Director, County Extension
University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ

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Maricopa County, Arizona, is the 4th largest county (2010 census) in the U.S. with a population of 3.8 million and is the most populous county in the state. The county has a diverse population and economic base with many high tech firms and a vibrant agricultural economy. The state capital (Phoenix) is located within the county as are numerous state and federal governmental offices.

The University of Arizona, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Cooperative Extension works collaboratively to support the county Extension office and develop programs that serve the communities of Maricopa County. The office employs approximately 45 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) employees through various funding streams including 11 faculty serving diverse stakeholders throughout the county. Visit to learn more about CALS - Cooperative Extension or to see the diverse programs offered through the Maricopa County Cooperative Extension (MCCE).

The County Extension Director in Maricopa County is a 100% administrative position. However, if the successful candidate currently has faculty status, they may have the opportunity to maintain that appointment, if appropriate. This position reports directly to the Associate Dean and Director, Economic Development & Extension.

This position is located in Phoenix, AZ.

  • Possession of a valid Arizona driver's license is required upon employment.
  • Access to own transportation and ability to travel statewide using all modes of transportation by the time job duties are assumed. (Travel expenses are reimbursed according to University policy.)
Note: This is a reposting with new open and close/review dates. If you previously applied for this position your application is under consideration and it is not necessary to reapply.

Duties and Responsibilities

The MCCE County Director provides overall leadership for and coordination of county Extension programs in a large metropolitan county. The Director manages administrative functions including budget, personnel, programming, day-to-day office operations and fostering both internal and external collaboration and teamwork. The Director is responsible for developing annual reports and planning future directions that address the needs of clientele. The Director is responsible for communicating and promoting the programs of Extension to a variety of clientele and groups.

Specific duties include:
  • Build and foster a positive work environment of teamwork and collaboration within the office, in the county and with external partners.
  • Conduct faculty evaluations, provide federal, state and county accountability, and generate and allocate resources.
  • Maintain and strengthen effective communication with several groups within the University system, County Government, key stakeholders and cooperating agencies.
  • Build and foster strong relationships with MCCE Advisory Board, personnel and clientele to develop, enhance and implement a forward-thinking vision which will strengthen Cooperative Extension's presence in Maricopa County and its role in impacted communities.
  • Maintain responsibility for the development of an integrated total county Extension program including strategic planning, program development and implementation, direction and oversight, resource development and management, marketing, and the development of collaborative relationships.
  • Oversee MCCE programs in the county and be responsible for assuring that county Extension program goals and objectives are achieved.
  • Identify resources (grants, contracts, in-kind contributions, etc.) to enhance county Extension programs and assists members of the county Extension faculty to identify and utilize these resources.
  • Prepare, with the help of county faculty, a county annual report for distribution to the CALS Extension Director, County Extension Advisory Board, Board of Supervisors, and other leaders in the county and state.
  • Maintain communication with the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and relevant advisory groups and agencies to identify stakeholder needs and develop relevant programs.
  • Additional duties as assigned.
In addition, the position requires significant travel (mainly in-state but with some out-of-state), along with extensive evening and weekend work. This position not only heads Maricopa County Cooperative Extension, but should also play an active leadership role in the Maricopa County business, education and governmental communities.

Salary: Starting salary will be commensurate with experience and training.

Arizona Board of Regents Minimum Qualifications

Not applicable for this position.

Additional Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's degree from an accredited institution.
  • Eight years of experience where organizational, supervisory and human relations capabilities have been effectively demonstrated.
  • Experience in problem analysis, strategic planning, communications and leadership development.
  • Experience in financial management, including management of grants.
  • Experience managing and working with a diverse staff and clientele.
  • Experience with conflict management and resolution.
  • Access to own transportation and ability to travel statewide using all modes of transportation by the time job duties are assumed. (Travel expenses are reimbursed according to University policy.)
  • Possession of a valid Arizona driver's license.
Preferred Qualifications

  • Spanish language skills.
  • Demonstrated success in applying for and receiving grant funding.
  • Experience working with volunteers and volunteer organizations.
Pre-employment Screening Requirements

The University of Arizona conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and work history. In addition, a check of names and identification documents is conducted on all new employees to ensure they are legally authorized to work in the United States.

What kind of criminal background check is required for this position?

This position is security sensitive due to title or department and requires a finger-print criminal background check

Supplemental Pre-Employment Screening


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