County Extension Director & Extension Agent II - IV
University of Florida UFL - Hillsborough, CA

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County Extension Director & Extension Agent II - IV

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County Extension Director & Extension Agent II - IV

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University of Florida/ IFAS Extension seeks a self-starting, energetic, team-oriented individual in the role of Hillsborough County Extension Director ( CED ) to manage one of the largest cooperative extension offices in the state. The CED is responsible for management, supervision, coordination and leadership of the total extension program and a staff of 40 people. Responsibilities include maintaining effective working relationships with faculty and staff, extension administration, county government, community leaders, private sector clientele, media, related agencies, and the general public. The CED supervises and evaluates county faculty who conduct programs in agriculture, residential and commercial horticulture, 4-H youth development, and family and consumer sciences. The CED also oversees clerical and county staff.

In addition to management duties, the CED will also be responsible for an extension education program in his/her area of expertise (e.g., agriculture, natural resources, family and consumer science, 4-H youth development, community sustainability, leadership development, etc.). These forward-looking educational programs will be developed with the help of a highly-functioning overall county advisory committee to meet real community needs in a rapidly growing urban/rural setting. The CED will acquire grants (monetary/in-kind), provide service to schools, develop creative works (e.g., presentations), participate in professional societies, and attain promotion and permanent status per state faculty guidelines. The CED will assume other responsibilities as assigned by the District Extension Director and/or County Management and will be expected to work with the South Central district CED team, county departments, agencies, organizations, etc. in interdisciplinary projects.

Hillsborough County is about 1,072 square miles with a population of more than 1.1 million at a density of 950 people per square mile. Greater than 20% of the population speaks a language other than English. Hillsborough county home ownership is 64% and 25% of the populace holds a B.S. degree or better. The main agricultural commodities are ornamentals, strawberries and vegetables. Tourism also is major contributor to the local economy.

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The position requires a Master’s degree with a minimum of 5 years of extension experience or equivalent. The successful applicant must exhibit competencies in office management, customer service, finance, performance appraisals, advisory committees, coaching/mentoring, and team building, have excellent interpersonal communication skills, be competent in computer use, and have the ability to motivate, train, and recruit people. Previous managerial experience is expected. As a joint county/state appointment, the individual will follow all policies relating to Hillsborough county and UF/ IFAS Extension programs and personnel with particular emphasis on the program development process. The candidate must be willing to work irregular hours and some weekends and travel with personal transportation in/out of the county with occasional overnight travel. The county requires successful completion of a drug screen and background check.

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Special instructions to applicants:
Apply through the online UF application system (at ), referencing requisition # 0902438.

Please complete an online application and attach your Resume or CV, as well as a cover letter that describes how your experience and qualifications have prepared you for this position.

You must apply online no later than 11:00 PM on the position closing date.

You must submit unofficial copies of all transcripts and/or coursework of your academic degrees. You may attach these as an “other” document, or you may submit to our office as directed below. An unofficial copy is acceptable for the application process, but before you can be hired, IFAS Human Resources must have the official transcript for your highest degree on file. Official transcripts must be issued directly to our office from the institution.

Also, all applicants must have at least three reference rating forms on file. Reference forms must be less than one year old. If you have not already done so, please contact your professional/academic references and ask that they complete a reference rating form on your behalf. The form is located at .

Please also complete and submit the Previous Employment Form (located at ).

With the exception of official transcripts, all items submitted by mail must be postmarked no later than the next business day after the position closing date. All documents submitted by fax or email must be received no later than the next business day. If your official transcripts will arrive after the closing date, you must also submit unofficial transcripts by the deadline.

Requested reference forms and transcripts should be submitted as follows:

Faxed to the IFAS Office of Human Resources, Faculty Recruitment and Hiring, Attention Dana LeCuyer at 352-392-3226


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Ms. Dana LeCuyer

UF IFAS Human Resources

Faculty Recruitment and Hiring

P O Box 110281

Gainesville, FL 32611-0281

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( NACES ), which can be found at .

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida’s ‘Government in the Sunshine’ and Public Records Laws. Interviews will be open to the public, and applications, resumes, and many other documents related to the search will be available for public inspection. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

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