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University of Maryland Extension College Park, MD Assistant Director and State Program Leader for Family and Consumer Sciences Administrative
Job ID JL1753 posted on 10/27/23

Salary Range:
Salary will be commensurate with experience. The University of Maryland offers an extensive benefits package.

Position Description

This AD/PL provides leadership and an expansive vision for innovation and excellence of interdisciplinary FCS programs. Responsibilities include identifying emerging issues, prioritizing programs, developing and maintaining university-wide and external partnerships, securing and managing resources for extension education
and applied research projects, ensuring innovative and impactful program implementation, and advancing health equity and well- being.
Major responsibilities include:
• Providing leadership and oversight of FCS Extension programs, scholarship, and applied research projects.
• Securing and managing extramural funding to support FCS extension programs and research projects.
• Providing direction for FCS programs, including needs assessment, program planning,
development, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of outcomes.
• Developing and maintaining external partnerships with organizations and agencies such as academic institutions, local/state/federal agencies, industry groups, and non-profit organizations.
• Providing leadership and program evaluation to faculty in long-range planning, reporting,
professional development, and grants.
• Mentoring faculty to ensure clarity of expectations for Extension programming, scholarship, service, and teaching, providing opportunities for success as an Extension Educator while instilling
professional confidence and pride.
• Providing leadership, promotional guidance, and coaching to tenure track and professional track faculty.
• Conducting annual program and faculty evaluations, including approval of individual Extension plans and delivery of annual faculty reviews to county and state faculty and staff as needed.
• Providing annual reports and impacts for Federal agencies and other organizations as
• Facilitating collaboration among UME nutrition and health programs at county and state levels, including EFNEP, Maryland SNAP-Ed, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and 4-H Healthy
• Serving as a member of the UME administrative team, which includes program leaders in Agriculture and Food Systems, 4-H Youth Development, and Environment and Natural Resources.
• Assisting in recruitment, hiring, and retention of faculty in critical areas of need for Extension while fostering a thriving environment in support of AGNR’s strategic values of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Respect.

Minimum Qualifications

Required Qualifications:
• Candidates must have an earned doctorate degree and must be able to be tenured in a department as a
Professor or tenured Extension as a Principal Agent. At least one graduate degree, preferably a doctorate,
must be in Family & Consumer Sciences, Public Health, Nutrition, Sociology, Education, Community
Development, Program Evaluation or other related field.
• Demonstrated leadership experience, preferably land-grant systems or comparable organizations
with significant recognition within a field of specialization.
• Outstanding record of research-based Extension/community-engaged programming.
• A demonstrated understanding of the Land Grant mission.
• Evidence in successful grant and contract acquisition and management for interdisciplinary approaches.
• Excellent scholarly work, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications.
• Demonstrated ability to contribute to the UME’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect strategic plan.
• Evidence of leadership, teamwork, collaboration, excellence in human relationship skills, and
excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Personal transportation and a valid driver’s license are required—ability to travel statewide and nationally as
• Evidence of capacity to build UME Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect capacity through
Extension program model.
• This position is subject to a Criminal History Record Check and a University of Maryland Background
check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion and clearance of the Criminal History Record Check.


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