staff, regional extension agents, urban regional extension agents, and state specialists. The County Extension Coordinator is responsible for complying with all federal and state laws (including civil rights) pertaining to program delivery and employment within the county office, and they work collaboratively with other ACES employees.
County Extension Coordinators having a particular subject-matter interest may develop their expertise to support programming in their assigned county. This secondary function would be determined in consultation with their supervisor.
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Agriculture, Natural Resources, Forestry, Family and Consumer Sciences, Business Administration, Management, Education, Marketing, Public Relations or a related field is required
The successful incumbent will be required to obtain a master’s degree within five years after successfully completing a probationary period
Minimum Required skills:
Candidates should have some experience in leading others or completion of broad leadership training
Some experience managing budgets
The position requires exceptional communication, managerial and leadership skills
Must possess a strong work ethic and a sense of responsibility
Must demonstrate a high degree of objectivity
Exhibit effective interpersonal and written communication skills
The ability to work successfully with staff, volunteers, community leaders, and county officials
Excellent public relations skills and the ability to connect local program needs with the ACES mission are required
The successful candidate must demonstrate a highly collaborative work style, the ability to engage and motivate others, a positive attitude, show enthusiasm for the work, be a self-starter, and work with minimum supervision
The ability to act creatively, confidentially, and professionally when working with people from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds
Demonstrate the ability to take initiative, work independently, and manage multiple projects
Demonstrated leadership competencies that include servant leadership experience
A high level of motivation and effective organizational management are expected
Master’s degree in Agriculture, Natural Resources, Forestry, Family and Consumer Sciences, Business Administration, Management, Education, Marketing, Public Relations or a related field is preferred.
Demonstrated work history of coaching, training, performance evaluation, merit, and other Human Resources related tasks
Effective in securing financial resources such as grants and extramural funding, budget management, and fiscal accountability