The Executive Director for the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Steuben County represents and is accountable to the Association Board of Directors and the Director of the Cornell Cooperative Extension system. The expectation of the Executive Director is to be an effective leader, helping to develop and project a compelling and contemporary vision for extension programming to stakeholders, both internal and external. It is expected that the Executive Director be engaged with decision makers at a local level as well as with Cornell Cooperative Extension Administration.
The Executive Director develops and maintains effective working relationships among the staff, other extension associations, the Finger Lakes 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 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, and program integration across disciplines and within the broader extension system.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: * 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 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 public, community leaders and government officials, and to assess local community issues. * 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.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: * Substantial coursework and/or experience in education preferred. * Substantial training or experience with applied research, non-formal education and/or public outreach * Substantive knowledge and experience in one of CCE Steuben's major program areas
DIRECTION - 50% * Program Direction * 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 Steuben County 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. Financial Direction * 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. Communications/Marketing Direction * 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. Staffing Direction * Provide oversight for an appropriate human resources plan - paid and/or volunteer - to carry out the mission, vision and goals of CCE of Steuben County. * Develop professional development initiatives to ensure staff have the knowledge, skills and resources to effectively perform their duties and responsibilities. * Develop and uphold a culture of continuous learning.
MANAGEMENT - 40% * General Management * Vision, Mission and Strategies - Working with the Board of Directors, the 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 duties including compliance with legal and regulatory requirements and to ensure risk management protocols are adhered to. * Participate as an active member in the Finger Lakes Shared Business Network Administrative Management (AMG) meetings and other duties as specified in the MOU with CCE Administration and the approved Plan of Work. * 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. Program Management * 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. Financial Management * 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. Communications/Marketing Management * Represent the Association to a variety of constituencies, including alumni, friends, clientele, corporations, and foundations. * 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. Staffing Management * 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. * Implement professional development initiatives to ensure staff have the knowledge, skills and resources to effectively perform their duties and responsibilities. * 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 performance development goals are established for all staff; ensure that written performance reviews are completed for all staff 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 receive appropriate training on regulatory 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. Facilities Management * 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/OPERATION - 5% Financial Coordination/Operation * 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.
Professional Improvement and Other Duties as Assigned - 5% * In cooperation with Supervisor and/or Executive Director, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and to address changes and Association priorities. * Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension and perform other duties as assigned.
Health and Safety - Applies 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 standard. * Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.
EEO/EPO and Policy - Applies to all duties and functions The Executive Director is responsible for understanding, supporting and implementing all CCE policies and procedures related to EEO and EPO compliance. In addition, the 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 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 Steuben County policies and procedures. * Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely and accurate manner.
POSITION DETAILS: This is an exempt classified, full-time position at office located in Bath, NY.
Compensation is commensurate with experience.
Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including paid holidays, vacation, sick and personal time, health and dental insurance, Retirement, Disability Insurance and more.
HOW TO APPLY: To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete online application, including the following materials: cover letter, resume and three (3) references in PDF or Microsoft Word format. Contact Kathy @ firstname.lastname@example.org with any submission questions.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Once the application is submitted you will not be able to change your submission or add attachments.
Cornell Cooperative Extension is a collaboration among Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and the residents of New York State. Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate government agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University.
Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are support of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.
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