Extension Director - Klickitat and Skamania Counties - Washington State University in State of Washington

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Washington State University

State of, Washington

United States


Detailed Job Description

The position serves as the lead administrator for WSU Extension’s operations in Skamania and Klickitat Counties and is responsible for overall management of the local County Extension Offices. 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 Klickitat and Skamania 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 Klickitat and Skamania County Extension Office budget; upholding the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) covenants between Klickitat and Skamania Counties and WSU; and, ensuring office compliance with all policies and procedures of WSU, Klickitat County and Skamania County Governments.

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/or improved stewardship of natural resources.

Required Qualifications

Earned Master’s degree in a discipline related to agriculture, natural resource management or appropriate Extension area.

Currently have, or able to obtain by the time of hire, a valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications

PhD in an appropriate discipline related to agriculture or natural resource management.

Demonstrated competency in planning, implementation and evaluation processes of Extension programs.

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

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

Demonstrated ability in extramural fund development, including grant writing.

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

Demonstrated ability to work with community leaders, farmers, agribusiness, government agency representatives, elected officials, environmentalists, consumers, youth and volunteers.

Documented record of extension publications, scholarly products, and educational curricula.

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

Monthly Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Additional Information

Official Title: Washington State University (WSU) Extension County Director and Agriculture and Natural Resource Specialist. This is a twelve-month, non-tenured, promotion track faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, within WSU Extension in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS). The position is headquartered at the WSU Extension Klickitat County Office in Goldendale, and the WSU Extension Skamania County Office in Stevenson, Washington.

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 and four research and extension centers distributed across the state, 13 subject matter centers, and one 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 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: cahnrs.wsu.edu.

Founded in 1889, 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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