Associate Director, Family, Consumer, and Health Sciences

University of Arizona
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University of Arizona

The FCHS Associate Director position (100% Extension, 12-month appointment) is for an interdisciplinary, transformational leader to guide statewide Family, Consumer, and Health Sciences (FCHS) programming. Fundamental to our FCHS programming is a commitment to strengthening individuals, families, and communities facing social, economic, and technological challenges. We seek candidates who can provide leadership in developing and advancing a vision and associated strategic goals for FCHS, within the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension (UACE), state of Arizona, and nationally. The successful candidate will maintain a continuing/continuing-eligible appointment in an academic department that aligns with their programmatic area.

Family, Consumer, and Health Sciences Extension Programming
The Family, Consumer, and Health Sciences (FCHS) program area focuses on strengthening individuals, families, and communities through education and systems work in Human Development, Health and Safety, Financial Literacy, Early Childhood and Family Development, Consumer Economics, and Nutrition and Food Safety. FCHS faculty and staff address crucial issues facing Arizonans as they cope with social, economic, and technological change.

This program area delivers intellectual resources of the university to solve challenges facing individuals and families across Arizona. Our faculty have achieved national prominence for their innovative and transformational programming. FCHS programming uses evidence- and research-based practices with comprehensive program evaluation to measure impact. Arizona FCHS has an outstanding record of external funding, currently generating approximately $8.7 million annually in grants and contracts to support Extension educational programs and applied research.

FCHS program goals are advanced with a network of trained professionals. Specifically, FCHS is comprised of twelve county-based agents and over 135 professional and support staff covering all Arizona's 15 counties and many of the federally recognized tribes in the state. The FCHS program currently has five campus-based specialists in the following areas: Early Childhood, Financial Literacy, Evaluation, and Nutritional Sciences and Wellness. We look forward to welcoming an inclusive and professional leader to support our programmatic efforts and to represent us to key stakeholders and administration. It is important to note that this position is eligible for Continuing Status (Tenure equivalent) at the Associate or Full Status within an appropriate academic unit.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Nurture reciprocal, beneficial relationships with Cooperative Extension colleagues both throughout Arizona and nationally.
• Facilitate strategic planning with Extension agents and specialists to incorporate best practices to meet community needs.
• Coordinate research opportunities, seek external funding and support the implementation of effective programming statewide.
• Provide leadership and support to faculty and staff for equitable design, delivery, and evaluation of programs and policies.
• Effectively represent, advocate, and communicate on behalf of FCHS interests at the state and national levels.
• Provide leadership for faculty professional development and mentorship in promotion review.
• Pursue equitable programming and policy aimed at providing opportunities for under-resourced communities.
• Work closely with the Cooperative Extension Director and Administrative Team to provide support and assistance in FCHS program delivery.
• Build partnerships across the University and within communities to address local and statewide FCHS priorities.
• Actively collaborate with other land grant universities to leverage resources and activities for current and future partnerships.
• Travel throughout the state regularly to effectively promote and foster working relationships with county-based faculty and their staff, build strong relationships with current and potential funders, and ensure program quality and continuous improvement.

Specific skills/experience include:
• Prior experience demonstrating the abilities necessary to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position successfully.
• Ability to create and maintain effective partnerships and working relationships both internally and among diverse external audiences.
• Experience developing, delivering, and evaluating community-based programs.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Record of scholarly publications, presentations, and other accomplishments.
• Grant and contract management experience.
• Commitment to quality and integrity.
• Experience with budget administration.
• Experience supervising personnel.
• Commitment to promoting and fostering equity and inclusion.
• Ability to travel to offsite locations is expected to develop relationships and represent FCHS to stakeholders effectively.


Candidates must have an earned doctorate in Family & Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, Higher Education Administration, or a related field of study.

Preferred Qualifications (desired but not required):
• A broad understanding of Cooperative Extension and the land grant university system.
• An outstanding record of FCHS-related programming.
• Experience with behavior change programming.
• Demonstrated success in securing grants and contracts.
• Experience working in under-resourced communities.
• Experience implementing policy, systems, and environmental approaches for health promotion.
• Bilingual in English and Spanish.

Organization Summary

The University of Arizona
The University of Arizona (UArizona) is the state's land-grant university and is ranked among the top twenty public research universities nationwide. UArizona is located in Tucson, Arizona and provides the resources of a PAC 12 university in a setting that offers a high quality of life. The University of Arizona is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and actively seeks a diversity of lived experiences among its employees.

The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension
The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension (UACE) serves as a statewide network of knowledgeable faculty and staff that provide lifelong educational programs and other public health approaches to improve the health and wellness of all Arizonans. We are unique among units at The University of Arizona because our teaching efforts are made possible by a cooperative effort between the federal government, the State of Arizona, The University of Arizona's Cooperative Extension, and each of the county governments and tribal units we serve. With offices in all fifteen counties and on five tribal reservations, we bring knowledge to people every day to enhance their work and enrich their lives. More information can be found at

Diversity Statement
We value our inclusive climate at the University of Arizona because we know diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution and Native American/Alaska Native-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative to create a university that values student, staff, and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

Job Overview

Job Type
Full time
Salary Information
Commensurate with education and experience.

PO Box 210036
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States

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Please include the following with your application materials:
• Cover letter
• CV (including history of extramural funding)
• Statement of (a) outreach, (b) leadership, and (c) diversity, equity, and inclusion philosophy (no more than two pages)
• Names, addresses, e-mail, and telephone numbers of three professional references (applications are kept confidential and applicants will be advised before references are contacted).

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