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Position is considered remote work within the state of New Mexico (telecommute).

Employment at NMSU

New Mexico State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, NMSU does not discriminate on the basis of age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, retaliation, serious medical condition, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, spousal affiliation or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Inquiries may be directed to the Executive Director, Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator, Office of Institutional Equity, P.O. Box 30001, E. 1130 University Avenue, Las Cruces, NM 88003; 575.646.3635; 575.646.7802 (TTY)

NMSU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact the Office of Institutional Equity, O’Loughlin House, 1130 E. University Avenue, Las Cruces, NM 88003; 575.646.3635; 575.646.7802 (TTY) One week advance notice is appreciated.

NMSU is an EEO/AA Employer. This offer of employment is contingent upon verification of identity and employment eligibility on the Form I-9, as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 and the results of a criminal history check. Effective September 30, 2021, the NMSU system requires all employees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a weekly negative COVID-19 test upon start date. NMSU’s COVID-19 vaccination policy is subject to change in order to comply with state and federal mandates and in accordance with the recommendations of public health experts.

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

The electronic application is the *official* document that will be used to qualify applicants. Paper/email documents will not be accepted. Required documents must be attached to this application.

Department Contact

Department Contact Name: Katherine Ortega Courtney, PhD
Department Contact Email:

NMSU Posting Details

Requisition Number: 2100840S
Classification Title: Program Operations Director
Position Job Title: Associate Director, Anna, Age Eight Institute
College/Division: Cooperative Extension Service
Department: 310021-Extensn Home Ec Pgm Unit
Position Number: 716479
Internal or External Search: External - Open to all applicants
Appointment Full-time Equivalency: 1.0
Reports To Position Title: Director, Anna, Age Eight Institute

Pay Range

Low $65,225 – Mid $81,789 – High $98,354 per year
Actual salary commensurate with qualifications


New Mexico State University is a comprehensive land-grant institution of higher learning accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. An active research university, NMSU anchors the southern end of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Research Corridor, exceeding $140 million in research and public service expenditures. NMSU is classified as a Hispanic-serving institution by the federal government with a total minority enrollment over 48%. Home to the state’s NASA Space Grant Program, NMSU is located in Las Cruces, which features desert mesas, the farmlands of the Rio Grande Valley, and the Organ Mountains, an extension of the Rocky Mountain chain. The University is committed to building a cultural diverse educational environment.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support institute directors in administration and implementation of the 100% New Mexico Initiative
  • Manages and coordinates projects related to the 100% New Mexico Initiative
  • System creation to support the administration of the Anna Age Eight Institute
  • Oversees contract development
  • Serves as community liaison

Classification Summary

Manages and coordinates a major program or set of programs established to address a key area of specialized need within the University and the community. Provides advanced professional/technical leadership, consultation, and expertise within the program’s area of focus, and administrative and functional management of the program’s activities and staff. Sets strategic direction, develops and implements work scope; establishes funding, and provides operational planning, budgeting, and assessment.

Classification Standard Duties

Programs are usually self-funded and/or grant-funded from a major funding source or series of funding sources. Directs and coordinates the planning, development, and implementation of a comprehensive University program. Programs managed are of key operational impact, both within and external to the University, and are typically revenue-generating and/or grant-funded from a major funding source. Establishes and implements short- and long-range goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures; monitors and evaluates operational effectiveness and effects improvement changes. Serves as a principal point of collaboration, leadership, and expertise to constituencies on professional and operational matters pertaining to the mission, goals, objectives, and work scope of the program. Designs, implements, and evaluates organization to effectively accomplish the program goals;Provides advanced technical leadership and direction to staff, University constituencies and community organizations and representatives within a broadly specified area of professional expertise. Identifies and solicits local, state, federal, and/or international funding sources for programs; provides leadership in planning, development, and implementation of strategies and initiatives for generating program resources. Represents the university to various institutional divisions as well as to external entities:the media, governmental agencies, prospective funding agencies and others. Develops and manages annual budgets. Recommends and participates in the development of University policies and procedures and may serve on planning and policy-making committees. Oversees all facets of the daily operations of the organizational unit, ensuring compliance with university, state, and federal laws, policies, and regulations. Oversees the supervision of personnel, which includes work allocation, training, promotion and enforcement of internal procedures and controls, and problem resolution; evaluates performance and makes recommendations for personnel actions; motivates employees to achieve peak productivity and performance. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


Advanced knowledge and understanding of concepts, principles, methods, and techniques within a prescribed area of professional specialty. Knowledge of financial/business analysis techniques. Knowledge of organizational structure, workflow, and operating procedures.


Skill in the use of computers, preferably in a PC, Windows-based operating environment. Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. Skill in budget preparation and fiscal management. Program planning and implementation skills. Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities. Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures.


Ability to analyze and interpret complex financial and operational data and prepare business reports, projections, and recommendations. Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals. Ability to foster a cooperative work environment within a complex partnership/organizational structure. Ability to provide technical guidance and leadership to professional staff and clientele in the field. Ability to supervise and train employees, to include organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments. Ability to develop and implement funding strategies and programs. Ability to foster a cooperative work environment.

Required Education

Bachelor’s degree in a related field, master's degree preferred

Required Experience

Eight (8) years of increasingly progressive management experience in one or more areas that report to this position.

Standard Work Schedule

Standard (M-F, 8-5)

Physical Work Location

Remote in New Mexico

Position Contingency

Contingent upon funding

Bargaining Unit Eligible Posting Announcement Statement

This is NOT a bargaining unit position with American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

Posting Date


Closing Date


Special Instructions to Applicants

The electronic application is the official document that will be used to qualify applicants. Paper/email documents will not be accepted. Required documents must be attached to this application.
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Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

Physical Effort

No or very limited physical effort required.

Lifting Requirements

Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 10 pounds or some standing or walking.


No or very limited exposure to physical risk.

Required Documents

  1. Letter of Interest/Cover Letter
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Unofficial Transcripts (Undergraduate and Graduate Combined)

Required Application Process

You must officially apply to this position by clicking "Apply to this job" at You will be required to create an account in order to submit your application. Your application will not be considered unless formally submitted through that link.