Job Details

Professor/Assistant Director/State Program Leader -
Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service
Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Oklahoma State University – Stillwater, Oklahoma

The Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University (OSU Agriculture) invites applications and nominations for the position of Professor and Assistant Director and State Program Leader for Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Community Economic Development, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (OCES).  This appointment is administratively responsible to the Associate Vice President for OCES.

Who We Are
The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (OSU Extension) provides a link between OSU and the people of the state in all 77 Oklahoma counties. With educators in all counties, we tailor programs and offerings to solve problems faced by Oklahomans with information backed by current scientific research.  OSU Extension is dedicated to improving lives and communities by offering educational programs, services and resources to all Oklahomans through our county educators and specialists.

The Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service represents a federal, state, and county partnership first launched in 1914. The mission of OSU Extension is to disseminate information to the people of Oklahoma and encourage the adoption of research-generated knowledge. OSU Extension helps Oklahomans solve local issues and concerns, promote leadership and manage resources wisely. 

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The Assistant Director is responsible for providing innovative and creative leadership to identify, plan, implement, coordinate, evaluate and report statewide Extension Agriculture, Natural Resources and Community Economics Development programs with campus and field staff.

The Assistant Director is administratively responsible to the OCES Associate Vice President and is a member of the state Extension leadership team. In this 12-month position, the Assistant Director assumes an active administrative role in matters pertaining to the OCES, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Community Economic Development programs. This includes, but is not limited to:

* Develop interdisciplinary cooperation for effective team efforts among units within the Division
* Foster priority programming efforts between local educators, area specialists and state specialists
* Assist in obtaining, allocating and managing fiscal, physical and human resources consistent with Extension priorities, operations and conditions
* Assist with staff recruitment, screening, orientation, in-service education, professional development and performance appraisals
* Provide leadership in the development of plans of work, evaluation and impact reports for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Community Development
* Monitor trends, changes, needs, desires and aspirations of clientele and professionals across the state
* Foster positive working relationships and collaboration with the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station (OAES) and federal, state and private agencies and organizations, including commodity groups.
* Encourage cross program cooperation between the 1862, 1890 and 1994 programs.
* Manage and maintain quality control of publications, and other educational media and materials
* Understand roles and responsibilities of positions in the organization with the ability to communicate clearly to various individuals
* Engage in Southern Region-Program Leadership Network


An earned doctorate with at least one degree in an agricultural science or natural resource discipline from an accredited land-grant university, a minimum of seven (7) years of professional Cooperative Extension Service experience and the willingness and ability to be innovative and adapt to change. Qualifications and prior experiences must merit appointment as a full professor with tenure in one of the Division's academic departments.
Applicant's experience should demonstrate a thorough understanding of the philosophy and objectives of the Cooperative Extension Service along with knowledge of educational processes for county, area and state programs; success in developing, implementing and evaluating sound educational programs; competent management of people and fiscal resources along with resource development; leadership skills and the ability to work effectively with people and build and motivate teams; superior communication abilities; demonstrated commitment to inclusion and the promotion of equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action.

Application Submission
Although applications will be accepted until a successful candidate has been appointed, interested parties are encouraged to submit their materials by September 23, 2022, to receive optimal consideration.

Application Materials
Application materials, which should include a letter indicating the applicant’s interest, experience and qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, and a list of five references with phone and email contact information.  Applications must be submitted electronically via for the position labeled req12058.  Salary is commensurate with qualifications.

Nominations for the position are encouraged and should include the name and contact information for the nominee.

Questions may be addressed to Dr. Justin Moss, Chair, Search and Screen Committee, at or (405) 744-5415.

To learn more about OSU Extension and OSU Agriculture and Stillwater, visit these websites.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Oklahoma State University, as an equal opportunity employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Oklahoma State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate based on race, religion, age, sex, color, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or veteran status with regard to employment, educational programs and activities, and/or admissions. For more information, visit https:///