Auburn University

Auburn University

County Extension Coordinator

United States

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Job Title County Extension Coordinator

Posting Number P1227F

Position Summary Information

Job Description Summary

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Auburn University, is looking for a dynamic leader to lead our Sumter County Extension program and serve the citizens of Sumter County!

This individual will build partnerships and collaborate with multiple entities to deliver research-based educational opportunities that transform lives and communities. The County Extension Coordinator is a non-tenure track faculty, community-based professional of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) who knows and represents the research-based resources and other resources available through Alabama A&M University and Auburn University. They are recognized as a community leader who addresses the contemporary challenges, issues, and opportunities facing the citizens of the county through university programs and knowledge.

Primary job duties & responsibilities Program Competence and Capacity:

  • Learns major programs and resources available across program areas (Agriculture, Forestry, Natural Resources, Human Sciences, 4-H and Community & Economic Development) to become actively involved in serving traditional audiences and new audiences in and outside the office.
  • Develops leadership and engagement skills to be confident and credible when engaging communities of place, practice, interest, and identity across a broad spectrum of issues.
  • Functions as a member of the County 4-H Team and contributes administrative and programmatic support.
  • Maintains a subject matter emphasis related to one of four major program areas and participates in the appropriate priority program team (PPT).
  • Participates in professional development related to educational programming, county office administration, customer service, and public relations and marketing.
  • County Office Administration:

  • Serves as ACES primary representative in the county and develops an ethic of customer service as the front-door to the state's land grant universities.
  • Responsible for the recruitment, hiring, supervision, professional development, mentoring and performance assessment of administrative support position, agent assistants, and potentially an administrative professional position or temporary staff.
  • Responsible for the daily operation of the office, including staffing, scheduling, promoting a positive culture, and teamwork within and outside the office.
  • Responsible for county budget administration and the interface with County Commissions and municipalities to provide local support for office space, utilities, equipment, and program supplies.
  • Ensures compliance with laws, statutes, and University policy that regulate the handling of public funds and program implementation.
  • Understands, implements, and promotes EEO, ADA, Civil Rights, and other affirmative action polies and procedures within the County Extension Office and in the countywide community.
  • Program Leadership:

  • Provides leadership for county program initiatives, a balanced and comprehensive county plan-of-work, some program delivery related to subject matter emphasis, to ensure county office is current on programs and resources.
  • Serves as role model for others in using innovative and creative approaches to program development and delivery.
  • Organizes a County Extension Advisory Committee and provides leadership in analyzing and interpreting information to assess needs through stakeholder input.
  • Meets regularly with colleagues across multiple counties (SET) to share needs assessment results, coordinate programs, and establish priorities and new initiatives.
  • Cooperates and informs Regional Extension Agents, Extension Field Specialists, State Extension Specialists, and appropriate Assistant Director for Programs and Assistant Director for Field Operations and has a positive working relationship with staff and clients in SET and PPT.
  • Manages local data collection in line with program area requirements. Prepares an evaluation and success stories of delivered educational programs focused on short, intermediate, and long-term outcomes and impacts.
  • Program Management and Marketing:

  • Provides leadership to develop working relationships with local stakeholder groups, organizations, and agencies and to function as ambassador for ACES.
  • Follows appropriate fiscal management for programmatic needs and appropriately administers the resources and completes all system reports when due.
  • Secures resources (volunteers, contracts, grants, fees, and donations) to support local and priority programs and initiatives within county and may participate in grant funded projects led by State Extension Specialists.
  • Utilizes multiple delivery modes to include face-to-face interactions, printed materials, online and digital formats that provide greater audience access, quick delivery of information, and convenience.
  • Serves as the primary contact for all forms of traditional and social media to disseminate information and market programs and has a professional presence in major forms of media.
  • Identifies innovative ways to engage targeted under-served and under- represented audiences.
  • Builds programmatic partnerships and networks to multiply organizational capacity.
  • Minimum Qualifications

    Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in Agriculture, Natural Resources, Forestry, Family and Consumer Sciences, Business Administration, Management, Education, Marketing, Public Relations or a related field is required.
  • The successful incumbent will be required to obtain a master's degree within five years after successfully completing a probationary period.
  • Minimum Required skills:

  • Candidates must have experience in leading others or completion of broad leadership training
  • Experience managing budgets
  • The position requires exceptional communication, managerial and leadership skills
  • Must possess a strong work ethic and a sense of responsibility
  • Must demonstrate a high degree of objectivity
  • Exhibit effective interpersonal and written communication skills
  • The ability to work successfully with staff, volunteers, community leaders, and county officials
  • Excellent public relations skills and the ability to connect local program needs with the ACES mission are required
  • The successful candidate must demonstrate a highly collaborative work style, the ability to engage and motivate others, a positive attitude, show enthusiasm for the work, be a self-starter, and work with minimum supervision
  • The ability to act creatively, confidentially, and professionally when working with people from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds
  • Demonstrate the ability to take initiative, work independently, and manage multiple projects
  • Demonstrated leadership competencies that include servant leadership experience
  • A high level of motivation and effective organizational management are expected
  • Driving is a required function of this position. Must have a valid driver's license and access to reliable transportation
  • Desired Qualifications

  • A master's degree in a discipline directly related to one of our major program areas (agriculture, forestry, natural resources; human sciences; 4-H youth development; community engagement/development) is highly preferred
  • Demonstrated work history of coaching, training, performance evaluation, merit, and other Human Resources related tasks
  • Proven success in securing financial resources such as grants and extramural funding, budget management, and fiscal accountability
  • Special Instructions to Applicants

    Minimum Starting Salary

    $46,500 for a Bachelor's Degree $50,500 for a Master's Degree

    Salary increases for years of relevant, professional work experience

    Posting Detail Information

    Open Date 05/11/2023

    Close Date 06/11/2023 EEO Statement

    AUBURN UNIVERSITY IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

    Open Until Filled No References required for this position? Yes If yes, minimum number requested 3

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    County Extension Coordinator


    Auburn University


    United States


    May 25, 2023

    Application deadline

    June 11, 2023

    Job type



    Agricultural Science,Social Science

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