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Director Community Resource Development

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  • TITLE: Director of Community Resource Development Programs - Urban and Rural Programs

    DEPARTMENT: Cooperative Extension Program

    REPORTS TO: Associate Extension Administrator

    EFFECTIVE DATE: Position will Remain Open until Filled



    Internal Candidates are Encouraged to Apply

    SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY: The Director will develop and implement targeted programs for serving urban/rural communities to broaden the scope, reach, and impact of Kentucky State University’s Cooperative Extension. Responsibilities include need assessment, development and implementation of new CRD Programs as well as modification of existing programs to serve client needs. Responsibility shall also include developing methods of providing existing program to underserved populations such as inner-city groups, immigrant groups and non- English-speaking groups. They will assess health and wellness nutrition insecurities. They will also crate various means of food access. They will also work within disaster education. Director shall identify whether there are underserved populations in Central Kentucky and Louisville outside urban settings that can benefit from programming developed for these urban/rural community stakeholders.

  • Interact and develop positive relationships with stakeholders such as local government officials, school officials, health care professionals or other appropriate individuals to develop a positive view of extension and its educational efforts as well as maintain pathways of communication where needs of targeted stakeholders can be ascertained and evaluated.
  • To deliver CRD initiatives.
  • To bring resources and programming for CRD.
  • Utilize opportunities to advocate for extension across the community through means of public relations.
  • Utilize public relations activities to publicize the need for resources to enable the educational activities of Extension.
  • Work with Extension staff and Local Government Relations to enhance public sources of funding to develop private sources of funding to leverage appropriate grant funds.
  • Coordinate all public relations activities with local Extension personnel.
  • Conduct ongoing assessment of needs of urban/rural communities to synergize Extension outreach with urban/rural opportunities.
  • Work with Extension Agents, CRD Team, Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky or other groups familiar with target stakeholders.
  • Conduct surveys, and interview individuals from stakeholder groups, local government, non-profit or other groups to determine areas where Extension should modify existing or develop new programming or publications to meet stakeholders needs.
  • Work collaboratively with Extension Staff within the college to expand CRD initiatives.
  • Develop and deploy new programming and publications as well as hiring staff to serve various counties across the state.
  • Work closely with Extension Leadership to develop training programs for individuals such as Extension Agents, or Program Assistants responsible for educating targeted stakeholders.
  • Evaluate in real time as well as after programming o determine if programs and publications are meeting the needs identified for the target stakeholders.
  • Develop evaluation metrics that measure whether programming or publications are relevant, understandable, and achieve the desired result.
  • Report statistics showing number of targeted stakeholders served by various programming as well as the effectiveness of the programs.
  • Use independent data showing long- term changes in relevant conditions in targeted communities.

OTHER DUTIES: The position will conduct other duties as required.

  • Earned Master’s Public Administration or related field.
  • Knowledge about Land-Grant universities and Cooperative Extension.
  • At least 3 years’ experience establishing new programs within various communities.
  • At least 3 years’ experience in oversight of managing large groups of staff.
  • Involvement with professional organizations related to the position and program development. This includes active membership and holding positions within those entities.
  • Strong relationships with governmental, educational, and community stakeholders within the Commonwealth of Kentucky, as it relates to CRD.
  • At least 3 years’ experience with managing large budgets and obtainment grants.

  • Strong interpersonal skills, creativity, technological skills, and attention to detail, are important qualities of a skills development facilitator and collaborator skills.
  • Organizing and coordinating skills
  • Ability to create compose and edit written materials.
  • Knowledge of supplies, equipment, and/or services ordering and inventory control.
  • Word processing and/or data entry skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of records and information.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to maintain calendars and schedule appointments.
  • Records maintenance skills.
  • Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures.
  • Ability to perform simple accounting procedures.
  • Skill in the use of operating basic office equipment.
  • Work could involve some exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
  • Requires some standing or walking.
  • Ability to lift 40lbs.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Extensive travel required.

KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The functions, qualifications, knowledge/skills, and physical requirements listed in this job description represent the essential duties of the job, which the incumbent must be able to perform either with or without reasonable accommodation. The Job Functions listed do not necessarily include all activities that the individual may perform. The College of Agriculture, Community, and the Sciences strives for inclusive excellence and is interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to this effort through their research, teaching, and/or Extension programs.

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