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Program Leader, Community and Economic Development

Central State University Extension

Last Updated: 5/28/23

Job Description

Job Summary:

The CESTA/1890 Land Grant Extension’s Community and Economic Development (CED) program leader takes a holistic approach to the development of programming that is designed to improve the well-being of Ohio residents. They plan, deliver, and evaluate research-based educational programs. Programming is tied to community needs and the selected individual will be expected to help develop small business and agribusiness enterprises for underserved areas. The position specializes in entrepreneurship, business development, small business development, workforce development, agricultural economics, or agribusiness.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and deliver CED objective and research-based educational programs in one of the above specialty areas to meet the needs of diverse audiences in Ohio.
  • Partner and collaborate with State agencies, nonprofit, and other organizations and the public to meet the educational needs of Ohio residents.
  • Provide statewide leadership for developing CED program goals and objectives and identify needed financial and human resources.
  • Use appropriate technologies to plan and deliver educational programs through workshops. seminars, conferences, media. one-on-one visits, field trips, tours, and other methods.
  • Collaborate with academic department faculty on research agendas.
  • Secure extramural funding through grants, contracts, industry supported partnerships, user fees and cost recovery to support mission critical programming.
  • Report impacts, outcomes to clientele, public, administrators, and other key stakeholders.
  • Serve as an educational advisor and liaison for CESTA/1890 Land Grant Extension and the University to appropriate public issue and program related organizations. Represent CESTA/1890 Land Grant Extension with federal, state, and local agencies and educational institution at regional and national levels.
  • Provides leadership to educators, coordinators, specialists, and program assistants in delivering CED programs.
  • Be active in Extension, research, and service activities at the state level; pilot new approaches and advance existing techniques in collaboration with personnel from other states where applicable.
  • Utilizes the expertise of advisory groups, community leaders, public officials, and representatives of intended audiences to analyze data, identify needs, and assist in developing educational programs.
    • The position will require some travel (including overnight stays) and evening/weekend work and activities.

Experience and Qualifications:


  • An earned doctorate/Ph.D. degree in economic development, business administration, small business, entrepreneurship, marketing, agricultural economics, agribusiness, public administration, or related community and economic development area.
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of community and economic development, including financial management.


  • Knowledge of Extension's educational delivery systems and other aspects of the Land Grant system.

To apply for this position, please visit the Central State University Job Opportunity Board:
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Company Details

Wilberforce, Ohio, United States
Central State University (CSU) is a Historical Black College and the second institution in Ohio to hold Land-Grant status. CSU became an 1890 Land-Grant University on February 7, 2014. The designation enables CSU to establish its Research and Extension Program and the opportunity to provide quality extension education that can focus on (a) sustainable agriculture, (b) water resources management fo...