Regional Director

Organization
University of Minnesota Extension
Posting Date
Closing Date
Location in MN
Southeast
Southwest
Job type
full-time
Primary Duties

The Regional Director serves a major role in Extension operations, providing critical functions related to internal and external stakeholders and relationships, county funding, human resource management, and overall management of regional and county offices. To be successful, the Regional Director must provide strong leadership and management skills consistent with University of Minnesota Extension mission, vision, and core values. The Regional Director interacts effectively with a variety of stakeholders and staff, and is committed to expanding and fostering diversity and inclusion. This position is part of a statewide team of Regional Directors and also works within a Regional Director team, serving 12 counties in the Southern region. The Regional Director works closely with both programmatic and operations staff. The Regional Director reports to the Director of Statewide Operations.

DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES, PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS
Internal/External Relations & Communications:

  • Facilitate County Extension Committee (CEC) leadership and development through member
  • selection and onboarding; support of meetings and materials; capacity building for budget
  • development, identification of local needs, performance input for local Extension staff; and
  • recruitment of CEC members to participate in skill building opportunities
  • Communicate the value of, and advocate for, Extension programs and positions with new and
  • existing stakeholders
  • Advocate for sustaining and increasing county investments and Extension partnerships
  • Presentations to stakeholders (County Boards and community groups, etc.)
  • Promote regional fund development
  • Nurture regional legislative relationships
  • Serve on committees and leadership teams to represent Extension’s interests

Budget Management:

  • Using knowledge of the county government budget process and funding structure, build support for, develop and manage county budgets by engaging CEC members, county boards, and county administration
  • Negotiate the level of investment for local program delivery via the Memoranda of Agreement (MOA) between the University and counties
  • Manage regional office budget Office Human Resource Management:
  • Build a positive and supportive working environment within the office
  • Ensure hiring practices include approaches which seek to reach historically under-served and under-represented audiences
  • Lead and serve on county, regional and state search committees
  • Supervise regional administrative support staff and university-hired county administrative support
  • Work with program supervisors to support and coach local Memorandum of Agreement program staff through performance and office team issues

Program Support and Communications:

  • Provide leadership in internal communication, team building, and collaboration with county and regional staff
  •  Develop and maintain working relationships with Extension Program Leaders to:
    • support program and human resource development
    • ensure program success through local staff hiring practices, onboarding, conflict management, and financial stewardship
    •  communicate program outcomes and impacts with stakeholders to ensure public support and funding for Extension
  • Listen to stakeholders’ perspectives to determine local needs and emerging issues, and communicate these to Extension program leaders
  •  Provide leadership for Civil Rights compliance and commitment to diversity

Office Operations Management:

  •  Promote a positive & productive work environment and teamwork among staff in county and regional offices, convening staff conferences, meetings and retreats, and encouraging transparent communication
  •  Determine and assign levels of office clerical support for program staff
  •  Manage regional and county office space, leases, clerical coverage, inventory, purchases, safety and emergency plans
  •  Provide leadership for Civil Rights compliance and commitment to diversity
  •  Monitor technology resources in regional and county offices to meet the functional needs of staff and comply with University and County standards
  •  Support regional program delivery, including negotiation of office space, office clerical support, technology, and finance

Professional development:
Individuals in the Regional Director role will identify and participate in professional development opportunities in support of Extension’s organizational goals and mission.

Experience

Required Qualifications and Competencies:

  • A Bachelor’s degree and eight (8) years of related experience is required. Related experience
  • should include: Experience in Extension, Higher Education, government or public agency, or non-
  • profit agency
  • Demonstrated ability in leadership, team building, coaching, time management, strategic decision making and problem solving, and accountability
  • Ability to engage and report to stakeholders, partners, and colleagues
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive relationships, collaborations, and productive partnerships in communities
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to work with new, diverse and historically underserved audiences, as well as with diverse staff, volunteers, community leaders, and elected officials
  • Excellent oral and written communication, presentation and organization skills
  • Skills/abilities in office management and supervising personnel and resources; including remote management and supervision
  • Experience working with boards/advisory committees, including abilities in group facilitation and/or strategic planning
  • Highly motivated with the ability to work both independently and as a part of a productive work
  • team; including remote teamwork
  • Demonstrated skills in conflict management and organizational problem-solving
  • Interest and ability to adapt to a dynamic social environment
  • Willingness and ability to work variable hours and frequent travel within a multi-county geographical region

Appointment Also Requires:

  • Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle, and appropriate vehicle insurance.
  • Reliable cell phone to be used and number published publicly.

Preferred Qualifications and Competencies:

  • A Master’s degree is strongly preferred
  • At least five years’ experience in Extension and/or Higher Education
How to Apply

The UMN has suspended hiring for most positions. However, we will continue hiring for positions critical to the University's mission and operations at this time. Applications are being accepted for this position and you are encouraged to apply.
Please apply at: https://extension.umn.edu/about-extension/careers

Job Opening ID: 336511

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click on the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position. Please include the following attachments with your online application:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume or Vitae

Three professional references and transcripts for all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) will be required during the interview process.
Additional documents may be attached after the application by accessing your “My Job

Applications” page and uploading documents in the “My Cover Letters and Attachments” section. Full instructions can be found at, https://humanresources.umn.edu/find-job/using-job-app-system.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please email employ@umn.edu or call 612-624-UOHR (8647).

For questions about this position, contact:
Lisa Dierks, Regional Director, and Search Committee Chair, dierksl@umn.edu.

For questions about applying online, contact:
Tiffany McMillan, Extension Human Resources, tiffmcm@umn.edu.

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