Position Summary

Position Description

Duties and Responsibilities
Provide leadership, orientation, and ongoing professional development to Extension faculty in the program development process including coordinating assessments to identify community needs, evaluating program efforts, reporting outcomes, and communicating impacts.
Establish and maintain ongoing relationships with internal Extension leaders and Extension faculty in order to create new and expanded opportunities to quantitatively and qualitatively showcase the successes and impact of the organization.
Collaborate with Extension faculty across the state on the development of evaluation tools, instruments, systems, and strategies.
Identify, develop, and disseminate educational resources on program development and evaluation to assist faculty in all program areas.
Collaborate with University professionals providing leadership for faculty impact reporting within the Faculty Success tool (formerly Digital Measures) to ensure software features and enhancements are optimized for evaluation efforts.
Work collaboratively with the Extension Administrative Team, Communications unit, and others to synthesize information and maximize the utility and effectiveness of Faculty Success in order to provide outcome and impact information for a variety of reports.
Facilitate alignment and lead preparation of the Federal reporting including the Plan of Work, and Annual Report of Accomplishment for MSU in collaboration with Extension Administration and the Montana Agriculture Experiment Station.

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree in discipline related to the work of Extension (e.g. Education, Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences, Positive Youth Development, Public Health, Natural Resources, Community Development and/or program development and evaluation). Demonstrated experience utilizing the program development process including assessing needs, evaluating programs, reporting outcomes, and communicating impacts. Demonstrated experience developing, implementing, and evaluating training and professional development for adult learners. Demonstrated experience compiling and synthesizing data and communicating impacts to stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications

Doctorate in discipline related to the work of Extension (e.g. Education, Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences, Positive Youth Development, Public Health, Natural Resources, Community Development and/or program development and evaluation). Demonstrated experience designing and implementing program and process evaluation activities, including experience conducting statistical analyses and/or qualitative data analysis. Experience preparing protocols and instruments for program evaluation. Understanding of Extension, including its mission, vision, goals, policies, and infrastructure.

Other Requirements

The Successful Candidate Will Have excellence in written, oral and interpersonal communication skills. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with constituencies at the university campus, county, state and national levels. Demonstrated success in collaboration and cooperation with faculty and staff. Have the ability to act independently and be thoughtful. A broad understanding of the philosophy, accomplishments and challenges of the Extension System and the Land Grant University. Appreciation of ethnically diverse constituencies. Equally value all program areas of Extension and respect the MSU Extension model and structure focused on meeting locally-identified and statewide needs.

Travel Requirements

Occasional travel throughout the state.

Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?

yes

Contact Name

Carrie Ashe

Contact Email

carrie.ashe@montana.edu

Contact Phone

406-994-3293

Application Instructions

Apply online at montana.edu/extension/careers

Equal Employer Statement(s)

Equal opportunity employer, veterans/diasbled

About Montana State University Extension

Brief Position Overview

Extension work at MSU is defined as, the creation of partnerships, programs, and plans through Extension, or other community-based research, that leverage the knowledge and resources of the university and the public/private sector to enhance learning, discovery, and engagement; educate and engage citizens; strengthen communities; address locally identified issues and problems; apply and disseminate knowledge; and contribute to the public good.