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University of Arkansas System – Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service — Assistant Vice President – Family and Consumer Sciences

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service is seeking a visionary leader for the position of Assistant Vice President – Family and Consumer Sciences. The position reports to the Senior Associate Vice President for Agriculture-Extension and Director, Cooperative Extension Service. The successful candidate will possess the background and ability to develop a strategic vision and deliver non-formal education in response to the changing needs of Arkansas’s citizens; support diversity and inclusiveness in programming, recruit faculty and staff; enhance extramural funding to support faculty scholarship, programming, and facilities. The Assistant Vice President – Family and Consumer Sciences is the State Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Leader and serves a key role on the Extension Leadership Team in furthering the mission of Extension throughout Arkansas. This position is responsible for the leadership and development of Extension programs for Family and Consumer Sciences, promoting excellence in these programs within the Division, and fostering a strong sense of collegiality among faculty and staff members. The Assistant Vice President – Family and Consumer Sciences has 15 direct reports: eight faculty, one program associate, one program technician, and five staff. This position works with the Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council, one of the largest volunteer organizations in the state. The Assistant Vice President – Family and Consumer Sciences represents the Division of Agriculture and the Cooperative Extension Service to internal and external stakeholders; promotes and enhances the image of the Cooperative Extension Service and the Division of Agriculture; and serves on Division of Agriculture committees. This is a 12-month, non-tenure position located in Little Rock, Arkansas.


  • Provide leadership for statewide programs in Family and Consumer Sciences.
  • Provide direction for the needs assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of innovative, collaborative, and interdisciplinary research-based educational programs.
  • Engage clientele, local educators, external stakeholders, Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, and other land-grant universities in developing and implementing innovative and effective programs through needs assessment, planning, impact assessment and reporting processes.
  • Work collaboratively with other members of the Leadership Team on Division-wide planning, problem-solving, policy making, and special initiatives.
  • Collaborate with District Directors on staffing, marketing, funding, and promoting family and consumer science Extension programs at county level.
  • Provide training, collaborate with, and support county extension agents and programs.
  • Adopt and use progressive technologies and communication methods.
  • Promote the diversity, inclusion and equity goals and policies of the Division of Agriculture and Extension in all interactions with stakeholders, employees, volunteers, and the public.
  • Collaborate with 1890 Extension programs to promote program coordination and cooperation to meet program objectives.
  • Represent the Division of Agriculture and Cooperative Extension Service to external state and national organizations and agencies and contribute through leadership and service to the educational and policy efforts at the state, multi-state, and national levels.


  • Recruit, hire, guide, coordinate and review performance of state faculty with FCS responsibilities.
  • Report on impact and outcomes of family and consumer science Extension programs.
  • Exercise general administrative, personnel and fiscal management of resources to address priorities through Extension programs.
  • Collaborate with the Senior Associate Vice President – Extension to determine statewide educator position priorities and position descriptions.
  • Work with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) Coordinator and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) Coordinator for program implementation statewide.
  • Collaborate with the state advisor to Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council and work with the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Science – Arkansas affiliate.
  • Encourage development of grants and contracts to leverage program resources.
  • This position also manages other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Doctorate required in a discipline relevant to the position such as family and consumer sciences, human sciences, nutrition, or a closely related discipline or within a related field.
  • Experience in planning and implementing educational programs.
  • Five years of professional Extension or related administrative experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to the land-grant mission.
  • Administrative experience in the land-grant system.
  • Training and experience related to one of the relevant program areas.
  • Applicants should have demonstrated leadership at a management level within an outreach or Cooperative Extension program or unit, demonstrated ability to secure external funding in support of applied research and public service outreach programs, and demonstrated scholarly work as evidence by peer-reviewed publications.

To apply, visit Posting # 35473

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