The Lead Executive Director for the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Livingston County represents and is accountable to the Association Board of Directors and the Director of the Cornell Cooperative Extension system. The Lead Executive Director is expected to be an effective leader, helping to develop and project a compelling and contemporary vision for Extension programming to stakeholders, both internal and external. The Lead Executive Director must be engaged with decision makers both locally and at Cornell in order to be effective.
The Lead Executive Director is expected to provide high level leadership and management of the Association within Cornell and local policy direction. The Lead Executive Director develops and maintains effective working relationships among the staff, other Extension Associations, the Finger Lakes Region Shared Business Network, Extension Administration, Cornell faculty, and stakeholders. This position will build positive relationships with legislators, local government leaders, community leaders, funding agencies, and civic groups. The Lead Executive Director exercises professional judgment and executive skills in administering overall Association operations. This position provides leadership in overall educational program development, implementation, establishing program priorities, provide leadership for the ongoing development of a welcoming and inclusive organizational climate for diversity, and program integration across disciplines and within the broader Extension system. The Lead Executive Director is expected to develop enhanced revenue streams to sustain and augment programming in the Association.
A Master's Degree appropriate to the responsibilities of the position.
A minimum of six years of progressively responsible experience, including at least three years in Cooperative Extension or a closely related field of employment. PhD may substitute for 2 years of experience.
At least four years of substantive leadership and management responsibilities including human resources, finance, and organizational management.
Demonstrated knowledge of the operation, philosophy, and objectives of a non-formal education system such as Cooperative Extension.
Demonstrated ability in strategic planning, ability to establish and communicate goals and objectives, and to set meaningful and achievable plans-of-work.
Demonstrated knowledge of effective management practices and procedures, including a working knowledge of fiscal planning, budget development and management, proposal writing, and personnel management.
Demonstrated ability to staff, develop, motivate, and work with personnel (paid staff, board, committees, and implementation volunteers).
Demonstrated ability to work with the general public, community leaders and government officials, and to assess local community issues.
Demonstrated knowledge of fund development, grantsmanship and revenue enhancement.
Demonstrated effective use of varied oral and written communication methods (e.g., radio, TV, print, computer, and meetings).
Reliable transportation and the ability to meet the travel requirements of the job.
Ability to accommodate flexible working hours including nights and weekends as needed.
Demonstrated ability to respond decisively, accurately, confidently and courteously to challenges and opportunities.
Working knowledge of state-of-the-art technology and the ability to apply it to administrative and educational functions.
Success in integrating diversity in the major duties outlined in the position description or demonstrated equivalent transferrable skills to do so.
Ability to clearly communicate (speak, read and write proficiently) in English.
Work Environment: In addition to the Working Conditions; the work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions. This position works in a typical office environment. In addition, the position regularly lifts, moves, or transports office supplies, work related materials, and equipment.
Substantial coursework and/or experience in education preferred.
Experience in leadership, management, education, youth development and/or grant writing/grant management.
Substantial training or experience with applied research, non-formal education and/or public outreach.
Direction - 45%
Oversee the creation of the Association's Plan of Work, within the scope of the CCE statewide Plan of Work, to guide the work and desired outcomes of Association programs.
Oversee the process of interpreting the Association's program direction to assess, develop, plan and evaluate educational programs.
Oversee the process of interpreting University program direction to assess, develop, plan and evaluate educational programs; facilitate connections between University staff/faculty and CCE Livingston Association program staff.
Provide leadership for the program development process, including the establishment of priorities, a staffing plan, resource acquisition and allocation, and the evaluation process, to assure program quality, to consider the diversity of the community, and to meet Equal Program Opportunity guidelines.
Design a system for ongoing involvement of citizens which expresses the demographics of the community.
Establish fund development strategies in compliance with CCE standards and policies, in partnership with Board members and appropriate staff.
Oversee the budget development process by engaging appropriate Board members and staff, and present to Board for approval.
Develop enhanced revenue streams to sustain and grow Association programming through a diversified fund development plan, such as appropriations, grants, capital campaigns, foundations, individual donors, corporate support, bequests etc.
Develop shared Association vision, to build understanding around the mission and develop appropriate goals and strategies to advance the mission.
Develop and/or enhance/expand relationships with appropriate agencies, organizations, industries and community leaders that help advance the mission and goals of CCE.
Oversee the development of a brand awareness that aligns with the CCE statewide Plan of Work.
Provide oversight for an appropriate human resources plan - paid and/or volunteer - to carry out the mission, vision and goals of CCE of Livingston County.
Develop and ensure implementation of professional development initiatives to ensure staff have the knowledge, skills and resources to effectively carry out their jobs.
Develop and uphold a culture of continuous learning.
Management - 30%
Vision, Mission and Strategies - Working with the Board of Directors, the Lead Executive Director encourages local application and engagement with the CCE mission, vision and values.
Solve problems and resolve conflicts that arise in the operation of the Association, utilizing appropriate policies and procedures.
Implement and administer policies established by Board of Directors.
Perform day to day management including compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, and ensure risk management protocols are met.
Participate in quarterly CCE Executive Leadership Conferences and in regional meetings; provide liaison and linkages between the Association and the CCE system.
Lead staff in the implementation of the Association's strategic plans.
Ensure the adherence to all applicable local, state and federal laws and CCE policies.
Provide oversight for the program cycles of the Association.
Delegate program management responsibilities to Extension Educators as appropriate.
Oversee programs to ensure that educational content conforms to research base, policies and objectives of the Association and is research knowledge based.
Oversee the management of program activities within the Association's Plans of Work.
Identify, develop, enhance and engage networks of volunteers and volunteer leaders.
Monitor financial statements including fluctuations, trends and projections.
Assure solid planning and budgeting systems are in place, and that the Plan of Work and strategic plan serves as the basis for financial planning for the Association.
Ensure proper stewardship of funds through appropriate oversight including internal and external audits as necessary.
Present and promote budgets to stakeholders.
Engage Board of Directors and appropriate staff to ensure all involved have full understanding of the financial status of the Association.
Oversee internal controls and other financial policies and procedures.
Support the Board of Directors in carrying out their fiduciary responsibilities.
Ensure effective management and monitoring of the Association's resources in compliance with CCE standards and policies, in partnership with Board members and appropriate staff.
Represent the Association to a variety of constituencies, including alumni, friends, clientele, corporations, and foundations; positioning the role as a visible leader of the Livingston County community
Monitor all electronic and print communications for content and adherence to CCE and other legal and regulatory requirements, including Equal Program Opportunity requirements.
Manage the implementation of a communications/marketing plans, including overseeing marketing and promoting program participation.
Oversee the process to develop and maintain effective working relations with legislators, local government leaders, community leaders, funding agencies, etc.
Oversee capital giving donor prospects.
Effectively oversee the allocation and alignment of human resources to accomplish the Association's objectives.
Select, orient, lead and manage a staff of educators, office support personnel, and other staff as appropriate.
Evaluate and implement progressive human resource programs and procedures, as well as ensuring Equal Employment Opportunity.
Implement and manage human resource policies established by the Board of Directors, by Cornell Cooperative Extension, or by state or federal law.
Ensure all staff are provided with performance development goals/support, and ensure that written, formal performance reviews are completed on an annual basis.
Address any human resource issues that arise, engaging appropriate CCE or other resources as needed.
Ensure the Association's staff and volunteers are trained on mandatory topics, topics relevant to CCE expectations, and are given opportunities for professional development.
Supervise direct reports; provide direct feedback on performance through formal and informal channels; conduct formal annual performance reviews for direct reports.
Oversee the maintenance of the Association's facilities and assets, such as property, vehicles, etc. including compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, delegating implementation as necessary.
Coordination/Operations - 5%
Prepare and submit accurate expense reports, mileage reports, receipts/supporting documentation, and/or vouchers in a timely manner per established policy and procedures.
Review and approve timecards for direct reports in a timely fashion.
Staffing Coordination/Human Resource Operation
Review and approve time off requests for direct reports.
SBN Lead Executive Director - 15%
Facilitate decision making and planning within the SBN governance group.
Facilitate Finger Lakes Region Shared Business Network (FLSBN) governance group (AMG) meetings.
Communicate regularly with Extension Administration Assistant Directors and the assigned State Extension Specialist(s) on significant SBN developments, AMG meetings and need for assistance.
Ensure executed memoranda of agreement with all participating Associations in the FLSBN are in place detailing working arrangements and responsibilities of each party.
Provide FLSBN related orientation for new hired Executive Directors within the region.
Lead development and maintenance of annual SBN Plan of Work and budget with input fom all EDs in the SBN and functional leads.
Assure all participating CCE Associations are kept current on SBN developments including goals, plans, successes, and challenges, as guided by decisions of the SBN governing group. May include periodic communications with local boards of directors.
Supervise SBN functional leads for Finance, Human Resources, and Information Technology. Assist functional leads in goal setting, problem identification and resolution, and management of SBN work.
Provide regular feedback to functional leads on performance including input from EDs in the SBN and appropriate CCE Administration point of contacts.
Participate in Extension Administration/SBN Lead ED meetings including conference calls and in-person meetings.
Participate with Extension Administration in the development of processes and procedures pertinent to SBNs.
Coordinate implementation of policy/procedure with Extension Administration and other SBN Leads to ensure a consistent approach across the CCE System.
Provide Extension Administration with reports as requested.
Professional Improvement and Other Duties as Assigned - 5%
In cooperation with the Board President and State Extension Specialist, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and to address changes in programming and Association priorities.
Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension.
Health and Safety - Applied to all duties and functions.
Lead the Association to maintain a safe working environment.
Be familiar with and strive to follow any applicable federal, state, local regulations, Association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement and standards.
Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.
EEO/EPO and Policy - Applied to all duties and functions.
The Lead Executive Director is responsible for understanding, supporting and implementing all CCE policies and procedures related to EEO and EPO compliance. In addition, the Lead Executive Director is responsible for creating and sustaining an organizational culture that reflects CCE values and goals in diversity and inclusiveness. The following behaviors, attributes and actions are expectations of the CCE Association Lead Executive Director:
Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers and the public.
Assist the Cornell Cooperative Extension system in reaching out to diverse audiences.
Seek out and take advantage of CCE professional development opportunities for yourself and for Association staff designed to increase awareness and skills in intercultural competency and diversity in all of its forms including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, age, the LGBTQ community. Physical ability, mental health status, veteran status and economic status.
Embrace and support overall CCE efforts to ensure that the staff, volunteers and CCE program participants are representative of the diversity of New York State.
Aware of, and adheres to, established CCE of Livingston County policies and procedures.
Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely and accurate manner.
This is a full time, exempt position. Compensation commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:
Vacation, Sick and Personal time
NYS Health Insurance Program (including Dental Insurance)
How To Apply: Applicants (including current employees of other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations) must apply online through the APPLY button in this job posting. Current employees of Cornell Cooperative Extension Livingston County are considered internal applicants and must apply online through their Workday account which may be accessed here: http://workday.cornell.edu/
All applicants are requested to submit a cover letter, resume and indicate three individuals who may be contacted as a reference. Please consider indicating in your application all information you feel would be helpful for selection committee members to know. Once the application is submitted you will NOT be able to change your submission or add attachments. Be sure that you have followed all directions and requirements listed in the job posting. For instructions, visit:
All applications must be received on-line by January 2, 2020. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.
No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.
The Association may make reasonable accommodations to enable applicants to participate in the hiring process and employees to perform the essential functions of their job. If you require an accommodation so you may participate in the selection process you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Administrative Systems at 607-255-6120, or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional questions please contact Leah Cadwallader, Regional Human Resources Manager, e-mail LC267@cornell.edu or (845) 340-3990x314.
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