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The Cooperative Extension System (CES) is a Section of the Board on Agriculture Assembly (BAA) located within the Office of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR) of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP), the CES Governing Board, is seeking a highly skilled Executive Director to serve, guide and report to ECOP in addressing four core themes: 1) building partnerships and acquiring resources; 2) increasing understanding and visibility of cooperative extension at the national level; 3) enhancing leadership and professional development; and 4) strengthening organizational functioning. Successful candidates will have extensive experience with the CES, be an exceptional leader and communicator, and possess the ability to develop partnerships and relationships across a variety of constituencies, including the federal enterprise.
This full-time National ECOP position is based in Washington, DC at APLU. Employees of APLU are eligible to telework at least two days per week. They must reside in DC, MD, or VA, be up-to-date with their COVID vaccinations and pass standard background checks. For more information, consult Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (aplu.org) and APLU Home Page (aplu.org)
Cooperative Extension is a congressionally established, educational system designed to connect communities to Land Grant Universities (LGU) and to help people use research-based knowledge to improve their lives. Cooperative extension is coordinated at the national level by the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP), a leadership and governing board representing the 76 state, territory, and 1890 LGU Extension Programs.
APLU is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. With a membership of 251 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations, APLU's agenda is built on the three pillars of increasing degree completion and academic success, advancing scientific research, and expanding engagement. Annually, member campuses enroll 5.0 million undergraduates and 1.3 million graduate students, award 1.3 million degrees, employ 1.3 million faculty and staff, and conduct $49.5 billion in university-based research.
The Executive Director position is 100% funded through Cooperative Extension System assessments and works under the direction of ECOP and with a team of regional Executive Administrator/Directors. The Executive Director’s work is reviewed at least annually by the current ECOP Chair in coordination with the APLU Vice President of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (FANR). The Executive Director will primarily be responsible for the following:
Interested candidates should send a professional resume, cover letter outlining how the candidate’s qualifications address the leadership expectations and skills identified above, and a one- to two-page narrative summary of your background, experiences, and major accomplishments related to the position roles and responsibilities. This should be sent as a single PDF to APLU’s Human Resources Department at email@example.com with the subject line: Executive Director, ECOP. Applications will be reviewed as received and continue until the position is filled, although preference will be given to applications received by September 15, 2022. Salary will be commensurate with experience. APLU provides a generous benefits package.
APLU is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and is committed to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable work environment and promoting a sense of belonging, which includes recruiting, employing, training, compensating, and promoting staff regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.