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Regional Director, Operations, Central Region
Columbus, Ohio
Posted Sep 06, 2013 by The Ohio State University, Extension
Category: Extension and Outreach



Regional Director, Operations

Central Region/Urban Metro and

Associate Chair, Department of Extension

(12 month tenure eligible)


Central Region / Urban Metro

Columbus, OH


September 29, 2013

Ohio State University Extension is seeking a highly motivated leader for the Regional Director, Operations for the nine counties in the Central Region of the state.

Organization Description

OSU Extension is the universitys community-based research and outreach arm, delivering knowledge from The Ohio State University to every county in Ohio. The Extension system is the worlds largest non-formal educational system; and OSU Extension fulfills the land-grant mission of Ohio State by interpreting knowledge and research to provide programming that addresses local community needs while also addressing state, national, and global issues.

Extension connects with people in all stages of life and provides practical advice, sensible solutions, and realistic down-to-earth answers for ALL Ohioans. The four major OSU Extension program areas are family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, community development, and agriculture and natural resources. We work with families and children, farmers and business owners, community leaders and elected officials to build better lives, better businesses, and better communities.

Join OSU Extension and lead a current team of 22 county Extension educators and 36 staff in fulfilling OSU Extensions mission: Engaging people to strengthen their lives and communities through research-based educational programming.

Summary of Duties

The overall role of the Regional Director, Operations, is to provide leadership to the Extension operations within the Central Region comprised of 9 counties, including all matters affecting personnel, finance, public relations and business operations. The second overall role is to serve as a leader for urban program expansion in the numerous metropolitan areas across Ohio. As Associate Chair, the Regional Director works closely with the Department Chair in carrying out responsibilities associated with promotion and tenure development/direction. The Regional Director, Operations, works collaboratively with the OSU Extension administrative cabinet and Extension employees, numerous advisory committee members, volunteer stakeholders, public officials and other community leaders and volunteers in the region. This position reports to the Associate Vice President, Agricultural Administration / Director, Ohio State University Extension.

Essential Duties


  • Stimulates standards of excellence in administrative leadership among county Extension directors. Encourages within county office, region and state a philosophy of teamwork.
  • Provides personnel support to the county units including: interpret and implement OSU and OSU Extension human resources policies; serve as immediate supervisor to all educators and county Extension directors; provide timely coaching and feedback to educators; and lead the performance management process.
  • Provides leadership in selection and placement of Extension educators and county Extension directors, including the support for onboarding of new educators and county Extension directors.
  • Coordinates the human resources functions in the region with OSU Extensions human resources unit, and counsels Extension personnel regarding matters of professional and personal concern.
  • Mentors and coaches Extension educators and county Extension directors in effective performance, including the promotion and tenure processes and professional development. Responsible for annual performance appraisals of Extension educators and county Extension directors.
  • Provides performance feedback to the appropriate regional director in a review of the total program with each urban/metro county Extension director and with assistant director.
  • Supports and enhances Extension's commitment to equal opportunity/affirmative action in employment and programming for diverse audiences.

Program Management

  • Works with the appropriate assistant director to encourage Extension educators to develop and enhance their areas of specialization, technical subject matter expertise, and program development and evaluation skills.
  • Assists county Extension directors with the establishment and effective use county Extension advisory committees. Assists county professionals with the formation and effective use of program advisory committees.
  • Provides statewide leadership for Extension educational programs targeted at urban audiences. This includes the coordination with regional directors and assistant directors on program planning, implementation, resource management, and support for programs targeted for urban audiences.
  • Communicates regularly with regional directors and Extension specialists about urban programs and works to involve them in support of urban Extension effort.
  • Guides and supports the development and preparation of Extension program plans and reports as reflected in the Research in View (RIV) system.
  • Serves a role in conflict management issues with Extension professionals and clientele.

Leadership and Collaboration

  • Serves as a member of Extension administrative cabinet and communicates decisions and policies to county personnel pertinent to their functions and responsibilities.
  • Communicates with the administrative cabinet to keep them informed on a continuous basis of educational efforts in urban programs. Coordinates sharing examples of successful educational programs with urban initiative counties to assure they are available for replication.
  • Facilitates state Urban Metro Advisory Team activities.
  • Directs the regional administrative office, including fiscal management, and personnel management.
  • Fosters communications and positive working relationships between state Extension professionals, field specialists and county professionals.
  • Communicates regularly and coordinates urban programs and activities with assistant directors, regional directors, county Extension directors, educators and other leaders.
  • Keeps Director and Associate Director, Programs informed of urban program impacts, emphasis, and success stories.
  • Coordinates legislative interpretation efforts with government relations office and county Extension directors.
  • Represents Ohio State University Extension and develops and maintains effective working relationships with county commissioners, local funders, appropriate agencies, organizations, groups and individuals, including the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) experiment stations and regional campuses.
  • Interacts with the Office of Government Relations in the coordination and oversight of contacts with elected officials.
  • Participate in college faculty meetings.


  • Coordinates business functions with OSU Extension's business office on campus.
  • Assists County Extension directors and advisory committees with the preparation of county budget requests.
  • Works with metro staff to secure grants and new approaches to metro funding.

QUALIFICATIONS: Doctorate degree required. The successful candidate must possess effective verbal and written communication, computer, counseling and problem solving/conflict management skills. Experience and success in grant and contract funding, urban program development, and public issues education desired. Extension program knowledge, leadership and administrative skills are highly desirable. Internal and external applicants for positions are also required to accurately self-disclose all criminal convictions when they apply. Background checks will be conducted on internal and external final candidates. Final candidate offer is contingent upon the universitys verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies or practices based upon the criminal background check.

REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must be tenurable in an appropriate department. Required to travel extensively within region/state. The successful candidate will be required to complete and submit fingerprint and criminal background checks before her/his start date.

SALARY: Commensurate with experience/credentials. A university owned vehicle will be provided for business use in accordance with IRS regulations.

ANTICIPATED INTERVIEW DATES: Selected candidates will be expected to be available for interviews at Ohio State University's main campus in Columbus during October 21-24.

OTHER BENEFITS OFFERED: Group life, medical-surgical, major medical, hospitalization, vision, dental and disability insurance, retirement plans, Workers Compensation, annual vacation, OSU fee allowance and sick leave.


EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION OFFICERS: Brian McClain, and Barbara Ludwig, Ph.D., Interim Co-Leaders, Human Resources, OSU Extension, 2120 Fyffe Road, Room 3, Columbus, OH 43210-1084

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: To assure consideration, submit a maximum two page letter describing your qualifications that relate to the position duties and responsibilities, a resume or curriculum vitae, and at least four professional references, including names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers (candidates will be informed before references are contacted). Electronic submissions only should be sent to Amy Fovargue at fovargue.1@osu.edu by September 29, 2013. Phone: (614) 292-3510.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to Dr. Tom Worley, Search Committee Chair, at (740) 289-2071.




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