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Director, Maricopa County Cooperative Extension (Phoenix, AZ)

Location: Phoenix
Posted on: July 6, 2024

Job Description:

Posting Number req19796 Department Maricopa County Office Department Website Link Location Greater Phoenix Area Address Phoenix, AZ USA Position Highlights The University of Arizona County Cooperative Extension Director position for Maricopa County (MCCE) provides key leadership and oversight of Extension programs, faculty, and staff. The primary focus of this position is to facilitate innovative and impactful strategic directions and guide planning and actions to meet county-wide needs, develop the capacity of MCCE through internal and external partnerships, seek and oversee external funding, hire and mentor faculty, and communicate impacts through reports using a variety of means. The Director will utilize a strengths-based approach that meets the unique needs of the county and its people. The position requires excellent written and verbal communication skills, strategic thinking, and the ability to influence and work with decision-makers and stakeholders on many levels.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!The University of Arizona has been recognized for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona and relocations services, please click here . Duties & Responsibilities Administrative andSupervisory Duties

  • This position includes administrative responsibility as County ExtensionDirector and will represent Arizona Cooperative Extension at county and statelevels. This includes attending college and county-level department headmeetings, negotiating county budgets, interfacing with the County Board ofSupervisors, Extension Advisory Board management and development, engaging withother community groups, assuming responsibilities of vacant county positions,and resolving issues of concern with volunteers and community partners.Supervisory duties include direct supervision of administrative staff andcounty-based faculty and indirect supervision of 60-70 employees. The Directorworks collaboratively with the Manager of Finance and Administration to overseeand make budgetary and human resources decisions. Additional responsibilitiesmay be deemed necessary and will be assigned by the Associate Vice Presidentand Director of UArizona Extension.County ProgramDevelopment and Implementation
    • Oversees development of a broad-based Extension program that serves theoverall -Cooperative Extensionmission and strategic plan.
    • Facilitates county-level assessments, evaluation, and strategic planning.
    • Identifies financial resources and opportunities (grants, contracts, in-kindcontributions, gifts, etc.) to support unit and statewide Extension andUniversity goals and strategic directions.
    • Provides leadership, guidance, and direction in implementing the strategicplan of the county unit, UArizona Cooperative Extension, and the University ofArizona.
    • Promotes communication and teamwork with county and state Extension and otherfaculty, staff, and volunteers.
    • Provides direction in developing a marketing plan and related marketingmaterials, websites, and newsletters using various mass media methods.
    • Promotes Cooperative Extension as the outreach arm of the state land-grantuniversity.Program Evaluation andResults
      • Provides oversight for program and personnel evaluation and ensuresdocumentation of results and impacts of educational programs.
      • Oversees communication of program results to both professional peers andclientele through periodic reports, scholarly works, and various types ofpublications (e.g., bulletins/fact sheets, popular articles, statepublications, scientific articles, social media, video, and computer programsand applications, etc.).Professionalism and Service
        • Maintains professional competence through study, participation inprofessional activities, and the application of knowledge and skills attainedon the job.
        • Maintains high ethical and professional standards and is loyal to CooperativeExtension, the University of Arizona, and the state of Arizona.
        • Promotes public understanding and support for Extension and Universitypolicies and programs.
        • Performs as a collegial member of Arizona Cooperative Extension.
        • Serves in leadership service roles on internal and external committees,boards, working groups, etc.
        • Collaborates with peers to achieve goals and objectives.Knowledge, Skills, andAbilities (KSAs):
          • Knowledge of public fundingstreams, grants, contracts, and fund development.
          • Demonstrated skills in written form including any or all the following: reports,fact sheets, briefs, journal articles, scholarly works, or other publicationsfor public distribution.
          • Knowledge of group dynamics and skills in team building.
          • Evidence of ability to supervise and evaluate employees.
          • Demonstrated skills in addressing and resolving complex problems,sometimes without clear precedent.
          • Knowledge of group dynamics and human relationships.
          • Demonstrated ability to develop coalitions, collaborate, and create ashared vision.
          • Knowledge of and familiarity with the variety of topics and issuesrelevant to current Maricopa County Cooperative Extension projects, programs,and activities.
          • Evidence of ability to build a team of faculty and staff using theExtension program model.
          • Evidence of skill and proficiency in Microsoft 365 (Word, Excel,PowerPoint, Outlook), and digital communication tools such as Teams and Zoom.
          • Familiarity with multicultural anddifferent socioeconomic and underserved audiences, an interest in working withpeople from a variety of backgrounds, and a commitment to excellence in allaspects of the position.
          • Evidence of leadership, teamwork,collaboration, excellence in human relationship skills, and excellent writtenand oral communication skills.
          • Outstanding record of research-basedCooperative Extension/community-engaged programming.
          • Demonstrated knowledge of and capacityto engage with the types of local economic, social, and governance challengesand opportunities in Maricopa County's context.
          • Evidence of successful grant andcontract acquisition and management for interdisciplinary approaches. Minimum Qualifications
            • Requires atleast a master's degree to perform job duties in an area related to theneeds and efforts of the County Extension Programs.
            • Minimum of sevenyears of related work experience, including five years of managerialand/or leadership experience, or equivalent combination of education andwork experience. Preferred Qualifications
              • Earned Doctorate Degree in a relevant field.
              • Demonstrated leadership experience, preferably land-grant systems, or comparable organizations with significant recognition within a field of specialization.
              • Five or more years of experience as a high-level administrator or executive director.
              • Demonstrated direct supervisory experience for 10 or more employees.
              • Evidence of experience with interdisciplinary approaches to programming. Rank To be Determined FLSA Exempt Full Time/Part Time Full Time Number of Hours Worked per Week 40 Job FTE 1.0 Work Calendar Fiscal Job Category Agriculture and Extension Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits Rate of Pay $62,000 - $75,000 Compensation Type salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE) Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department) Number of Vacancies 1 Target Hire Date Expected End Date Contact Information for Candidates Vanessa Parra,
                Open Date 6/28/2024 Open Until Filled Yes Documents Needed to Apply Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and One Additional Document Special Instructions to Applicant Please provide transcripts with the application, upload as an additional document. Finalists will need to provide 3 references upon request.
                Diversity Statement At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness. Notice of Availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), each year the University of Arizona releases an Annual Security Report (ASR) for each of the University's campuses.Thesereports disclose information including Clery crime statistics for the previous three calendar years and policies, procedures, and programs the University uses to keep students and employees safe, including how to report crimes or other emergencies and resources for crime victims. As a campus with residential housing facilities, the Main Campus ASR also includes a combined Annual Fire Safety report with information on fire statistics and fire safety systems, policies, and procedures.
                Paper copies of the Reports can be obtained by contacting the University Compliance Office at

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