Greene County Extension Director

Town/City
Jefferson
Base County
Greene
Counties Served
Greene
Objective

This regular and full-time position provides effective program leadership in Greene County to determine program priorities and deliver and evaluate high-quality programs.  This position serves as the council designee in providing administrative management and supervision of district programming and staff.  This position reports directly to the County Extension Council.  Work hours are variable, including nights and weekends.  Requirements include a positive team leader who works with office staff and clients to deliver successful programs.

Responsibilities

Leadership/Supervision

  • Utilize a proactive approach with the council in overall operations, including the development of programs and relevant agendas.
  • Provide supervision of county staff and initiate strategies for their professional development, facilitate staff meetings, and complete annual reviews with the personnel committee.
  • Hire and onboard new staff under the guidance of the personnel committee
  • Offer comprehensive and complex programming to support long-term change, matching relevant information and programs with audience needs
  • Maintain an efficient and responsive county office, conduct periodic county needs assessments and secure resources
  • Set goals related to reaching under-served and under-represented audiences
  • Work with the Office Manager to oversee building maintenance and property management with the Building and Grounds Committee  
  • Regularly and closely monitor revenue and expenses to stay within annual budget established by council with the Budget Committee
  • Use standard policies and procedures regarding county business operations and council relations
  • Seek out and establish community partnerships that contribute to reaching Extension goals and mission
  • Generate additional monies for projects, programs and overall Extension fund.
  • Adapt to changing problems, problem solve complex factors, providing initiative and ingenuity in areas where there is little precedent.
  • May represent Greene County and/or County Directors at statewide special projects or assignments

Program Delivery

  • Provide programmatic support and guidance to county program coordinators, including County Youth and 4-H Coordinator, Office Manager, Youth Coordinator, and Summer Assistant.
  • Consult with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Program Specialists on current issues
  • Manages local data collection in line with program area requirement
  • Maintain appropriate records of educational activities and report to county in annual stakeholders’ report
  • Serve as project manager for agricultural and natural resources and community development educational events that occur as part of the comprehensive program in Greene County or across county lines as approved by council
  • Initiate strategies to develop and manage volunteer networks
  • Secure program sponsorship through appropriate fundraising efforts including grant applications and management
  • Report work in a monthly report to the Extension Council
  • Foster and contribute to a positive work climate with colleagues, advisory group audiences and partners 
  • Support and serve as resource for Greene County 4-H Foundation Board
  • Other duties as determined in conjunction with the Extension Council

Marketing and Public Relations

  • Promote Greene County Extension and Outreach programs, events and resources to area media sources. 
  • Positively represent Greene County Extension to an array of community partners

Customer and Client Service

  • Assist various advisory and commodity groups and other partnering organizations 
  • Work with staff and volunteers to answer consumer questions
  • Recruit and train volunteers in various Extension program materials

Professional Development

  • Develop and follow a personal professional development plan consistent with personal and organizational goals
  • Participate in regional and/or state Extension program activities as appropriate and needed
  • Maintain positive working relationships with all county and state Extension staff

 

Qualifications

Qualifications

  • Team player, dependable, self-motivated and able to work with limited supervision
  • Four year BA or BS degree
  • At least three years of professional experience
  • Content knowledge in at least one field:  agriculture and natural resources, human sciences, youth development, community, and economic development
  • Successful Child Protection Safety Policy (CPSP) background screening
  • Valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation
  • Teaching and/or facilitation experience preferred
  • Management/supervisory experience preferred
  • Resident of Greene County preferred

Job Skills

  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing to youth and adults
  • Experience in organizing activities, events, and in working with groups
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Current computer and organizational skills
  • Problem-solving skills and ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Self-starter – able to initiate work without direct supervision
Additional Information

Please Submit the application, resume, cover letter, and 3 non-family references by email to Scott Weber at sweber@heartlandbanks.bank or send via mail to Greene County Extension Office 104 W Washington St Jefferson, IA 50129 ATTN: Scott Weber. 

Application

All Applications are due June 24th

Job Type
Full Time
Hours
40 Hours
Wages
$52,000-$58,000
Benefits

Benefits

  • Salary, funded by county funds, commensurate with experience and education
  • Partial payment of premium for health, dental, and vision insurance (determined annually by council)
  • On-going in-service training related to job responsibilities
  • Employer’s share of Social Security, IPERS and Medicare
  • Employee assistance program
  • Reimbursement for work related travel and meals
  • Sick leave upon appointment to regular-time status
  • Annual leave (vacation) upon appointment to regular-time status
  • Professional Development benefit following 6 months of satisfactory service at regular-time full-time status as described in the Personnel Policy Handbook
Application Deadline

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For the full non-discrimination statement or accommodation inquiries, go to www.extension.iastate.edu/diversity/ext.