Learn about job opportunities with Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Learn about job opportunities with Cornell Cooperative Extension.


All applications with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cattaraugus County and other county extension associations must be submitted through the Cornell University employment system. We post available job and internship opportunities on this page when they become available, with links to the Cornell website, for your convenience.

Current Opening:

Association Executive Director

Located in the Alleghany foothills and the heart of ski country, Cattaraugus County in New York boasts diverse and rich history, outdoor recreation, tourism, and small communities within proximity of major urban centers and colleges. Deep roots, generational connections, committed staff and volunteers, and a spirit for growth all define what makes CCE of Cattaraugus County unique.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cattaraugus County, located in Ellicottville New York is seeking a dynamic chief executive to provide overall leadership and management for a non-formal education organization which is part of the national land grant university system.

The Executive Director is expected to:

  • Represent, and be accountable to, the Association Board of Directors and the Director of the Cornell Cooperative Extension system.
  • Be an effective leader, helping to develop and project a compelling and contemporary vision for extension programming to stakeholders, both internal and external.
  • Provide high level administrative leadership and management of the Association as well as high-level program development and delivery in an identified Cooperative Extension mission/programming area within Cornell and local policy direction.
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships among the staff, other extension Associations, the Western Region Shared Business Network, Extension Administration, Cornell faculty, and stakeholders.
  • Build positive relationships with legislators, local government leaders, community leaders, funding agencies, and civic groups.
  • Exercise professional judgment and executive skills in administering overall Association operations.
  • Provide leadership in overall educational program development, implementation, establishing program priorities, provide leadership for the ongoing development of a welcoming and inclusive organizational climate for diversity, and program integration across disciplines and within the broader extension system.
  • Develop enhanced revenue streams to sustain and grow Association programming.


  • Master’s Degree in Management, Agriculture, Horticulture, Natural Resources, Youth Development, Nutrition or related Cooperative Extension programming area.
  • Minimum of six years of progressively responsible experience, including at least three years in Cooperative Extension or a closely related field of employment.PhD may substitute for 2 years of experience.
  • At least four years of substantive leadership and management responsibilities including human resources, finance, and organizational management.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability in strategic planning, governance, program development/oversight, financial management, fund development, human resources, volunteer management, facilities management, public and community relations, communications, and organizational management.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse populations, contributing to organizational diversity efforts, and/or evidence of cultural competence.


  • Substantial coursework and/or experience in Education preferred.
  • Background or interest in promoting agriculture.
  • Experience in leadership, management, education, youth development, and or grant writing/grant management.
  • Substantial training or experience with applied research, non-formal education and/or public outreach.
  • Visible community member/leader of Cattaraugus County.

This is an exempt, full-time position, 40 hours per week. Salary starting at $60,000/year. Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including paid holidays, vacation, sick and personal time, health and dental insurance, Retirement, Disability Insurance and more.


All applications and supplemental materials must be submitted online.


Review of submitted applications will be ongoing. Submit applications online by April 30, 2018 for priority consideration.  Please upload resume and cover letter with application. Only applications submitted online through jobs.cce.cornell.edu will be considered.

Contact Kimberly at wsbn-recruiter@cornell.edu with questions.



Cornell Cooperative Extension is a collaboration among Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and the residents of New York State. Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate government agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University.

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 support of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

Last updated March 21, 2018