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District Extension Director - Northwest

University of Georgia
Georgia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 23, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Public Administration & Policy, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Other Academic Affairs, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Executive, Other Executive
Employment Type
Full Time
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Posting Details

Posting Number F0956P Working Title District Extension Director - Northwest Department CAES-Northwest District CES About the University of Georgia
The University of Georgia ( UGA ), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( ). UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens. About the College/Unit/Department College/Unit/Department website Posting Type External Retirement Plan TRS or ORP Employment Type Employee Benefits Eligibility Benefits Eligible Underutilization Minorities & Females Advertised Salary Anticipated Start Date 11/01/2021 Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings) Job Posting Date 08/23/2021 Job Closing Date Open until filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicant screening will begin immediately. Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials by September 30, 2021; however, screening will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit formal applications, including a current resume, cover letter expressing their interest and qualifications for the position, a one page statement summarizing their philosophy for the position, and a one page statement summarizing their leadership and DEI philosophy (to Other Documents #1 field), and other supporting materials online. Include names and addresses of four references (who will not be contacted without further correspondence with the applicant). Please direct questions about the position to Dr. Michael Martin, Director of Extension County Operations, at 706.542.1060. Location of Vacancy Griffin Area EEO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (

UGA Statement

The University of Georgia is a Federal Contractor as defined by Presidential Executive Order 14042 and subject to the requirement that Federal Contractors must ensure that all covered employees, including those working remotely, are fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022. You may be required to show proof of your fully vaccinated status at the time of your start date, or have received a medical or religious exemption from the fully vaccinated requirement at the time of your start date. For more information regarding the Federal Contractor fully vaccinated employment requirement please visit or call (706) 542-2222.

Position Details

Classification Title Assoc/Asst Dept Chair/Director/Head AC FLSA Faculty Rank Senior Public Service Associate Contract Type Fiscal (12 mo.) Tenure Status Non-Tenure Track Minimum Qualifications
  • Master’s degree or higher from an accredited university in a field related to Cooperative Extension, Management, or Public Administration, or
  • A Bachelor’s degree and have the rank or be able to qualify for the rank of Senior Public Service Associate or equivalent rank at the University of Georgia
Position Summary
Position Overview:
The District Extension Director ( DED ) is a member of the Extension Leadership Team in the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences ( CAES ), at the University of Georgia, responsible for administering the Extension program in one of four districts across the state. The College is one of the largest colleges of agriculture in the nation and supports a $70.1 billion agricultural industry, the largest sector of the economy in the state of Georgia. For over 100 years, UGA Cooperative Extension has provided free, reliable, research-based information to farmers, businesses, and families, and has taught life skills and lessons to millions of young people.

Area of Responsibility:
The Northwest District of Georgia is comprised of a mix of 39 urban and rural counties. As the urban center of Georgia, the Metro Atlanta area serves as home to more than 50% of the total population of Georgia. The office is located on the UGA Griffin Campus in Griffin, Georgia.

Administrative Relationships:
· Will lead the Northwest Extension District staff under the supervision of the Associate Dean for Extension and the Director of County Operations.
· This is a University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences 12-month Public Service or Tenure-Track faculty position located in the Northwest District of Georgia, which consists of 39 counties. To see the district map and counties visit:—facilities—and-centers/northwest-district.html Additional Requirements
See the University of Georgia Guidelines for Appointments and Promotions for Public Service and Outreach Academic Rank for information regarding the Public Service Faculty ranks. Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies
· Ability to provide strong visionary and progressive administrative leadership
· Substantial knowledge and understanding of Extension organization, operation, philosophy, and objectives
· Demonstrated abilities in the areas of planning, organizing, budgeting, personnel management, motivating employees, and team building
· Ability to effectively relate to and communicate with staff, faculty, and the public
· Knowledge and proficiency in the use of technology in support of program delivery, training, and staff development
· Demonstrated knowledge in at least one core area of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, or 4-H Youth Development
· High degree of competency in human relations skills
· County Extension competency, especially as a County Coordinator, is highly desirable Physical Demands Is this a Position of Trust? Yes Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? Yes Does this position require a P-Card? No Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No Is driving a responsibility of this position? Yes Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care? Yes Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications) Yes Credit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


• Position responsibilities include personnel administration, budget management, performance evaluations, employee relations, staff recruitment & development, and serving as a liaison to local governments and other funding partners.
• The DED provides administrative leadership for the district team which consists of County Extension Coordinators, county and district Extension staff, and Program Development Coordinators in each of the following areas: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, and 4-H Youth.
• The position guides county Extension faculty in the Public Service promotion process and the implementation and management of multi-county programming.
• The successful candidate will oversee all phases of program planning including needs assessment, program development, implementation, evaluation, and fund development.
• The successful candidate will be expected to oversee the delivery of high-quality Extension programs in cooperation with appropriate Extension and research leaders.
• The individual will also be expected to work effectively with, and represent faculty to, University of Georgia administrators, UGA Public Service Units, Fort Valley State University Extension, state and federal agency personnel, industry clientele, and local governments.
• Assume other duties as directed by the Director of Extension County Operations, Associate Dean for Extension, and Dean of CAES . Percentage Of Time 100 Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Public Svc/Extension Philosophy
  4. Other Documents #1
  5. List of References with Contact Information
Optional Documents
  1. Other Documents #2

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