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Department: 061501 - Sea Grant Program
Location: Raleigh, NC
Essential Job Duties:
The North Carolina Sea Grant and N.C. Water Resources Research Institute Extension Director provides vision, leadership, administration, and active development for current and future Sea Grant and WRRI extension programming. The extension program supports both entities' missions and couples tightly with respective and combined research and outreach components, resulting in clear benefits to communities and ecosystems across North Carolina, the region and nation. The Extension Director works closely with the Executive Director, Deputy Director, Communications Director and Fiscal Officer as part of the management team supporting robust and long-term, sustainable programs.
Responsibilities and primary functions include, but are not limited to:
A. Designs, implements and leads a dynamic extension program that ensures a mutually beneficial interaction among NC public and private university researchers and North Carolina inland and coastal communities.
1. Consistent with strategic plans and related federal requirements, works with extension specialists, along with representatives from related organizations and programs throughout the state and region, to plan and implement specific short- and long-term cooperative projects with measurable outcomes. 2. Works with the Executive Director and management team to design and implement projects that integrate research, extension and outreach programs. 3. Develops and secures external funding in support of Sea Grant- and WRRI-related extension missions, including federal and state grants as well as from other sources of funding (e.g. foundations) that compliments and expands current Sea Grant and WRRI efforts across North Carolina. 4. Develops and manages overall extension budgets, implementation and compliance, including projected financial planning to support programmatic mission.
B . Supervises, supports, and evaluates the work of Sea Grant and WRRI extension team to facilitate staff success.
1. Responsible for obtaining and aggregating extension program annual accomplishments and impacts to meet state and national reporting requirements. 2. Leads organizational change within extension program based on current and anticipated future program priorities.
C.Promotes Sea Grant and WRRI programming at multiple scales, with varied stakeholders and partners.
1. Establishes and maintains positive lines of communication with representatives of public and private organizations and agencies in order to assess community needs for coastal extension services, and with university researchers and industry to ensure ready access to and timely utilization of research results, including information generated and technologies developed.
2. Develops effective formal and informal agreements for extension staff to work with government agencies, private organizations, industries and community organizations.
3. Works with communications team to share program impacts across the state, region and nation through publications, presentations, and various internal and external avenues (e.g. social media, extension blueprints, videos, blogs, Coastwatch magazine articles).
1. Participates in, and provides leadership, on various boards, associations, etc. with local, state and national Sea Grant and WRRI partners as appropriate. 2. Other related duties as assigned.
Require post-baccalaureate credentials or a bachelor's degree plus alternative or equivalent professional training and experience.
Demonstrated capabilities in the management, performance and evaluation of extension and outreach programs.
Extensive program management experience, including large and geographically distributed staff supervisory experience, a thorough knowledge of budgeting and financial planning, and a proven record of success in securing external funding.
Demonstrated ability to build partnerships, collaborate in a team setting, and work effectively with diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders at the local, state, and national levels.
Excellent oral and written communications and interpersonal skills.
Knowledge of national, regional, and state coastal, marine and water resource issues.
Experience working with different aspects, and multiple stakeholders, in environmental and social sciences that promote leadership in coastal and water resources research, education and outreach.
Commitment to support increasing diversity and inclusivity in the workplace and within extension programming.
This position is based at NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. Work outside regular business hours including weekends is sometimes necessary in order to complete the requirements of the position. Monthly travel throughout the state is typical as are multiple out-of-state trips for this position.
Earned doctorate in a field relevant to Sea Grant and/or WRRI mission (e.g. natural or social coastal or marine sciences, water resources, natural resource management, ecology, environmental policy, environmental health) with an academic and applied publication record.
Substantial knowledge of the NOAA/Sea Grant and USGS/Water Resources Research Act missions.
Extension program management and integration of research with extension, education and communication activities.
Significant experience in implementing and managing meaningful public outreach and education programs.
Extensive experience working in collaboration with industry, national, state, or local government agencies, or conservation organizations.
Required license or certification:
NC drivers license.
Position Number: 00061741
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