Job Details

Position Details

Req ID:

req6048

Position Title:

Local Government Specialist

Position Type:

Staff Full-Time

OSU Campus:

Stillwater

Department:

Agricultural Economics

Location Address:

Hiring Supervisor:

Notie Lansford

Hiring Range:
(Contingent upon available funding):

2,785.00 - 4,805.00, Salary

Work Schedule:

Work schedule to be determined by supervisor.

Faculty Appt Period:

Job Summary:

Identify, develop, present, and evaluate educational programs and reference materials. 
Identify Needs: Work with other local government specialists, other Extension staff, state agencies, county officer association advisory boards, and county officer leadership to identify training and educational needs. 
Develop new material and modify existing curricula and materials to meet education and training needs, particularly the certification programs and other mandated training. Includes interpreting and communicating Oklahoma statutes, attorney general opinions, and state agency information. In addition, handbooks must be updated. Handbooks serve as a guide for county officers in performing the duties of their offices as defined by the Oklahoma statutes and state government department and agency rules and guidelines. 
Present short-courses and workshops at regional locations throughout the State, at conferences, and by distance education methods such as webinars. Training sessions will address, among other things, duties and responsibilities of county clerks, county treasures, county excise boards and county commissioners. Training sessions will address efficiency, effectiveness, and professionalism of county officers and their staff. Other educational endeavors will include writing, designing, editing, and producing a variety of publications for the county officer training program. This may include newsletters, correspondence, Extension fact sheets, and the like. 
Evaluate effectiveness and outcomes of educational activities. Evaluation includes post-presentation evaluation forms, surveys conducted at later dates, and receiving verbal feedback from county officer advisory boards and individuals. Evaluation will be used to modify and/or expand training programming. 
The specialist represents the program and the University in local, state, and national forums, as required. The specialist develops a program work plan and when necessary, adjusts the annual work plan and performance goals. This will include working in multiple programs performing different functions simultaneously. The specialist must be able to work in an interdisciplinary changing team environment, collaborate with internal and external clients, and complete broad work assignments in an accurate, timely, and cost effective manner. The specialist will develop an annual work plan that contributes to the overall strategic plan. The specialist and his/her supervisor will discuss and establish annual performance goals and measures that are subject to change from year to year. The candidate will be expected to perform other duties as assigned, and when necessary, adjustments will be made to the annual work plan and the performance goals. Employment is contingent upon continuous funding and revenue.

Primarily to fulfill the mandates of Title 19, Sections 130.1 ? 130.7 and 1500, and Title 68, Section 3006 of the Oklahoma Statutes. These laws call for a professional development training and education programs for county elected officials, their employees, and county excise board members. (It may potentially include training for other local government officials). This involves development of curricula and presentation of it. This professional development of county public officials also entails applied research in the development of educational programs and publications, as well as, reference materials such as detailed handbooks addressing the duties and responsibilities of the various offices. Although most programs will be for groups, one-on-one assistance is also expected. The specialist will regularly work with other Extension personnel, state agencies staff, and county officer association leadership. This position contributes to the overall effort of these programs but particularly with respect the county treasurers and their employees.  

This is an exempt position (which indicates that the position is exempt from overtime pay/comp or time accrual). Regular office hours are M-F; 8:00-12:00 and 1:00-5:00 p.m. According to OSU policy, a 40-hour workweek is considered minimal for exempt staff and you are expected to work hours in excess of 40 hours per week when the work load requires additional hours (to include some early mornings, evenings and/or weekends). 

Identify, develop, present, and evaluate educational programs and reference materials. 
Identify Needs: Work with other local government specialists, other Extension staff, state agencies, county officer association advisory boards, and county officer leadership to identify training and educational needs. 
Develop new material and modify existing curricula and materials to meet education and training needs, particularly the certification programs and other mandated training. Includes interpreting and communicating Oklahoma statutes, attorney general opinions, and state agency information. In addition, handbooks must be updated. Handbooks serve as a guide for county officers in performing the duties of their offices as defined by the Oklahoma statutes and state government department and agency rules and guidelines. 
Present short-courses and workshops at regional locations throughout the State, at conferences, and by distance education methods such as webinars. Training sessions will address, among other things, duties and responsibilities of county clerks, county treasures, county excise boards and county commissioners. Training sessions will address efficiency, effectiveness, and professionalism of county officers and their staff. Other educational endeavors will include writing, designing, editing, and producing a variety of publications for the county officer training program. This may include newsletters, correspondence, Extension fact sheets, and the like. 
Evaluate effectiveness and outcomes of educational activities. Evaluation includes post-presentation evaluation forms, surveys conducted at later dates, and receiving verbal feedback from county officer advisory boards and individuals. Evaluation will be used to modify and/or expand training programming. 
The specialist represents the program and the University in local, state, and national forums, as required. The specialist develops a program work plan and when necessary, adjusts the annual work plan and performance goals. This will include working in multiple programs performing different functions simultaneously. The specialist must be able to work in an interdisciplinary changing team environment, collaborate with internal and external clients, and complete broad work assignments in an accurate, timely, and cost effective manner. The specialist will develop an annual work plan that contributes to the overall strategic plan. The specialist and his/her supervisor will discuss and establish annual performance goals and measures that are subject to change from year to year. The candidate will be expected to perform other duties as assigned, and when necessary, adjustments will be made to the annual work plan and the performance goals. Employment is contingent upon continuous funding and revenue.

Primarily to fulfill the mandates of Title 19, Sections 130.1 ? 130.7 and 1500, and Title 68, Section 3006 of the Oklahoma Statutes. These laws call for a professional development training and education programs for county elected officials, their employees, and county excise board members. (It may potentially include training for other local government officials). This involves development of curricula and presentation of it. This professional development of county public officials also entails applied research in the development of educational programs and publications, as well as, reference materials such as detailed handbooks addressing the duties and responsibilities of the various offices. Although most programs will be for groups, one-on-one assistance is also expected. The specialist will regularly work with other Extension personnel, state agencies staff, and county officer association leadership. This position contributes to the overall effort of these programs but particularly with respect the county treasurers and their employees.  

Special Instructions to Applicants

During the online application process, please upload a letter of application indicating interests and background along with a complete resume, as well as three complete references which include name, address, and email address.

Education & Experience

Position Qualifications:

Required:

High School/GED  

3 years related technical training plus three years related experience. 

Valid Driver's license - Driver's license and ability to travel to locations around the state alone and present short-courses that are up to six hours per day in length and may require overnight stays one to four nights per week. This includes ability to load and unload educational materials and equipment in containers weighing up to 50 pounds Out of state travel occasionally, possibly once or twice per year for professional conference(s)  

Basic understanding of county government in Oklahoma preferably with respect to the duties and responsibilities of the county treasurer. 

Good written and oral communication skills. 

Ability to teach adult audiences orally with relevant visual aids and classroom exercises.  

Preferred: 

Master's in education, business, government, or related

Training in delivery of educational programs, especially to adult audiences. Experience in delivery of education programs, especially to adult audiences. Training and experience in applied research in the area of public finance, especially at the local government level. Detailed knowledge of the duties and responsibilities of county treasurers in Oklahoma. Knowledge of the duties and responsibilities of other county elected officials and non-elected officials in Oklahoma county government and how those officials interact with the county treasurer. Technical writing skills.  

 

Oklahoma State University (OSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, OSU conducts pre-employment background checks on final candidates.  Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.