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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Posted: 07/17/2019
County Extension Director and Director of Dixon Springs Agricultural Center (DSAC)

County Extension Director (serving Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Pope, Saline and White Counties) and

Director of Dixon Springs Agricultural Center (DSAC) - 118436

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Everything the College of ACES does is designed to improve the quality of life of the people in the state of Illinois, across the nation, and around the world. We discover, develop, translate, and disseminate knowledge to address societal concerns and train the next generation of experts and leaders.

Be a part of our story. University of Illinois Extension is the flagship outreach effort of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We offer relevant and timely educational programs and services to residents in all of Illinois’ 102 counties and far beyond. We are extending knowledge and changing lives.


The County Extension Director and Director of DSAC will provide leadership to the educational missions of the local multi-county unit and DSAC, and communicate the educational and research missions of the multi-county unit, DSAC, and University of Illinois Extension and Outreach. This includes local program management, Extension and DSAC civil service personnel management, interpersonal effectiveness, organizational leadership and development, and fiscal and financial management. This position will report to the Regional Director for Region 3 and will work closely with the Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach and the Associate Dean for Research to promote DSAC initiatives. This position is a 100% administrative position.

Specifically, the County Extension Director and Director of DSAC will:

· Provide administrative supervision of all unit staff including educators and civil service employees, as well as academic professionals and civil service employees of DSAC reporting to the County Director/Director of DSAC;

· Facilitate the professional development of all staff in the unit and DSAC as well as develop program for volunteers;

· Ensure that official records and documents regarding finances are maintained as well as that adequate funds are available to meet the goals of the unit and DSAC;

· Provide leadership in security adequate field office facilities and in maintaining DSAC facilities for animal care, horticulture, forestry, and natural resources;

· Determine appropriate networks and legislative contacts to build effective communications about Extension’s mission with key individuals and groups within the unit and DSAC;

· Effectively communication program initiatives and concerns to Program Leaders, the Regional Director, and to the Associate Deans for Research and Extension and Outreach;

· Work with staff and stakeholders, including but not limited to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development, U.S. Forest Service, U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service, area community colleges and state university, etc., to assess local needs and strategically identify program priorities within the unit and DSAC using data;

· Ensure inclusion of new and diverse audiences to achieve parity while strengthening relationships with existing clientele;

· Demonstrate support of statewide initiatives by working with Program Leaders and unit staff in needs assessment, program planning, implementation, and evaluation;

· Participate on regional, state, and/or national committees and initiatives; and

· Engage in teamwork with all unit, DSAC, and regional staff as well as local community groups.


All candidates must hold a M.S. degree from an accredited institution of higher learning in a relevant field complementary with Illinois Extension and the College of ACES. Candidates must have at least 3 to 5 years of supervisory experience within a complex organization with a high volume/time sensitive workload. Candidates must have experience in shared decision making and working collaboratively as a team, experience with human resources/personnel related activities, and experience in fiscal management and budgetary matters. A valid driver’s license is required.


Desired qualifications include a Ph.D. degree and/or interdisciplinary training with related teaching and/or research experience. Experience in needs assessment, program development/delivery, teaching, marketing, and/or program evaluation is desired. Experience with grant management, facilities management, use of standard office technology/software, and external fundraising are preferred.


Illinois Extension Unit 24 is located in the southeastern part of the state and includes Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Pope, Saline, and White Counties. The DSAC is located near Simpson, Illinois, in Pope County. It is the largest experiment station of its kind east of the Mississippi River. Located on about 5,100 acres of unglaciated Ozark Uplift land, DSAC links research, teaching, and extension. Researchers at DSAC coordinate programs to meet needs of area residents, including cattle research, pest management, horticulture, and other topics.


The County Extension Director and Director of DSAC will be located at the DSAC facility and will be expected to travel throughout the multi-county Extension Unit. This is a full-time administrative position with responsibility for leading Illinois Extension Unit 24 and DSAC.


Compensation is commensurate with experience and qualifications.


As soon after October 15 as a suitable candidate is identified and available.


To ensure full consideration, candidates should apply by Thursday, August 22, 2019. Please create your candidate profile at and upload a letter of application/interest, curriculum vita and contact information for three (3) professional references (include name, title, address, phone, fax, email) by Thursday, August 22, 2019. Resume dates must be in month/year format and employment history, at a minimum, should include all work dating back to the completion of your undergraduate degree. Positions that were less than full-time/100% must be noted as being part-time. Transcripts may be requested at a later date. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be given full consideration.

This is a security-sensitive position. Comprehensive background checks, including but not limited to a criminal conviction information check, a CANTS check, and a review of the Registered Sex Offender list, will be conducted.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. All appointments require Board of Trustees approval.

For additional information or discussion, please contact Mr. Joe Toman, Search Committee Chair via e-mail ( For technical assistance with the online application process please email

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit