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(Senior) Extension Associate

Senior Extension Associate
Extension Associate

Senior extension associates provide leadership in planning, developing, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating complex, state-of-the-art educational extension and outreach programs. Senior extension associates independently carry out innovative applied research programs, supervise professional and administrative staff, and work with faculty and clientele. They possess in-depth knowledge of relevant state or national extension systems, and they are recognized experts in their fields as demonstrated by extensive professional publications and contacts. Senior extension associates also apply advanced problem-solving and administrative skills that contribute to the financial and organizational aspects of program management. Although precise duties and responsibilities vary from position to position, senior extension associates are expected to work effectively with faculty, governmental officials, colleagues, and volunteers, and, in some instances, to serve as senior administrators.

Extension associates are responsible, under the general supervision of faculty or senior extension associates, for planning and implementing educational extension programs. They collaborate with representatives from communities and with researchers in the college or school to plan, conduct, maintain, and/or evaluate innovative educational programs that address specific local, multi-county, or statewide needs. Although precise duties and responsibilities will vary from position to position, all extension associates are expected to conduct applied research, work effectively with colleagues or volunteers, act as community educators, and serve as liaisons – as project and/or area program team leaders – between the university and the public. An extension associate does not normally have responsibilities for graduate students.

Senior extension associates and extension associates are not members of the University Faculty. Senior extension associates are nonvoting members of their college or school faculties unless given the right to vote by the particular faculty. For extension associates, voting or non-voting membership in college faculties may be granted at the discretion of those faculties. They normally do not have a role in training graduate students. Within certain limitations senior extension associates may be principal investigators on grants or contracts; extension associates may be principal investigators on an exception basis only. For more information, see the Office of the Vice Provost for Research website.

Administrative Notes

  • The titles reflect salaried positions that are subject to affirmative action regulations.
  • A senior extension associate has significant professional qualifications. Appointment as senior extension associate in Cornell Cooperative Extension requires the Ph.D., and the Ph.D. is preferred for other appointments as senior extension associate; otherwise, an advanced professorial degree (such as a D.V.M. or M.D.) or master’s degree in a pertinent discipline is required. A senior extension associate is expected to have six or more years of related work experience (eight or more if the qualifying degree is a master’s degree that is non-terminal for the field). An extension associate has qualifications for independent extension programming or administration and is required to hold a master’s degree in a pertinent discipline (or an advanced professional degree, i.e., D.V.M. or M.D.) and to have two or more years of related work experience. Cornell Cooperative Extension and ILR Extension may specify additional or more stringent requirements.
  • Appointment as senior extension associate or extension associate is not restricted to such units as Cornell Cooperative Extension or ILR Extension, although the relevant colleges and the school govern appointments to the titles in their units. Senior extension associates are appointed for terms of up to five years and may be reappointed on the basis of recommendations by the department and the appropriate extension director and dean(s). Extension associates may be appointed to terms of up to three years, renewable. Reappointment is based on the continuing need for the position, the quality of performance, and the availability of funds.
  • Promotion to the rank of senior extension associate is not automatic, but may be undertaken when a senior position becomes necessary or available and when an extension associate has demonstrated high levels of ability, independence, originality, and productivity. Promotions are based on the candidate’s past performance, prominence in the field, and ability to anticipate future programming needs. A formal review is required for promotion to senior extension associate.

Last Updated: August 20, 2017 at 7:26 am