Okanogan County Director - Washington State University in State of Washington

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Washington State University

State of, Washington

United States


Detailed Job Description

Official Title: County Director

Working Title: Okanogan County Director and Agricultural Specialist.

This is a twelve-month, non-tenure, promotion track faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, within the WSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Program Unit, a unit of WSU Extension and the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS). The position is headquartered at the WSU Extension Okanogan County Office in Okanogan, Washington.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

The position serves as the lead administrator for WSU Extension’s operations in Okanogan County and is responsible for overall management of the local County Extension Office. Agriculture and natural resource management is the programmatic focus of this position, but duties also include active collaborations with neighboring county extension personnel and regional extension specialists.

As County Director, this position is responsible for fostering a strong and collaborative relationship with Okanogan county government, with the common goal to ensure continued partnership in providing outstanding WSU Extension programming. County Director administrative duties include: supervision of support-staff personnel and program coordinators; preparing and managing the Okanogan County Extension Office budget; upholding the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) covenants between Okanogan County and WSU; and, ensuring office compliance with all policies and procedures of WSU and Okanogan County Government.

Programmatic duties include the planning, delivery, and evaluation of agricultural and natural resource educational programs. Program goals may include: improving livestock and crop production, enhancing market access for farmers, enhancing the economic viability and profitability of agriculture and natural resource businesses; and improved stewardship of natural resources.

• Work with county residents, community organizations, and governmental agencies to implement agriculture and natural resource programs that enhance sustainability.
• Provide leadership, expertise, and programming that addresses priority needs of the agricultural community and natural resource managers, including small farms and direct marketing groups. Audiences will include large and small acreage landowners and managers, consumers, environmentalists, professional groups, and elected officials.
• Utilize traditional as well as innovative educational methodologies that may include the use of grant-hired staff, mobile and web-based technology, trained volunteers, applied research, on-site demonstrations, and other Extension approaches that have proven effective and appropriate for local audiences.
• Facilitate stakeholder access to current and emerging markets to assist in the development of new commodity outlets or sources of farm revenue.
• Create peer-reviewed Extension publications, other scholarly products, and educational materials that are consistent with expectations for Extension scholarship.
• Develop grants and extramural funding resources to maintain funding for county extension personnel and advance program priorities sufficient to meet the needs of Okanogan County residents.
• As County Director, provide proactive engagement with county government; leadership for fiscal and budget management; leadership for civil rights compliance; and maintain a county advisory system.
• Serve as an active member on WSU Extension Teams.
• Collaborate and partner with internal and external sources of agricultural expertise; including other WSU faculty, federal and state agency personnel, county department personnel, and organizations supporting agriculture, natural resource stewardship and local community development.
• Manage local WSU Extension Volunteers, and provide training and technical assistance to these individuals and groups.

Line of Responsibility:
This WSU faculty member is responsible to the Director of the WSU Extension ANR Program Unit.

• Participate as a member of the WSU ANR Extension Program Unit, the overall WSU Extension Program, CAHNRS, and WSU Extension Teams as assigned.

• Collaborate with WSU faculty at the research and Extension centers and campus, and other interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary programs or teams, including the WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources.

• Promote external communications with elected officials, agricultural leaders and organizations at the local, state, and federal levels.

• Network with other organizations that support and promote agriculture, including state and local farmer organizations to ensure cooperative relationships that enhance the effectiveness of all agricultural programs.

Required Qualifications

Earned Master’s degree in agricultural related discipline at the time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated experience in the understanding of agricultural marketing systems, trends and food systems.

Demonstrated ability to work with farmers, agribusiness, government agency representatives, elected officials, tribes, farm laborers, Extension colleagues, consumers, volunteers and community organizations.

Demonstrated ability to work with diverse audiences and cultures.

Demonstrated ability to deliver educational programs using a variety of methodologies, including distance education and local educational events.

Demonstrated ability in grant writing and fundraising.

Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively using verbal, written, and listening skills while relating to a variety of audiences, such as elected officials, staff, volunteers, media, and agency representatives.

Demonstrated leadership of, and teamwork with, interdisciplinary and/or multi-agency teams.

Documented ability to design and conduct applied research projects.

Documented publication record (e.g., extension publications, scholarly products, educational curricula, etc.).

Proficiency in computer technology, including word processing, spreadsheets, electronic slide presentations, and email.

Ph.D. degree in an agricultural or closely related discipline.

Monthly Salary

Salary is commensurate with available funding and the candidate’s academic and professional qualifications, including history of program management and successful extramural fund development.

Additional Information

Okanogan County, located in North Central Washington State is a diverse landscape with a natural resource based economy. Despite being the largest county by landmass, 5,315 square miles, we have one of the smallest populations in Washington State at approximately 42,300. From the snow packed peaks of the North Cascades to the near desert conditions of our south county, area residents enjoy a varied landscape for business and pleasure. Cool winters bring winter sports such as skiing, snow mobiles, wildlife tracking, and more. The hot dry summers support fishing, hiking, hunting, and water skiing. The varied seasons and landscapes provide the setting for a diverse natural resource industry that includes tree fruit, livestock, forestry, and mining, just to name a few. The residents of this beautiful county are a hardy group of individualists who have experienced hardships from natural disasters to downturns in resource economies. Despite these setbacks, the people of Okanogan County are practical, get things done, and people who have a strong zest for life.

Median household income was reported at $40,368 for 2009-2013. A profile of Okanogan County agriculture is available at: http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Washington/County_Profiles/okanogan.php.

The Okanogan County Government website: http://www.okanogancounty.org/ provides additional information about Okanogan County.


The Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Extension Program Unit is one of three program units of WSU Extension within the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State University. The work of the ANR Unit faculty spans a broad range of expertise that includes agronomic and horticultural crops; animal agriculture; water resources; environmental stewardship; forestry; rangeland management; farm management; marketing; apiculture; integrated pest management; pesticide safety; and urban horticulture. In addition, ANR Unit personnel lead interdisciplinary efforts in local food systems and regional food policy, providing increased economic opportunities for farmers and consumers.

To learn more about the ANR Extension Program Unit visit: http://anr.cw.wsu.edu/ 


The College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) at Washington State
University is an expansive and diverse college that includes 16 academic units, four research and extension centers distributed across the state, 13 subject matter centers, and 39 county and one tribal 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 the sustainability of agricultural and economic systems; and promotes stewardship of natural resources and ecological systems. In all dimensions of our mission, we strive to embody the signature
“World Class. Face to Face.” motto of Washington State University. 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.

To learn more about CAHNRS, visit: http://cahnrs.wsu.edu.


Founded in 1890, 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 10 academic colleges, the Honors College, and the Graduate School. It has an enrollment of more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on 4 campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver) with approximately 20,000 students located on the main campus in Pullman, WA. 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. To learn more about WSU visit: http://www.wsu.edu.

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 veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (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 hrs@wsu.edu.

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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Masters
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Director
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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