Position Summary

Salary and Other Benefits

Salary commensurate with education and experience. The University of Maryland offers an extensive benefit package. More information on employee benefits can be found here: https://uhr.umd.edu/benefits/

Position Description

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

Chartered as the Maryland Agricultural College on March 6, 1856, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is the cornerstone of the University of Maryland system, built upon a foundation of sound science, groundbreaking research through the Agricultural Experiment Station and Maryland pride. The University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) is a leading Land-Grant institution providing teaching, research, and programs through University of Maryland Extension (UME) to a diverse clientele in the State of Maryland and beyond.

UME is developing a new unit, Program and Organizational Development.  Within the unit, a new position has been created focused on Evaluation and Assessment to support the faculty and Organization in program design and development, evaluation, and assessment.  The position will be responsible for the development of a comprehensive approach to the program development process for Extension.  The approach will include developing competency focused enhancement of faculty skill sets in the areas of impact focused program planning, assessments, evaluation, survey design, and data interpretation within University of Maryland Extension (UME). The position will serve as a resource for UME to identify and communicate critical statewide and national priority areas and assist faculty with community needs assessment, and conducting program evaluation and applied research related to these priorities.

The person selected for this position is expected to support AGNR and UME faculty team(s) with the intent to conduct interdisciplinary work. They will serve as a collaborative team member as part of the Program and Organizational Development Unit of UME.

The position will report to the UME Assistant Director and Unit Head for Program and Organizational Development.

Responsibilities:

  • Develops systems and strategies for identifying program development and evaluation learning priorities and support based on personnel competencies, experiences, traits, and motivations.
  • Provide leadership and support for needs assessments, program development, evaluation, and reporting for Extension Programs and applied research projects in collaborations with program leaders.
  • Support the Extension Program Development Process by supporting faculty and C/AEDs in development of strong Extension Advisory Councils to guide the Extension program development process.
  • Serves as resource and develops evaluation and survey tools and templates that can be used by individual faculty and teams to design and evaluate programs.
  • Lead efforts to initiate annual program planning process including curriculum development, trainings, instruction materials, and web based development systems.
  • Serves as coordinating team member to teach program development components of faculty onboarding and mentoring processes.
  • Contribute to development and compilation of accountability reports for state and national stakeholders including required annual Federal Report for Extension.
  • Serve as a department Institutional Review Board (IRB) liaison and provide oversight of staff supporting Extension faculty submissions.
  • Coordinate with Extension Communications program to develop annual reports of accomplishment targeted to external constituents and clientele marketing the outcomes and impacts of Extension programs.

Required Qualifications

• A Masters in Extension Education, evaluation, statistics, research methodology, or closely related applicable discipline. • Three to five years of professional experience in community focused educational program development, design, and evaluation. • Evidence of capacity to build UME Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion capacity through the Extension program development model. • Demonstrate evidence of culturally competent practices within evaluative methodologies. • Teach effectively using a variety of instructional strategies including distance and online technologies. • Demonstrate expertise in the field of evaluation and assessment development. • Demonstrate evidence of developing and contributing to high functioning teams. • Demonstrate a personal value of spirit of service and contribution. • This position is subject to a Criminal History Record Check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion and clearance of the Criminal History Record Check.

Preferred Qualifications

• Doctorate in related field of study. • Previous successful county Extension experience. • Evidence of ability to move projects forward independently. • Evidence of ability to effectively communicate the public value of Extension to key policymakers. • Evidence of positive and productive relationships with colleagues and external audiences. • A strong commitment to Cooperative Extension, extension professional development, and the advancement of the collective evaluation capacity of University of Maryland Extension personnel is essential. • Demonstrated expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research designs; experience in statistical software for data analysis (e.g., SAS, SPSS, R); ability to prepare and publish program impacts, research findings, scholarly work, and project reports; strong organizational, time, and project management skills.

Other Requirements

Vaccine Protocol: The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment.

Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?

yes

Application Instructions

All candidates must apply online at https://ejobs.umd.edu. A complete application packet includes a cover letter, resume, copies of transcripts, and three (3) professional references, including name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address.