Director of Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service

Location:      Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina
Salary:          Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience
Time Line:    Formal review of applications will begin December 10, 2013 and will continue until viable applicant pool is established. The anticipated start date for this position is May 15, 2014 or sooner, with specific start date negotiable.

Applications are invited for the position of Director of Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service.  The Director will report to the Associate Vice President for Public Service and Agriculture.  Background information about the position and the search process can be found at

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Be a leader with the vision to continually assess and adapt the Extension program to meet the ever changing needs of the people of South Carolina while adhering to the principles and mission of Clemson University’s land-grant university designation;
  • Work collaboratively as a member of the Public Service team that includes the Experiment Station, Regulatory Services, and Livestock and Poultry Health units.
  • Work collaboratively and cooperatively with the faculty and administrators of the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences to provide a science-based system of extension and outreach in agriculture, food systems and natural resources;
  • Work cooperatively and serve as the primary liaison with the 1890 Extension Program at South Carolina State University;
  • Lead and manage all aspects of the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service, including budgets, personnel, facilities, county offices, and interaction with state and federal agencies; represent Extension to the South Carolina legislature;
  • Maintain collaborative relationships with the county councils and administrators of South Carolina’s 46 counties and state government agencies; and with agricultural commodity groups;
  • Demonstrate the ability to obtain funding, seek external funding and support for extension programs;
  • Represents Extension at regional and national Extension meetings, participate as an active member of the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors (ASRED) and member of the National Extension Directors and Administrators (NEDA).

Basic Candidate Qualifications

  • Earned doctorate or equivalent in a field relevant to the position and be qualified for an appointment at the rank of professor in a College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences department;
  • Demonstrated excellence in Extension program development, management, implementation and assessment
  • Experience as a faculty member at a land-grant university is highly desired;
  • Must have experience in extension administration.  Administrative experience as a Chair, Director, Assistant Dean, Associate Dean, or Dean is highly desired.
  • Must demonstrate success in team building and collaborative efforts with a record of positive leadership.
  • Must demonstrate dedication to excellence in all aspects of the Extension program and in the land-grant mission of Clemson University;
  • Must be able to communicate Clemson University’s mission and program impacts verbally and in written form to our employees and to our clients.

Other Information

Clemson University ( is the Land-Grant University of South Carolina encompassing many academic disciplines with an enrollment of almost 20,000 students. Located in Clemson, South Carolina, Clemson University is an exciting research university at the center of the dynamic I-85 corridor between Charlotte, NC and Atlanta, GA.  The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University Farms and experimental forestland devoted to teaching, research and Extension. A warm campus environment, great weather, and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural environment and large cities are a part of the Clemson Experience.

Clemson University’s Cooperative Extension Service ( engages citizens to improve economic development and quality of life by delivering research-based information in agriculture, natural resources, food safety and nutrition, economic and community development, and 4-H youth development. South Carolina Cooperative Extension is based at the state’s two land-grant institutions — Clemson University and South Carolina State University. Clemson Extension agents are located in all 46 counties and at the university's five Research and Education Centers.  There are approximately 160 Extension employees with a $20 million budget.

Applications: Candidates for this position must include a curriculum vita, names of five references with contact information, an application letter expressing your interest in the position, your qualifications and vision for Extension.  The deadline for receipt of the PDF application is November 30, 2013. The position will remain open until filled. Applications and information concerning this position should be directed to Mike Simmons

Clemson University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information.