Position Summary

Position Description

Oregon State University Division of Extension and Engagement is seeking a Director of Professional and Continuing Education (PACE). This is a full-time, 12-month, professional faculty position located in Corvallis or Portland, Oregon.

The Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) unit resides in the Division of Extension and Engagement (Division) at Oregon State University (OSU). The PACE unit is a self-supported unit. The Director of PACE reports to the Associate Vice Provost for Engagement. Members of the PACE team are geographically distributed. The Division will fund the Director of PACE position for three years, after which the unit will be responsible to fund the position.

The Director of PACE leads and provides strategic direction and oversight for the development and expansion of non-credit continuing education courses and professional programs, assesses opportunities, identifies and establishes relationships with internal and external partners, and manages finances.

The director oversees PACE personnel to establish, document and evaluate partnerships and collaborations with government agencies and departments, businesses, corporations, private organizations, educational institutions from K-12 through community colleges and other public and private universities to further access to lifelong learning opportunities within a self-support business model. The director identifies, seeks, and manages the development courses and programs in the areas of workforce development, professional continuing education, economic development programs, certification and licensure, university enrichment courses, and precollege engagement and interaction. The director manages human, financial, and physical resources; develops procedures and processes to attain enrollment and budget goals; and meets compliance requirements needed to support programs that serve continuing education participants.

The director develops, implements, and evaluates short and long-term goals related to professional and continuing education and is a strategic thinker who ensures that the PACE unit is self-sustaining and directed toward achieving the strategic goals of Oregon State University and the Division. The director may represent the unit at campus meetings or on committees.

Consistent with OSU’s commitment, the Division is 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 this commitment is achieved. This commitment includes, but is not limited to, complying with civil rights and language access regulations.

Summary of Benefits: https://hr.oregonstate.edu/benefits/prospective-employee

To calculate our Total Rewards Package use this link: https://hr.oregonstate.edu/benefits/new-employees/benefits-calculator

Required Qualifications

**Master’s Degree in Adult Education, Learning & Development, Communications, Business Administration or applicable field. **Minimum six years of experience of proven effective leadership and management, with at least two of those years as full-time professional experience providing leadership in managing internal (Higher Education) and/or external (Corporate) relationships. **Demonstrated success working in professional and continuing education or workforce training in a corporate, non-profit, governmental, or educational setting. **Demonstrated success growing a program that involves determining staffing needs and managing a complex budget. **Experience in fiscal analysis to project growth and partner revenue-sharing models. **Excellent written, digital, oral, and interpersonal communication skills, especially communicating persuasively and clearly with other professional colleagues. **Demonstrated experience successfully participating in, building and leading effective and diverse work teams. **A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing a climate that is supportive of diversity, equity and inclusion. **Experience bringing people together around a shared vision and leveraging ideas into action. **Exceptional problem-solving skills and comfort with ambiguity. **Willingness to travel domestically to engage in person with collaborators. **Ability to manage complex negotiations involving multiple stakeholders and partners.

Preferred Qualifications

**Terminal degree (Ph.D., Ed.D., or similar) in Adult Education, Learning & Development, Communications, Business Administration or applicable field. **Strong background with data-informed decision-making, including the evaluation of program/product market relevance and financial viability. **Experience in higher education. **Experience successfully participating in, building and leading effective programs in an online education environment. **Experience in developing education programs for external partners. **Familiarity with instructional design best practices and innovations. **Ability to adapt to the changing technological environment.

Travel Requirements

Travel when necessary to fulfill responsibilities of position, which includes in-person collaboration with external partners.

Contact Name

Wiley Thompson

Contact Email


Application Instructions

To review posting and apply, go to: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/132650. Apply to posting #P06516UF. When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents: 1) Curriculum Vitae/Resume: Finalists will be required to give an open presentation which may include the distribution of their redacted curriculum vitae/resume and a short biography; 2) Cover letter that addresses each required qualification; 3) Response to the following prompt uploaded as Other Document 1; and In your experience, what are the challenges faced by members of historically marginalized/excluded groups in the 1) workplace and 2) as learners? What strategies will you implement to address these challenges? 4) Response to the following prompt uploaded as Other Document 2 After reviewing the OSU mission statement at https://leadership.oregonstate.edu/trustees/about-board/oregon-state-university-mission-statement and the emphasis on diversity, please state how your background and experience has prepared you to be effective in an environment that values diversity 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.

Equal Employer Statement(s)

OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled.

About Oregon State University Division of Extension and Engagement

About the division:

The Division of Extension and Engagement (Division) is core to Oregon State University’s mission. The Division helps create real solutions and positive impact across Oregon and beyond. The Division is aligned under the leadership of the Vice Provost for Extension and Engagement. To learn more about our Division and its core units and initiatives, please visit our Division website: https://engagement.oregonstate.edu/.

OSU Extension programs, partnerships and volunteer opportunities are focused on:

  • Healthy communities and economies
  • Resilient and productive forestry and natural ecosystems
  • Sustainable agriculture, food systems, and gardening
  • Thriving youth, individuals and families
  • Commitment to inclusive excellence:

Oregon State University is committed to creating and maintaining compassionate and inclusive learning and working environments for all learners, visitors and employees. We envision collaborative community environments that enhance civility and embrace diversity. All employees are responsible for achieving this commitment. This commitment includes, but is not limited to, complying with Civil Rights and Language Access regulations. In addition, this individual will design, develop, maintain and/or carry out Extension programs to ensure that educational programs and outreach activities serve diverse populations, including those that have been historically marginalized/excluded from participation.

OSU Division of Extension and Engagement’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion -https://extension.oregonstate.edu/about/diversity-equity-inclusion

OSU Moving Forward Together - https://leadership.oregonstate.edu/president/moving-forward-together