Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Extension Service Assistant Director, Outdoor School Program Leader
University or Organization :
Oregon State University - Extension Service
State or Territory :
Application Deadline :
May 15, 2017
Descriptive Job Title :
Extension Service Assistant Director, Outdoor School Program Leader
Keywords separated by commas :
Outdoor School, Extension Service
Location :
Corvallis, Oregon
Area, Department or Unit :
Extension Service
Full/Part Time :
Full Time
Salary :
Commensurate with Education and Experience
Start Date:
Jul 01, 2017
The Division of University Outreach and Engagement at Oregon State University (OSU) is seeking an Extension Service Assistant Director, Outdoor School Program Leader. This is a full-time 1.0 FTE, 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Vice Provost for University Outreach and Engagement. The office location will be on the main OSU campus in Corvallis, Oregon. This individual will provide leadership for the OSU Extension Services Outdoor School (ODS) Program.The Division of University Outreach and Engagement (Division) at Oregon State University enhances access to enrichment and problem solving through reciprocal relationships for the exchange of knowledge and resources in partnership with individuals, communities, business, industries, government, and educational institutions. The Division includes the OSU Extension Service. The Outdoor School (ODS) Program resides within the OSU Extension Service and advances the Extension Services vision, mission, and goals through the statewide engagement of School Districts and Educational Service Districts in Outdoor School. The ODS Program helps Oregons youth learn better; develop leadership, critical thinking and social skills; and exposes them to the role of scientific inquiry and applied learning. The long-term goal of this ODS Program is to integrate placed-based programs into the Oregon school system that build upon youths skills in hands-on science and their abilities to be effective stewards and leaders in their community. Outdoor School is intended for all 5th or 6th graders in the state of Oregon. OSU Outdoor School Program website: OES Outdoor School Program Leader has leadership and administrative responsibility for the OSU Outdoor School Program and leads the development of strategic, long-range plans and identifies measurable benchmarks; secures financial resources; promotes partnerships and collaboration with internal and external partners; ensures program visibility at local and state level; supervises program staff; manages budgets to meet established benchmarks; promotes the principles and practices of diversity, equity and inclusion; reports on program accomplishments and ensures that program practices reflect best practices in education. The primary responsibilities of this Outdoor Program Leader position are to*Provide strategic leadership for developing, growing, and sustaining a statewide Outdoor Program that allows every 5th or 6th grader in Oregon to attend Outdoor School.*Possess a passion and commitment to getting every eligible Oregon student into outdoor school.*Develop and manage a budget to accomplish program goals.*Build collaborative networks with stakeholders, program partners, and OSU faculty around the state to create relevant and responsive outdoor school program.*Provide leadership to the ODS Advisory Committee and Work Groups.*Co-create a shared program vision and establishes a culture of commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion.*Communicate ODS milestones, impacts and values to policy makers, stakeholders, and partners at the state and national level.*Ensure that the Outdoor School Program reflects the requirements of ORS 327.390*Establish best practice guidelines and resources to build capacity of the outdoor school network to ensure high quality, relevant, and safe engagement of students in outdoor school.*Manage and coordinate all aspects of administration of the program.Oregon State University and the Division are committed to maintaining and enhancing a collaborative and inclusive community that strives for equity and equal opportunity. All employees of the Division are responsible for helping to ensure that these commitments are achieved. In addition, this Outdoor School Program Leader will ensure that all people have equal program participation opportunities.OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled.
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Additional Description, Instructions or Comments:
60% Program Leadership and Administration:Provide leadership, vision, and focus for the Outdoor School Program. Define and implement the OSU Outdoor School vision, strategic goals, program design, staffing, budget, and program priorities.Join and play an active role on the Divisions Executive Leadership Team. Participate within the Divisions leadership teams including Program Council.Co-chair of ODS Advisory Committee and lead contact for oversight of ODS Work Groups. Provide guidance and oversight of the ODS Advisory Committee and Work Groups. Co-chair of Advisory Committee. Helps develop and propose recommendations to the OSU Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement and Director of Extension Service.Build and sustain collaborative relationships with program partners and stakeholders including, but not limited Oregon public, private and charter School Districts, Educational Service Districts, educators, Outdoor School Program Providers, Camp Facility staff, and environmental, natural resources partners.Work in partnership with OSU Division of Outreach & Engagement Leadership and other OSU administrative departments to develop policy, procedures, and guidelines for the implementation of OSU Extension Statewide Outdoor School Program, which includes granting funds to school districts and Educational Service Districts.Administer program organizational staffing structures, budgets, program guideline and policies, and strategic plans.Represent Outdoor School and OSU Extension Service at meetings, including natural resource, outdoor and environmental education, and education organizations, agencies and district on advisory councils, projects and programs.Participate at state and national level in promoting the program and in sharing program successes.Seek opportunities to leverage resources and advance the mission of Outdoor School through partnerships in conferences, summits, and other events.Align programming with educational, outdoor education and environmental education with established and emerging research on best practices.Track trends and research in outdoor education, environmental education, and in education to ensure integration of knowledge into program development and practices.25% Program Accountability and Coordination:Develop an annual work plan that meet short term program goals, prioritize work and incorporate strategies for moving to long-term goal.Work closely with Oregon schools to increase the number of students who have access to outdoor school.Evaluate and document evidence of program quality and accomplishments.Establish procedures and methods for tracking and recording program accomplishments and impacts. Evaluate the quality and impact of educational programming and services.Monitor achievement of program goals.Prepare quarterly and annual evaluations and reports.Coordinate and communicate with staff regarding work assignments, projects and program implementation.Provide fiscal leadership for the project, including budget development, business plan creation, fund and resource development and sustainable practicesEnsure agreements and grants meet requirements for budget expenditures and accomplishments.Manage the day-to-day operations of the OSU Outdoor School office.Track program budgets and expenditures.Establish consistent and timely communication with internal and external partners.Review program systems for tracking participant data.Coordinate marketing of program and workshops to the education and forestry committees.10% Supervision:Provide leadership and direct oversight of the ODS Program Team: professional faculty, regional faculty, Administrative Program Assistant, and students as needed. Recruit, hire, orient, assigns/approve work and retain diverse staff; conduct annual performance review and revise position descriptions.5% Service and Engagement:Attend and present at program associated conferences.Maintain professional competencies by attending conferences, meetings, and staff development opportunities National Science Teachers Association, Oregon Science Teachers Association, North American Association for Environmental Education.Participate as a contributing member of projects and programs that support the goals and mission of OSU Outdoor School Program, such as the Oregon Forestry Institute for Teachers and other educational endeavors by the College and Extension Service.Participate in professional development opportunities.Serve on university, state, local, and other committees as requested and as time is available.Promote Oregon State University as a statewide institution of higher learning.Contribute to equity, inclusion, and diversity of the OSU Outdoor School Program.
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Minimum education level :
Masters degree in Education, Education Administration, Environmental Education, Outdoor Education, Extension Education, or field directly related to this position
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Travel Requirements:
This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid drivers license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per OSU Standard 576-056-0000 et seq. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Motor Vehicle Check Requirement.
Other Requirements:
Demonstrated ability to manage large, complex budgets.Demonstrated experience in organizational development, leadership, and management.Demonstrated experience in engaging committees in accomplishing organizational outcomes.Demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills including the effective use of technology.Demonstrated ability to establish, measure, and report on programmatic outcomes and impacts.Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse audiences and to engage in culturally relevant programming and practices that support and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.Demonstrated ability to lead groups and to plan, organize, evaluate, manage, and delegate details associated with program and office management.Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision and manage competing time demands.General ability to use common computer software, including proficiency with information technology, web sites and social media.Demonstrated ability to work as a collaborative member of a team.This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Criminal History Check Requirement.


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Contact :
Carleen Nutt
Phone Number with Area Code :
(541) 737-5224
Application Instructions :
When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:1) A resume/CV; and2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.You will also be required to submit the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone numbers as part of the application process. These can be attached as Other Document 1 if you choose not to include them in your resume/CV.You may use Other Document 2 to answer to Posting Specific Question: How would you demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion in this position?For additional information please contact:Lindsey Shirley at Lindsey.Shirley@oregonstate.eduOSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.