Executive Director

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schoharie & Otsego Counties

About the organization

Since 1914, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Schoharie and Otsego Counties has responded to the needs of local residents with unbiased, research-based information, tools and education that people have come to depend on and trust. Our programs are developed in direct response to community input, and are based on the most current information available from Cornell and other Land Grant universities from across the nation.

The mission of Cooperative Extension is to enable people to improve their lives and communities through partnerships that put experience and research knowledge to work. Extension staff and trained volunteers deliver education programs, conduct applied research, and encourage community collaborations.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.


Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Schoharie and Otsego Counties seeks an innovative, entrepreneurial, and forward-thinking leader to serve as the Association Executive Director. The Schoharie and Otsego CCE Association is located in a region of beautiful mountains and valleys in upstate New York.
CCE puts knowledge to work in pursuit of economic vitality, ecological sustainability and social well-being. Rooted in every county of the state, CCE Associations bring local experience and research-based solutions together, helping New York state families and communities thrive in our rapidly changing world.
CCE of Schoharie & Otsego Counties is a NYS subordinate governmental agency, under the oversight of Cornell University, with an annual operation budget of 1.2 million dollars, with approximately 15 staff and 197 volunteers.
The Executive Director provides overall leadership for the Association -- setting local program priorities in collaboration with the Board of Directors. This position also ensures equitable, diverse, and inclusive programs and practices, operational compliance and risk management, fiscal oversight, and effective people management. The Executive Director successfully navigates competing priorities while also building and maintaining tactful, collaborative relationships with multiple audiences.


Required Qualifications:
Master’s Degree plus a minimum of six (6) years of related experience, including four (4) years in a leadership capacity. A PhD may substitute for 1 year of experience.
Commitment to working with diverse populations, contributing to organizational diversity efforts, and/or evidence of cultural competence.
Ability to meet the regular travel requirements associated with this position; the ability to travel between multiple locations for business purposes.
Ability to demonstrate engagement in the association by regularly providing in-person organizational leadership and oversight.
A commitment to being a strong physical presence in the county to build community connections with constituencies, local organizations and community leaders.
Ability to work flexible hours which includes evenings and/or weekends.

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Annual salary of $80,000 - $90,000, commensurate with experience

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Submit resume & cover letter with application

The Executive Director will have an office in both the Cobleskill and Cooperstown location

Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:
· Paid Vacation, Sick, & Personal time
· Paid Holidays
· NYS Health Insurance Program (including FREE Dental Insurance)
· NYS Retirement (NYSERS)
· Long-Term Disability Insurance
· Total Care Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
· Voluntary Tax Deferred Annuity Plan
· Voluntary Flexible Spending Accounts
· Voluntary Group Universal Life Insurance

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