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2023 Title Promotion

County Extension Director Narrative Prompts

The following 6 sections are to be addressed in the submitted narrative. Your total response is limited to 25 pages, 12 point font including any tables, graphs, and images.


  • Briefly describe yourself, characteristics of your county, your role within extension, or any other relevant information you would like to share with the committee.

Leadership and Employee Development: 

  • Describe your management of personnel and resources to promote professionalism and efficiency for the total county Extension Program. Provide examples of providing leadership and direction for county staff and programs, motivating and supporting staff members to achieve goals, and meeting organizational requirements.
  • Describe how you promoted professional development helped employees meet their professional development needs.
  • Provide examples of how you promoted teamwork and fostered a positive work environment among staff members and effectively managed conflict.
  • Describe your role in coaching and supporting staff for needs assessment, program planning, program delivery, evaluation and reporting.

Financial Management: 

  • Provide evidence of effectively garnering and managing fiscal and physical resources. Was additional funding obtained through traditional (budget requests) or nontraditional (grants/donations) sources to strengthen or expand Extension programming opportunities? Other methods of providing financial support to the Extension Program?
  • Provide examples of strategies you have used to appropriately manage budgeted funds without incurring expense overruns; and working with staff to appropriately manage receipts/ expenditures from the Eventbrite registration system.

Marketing, Internal/External Relations and Community Engagement:

  • Share examples of when you provided leadership for staff to plan and coordinate public relations to develop a positive image and appreciation of Extension and its programs in the community. Provide examples successful instances where you developed and fostered strategic partnerships that enhanced Extension’s engagement in the county.

Extension Program:

  • Provide a detailed account of planning, delivering and evaluating a comprehensive research-based educational program that addresses identified local issues. Include documented evidence of the outcomes, impacts and public value of programming efforts to stakeholders.

Professional Development:

  • Describe leadership roles or other steps you have taken to achieve your career development goals. Describe the ways you have applied the knowledge or skills you gained from the professional development you participated in to improve the operation of your county center, the work performance of your employees, your leadership abilities, or your Extension program.