Extension Support Specialist IV (Band H -Exempt) Cornell Cooperative Extension College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Ithaca, New York
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is a pioneering practitioner of purpose-driven science and Cornell University's second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being. Since our founding, we have been evolving to meet the changing needs of our world. As our areas of study have diversified, we have established top-ranked programs and over 20 majors in community and rural development, environment and natural resources, food and nutrition, applied economics, agriculture, international programs and life sciences. It is vital to us that we match the excellence of our science with the generosity of our spirit. We want to leave the world better than we found it, so we seek out those not simply driven to master their discipline, but passionate about doing so to serve the public good. CALS is fundamentally invested in improving the lives of people, their environments and their communities both in New York state and around the world.
Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) provides the educational outreach functions for Cornell University's role as New York States Land Grant University. Programmatically, Cornell Cooperative Extension connects the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the College of Human Ecology (CHE) with 55 off-campus Associations, Integrated Pest Management, New York State Sea Grant, Area Specialists, and CCE New York City (Off-Campus Extension).
Responsible for building connections and fostering relationships and processes to strengthen and enhance educational impact and effective governance for a complicated system that includes partnerships among 55 county-based associations, Cornell University, the State of New York and USDA. Provide leadership and expertise that enable county CCE Associations and their programs to work effectively for maximum impact. Collaborate and negotiate with Association Executive Directors, Association volunteer Boards of Directors, faculty and staff to deal with a broad range of system and local association program, administrative, management and organizational challenges.
Provide support for association operations in approximately fifteen counties on behalf of CCE and Cornell University. Ensure the mission and governance of associations; support the awareness, understanding and implementation of procedures and processes required for organizational compliance. Develop local executive and board leadership through direction, coaching and training. Provide leadership to ensure key communication and planning systems between association leadership and campus CCE function efficiently and successfully.
Promote education program excellence, effectiveness and efficiencies while assuring organizational integrity and readiness for new and emerging issues. Monitor the prudent use of public funds and provide leadership for sensitive and specific initiatives that will position CCE as a major contributor to outreach efforts at Cornell University as well as the national land grant system.
Provide statewide primary leadership in a critical area for the entire Cornell Cooperative Extension system (55 Associations, 1,800+ staff and 60,000 volunteers) and high-level expertise, support and implementation planning for all critical areas. Examples of these statewide critical areas are:
Campus Extension/Applied Research Program Strategy Development
Program Assignments Relevant to CALS or CHE
Executive Director Development
Board of Directors Development
This position is full-time and will be located in Ithaca, New York. Moderate travel (approximately 25%) will be required throughout New York State.
Master's degree with a specialization in a field appropriate to Cooperative Extension and 5+ years increasingly responsible experience in management/administration and/or leadership positions including human resources, performance management, financial management, strategic planning, organization development and governance or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Applies sound judgment and discretion to advance organizational goals.
Excellent writing and oral communication skills, including public speaking.
Demonstrated ability to work as part of a professional team, promoting cooperation as well as exercising independent judgment to carry out a discrete program or project.
Demonstrated ability to manage projects with numerous stakeholders and collaborators.
Good working knowledge of software programs such as Microsoft Excel and Word.
Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position, including having reliable transportation or having and maintaining a valid New York State driver's license.
Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University.
Experience working with nonprofit Boards of Directors.
Knowledge of program development principles and processes as practiced in non-formal adult education systems.
Experience working in an academic environment.
Demonstrated experience in leading change.
Experience with applied research.
Familiarity and proficiency with the Internet and Content Management Systems is very important as well as a strong interest in using the Web as a tool to conduct research and educate the public.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
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