Position Summary

The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences ( CAES ) seeks a dynamic and innovative professional for the position of Extension Leadership Specialist with primary responsibilities in leading the national faculty leadership development program, LEAD21, which is sponsored by the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities ( APLU ) and administered through a contract with the University of Georgia. This is a full-time Faculty appointment home-based in Athens, Georgia. The position reports to the Director for the Office of Learning and Organizational Development. The position requires occasional evening and weekend duties as well as out of state travel. A valid driver’s license and access to a reliable private vehicle for official duty travel are required. Reimbursement for business travel will be provided.

The successful candidate will be appointed as a Non-tenure Track Public Service and Outreach faculty member (Public Service Assistant, Public Service Associate, or Senior Public Service Associate).

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications received by Dec. 15, will be assured full consideration, but the position is open until filled. Applicants must submit: (1) a letter of application; (2) curriculum vitae; and (3) contact information for three letters of reference.
Please contact Michael Toews, Search Committee Chair, mtoews@uga.edu with questions.

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Extension Leadership Specialist



About the University of Georgia

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( https://www.uga.edu/ ). The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 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 employs approximately 3,000 faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 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 of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, UGA
Office of Learning & Organizational Development part of the Associate Dean for Extension

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Benefits Eligibility

Benefits Eligible


Advertised Salary

Commensurate with Experience

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Job Closing Date

Open until filled


Location of Vacancy

Athens 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 (hrweb@uga.edu).

Position Details

Position Information

Classification Title

Public Service Professional AC


Faculty Rank

Open Rank

Contract Type

Fiscal (12 mo.)

Tenure Status

Non-Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have a Master’s degree in an appropriate discipline related to Educational Programming, Adult Education, Leadership, and/or Public Administration.

Additional Requirements

Candidates should have a background that includes leadership, training, and facilitation.
They must also qualify for appointment in the Public Service Faculty Ranks as defined in the Guidelines for Appointments and Promotion Public Service and Outreach Faculty Rank .

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification

A Ph.D. is preferred from an accredited university in a field related to Educational Programming, Adult Education, Leadership, and/or Public Administration.

Candidates should demonstrate expertise in leadership development with a background in professional development trainings, organizational development, coaching and mentoring, and conducting research through design, implementation, and evaluation.

Certifications in leadership, personality and other assessment tools are also highly desirable.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

Candidates should also have an appreciation and understanding of the land-grant system, Extension programs, and understand the diverse experiences of faculty within the land-grant system.

Candidates should have excellent organizational skills and be able to manage multiple tasks, programs and priorities. Curriculum development is also highly desirable.

Candidates should demonstrate excellent interpersonal and public relations skills along with good oral and written communication skills.

Physical Demands

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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.



Directly Related to the LEAD21 Program
  • Manage relationships with the national board of directors for LEAD21, the national leadership development program by serving as staff to the board and assist in scheduling and preparing for all Board meetings and activities
  • Responsible for annual budgeting and monitoring of the approximate $1 million annual contract for services to include providing regular financial reports to the board
  • Develop educational materials for intense professional development programs by coordinating a national group of facilitators
  • Assign specific responsibilities to facilitators, program staff, and/or graduate students working for LEAD21
  • Facilitate three sessions over 12.5 days of training for approximately 85 participants annually
  • Coordinate and consult with facilitators and speakers who will be part of the programs
  • Participate as part of the overall facilitation team for the program
  • Work with the program coordinators to contract for and best utilize educational facilities in at least three difference locations in the United States for a total of 15 days
  • Manage the LEAD21 website and other distance learning technologies to enhance between-session learning and building a resource for leadership development
  • Prepare annual reports on the program
  • Respond to evaluations conducted by an outside evaluator to improve the program.
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Other Leadership Responsibilities
  • Contribute to the facilitation and instruction of Extension Leadership Programs (Extend, Extension Academy, County Coordinator Training as examples)
  • Facilitate educational programming in the areas of leadership and adult education for UGA Extension professionals
  • Identify unmet needs of UGA Cooperative Extension faculty and staff within area of expertise to address
  • Develop and carry out in-service trainings for faculty and staff based on internal needs assessment
  • Support the programs and trainings offered through the Office of Learning and Organizational Development
  • Assumes other duties as assigned.
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