Associate Director and State Program Leader, NC State University

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Associate Director and State Program Leader, 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Science, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service

North Carolina State University (NC State) invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Director and State Program Leader for 4-H/FCS. The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service seeks a visionary leader whose innovative approach to developing and advancing the 4-H/FCS mission will further its position as one of the preeminent programs of its kind in the nation.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences & Cooperative Extension

With 2,576 undergraduate, 981 graduate, and 323 agricultural institute students, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is the second largest college at NC State and provides knowledge and technology that improve our economy, environment, and quality of life. The College has approximately 1,300 on-campus and 650 off-campus faculty and staff with a total budget of more than $280 million and an endowment of $115.2 million. Faculty include members of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Royal Society. Research expenditures total nearly $130 million annually.

CALS educates students through its Office of Academic Programs, seeks new knowledge through its research division, and extends educational programs throughout the state. The College provides leadership for the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, which is the second largest extension program in the country.

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service partners with communities to deliver education and technology that enrich the lives, land and economy of North Carolinians. Cooperative Extension is the largest outreach program at the university, reaching millions of North Carolina citizens each year through local centers in the state’s 100 counties and with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. Cooperative Extension is a partnership that began at NC State in 1914 when county, state and federal governments agreed that by joining together they could provide all citizens with access to the wealth of knowledge generated by public universities. Today that partnership includes county governments working to solve local problems, a national network of land-grant universities including NC State and NC A&T State University, and the US Department of Agriculture working together to achieve much more than we can alone. Nationally, Cooperative Extension provides educational programming in five key areas:

  • sustaining agriculture and forestry
  • protecting the environment
  • maintaining viable communities
  • developing responsible youth
  • developing strong, healthy and safe families

In county centers across the state, county agents are the bridge between the state’s people and Extension specialists working at the state’s land-grant universities. Agents educate the public through meetings and workshops, field days, personal consultations and videoconferencing. They also provide publications, newsletters, social media interaction, videos and other educational materials.

4-H and Family & Consumer Sciences

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service has the unique opportunity to blend the two programs of 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Science into one cohesive system for Faculty, staff, and agents across the state. The 4-H Youth Development program provides leadership for delivery of youth programs in North Carolina, within the context of Cooperative Extension. These programs are based on research and best professional practices related to the primary needs of youth: personal achievement and affirmation for self-confidence; family/school/community support systems; peer involvement in productive activities. The core 4-H program encourages a program design that responds to the needs of youth, families, and communities in the context of these research findings. Programs include youth development, volunteerism, program administration; youth program delivery and learning strategies, diversity/pluralism, collaboration and partnerships, and several programs across departments including 4-H Youth Development and Family & Consumer Sciences, Animal Science, Crop Science, Horticultural Science, Entomology, Soil Science and others. The FCS program views the family, in all its diverse forms, as the cornerstone of a healthy society. Faculty, staff, and agents work to improve the well-being of the family through programs that educate, influence public policy, and help families put research-based knowledge to work in their lives. Programs include nutrition, food safety, child development, health, volunteer leadership development and others.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Associate Director and State Program Leader serves as a part of the leadership team in NC Cooperative Extension. Key responsibilities include:

  • Setting of the strategic direction for the 4-H and FCS program areas;
  • Assisting with the management and coordination of the Extension Long-Range Plan as related to 4-H and FCS;
  • Providing direction for the development, implementation, and evaluation programs in cooperation with both land-grant institutions in North Carolina and other key participants;
  • Overseeing human resource, financial management, and budgeting processes to ensure that resources are meeting critical needs and programs are having the highest impact;
  • Building relationships with state and federal partners and stakeholders to enhance the program’s profile and increase fundraising;
  • Strengthening interdepartmental and multi-state partnership opportunities for stronger and more impactful programs;
  • Enhancing service and relationships between campus and field faculty to ensure high quality programs are being delivered;
  • Facilitating processes that will yield increased grantsmanship by faculty and staff at the campus and county levels;
  • Developing new initiatives and programs that will further the mission of program areas;
  • Supporting program professionals in professional development to ensure greater impact on issues facing youth and families;
  • Perpetuating the awareness of youth and family issues to better provide cutting-edge leadership for the statewide programs; and
  • Leading and managing a non-departmental program staff of eight 4-H/FCS professionals

Qualifications and Characteristics

An earned doctorate is required in youth development, leadership, education, or a closely related field. Effective oral and written communication skills are essential. The successful candidate will have at least seven years experience in a related field, and show evidence of highly developed skills in leadership, interpersonal communications, team building, coaching, problem solving, networking, advocacy, external fundraising/grantsmanship, and working with diverse groups. Familiarity with electronic media and distance-education is highly desirable. Experience within Cooperative Extension at the state and county level is preferred, as is an understanding and commitment to the land-grant mission.

This passionate and innovative visionary should value tradition and strive to keep the NC 4-H/FCS Program on the forefront of youth and FCS programs nationally. This position will require a responsive, collaborative and transparent individual, who maintains high ethical standards.

Tenure may be available for candidates who are currently tenured and whose accomplishments meet the standards of the College and appropriate department. However, being previously tenured or on a tenure-track is not a requirement of the position.

About North Carolina State University

Founded in 1887, NC State University is the state’s largest university, with more than 34,000 students and almost 8,000 full time faculty and staff. It is a research-extensive university in the land-grant tradition, dedicated to excellent teaching, the creation and application of knowledge, and meaningful engagement with public and private partners. The university is globally recognized for its state of the art programs and facilities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. NC State University is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as one of only 31 universities nationwide with both “very high” research activity and notable community engagement. The University is committed to enhancing the economic, intellectual, and cultural life of the citizens of North Carolina, the nation, and the world. The University’s many recognitions include consistently being ranked as a best value among public universities.

About Raleigh and the Triangle

Raleigh anchors the Research Triangle region, home of many of the country’s leading Fortune 500 technology, research, and pharmaceutical companies, and other universities with whom we share uniquely collaborative relationships, including Duke and UNC Chapel Hill. National rankings consistently rate Raleigh and its surrounding region among the five best places in the country to live and work, with a highly educated workforce, moderate weather, reasonable cost of living, and a welcoming environment. The capital of North Carolina, Raleigh is situated in the Piedmont section of the state, with the Atlantic Ocean two hours to the east and the Blue Ridge Mountains three hours to the west.

To Nominate a Candidate

Confidential inquiries and nominations should be directed to the University’s executive recruitment director, Justin Lang, at or by calling (919) 513-1963.

To Receive Consideration

Submit your profile with cover letter, CV, and three professional references on-line at Search for position #00103936. Nominations and inquiries should be directed to Justin Lang, Director, NC State University Executive Search Services, at 919-513-1963 or Individuals needing accommodations in the application process should also contact Justin.

For More Information, Visit:

The College home page at:

Cooperative Extension’s home page at:

4-H and Family & Consumer Sciences home page at:

The University’s home page at:

The University’s strategic plan at:

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability. In addition, NC State University welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation. The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences welcomes the opportunity to work with candidates to identify suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners.