Washington State University and the College of Agricultural,
Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) seeks a Director of
WSU Extension’s Youth and Families Unit (Y&F). This is a
permanent, 12-month, full-time, career track continuous or
tenured/tenure-track position (depending on background).
Appointment is at the rank of Associate Professor or
Professor with a negotiable location based in Washington State.
CAHNRS seeks a candidate to provide leadership to the statewide
Youth and Families Program Unit of approximately 23 faculty and 63
staff conducting applied research and programming related to
nutrition and food safety; individual and family development; and
health, wellness, and prevention. The Extension Youth and
Families Program Unit meets community needs by providing
community-based programs, conducting applied research, and
collaborating with others to create an environment where
individuals can thrive in richly diverse communities. The
unit generates and manages over $5 million in annual extramural
expenditures. This position offers an opportunity to develop
and implement a strategic vision with the program in order to build
its capacity and to increase its impact. This will involve
collaboration and integration with other units within the
university and CAHNRS, while expanding partnerships with counties,
tribes, agencies, and other entities across the state and nation.
The successful candidate is expected to engage in an active,
research-based Extension program commensurate with this leadership
LINE OF RESPONSIBILITY
This position is responsible to the CAHNRS Associate Dean and
Director of Extension and works collaboratively with the County
Directors and Extension faculty and staff across the state and on
- Provide leadership in furthering, articulating, and
implementing a compelling vision for Y&F through effective
research, academic, and Extension programming. This vision should
be based upon the land-grant mission and in line with strategic
university and college goals, disciplinary need, and prioritized
needs of major stakeholders, including state and federal partners
- Develop partnerships and relationships with units and colleges
outside of CAHNRS to forward the interest of Y&F, particularly
around health Extension.
- Represent the vision, interests, and activities of Y&F to
internal and external constituencies, including relevant
stakeholder groups, to facilitate collaboration and achieve
- Create a positive, collaborative, and collegial environment for
Y&F faculty and staff.
- Transact official unit business and work collaboratively with
deans, other administrators, and stakeholders, and actively
participate with the CAHNRS Leadership Team and the Extension
Administrative and Leadership Teams.
- Strengthen communication and collaboration within Y&F and
across CAHNRS administration and chairs/directors to support
Y&F faculty and staff, and jointly advance research, academic,
and Extension priorities.
- Be an effective advocate for Y&F to enhance and improve the
Y&F infrastructure and program support through a portfolio of
internal and external funding
- Provide leadership in the formation and execution of
departmental policies, hold meetings with all available members of
the faculty on matters of policy, and ensure compliance with
university policies and procedures applicable to Y&F.
- Execute day-to-day operating decisions, and the exercise of
- Conduct annual reviews of faculty and staff and make
recommendations to the CAHNRS Dean for appointments, promotions,
and salaries of members of the unit.
- Establish collaborative Extension, research, or scholarly
activities and programs.
- Perform other duties assigned by the Extension Director, CAHNRS
Dean, and WSU Provost.
- Additional guidelines on the duties and responsibilities of
chairs and directors is available in the Faculty
Manual and in the
Provost Guidelines on the Duties and Responsibilities of Chairs and
- Earned Master’s degree in human development, psychology,
sociology, prevention science, social work, public health, family
and consumer sciences, evaluation, or other related field by the
time of hire.
- Six years of related community, county, or regional-based
- Demonstrated administrative and organizational skills, as
evidenced by successful performance in personnel management; budget
and fiscal management; strategic planning; evaluation; and critical
- Demonstrated commitment to expanding and fostering social
justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion and the ability to work
with a variety of diverse individuals and communities.
- Record of scholarly achievement appropriate for an appointment
at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor in a career track
or tenured/tenure-track position.
- D. in human development, psychology, sociology, prevention
science, social work, public health, family and consumer sciences,
evaluation, or related field.
- Demonstrated Extension leadership experience with diverse
audiences and constituents.
- Evidence of effective communication and collaboration skills
with academic professionals, support staff, and diverse internal
and external constituencies.
- Demonstrated history of securing grants and contracts that
build capacity and provide direct delivery of contracted
- Ability to take on new responsibilities and work effectively in
an environment of change.
- Experience leading and motivating geographically dispersed,
interdisciplinary and/or multi-agency teams in the development,
delivery, and management of programs.
- Knowledge and understanding of the U.S. Land Grant University
system, philosophy and mission; as well as a vision of future
Extension needs and the ability to communicate on these
- Reliable transportation for year-round travel is required.
Mileage will be reimbursed for work-related travel at the approved
state rate if using a private vehicle. While using a private
or WSU motor pool vehicle for official business, have current
automobile liability insurance (meeting the requirements described
in RCW46.30.020 and RCW 46.29.090) and possess a valid driver's
- This position will lead Extension multi-disciplinary teams
across the state of Washington.
- Extension faculty members are hired into the organization. It
is possible that future circumstances may require relocation.
- The candidate will understand and carry out the principles and
specific requirements of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the
Americans with Disabilities Act, the Affirmative Action Plan, and
all pertinent rules and regulations.
- Employment is contingent upon a successful background check and
verification of COVID vaccination status per Washington State
Salary is commensurate with available funding and the
candidate’s academic and professional qualifications. View
Benefits website for details on competitive benefits
Application screening begins June 16, 2022 and will continue
until the position is filled. Apply at https://hrs.wsu.edu/jobs/.
Applications must include the following materials:
- Cover letter addressing how your experience meets the required
and preferred qualifications for the position,
- Current Curriculum Vitae,
- Statement on contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion
as they relate to the university, college, and program unit mission
and vision, and
- Names and contact information for four professional
For questions about the position, contact Matt Bumpus, Search
Committee Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org or 509.432.3671.
With 39 county Extension offices and 1 tribal location
throughout the state, WSU Extension is the front door to the
University. Extension builds the capacity of individuals,
organizations, businesses, and communities, empowering them to find
solutions for local issues and to improve their quality of
life. Extension collaborates with communities and industries
to create a culture of life-long learning and is recognized for its
accessible, learner-centered, relevant, high-quality and
evidence-based, unbiased educational programs. To learn more
about WSU Extension, visit: https://extension.wsu.edu/about-extension/
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL, HUMAN AND NATURAL RESOURCE
The College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences
(CAHNRS) at Washington State University is an expansive and diverse
college that includes 12 academic units, 3 Extension program units,
4 research and extension centers distributed across the state, 13
subject matter centers, and 1 tribal and 39 county Extension
offices. CAHNRS fosters disciplines that serve at the
interface of scientific discovery and its application to the
advancement of society and improvement of the human experience.
Our mission is to provide global leadership in discovering,
accessing, and disseminating knowledge that contributes to
producing a safe, abundant food and fiber supply; promotes the
well-being of individuals, families, and communities; enhances
sustainability of agricultural and economic systems; and promotes
stewardship of natural resources and ecological systems.
CAHNRS personnel embrace the opportunity to fulfill the
university’s land-grant mission by making groundbreaking research
discoveries, by utilizing innovative approaches to teaching and
learning, and by delivering relevant, progressive extension
programs that synergistically generate outcomes that enhance the
quality of life for the citizens of Washington State, as well as
for people around the globe. For more information, visit
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY
Founded in 1890 as Washington’s original land-grant university,
Washington State University is a comprehensive land-grant
university with teaching, research, and Extension missions, and one
of two research universities in Washington State. WSU is organized
into 11 academic colleges, the Honors College and the Graduate
School. It has an enrollment of more than 31,000
undergraduate and graduate students on five campuses (Pullman,
Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett) with approximately
21,000 students located on the main campus in Pullman, WA.
Additionally, research centers are located throughout the state,
extension offices are located in every county, and online degree
programs are offered worldwide. Additional information about
WSU's statewide locations can be found at https://wsu.edu/about/statewide/.
WSU ranks among the top 60 public research universities and is a
Carnegie I, Doctoral/Research Extensive University. WSU strongly
values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and seeks
to ensure a welcoming community for all. Further information
about WSU can be found at www.wsu.edu and https://wsu.edu/about/facts/.
COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION
In accordance with Washington State Governor's Proclamation
21.14.2, as a condition of employment, you must be fully vaccinated
or have an approved medical/religious accommodation by time of
hire. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after
receiving their last shot in a vaccine series. Full
vaccination status or an approved accommodation will be verified
prior to your first day of work. Should you not be fully
vaccinated or have an approved medical/religious accommodation you
will not be able to start employment with WSU. Information
regarding vaccine verification and/or requesting a
medical/religious accommodation is available at https://hrs.wsu.edu/covid-19/vax-verification/.
Please contact HRS at email@example.com
or 509-335-4521 if you have questions.
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE
ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities,
women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era,
recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons
of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to
apply. WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and
faculty-friendly policies including a partner accommodation program
and a NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant see http://www.advance.wsu.edu.
WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S.
citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility
verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Services. WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable
accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and
employment for individuals with disabilities. To request
disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human
Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay
Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers:
1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or firstname.lastname@example.org.