Program Administrator - Maine Food System, Associate Extension Professor or Extension Professor (id:

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University of Maine
Purpose :
The University of Maine Cooperative Extension invites applications for a full-time, fiscal-year, non-represented faculty appointment as Program Administrator - Maine Food System, effective July 1, 2015 or sooner. This appointment is for an initial four-year term with reappointment contingent upon successful performance as determined by a formal evaluation process to be conducted prior to the conclusion of the initial appointment. The successful candidate is required to have a distinguished record of educational outreach and the credentials to qualify for the faculty rank of Associate Extension Professor or Extension Professor with continuing contract status within UMaine Cooperative Extension.
With the Executive Director of Cooperative Extension and others, Program Administrators form the Extension Leadership Team (ELT), which determines Extension policy, allocates resources, oversees the work of program areas and establishes the means for UMaine Cooperative Extension staff participation in decision making. Program Administrators oversee the activities of UMaine Cooperative Extension units, supervise Extension staff, act as representatives of the Extension Leadership Team to county executive committees and officials, and act as spokespersons who articulate a common Extension mission, vision, and philosophy of education to a variety of stakeholders and others within their geographical and program oversight area.
Program Administrators report to the Executive Director of Cooperative Extension. They serve in this role for a period of four years with the potential for reappointment after an in-depth review. In addition, periodic performance evaluations involving input from UMaine Cooperative Extension staff and the Extension Leadership Team are conducted. Program Administrators pursue a program of professional development based on training in human resource management, financial management, fund development and program leadership. This position will be expected to provide administrative support to UMaine Cooperative Extension programming in support of the Maine food system.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities :
1. Program Oversight
Provide program oversight and serve as administrative liaison to Extension staff and county executive committees in up to five counties. Changes in administrative roles are negotiable within the administrative team of Cooperative Extension.
Coordinate with other Program Administrators to work with existing statewide Plan of Work Leadership Teams and establish new teams as needed within the two major program areas (Maine Food System and 4-H Youth Development). Each team is responsible for overseeing program development, direction, and reporting, based on the state Plan of Work (POW). All team members will be responsible for effective and efficient communication. The focus for this position will be the Maine Food System.
Work with UMaine Cooperative Extension colleagues to identify external funding sources; support staff in writing grants and ensuring that grant and contract specifications are met and reporting is done on time; participate in pre-submission proposal review; and ensure general post-award accountability.
2. Supervision, staffing, and staff development
Supervise Extension campus and county based faculty and staff.
Provide leadership to translate Extension values into organizational behavior.
Support faculty and professionals in the creation and annual updating of plan of work logic models in the Maine Planning and Reporting System; provide critical review of plan of work reports for continuous improvement in documenting the impacts of educational programs and research.
Support faculty in defining and achieving their scholarship goals.
Observe and participate in Extension programs as a basis for providing input into employee performance evaluations.
Support individuals in career development and long-term professional development goals in the context of future organizational priorities.
Make recommendations about personnel actions.
Participate in the selection and orientation of new staff and identification of their mentors.
Utilize coaching and mentoring methods which provide an environment that is anticipatory, supportive, and provides constructive feedback on performance.
Develop and maintain professional relationships that reflect courtesy, civility, and mutual respect.
Build productive working relationships with both internal and external co-workers/colleagues and external contacts/clients to achieve work goals.
3. Organizational direction and operations
Work with members of the Extension Leadership Team to develop procedures for establishing program direction, resource allocation and policy implementation.
Involve staff in organizational decision-making.
Ensure allocation of adequate staff time and other resources to meet goals that support state plan of work objectives.
Support teamwork within the Extension Leadership Team and within and among Extension program units.
Assist faculty and professionals with program and budget accountability to stakeholders and external funders.
Serve a a key liaison between Extension and academic administration, other campuses of the University of Maine System, state and federal agencies, County Extension Association executive committees, and community and business leaders with an emphasis on entities with ties to the Maine food system.
Work with colleagues, County Extension Associations and stakeholders involved with work of specialist units to create and evaluate an annual plan of work that addresses the changing issues of Maine citizens who can benefit from Extension programs.
Support compliance with civil rights and equal opportunity guidelines to ensure that UMaine Cooperative Extension and its programs enhance the diversity of the audiences we serve and do not discriminate against any group or individual.
Promote cooperative multi-state and integrated Extension and applied research programming.
Assist faculty and professionals to identify and serve under-served and under-represented groups.
Perform other reasonably related duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills & Qualifications :
Masters' degree required, Ph.D. preferred.
Minimum of five years of Cooperative Extension experience with an emphasis on sustainable agriculture, food systems, agricultural leadership or closely related field that includes a distinguished record of educational outreach; and the credentials to qualify for the rank of Associate Extension Professor or Extension Professor with continuing contract status within UMaine Cooperative Extension.
Demonstrated skills in effective leadership techniques, including conflict resolution and group process/facilitation.
Demonstrated successful skills in supervision, leadership, or administrative management.
Demonstrated skills in building relationships to solve problems and achieve common goals.
Strong listening, verbal and written communication skills.
Independent as well as collaborative work skills.
Proven skills in managing multiple tasks concurrently.
Demonstrated success in seeking or serving under-represented and under-served clients who might benefit from Extension programs.
Ability to travel normally requiring a valid driver's license.
Effective skills with grant writing and grant management.
Position Title: Program Administrator - Maine Food System, Associate Extension Professor or Extension Professor (id:24163)
Department: Cooperative Extension
Bargaining Unit: Nonrep Faculty
Length: Fiscal Year (12 Months)
Required Documents: Cover Letter, Resume/CV

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