Thursday, March 21, 2019

Area Extension Director-AGNR-UME


Area Extension Director
Position Number: 108969
AGNR-UME-Southern Maryland Cluster (Charles, Calvert, and St. Mary’s Counties)
Home Office Location: Negotiable choice between the Cluster Counties (Charles, Calvert, or St. Mary’s)

The Area Extension Director will serve as the administrative leader and director of three county offices located within the Southern Maryland Cluster providing day-to-day supervision and administration within each of the county offices. The Area Extension Director serves as the liaison between the University of Maryland Extension administration and county governments, provides logistical coordination for local programming, manages fiscal, personnel and facilities operations at the local level and provides leadership for public relations/marketing efforts. In carrying out these duties, the individual reports to the Assistant Director of Operations. This position has no program supervision responsibilities.

  • Fiscal Management: With assistance from the Administrative Services office and Assistant Director of Operations office, prepare annual budget request for submission to the county (with a goal of increasing county funding) and submit copies of approved county appropriations.
  • Monitor monthly financial statement in relation to approved budget. Share budget information with faculty and staff on a monthly basis.
  • Maintain Extension Advisory Committee (EAC) financial records at local office, providing financial information as required to the EAC and facilitate account reviews every other fiscal year.
  • Monitor all office expenditures, including, postage, office supplies and travel. Manage "for sale” publications and cost recovery programs for county offices.
  • Identify grant proposal opportunities and external funding partnerships/collaborations that increase financial support.
  • Provide leadership for county faculty and staff to write, submit, and manage grant funds.
  • Manage sensitive equipment inventory.
  • Personnel Management: Coordinate, plan and request county staffing needs and managing employee contracts through the Assistant Director of Operations (ADO) office.
  • Schedule and lead monthly faculty/staff meetings; assure an equitable and appropriate working environment; assure that policies of the University and county are understood and followed.
  • Review faculty Extension Plans (yearly work plans) for community needs and program alignment with regard to identified state program initiatives.
  • Collaborate with Program Leaders and Assistant Director of Operations to conduct annual faculty review, providing input with regard to professional conduct.
  • Review and approve time and attendance for faculty and staff.
  • Facilitate annual Performance
  • Review and Development process for support staff.
  • Attend various training meetings; coordinate training of new employees for all aspects
  • regarding organization function.
  • Extension Program Leaders in consultation with the Area Extension

Director will provide leadership for managing program responsibilities.
• County Government Relations: Facilitate working relationship between government offices and
county offices. Strengthen relationships with county government agencies and county elected
officials and the University of Maryland Extension. Understand the University of Maryland
Extension Volunteer Policy and recruit volunteers to support programs. Provide training to county agencies/organizations on leadership and community development as requested. Coordinate space and facility requirements with county officials and landlords.

Area Extension Director
• Program Coordination/Public Relations: Coordinate an Extension Advisory Committee which is
reflective of county demographics. Schedule and facilitate quarterly Extension Advisory Committee, working with the chairperson and in accordance with their bylaws. Work with faculty, the Extension Advisory Committee members, and other community leaders to develop an education plan based on local needs. Facilitate the maintenance of Civil Rights files and assist program staff with Compliance issues. Work with the Extension Advisory Committee, Faculty and Staff to develop and implement a county marketing plan which may include an annual University of Maryland Extension report to share with county support groups and constituents that reflects the goals and impact of the local office’s educational programs. Serve on local, regional, college and non-University community committees; provide leadership for committees, professional associations and special assignments.

Required –
• M.S. degree in public administration, business administration, agribusiness, natural resources
management, organizational leadership or related fields
• Five years of experience in management, agribusiness, non-profit, government, program
development, education or related fields.
• Experience in personnel management, budget preparation/accounting are essential.
• Knowledge of government fiscal procedures and processes; organizational policies and procedures; program development.
• Skills in fiscal management, personnel supervision, coaching, and mentoring.
• Ability to work independently, manage multiple priorities, communicate clearly, and interact with a variety of audiences.
• The ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and some weekends. Must be able to travel within the state, have personal transportation and a valid driver’s license.
• This position is subject to a Criminal History Record Check. Employment is contingent upon
successful completion and clearance of the Criminal History Record Check.

Preferred –
• Demonstrated ability to lead and manage an organization engaged in delivering services to the
• Experience in working with volunteers, boards, councils or elected officials.
• Experience in working with grants.

Salary will be commensurate with experience, with base salary of $64,973. The University of Maryland offers an extensive benefits package.

Application Process:
All candidates must apply online at A complete application packet includes:
  • A cover letter
  • resume (or CV uploaded as resume)
  • copies of transcripts
  • contact information for three (3) professional references (including name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address)

Closing Date: For best consideration apply by April 3, 2019, or until suitable applicant is found.

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