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Northeast District Extension Director

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Applicant should submit formal application, current resume, cover letter, one-page statement of position philosophy and a one-page statement of leadership philosophy, along with any other supporting materials. Applicant screening will begin immediately. Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials by February 25, 2018; however, screening will continue until the position is filled. 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. Laura Perry Johnson, Associate Dean for Extension, at 706.542.3824.

Position Information

Position Information

Faculty Rank Open Rank
Posting Number 2018_00596F
Posting Type
Working Title Northeast District Extension Director
Title Code 44630
Retirement Plan TRS or ORP
Salary Range Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Job 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 the Northeast District of the state. The College is one of the largest colleges of agriculture in the nation and supports a $74.9 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 and businesses and has taught life skills and lessons to millions of young people.

Administrative Relationships:
• Will lead the Northeast 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 Northeast District of Georgia, which consists of 40 counties. To see the district map and counties visit:—facilities—and-centers/northeast-district.html

Major Responsibilities:
• Position responsibilities include budget management, personnel administration, performance evaluations, employee relations, staff recruitment & development and serving as a liaison to local governments.
• The Director 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 County Operations, Associate Dean for Extension, and Dean of CAES.

To qualify for Tenure-Track Appointment see for requirements.

To qualify for Public Service Appointment see for requirements.

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, 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 ( Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.

Minimum Qualifications

• Master’s degree or higher from an accredited university in a field related to Cooperative Extension or Bachelor’s degree and have the rank or be able to qualify for the rank of Senior Public Service Associate at the University of Georgia

Preferred Qualifications

County Extension experience, especially as a County Coordinator, is highly desirable but not mandatory.

The successful candidate should possess the following qualities:
• 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 and experience in at least one core area of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences or 4-H Youth
• High degree of competency in human relations skills

Degree Level
Posting Date 01/29/2018
Open Until Filled Yes
Closing Date
Appointment Status Regular
Location of Vacancy NE District

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Documents Needed to Apply

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