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Archived Position Postings

University of Illinois Extension announces a position opening for an Extension Specialist, Community and Economic Development (CED). This is an academic professional (non-tenured) position with primary responsibility for developing educational programs supporting the mission of University of Illinois Extension; working with Extension Educators statewide to design innovative programs and delivery systems; and carrying out applied research which is shared with Extension staff. The Extension Specialist will provide leadership for Extension CED work in specific areas in cooperation with other Community and Economic Development Team members. For more information, visit and search on “careers.” To receive full consideration, all requested application materials must be submitted via the online system by the close date of December 7, 2015.

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension invites applications for a county-based Community & Economic Development Field Specialist based in Newport (Sullivan County), New Hampshire.  The role of the Field Specialist will be to provide educational outreach, technical assistance, and project implementation support that builds community and regional leaders’ capacity to implement effective strategies to grow and sustain the economy and strengthen communities. Areas of focus include, but are not limited to, economic development, business retention and expansion, regional collaboration, and stakeholder engagement to enhance implementation of community and regional projects and plans. The position will be posted until October 9th. To learn more about the position, or to apply on-line, please go to UNH’s employment site at: (posting ID number: 0903185).

Ohio State University Extension, Associate/Assistant Professor, Field Specialist, Community & Organizational Leadership.  This faculty position will provide overall leadership for developing and implementing a comprehensive and balanced teaching and applied research agenda for Community & Organizational Leadership, working collaboratively with OSU Extension team members as well as with cross-disciplinary departments and colleges; function as a consultant to address statewide issues related to leadership and organizational development; provide unbiased research-based alternatives; evaluate/respond to large scale statewide needs; and secure resources (grants, contracts, user fees). The faculty member will also have a .20 FTE appointment within the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership.  For more info or to apply visit:  Deadline for applications is November 1, 2015.

USDA/NIFA: Social Science Specialist (National Program Leader (Rural Sociology). As

a National Program Leader for Rural Sociology, the incumbent is
responsible for performing critical tasks in four broad areas which
include the following: Networking and collaborating with
partners and stakeholders to identify mission-relevant problems,
opportunities and issues requiring federal attention and support;
Conceiving, formulating, and executing programs and activities to
respond to existing or emerging problems, opportunities, priorities and
issues for development; Developing and applying science-based knowledge
by working with universities and other partners; and Evaluating and
assessing the quality, outcomes and impacts of these programs. To apply or for position details  Position #: NIFA-M15N-0046

Ohio State University, The School of Environment and Natural Resources
at The Ohio State University invites applications for a tenure-track social
scientist at the associate professor or professor level.
The position will be
located at the Wooster campus of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development
Center (OARDC).  The position is research
and classroom teaching or extension education with a focus on coupling social
and natural science to ensure sustainable water resources that improve
agroecosystems in parallel to improving resilience to climate change. Ideal
candidates will have experience leading/working in interdisciplinary research
teams. The faculty member will initiate new transformative research projects
with colleagues across campus and thus strengthen the university’s research on
resilient and sustainable food security. To apply and for complete description.  Deadline for applications is August 24, 2015.

Iowa State University, Field Specialist II - Community Vitality Innovation, Latino Outreach position. The
Field Specialist II – Community Vitality Innovation position will focus
on Extension engagement and education with Latino youth, families,
businesses and communities. This position will provide educational
opportunities and programs, consultation, and technical assistance in
the areas of human sciences, leadership development and community
capacity building. Additional responsibilities include the development
of program materials and the provision of staff and volunteer training,
as well as help develop educational models that may be used by the
Extension system to effectively build relationships with Latino youth,
families, businesses and communities. This position will serve the
Woodbury County (Iowa) area 75% time and Dakota County (Nebraska) area
25% time.Position details and full description.

West Central Initiative, President/Chief Executive office Position: A critical
responsibility of the President is being the chief spokesperson for WCI by
representing it to the region in all activities. He/she must be visible
throughout the region, must be present in community forums, meetings and social
gatherings. He/she will also represent the region to the greater State of
Minnesota including the Legislative and Executive Branches. As Chief Executive
Officer of WCI working in concert with the Board of Directors, the President
must engage in envisioning its plans, setting the strategic direction of its
activities and initiatives, and putting them into action. Using WCI’s charter
as the overall guide, the President maintains its strategic direction, measuring
progress against established goals and continually testing assumptions for
validity. As its most senior executive, the President oversees all operational
and financial aspects of its affairs. This includes but is not restricted to program
execution, and management of human resources, fundraising and capital assets. The
President is responsible for overseeing the key leadership positions. He/she is
expected to lead initiatives of skills development for all members of the
staff. In addition, the President is expected to lead growth efforts in concert
with the capacity of resources addressing the needs of communities being
served. Complete position description and how to apply.

NCRCRD Director Position: All applications must to include full academic vita, vision statement for the Center and list of 5 professional references. To apply - go to and search Posting Number #1044.  Review of applicants will begin on April 21, 2015 and continue until the successful candidate is identified.  Position details and how to apply.

USDA Foreign Agricultural Services:
Open position for Community Planner (Community Development Specialist). Full job description and to apply online. 

University of Wisconsin-Extension Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development Educator in Waupaca County.  Position details and how to apply

University of Minnesota: Senior Associate Dean for Extension and Research and Extension Educator position details and to apply

Purdue University Community Regional Development Specialist.  Details and to apply

North Dakota State University Extension Service invites nominations and applications for the position of director of the Center for Community Vitality (CCV) and community vitality Extension specialist., opening 1400244, Requests for information .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, Irrigation/Water Management Specialist position details and to apply.

The University of Florida/IFAS regional specialized extension agent (RSA) position. Position details/description.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, Extension Educator.  Position description and how to apply.

Purdue University Extension,
Regional Extension Educator, Economic & Community Development positions.  Position Details and how to apply.

/NIFA in the Department of Agriculture,
Associate Director for Operations. A copy of the job announcement (AG-22-2014-0027) is available at https:/// 

University of Nebraska-Lincoln,
Extension Educator addressing issues of community vitality and business development. Position details and how to apply.

The Ohio State University,
Regional Director, Operations Southwest Region and Associate Chair, Dept. of Extension.  Position description and how to apply.

Social Science Post-Doctoral Fellow. For position details.

Iowa State University,
Real Estate Economics Assistant Professor: For position details and to apply

University of Wisconsin Extension:
State Program Director, Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development. Position description and how to apply

Illinois State University: Program Coordinator, Stevenson Center for Community & Economic Development.  Position details and how to apply.

West Virginia State University, Associate Dean and Associate Director, Extension Service and Outreach.  Position description and application information.

Southern Rural Development Center (Dept. of Agricultural Economics) Mississippi State University, Director (Associate Professor/Professor) position:  Position details and to apply.

University of Missouri has an opening for an Associate or Assistant Professor in Regional Economics. Details and job description go to 

The Ohio State University, Regional Director position
(Central Region: Columbus, Ohio). Position description and application details.

The Ohio State University, Regional Director (Northwest Region: Bowling Green, Ohio). Position description and application details. Job Requisition 37785

North Central Regional Association (NCRA) of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors
. Position announcement and details. 

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
College of Natural Resources Associate Dean Position. Position announcement and to apply.

Iowa State University, Department of Economics seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant or tenured Associate or Full Professor in Agricultural Economics. Detailed description for positions

North Central Regional Association (NCRA) of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors. Position announcement and details.