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Job Opening: Association Lead Executive Director (Kingston, NY)

Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County is hiring a Lead Executive Director. The position is located in Kingston, NY.

Read the full position description and apply online by Jan. 5th: https://cornell.wd1.myworkdayj...ton--NY_WDR-00034546

The Lead Executive Director for the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Ulster 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 to set local policy direction. The Lead Executive Director develops and maintains effective working relationships among staff, other extension Associations, Hudson Valley Shared Business Network, Hudson Valley Laboratory, 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 and implementation, sets program priorities, provides leadership for the ongoing development of a welcoming and inclusive organizational climate for diversity, and assures program integration across disciplines and within the broader Extension system. The Lead Executive Director is expected to develop enhanced revenue streams to sustain and grow Association programming.


Required Qualifications:

  • A Master’s Degree appropriate to the responsibilities of the position.
  • At least four years of substantive leadership and management responsibilities including human resources, finance, and organizational management.
  • A minimum of six years of progressively responsible experience.  PhD may substitute for 2 years of experience.
  • 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).
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations, contributing to organizational diversity efforts, and/or evidence of cultural competence.
  • 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 transferable skills to do so.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated success managing a significant portfolio of grants and contracts
  • Substantial training or experience with applied research, non-formal education and/or public outreach
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain relationships with external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated experience developing partnerships for revenue enhancement and all aspects of funding development and management.

This is a full time, exempt, benefits eligible position. Compensation starting at $100,000.00 per year, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits, based on eligibility. All applications must be received on-line by January 5, 2023. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.

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