Program & Personnel Development Specialist - Meridian Tech
Program & Personnel Development Specialist

Primary Function




Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (OCES) county educators and area, district and state specialists develop science-based educational programs to help Oklahoman’s solve local issues and concerns, promote leadership and manage resources wisely. Programs focus on:
•Increasing opportunities for agricultural enterprises
•Natural resources and environmental management
•Food, nutrition, health and safety education
•Youth, family and community development.

The OCES represents a federal, state, and county partnership working since 1914. It employs more than 500 faculty, professional, and support staff in more than 80 locations throughout Oklahoma, including the Oklahoma State University campus. Together we make a difference in the lives of Oklahomans. To find out more, explore Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service at

Nature of Position
The Program and Personnel and Development Specialist will report to the Associate Vice President of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and will be responsible for developing and maintaining a comprehensive, needs-based professional development program for state and county Extension faculty and staff as well as volunteers contributing to Extension programming efforts. This is an 11 month non-tenure track faculty position with 100% appointment with OCES contingent upon available funding.

General Responsibilities

Plan and implement a comprehensive faculty, educator, staff, volunteer and intern development plan that uses a combination of virtual platforms and face-to-face meetings with appropriate training materials to accomplish orientation, in-service training, mentoring, leadership and professional development objectives.

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

•Lead the development and coordination of the Extension on boarding system: Design and develop a state-wide training system for new Extension employees. Evaluate new employee training needs and effectiveness of the on boarding system. Develop and administer needs assessment to identify performance gaps and follow with learning opportunities to address needs identified.

•Lead design and development of a multi-year competency-based professional development system for Extension personnel. Provide training and consultation to Extension personnel in the development, delivery and assessment of competency-based training programs. Manage and maintain the online Extension in-service training calendar, assist in marketing training, and assist in evaluation of in-service training. Coordinate and administer in-service database and produce annual accountability and evaluation reports related to training. Provide support for Extension personnel accessing in-service training sessions, including online platforms. Administer a career track promotion system for county educators. Monitor in-service training budget and expenditures.

•Develop materials and curriculum resources for Extension educators related to the development, delivery and evaluation of Extension educational programs in collaboration with program evaluation specialists. Design and conduct state-wide training programs in the area of program development, including the creation of program logic models, conducting needs assessments, and using different program delivery methods. Train and consult with Extension educators and faculty related to specific program development needs. Maintain knowledge of emerging technologies plus instructional approaches to incorporate research and best practices into plans.

•Lead development and implementation of processes to identify local Extension program needs. Foster development of local program advisory councils and advocacy groups.

•Provide internal support and training for Extension faculty developing and managing online courses and training for continuing education credits. Develop recommendations to administration regarding policies, procedures, and standards related to distance learning. Assist in marketing courses to learners.

•Develop and conduct an annual professional development program for Extension support staff. Collaborate with others to identify appropriation educational sessions as well as internal and external presenters. Develop appropriate evaluation criteria.

•Develop and administer a comprehensive program to recognize and reward significant contributions and achievements by OCES professionals and staff. Administer scholarship funds dedicated to professional development of extension specialists and educators.

•Provide leadership for allocating extension resources budgeted for professional development.

•Other duties as assigned.

Organizational Responsibilities
The Director of Staff and Program Development is responsible to the Associate Vice President for the Cooperative Extension Service and is a part of the Associate Vice President’s core management team and will work closely with:

· The Assistant Director, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Rural Development and the Assistant Director, Family and Consumer Sciences and Assistant Director, 4-H Youth Development on faculty and educator development. Coordinate with leaders to determine timelines, training needs, support requirements and standards

· The Division of Agricultural Sciences (DASNR) Human Resources Director on issues related to personnel, human resources, civil rights, employee relations, customer service and leadership

· Department Heads and Unit Leaders, District Directors, and Specialists to set priorities for in-service training and to develop appropriate training

· Program Evaluation Specialists to conduct needs assessment and implement county program evaluations and to utilize the results to improve county programs

· Local Extension Directors to place interns

· 4-H and Family Consumer Science faculty and staff with volunteer management responsibilities

· IT, Communications, and other departments on use of technology for training support and management

Required Skills

Ability to obtain and interpret research information. Ability to anticipate changing trends and develop programs to address those changes. Knowledge of the principles and techniques of adult education and program planning processes. Ability to work effectively with a variety of professional and lay audiences. Ability to communicate and convey ideas effectively to faculty, stakeholder groups, and clientele. Physical and mental ability to effectively perform the duties and responsibilities of the job, including long and irregular hours of work and frequent travel


M-F Salaried Position

Salary Range

Salary: Commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate. (contingent upon available funding)

Application Process/Contact Information

Application Process:

Formal review of applications will begin November 21, 2018, and continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Applicants should submit a professional resume and letter of application. Applicants should also provide the name, address, telephone number, and electronic mail address of three references. Submit application materials electronically at by searching on the requisition ID Req5814

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