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Position Details


Location UNH, Durham, NH
Department UNH Cooperative Extension Administration [UXADMS]
Summary of Position

Under the direction of the Associate Director for Programs, the successful candidate will provide leadership in the development and implementation of Extension’s Food and Agriculture educational programming, including comprehensive needs assessment and all aspects of program development, delivery, evaluation and annual impact reporting. The program team leader will work closely with Extension’s leadership team and subject area team leaders (i.e. area of expertise [AoE] chairs), campus and external partners to ensure high impact, research-based education is delivered to the people of New Hampshire.
The program team leader will provide supervision and performance management for Food and Agriculture AoE chairs, state specialists, field specialists and statewide program coordinators, totaling 30 direct reports among the 36 person team. She or he will assist program staff in the establishment of individual performance goals and determine professional development needs. The program team leader will identify training opportunities, resources and dedicate time for staff to participate in appropriate professional development.
The program team leader will ensure programmatic involvement of under-served and under-represented audiences and make sure all educational programming is conducted in full accordance with policies and procedures.
The program team leader will work with program support units to successfully implement appropriate usage of technologies in educational program delivery, interpersonal communication, marketing and dissemination of program impacts to university and external partners and stakeholders.
The program team leader will provide oversight of the Food and Agriculture Program’s budget and cooperate with county advisory councils to maintain adequate staffing with appropriate expertise on a regional basis.

Additional Job Information

For full consideration and to apply, please complete the online job application and be prepared to upload the following at time of submission:
Resume, cover letter, contact information for (3) professional references and transcripts.

Posting Number/Job Order # PS0013FY16
Acceptable minimum level of education Master's
Acceptable minimum years of experience 5-7 years
Other minimum qualifications

Ph.D. or terminal degree preferred, with at least one degree in agricultural science (plant, animal, soil, agricultural business management, farm food safety). A strong candidate with a Master’s degree in relevant discipline with experience will also be considered.

Demonstrated ability designing, implementing, and evaluating strategic programs. Experience and skill in team participation, supervising employees and team or program leadership. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills necessary for building substantive partnerships with state, regional and federal agencies and organizations.

Additional Preferred Qualifications

Experience working for an extension system or land-grant university. Success in grant writing and cost recovery. Experience working with natural resource and agricultural policy makers and/or elected officials. Experience as a highly successful adult educator in an relevant discipline.

Salary Information

Salary is commensurate with experience and education.

Salary is complemented by a generous benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement, tuition, and paid time off.

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Percent Time Information (FTE) 1
Grade 26
EEO Statement

The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.

Institution Information

The University of New Hampshire is the state’s flagship public research university, providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs of distinction. Its primary purpose is learning: students collaborating with faculty in teaching, research, creative expression, and service. The University has a national and international agenda and holds land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant charters. There is a student enrollment of 13,000, with a full-time faculty of over 600 offering 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs.

Posting Details

Posting Date 01/17/2017
Open Until Filled No
Closing Date
Posting Open to Internal Candidates Only? No
Interested Internal Candidates Exist? No
Job Category
Appointment Type Regular
If TERM position provide projected end date
DOT Safety Information None applicable

Duties / Responsibilities

Job Duties


Coordinate development and execution of the Food and Agriculture Program Team plan of work, including comprehensive needs assessments, establishment of programming priorities, and program planning, implementation, evaluation and annual impact reporting. Ensure the program team provides high impact, relevant educational programs to the people of New Hampshire.


Provide supervision and performance coaching to Food and Agriculture State Specialists, Field Specialists and Statewide Program Coordinators. Conduct annual performance appraisals in consultation with the Associate Director for Programs. Assist staff in finding the best solutions for issues related to staff and client interactions. Ensure USNH, state and federal policies are followed.


Build and maintain substantive partnerships with regional, state and federal agencies and organizations. Build positive relationships with elected officials, key stakeholders and county advisory councils.


Plan and participate in program team professional development activities as appropriate. Ensure program staff have training and resources to plan and implement high quality, innovative educational programs.


Cooperate with program staff, county advisory councils and county Extension office administrators to hire and maintain adequate staffing with appropriate expertise on a regional and statewide basis.


Provide oversight of the Food and Agriculture Program’s budget. Identify, pursue and participate in extramural funding opportunities as appropriate. Pursue cost recovery opportunities as appropriate.


Work with information and technology (IT) staff and program staff to identify and model appropriate and creative use of technologies in delivering educational programs and communicating with each other, clients and partners. Ensure program staff have training and resources to use technology effectively.


Serve as a liaison between marketing and communications staff and program staff for the purpose of widely promoting Food and Agriculture programs and program impacts.


Ensure programmatic involvement of under‐served and under‐represented audiences and ensure all educational programming is conducted in full accordance with civil rights, Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Americans with Disabilities Act policies and procedures.

Supplemental Questions

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. (3) Professional References Contact Info
  4. Transcripts
Optional Documents
  1. Other 1