North Dakota State University Extension Service in North Dakota

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted June 27, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time


North Dakota State University Extension Service invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of director of the Center for Community Vitality (CCV) and community vitality Extension specialist. The director and specialist provides visionary, statewide leadership that is focused on community vitality with demonstrated ability to conceptualize, communicate, address and evaluate statewide program needs. This position has a 60% administrative role as director of the CCV and a 40% role as community vitality state specialist. The director provides administrative leadership for community vitality program development, evaluation and implementation; external partnership development; development of financial resources and budgetary administration; and supervision of community vitality specialists. State specialist responsibilities include direct program development, delivery and evaluation. Community vitality programs strengthen local economies, develop local capacity and leadership skills, and improve the quality of life of individuals, families and communities. For more information on CCV programs, visit .


The position appointment will be within the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences on the NDSU campus at Fargo. The departmental affiliation will be determined based on the successful candidates expertise.  The community vitality specialist/faculty portion of the position will report to a department chair and is an integral member of the department.  The CCV director portion of the position reports to the NDSU Extension Service director and is an integral member of the Extension Leadership Team.




The NDSU Extension Service is a vibrant, progressive education network that helps North Dakotans improve their quality of life through learning partnerships, with representation in each of North Dakotas 53 counties and four American Indian reservations. The heart of its educational program focuses on four core areas: agriculture and natural resources, community vitality, family and consumer sciences, and 4-H youth development. Needs and issues are determined through active dialogue with internal and external constituents. North Dakotas robust economy has allowed the NDSU Extension Service to have sustained budget growth to meet the needs of North Dakotans and builds on a long-term cooperative funding partnership with federal, state and county entities. To learn more visit .




North Dakota State University is a student-focused, land-grant, research institution that is often described as a national leader and a model for others in higher education. NDSU is located on the states eastern border in Fargo, North Dakotas largest city. The Carnegie Commission on Higher Education has named NDSU to the elite Research University/Very High Research category, which represents the 108 most successful private and public universities in the United States. With more than 14,400 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs, NDSU encompasses a broad spectrum of curricula, scholarly activity and service, and participates in NCAA Division I athletics. NDSU has 46 doctoral programs, 66 masters degree programs, one education specialist degree, nine certificate programs and more than 100 baccalaureate majors. According to the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis, in fall 2010, NDSU employed 720 ranked faculty and lecturers, program administrators and coaches; about 275 Extension educators and Experiment Station researchers, and more than 825 graduate assistants and fellows. In total, the university has more than 6,100 full-time and part-time employees across the state. The North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station and NDSU Extension Service are integral parts of the university. To learn more, visit .




The home of NDSU, Fargo is a bustling metropolitan area that is often listed as one of the best places to live in the country. Fargo-Moorhead is the largest community between Minneapolis and Seattle. About 200,000 people make their home in Cass and Clay counties, which are located in the rich farmlands of the Red River Valley. Often cited as a leader in economic development and job creation, the area is noted for its entertainment options, wealth of activities, excellent schools and parks, and outstanding shopping. Safe and clean, the community is receiving national acclaim. In a ranked listing for, Bloomberg Rankings said Cass County is the best affordable place in the country. To learn more about the Fargo-Moorhead-West Fargo area, visit .




North Dakota currently enjoys one of the best economies in the nation. That economy is built on historically strong and increasing agricultural productivity that leads the nation in 12 commodities, and is bolstered by an energy industry that has recently become the third most productive in the nation, with an anticipated viability extending several decades into the future. North Dakota's economic strength is providing a springboard for steadily increasing opportunities to apply the University's research and discoveries. As a result, North Dakota is experiencing unprecedented economic diversification. To learn more, visit




Director responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • In cooperation with other Extension program leaders, use input from citizens, the CCV advisory board, the State Board of Agricultural Research and Education, Extension and college faculty and staff, and other state and federal partners to guide an ongoing visioning and assessment process that leads to the development of community vitality Extension programs that address the needs of North Dakota residents.

  • Provide statewide leadership in coordinating high-impact Extension community vitality programs including subject matter training, program planning, and assessment and evaluation.  Facilitate professional development for Extension specialists and agents to enhance community vitality program impacts.

  • Develop and nurture positive working relationships with various public and private agencies, and organizations within North Dakota and in the North Central Region; faculty, staff and administration in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; and among Extension agents and state staff who are interested in enhancing Extensions educational programs.

  • Provide leadership for systems that ensure program evaluation and identification of program outcomes; maintain accountability; and ensure use of effective strategies to share program vision, mission and outcomes with public and private sector stakeholders.

  • Lead or contribute to efforts to write grants, generate revenue and establish partnerships that leverage public and private funds to support community vitality programming.

  • Provide supervision for and annual evaluation of all CCV specialists and staff, and oversee the Institute for Business and Industry Development.

  • Manage the budget for CCV programs and personnel.


 Specialist responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Develop and provide high quality educational programs to meet the needs of clientele including professional development for Extension personnel. Collect qualitative and quantitative data to evaluate the impact of programs and services.

  • Develop collaborative relationships with researchers, and Extension agents and specialists; participate in interdisciplinary teams, committees and task forces; and participate in community vitality projects.

  • Develop and deliver programs in accordance with federal, state and NDSU equal opportunity, affirmative action, and civil rights policies and procedures, and strive to create and enhance an inclusive and multicultural organizational environment.

  • Participate in departmental governance and functions.

  • Regular travel in and out of state is required.




  1. An earned doctorate or terminal degree from an accredited university or college, and academic preparation and demonstrated scholarly mastery in fields represented within the community vitality program area including community development, rural sociology, economic development, leadership development or related fields (An opportunity is available to present academic credentials/demonstrate eligibility for tenure.)

  2. Demonstrated leadership qualities

  3. Effective problem-solving skills and demonstrated ability to lead in program planning and evaluation, proposal-writing, and financial and personnel management

  4. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with individuals and groups, orally and in writing, and to effectively work with diverse and multicultural audiences

  5. Evidence of effective team-building skills, and the ability and motivation to work with and function as a member of a cohesive administrative team to achieve organization goals

  6. Skills using computers and new technologies

  7. Valid U.S. drivers license


Demonstrated ability to design, implement, teach and evaluate community-based outreach educational programs

  1. Successful experience in the areas of community development, economic development, organizational development, leadership development, local government, etc.

  2. Demonstrated skills in facilitation, applied research, group process development, public engagement processes, needs assessment, etc.

  3. Understanding of the land-grant university system, and successful history and experience with the Extension Service


Salary commensurate with qualifications. Benefits include group health, disability and life insurance; TIAA-CREF retirement plan; Workers Compensation; annual and sick leave according to University policy; and Federal Civil Service benefits for those currently covered under the Federal CSRS system (FERS coverage cannot be transferred to the University.) Information about employment benefits is available at


Applications are being accepted online only at, opening 1400244. A complete application will include the following:

  1. Cover letter that specifically addresses how your experiences and qualifications intersect with the desired traits for the position;

  2. curriculum vitae;

  3. names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three to five references for future contact including your professional relationship with each reference listed; and

  4. one- to two-page document addressing the following question: As the new Center for Community Vitality director, what would be your vision for community vitality within the rapidly changing state of North Dakota? 

Screening will begin Aug. 1, 2014 and continue until the position is successfully filled. Requests for information and/or written nominations may be sent to Dr. Charlie Stoltenow, search committee chair, 701.231.7867,

NDSU is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.



How To Apply

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