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Executive Director

Montour Falls, New York, USA

The Executive Director for the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Schuyler County represents and is accountable to the Association Board of Directors and the Director of the Cornell Cooperative Extension system.

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Areas of Responsibility: 

The Executive Director is expected to be an effective leader, helping to develop and project a compelling and contemporary vision for Extension programming to stakeholders, both internal and external. The Executive Director must be engaged with decision makers both locally and at Cornell in order to be effective.

The Executive Director is expected to provide high level leadership and management of the Association within Cornell and local policy direction. The Executive Director develops and maintains effective working relationships among the staff, other Extension Associations, the Finger Lakes Region Shared Business Network, Extension Administration, Cornell faculty, and stakeholders. This position will build positive relationships with legislators, local government leaders, community leaders, funding agencies, and civic groups. The Executive Director exercises professional judgment and executive skills in administering overall Association operations. This position provides leadership in overall educational program development, implementation, establishing program priorities, provide leadership for the ongoing development of a welcoming and inclusive organizational climate for diversity, and program integration across disciplines and within the broader Extension system. The Executive Director is expected to develop and enhanced revenue streams to sustain and augment programming in the Association.


Administrative Responsibilities

Direction 50%

Program Direction

Financial Direction

Communications/Marketing Direction

Staffing Direction


Management 40%

General Management

Program Management

Financial Management

Communications/Marketing Management

Staffing Management

Facilities Management


Coordination/Operation 5%

Financial Coordination/Operation

Staffing Coordination/Human Resource Operation


Professional Improvement 5%


Health and Safety Applied to all duties and functions

  • Oversee the creation of the Association's Plan of Work, within the scope of the CCE statewide Plan of Work, to guide the work and desired outcomes of Association programs.
  • Oversee the process of interpreting the Association's program direction to assess, develop, plan and evaluate educational programs.
  • Oversee the process of interpreting University program direction to assess, develop, plan and evaluate educational programs; facilitate connections between University staff/faculty and CCE Schuyler Association program staff.
  • Provide leadership for the program development process, including the establishment of priorities, a staffing plan, resource acquisition and allocation, and the evaluation process, to assure program quality, to consider the diversity of the community, and to meet Equal Program Opportunity guidelines.
  • Design a system for ongoing involvement of citizens which expresses the demographics of the community.
  • Establish fund development strategies in compliance with CCE standards and policies, in partnership with Board members and appropriate staff.
  • Oversee the budget development process by engaging appropriate Board members and staff, and present to Board for approval.
  • Develop enhanced revenue streams to sustain and grow Association programming through a diversified fund development plan, such as appropriations, grants, capital campaigns, foundations, individual donors, corporate support, bequests etc.
  • Develop shared Association vision, to build understanding around the mission and develop appropriate goals and strategies to advance the mission.
  • Develop and/or enhance/expand relationships with appropriate agencies, organizations, industries and community leaders that help advance the mission and goals of CCE.
  • Oversee the development of a brand awareness that aligns with the CCE statewide Plan of Work.
  • Provide oversight for an appropriate human resources plan – paid and/or volunteer – to carry out the mission, vision and goals of CCE of Schuyler County.
  • Develop professional development initiatives to ensure staff have the knowledge, skills and resources to effectively carry out their jobs.
  • Develop and uphold a culture of continuous learning.
  • Vision, Mission and Strategies – Working with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director encourages local application and engagement with the CCE mission, vision and values.
  • Solve problems and resolve conflicts that arise in the operation of the Association, utilizing appropriate policies and procedures.
  • Implement and administer policies established by Board of Directors.
  • Perform day to day management including compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, and ensure risk management protocols are met.
  • Participate as an active member in the Finger Lakes Shared Business Network Administrative Management (AMG) meetings and other duties as specified in the MOU with CCE Administration and the approved Plan of Work.
  • Participate in quarterly CCE Executive Leadership Conferences and in regional meetings; provide liaison and linkages between the Association and the CCE system.
  • Lead staff in the implementation of the Association's strategic plans.
  • Ensure the adherence to all applicable local, state and federal laws and CCE policies.
  • Provide oversight for the program cycles of the Association.
  • Delegate program management responsibilities to Extension Educators as appropriate.
  • Oversee programs to ensure that educational content conforms to research base, policies and objectives of the Association and is research knowledge based.
  • Oversee the management of program activities within the Association's Plans of Work.
  • Identify, develop, enhance and engage networks of volunteers and volunteer leaders.
  • Monitor financial statements including fluctuations, trends and projections.
  • Assure solid planning and budgeting systems are in place, and that the Plan of Work and strategic plan serves as the basis for financial planning for the Association.
  • Ensure proper stewardship of funds through appropriate oversight including internal and external audits as necessary.
  • Present and promote budgets to stakeholders.
  • Engage Board of Directors and appropriate staff to ensure all involved have full understanding of the financial status of the Association.
  • Oversee internal controls and other financial policies and procedures.
  • Support the Board of Directors in carrying out their fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Ensure effective management and monitoring of the Association's resources in compliance with CCE standards and policies, in partnership with Board members and appropriate staff.
  • Represent the Association to a variety of constituencies, including alumni, friends, clientele, corporations, and foundations.
  • Monitor all electronic and print communications for content and adherence to CCE and other legal and regulatory requirements, including Equal Program Opportunity requirements.
  • Manage the implementation of a communications/marketing plans, including overseeing marketing and promoting program participation.
  • Oversee the process to develop and maintain effective working relations with legislators, local government leaders, community leaders, funding agencies, etc.
  • Oversee capital giving donor prospects.
  • Effectively oversee the allocation and alignment of human resources to accomplish the Association's objectives.
  • Select, orient, lead and manage a staff of educators, office support personnel, and other staff as appropriate.
  • Implement professional development initiatives to ensure staff have the knowledge, skills and resources to effectively carry out their jobs.
  • Evaluate and implement progressive human resource programs and procedures, as well as ensuring Equal Employment Opportunity.
  • Implement and manage human resource policies established by the Board of Directors, by Cornell Cooperative Extension, or by state or federal law.
  • Ensure all staff are provided with performance development goals/support, and ensure that written, formal performance reviews are completed on an annual basis.
  • Address any human resource issues that arise, engaging appropriate CCE or other resources as needed.
  • Ensure the Association's staff and volunteers are trained on mandatory topics, topics relevant to CCE expectations, and are given opportunities for professional development.
  • Supervise direct reports; provide direct feedback on performance through formal and informal channels; conduct formal annual performance reviews for direct reports.
  • Oversee the maintenance of the Association's facilities and assets, such as property, vehicles, etc. including compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, delegating implementation as necessary.
  • Review and approve timecards for direct reports in a timely fashion.
  • Review and approve time off requests for direct reports.
  • In cooperation with Supervisor and/or Executive Director, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and to address changes and Association priorities.
  • Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension and perform other duties as assigned.
  • Lead the Association to maintain a safe working environment.
  • Be familiar with and strive to follow any applicable federal, state, local regulations, Association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement and standard.
  • Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.
Educational Background: 
A Master’s Degree appropriate to the responsibilities of the position.

Required Qualifications

  • A minimum of six years of progressively responsible experience, including at least three years in Cooperative Extension or a closely related field of employment.  PhD may substitute for 2 years of experience.
  • At least four years of substantive leadership and management responsibilities including human resources, finance, and organizational management.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the operation, philosophy, and objectives of a non-formal education system such as Cooperative Extension.
  • Demonstrated ability in strategic planning, ability to establish and communicate goals and objectives, and to set meaningful and achievable plans-of-work.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of effective management practices and procedures, including a working knowledge of fiscal planning, budget development and management, proposal writing, and personnel management.
  • Demonstrated ability to staff, develop, motivate, and work with personnel (paid staff, board, committees, and implementation volunteers).
  • Demonstrated ability to work with the general public, community leaders and government officials, and to assess local community issues.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of fund development, grantsmanship and revenue enhancement.
  • Demonstrated experience in successful grant writing, and grant reporting.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising events.
  • Demonstrated effective use of varied oral and written communication methods (e.g., radio, TV, print, computer, and online meeting platforms).
  • Demonstrated skills and aptitude in the use of and applications for social media.
  • Reliable transportation and the ability to meet the travel requirements of the job.
  • Ability to accommodate flexible working hours including nights and weekends as needed.
  • Demonstrated ability to respond decisively, accurately, confidently and courteously to challenges and opportunities.
  • Working knowledge of state-of-the-art technology and the ability to apply it to administrative and educational functions.
  • Success in integrating diversity in the major duties outlined in the position description or demonstrated equivalent transferable skills to do so.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Substantial coursework and/or experience in education preferred.
  • Substantial training or experience with applied research, non-formal education and/or public outreach.

Position Details:

This is a full time, exempt position. Compensation paid at the rate of $60,000 - $65,000 per year.  Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:

  • Vacation, Sick and Personal time
  • Paid Holidays
  • NYS Health Insurance Program (including Dental Insurance)
  • NYS Retirement
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Suite of voluntary benefits available: Tax Deferred Annuity, Flexible Spending Accounts, Group Universal Life Insurance, Personal Accidental Insurance, Legal Plan Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, Auto and Homeowner’s Insurance, Pet Insurance, New York’s College Savings Program
Additional Information: 

Please be sure to read the Notice to Applicants.

How To Apply:  Applicants (including current employees of other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations) must apply online through the APPLY button in this job posting. Current employees of Cornell Cooperative Extension Schuyler County are considered internal applicants and must apply online through their Workday account which may be accessed here:

All applicants are requested to submit a cover letter, resume and indicate three individuals who may be contacted as a reference.  Please consider indicating in your application all information you feel would be helpful for selection committee members to know.   Once the application is submitted you will NOT be able to change your submission or add attachments. Be sure that you have followed all directions and requirements listed in the job posting.  For instructions, visit:

All applications must be received on-line by 10/15/2020. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.

No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.

The Association may make reasonable accommodations to enable applicants to participate in the hiring process and employees to perform the essential functions of their job. If you require an accommodation so you may participate in the selection process you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Administrative Systems at 607-255-6120, or via email at: [email protected].  

For additional questions please contact Kim Amey, Lead HR Manager at [email protected].

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities”

Organization Info

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County

Montour Falls, NY, USA
About Us

The mission of Cooperative Extension is to sustain and support our community through collaborations that put experience and research to work.


Cornell Cooperative Extension Schuyler County:

  • Conducts agricultural research and educational programs to help farms increase profits, reduce costs and minimize the impact on the environment, including teaching about organic and sustainable practices. 
  • Encourages people to “buy local,” which saves money, leads to healthier diets, and lends support to local farms. 
  • Shows people how to grow their own food, how to prepare it and how to preserve it for later use. 
  • Builds positive life skills and provide alternatives to risk-taking behavior in youth. 
  • Provides exciting opportunities for youth through 4-H clubs and Hidden Valley 4-H Camp.
  • Supports community initiatives such as Solar Schuyler and the HEART (Healthy Eating and Activity in Rural Towns) club. 
  • Educates people about how to save energy and how to reduce their heating and cooling costs.

Listing Stats

Post Date: 
Oct 8 2020
Active Until: 
Nov 8 2020
Hiring Organization: 
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schuyler County