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University of New Hampshire
Cooperative Extension
Posted: 06/30/2023
Extension State Specialist, Economic Development

The Extension Economic Development State Specialist is an academic (non-tenure track) professional with primary responsibility to develop educational resources and programs for communities and the state that serve the economic development mission of the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and Cooperative Extension. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated knowledge of, and experience with, local and regional economic development, including economic analysis for supporting community decision-making. Areas of focus may include business expansion and retention, entrepreneurial ecosystem development, workforce development, industry sector development, and downtown economic renewal. The state specialist provides leadership in developing and delivering training, technical assistance, and applied research activities that build the capacity of communities, economic development practitioners, and business and industry sectors. A portion of the specialist’s time will be dedicated to extramurally funded projects, with the potential for a partial teaching appointment with an academic unit at UNH. Beginning in the second year of appointment, state specialists are expected to support 25% of their salary and benefits from grants, program revenue, teaching, and/or other extramurally funded efforts.

This position is accountable to the Community and Economic Development Team, under supervision by the program team leader on matters related to program performance and job responsibilities; developing effective external working relationships with clientele groups, other agencies, departments, and organizations; professional development; and program planning and reporting. The state specialist collaborates with staff in the community and economic development program. The position is located on the Durham, N.H., campus.