This is a full-time, 1.0 FTE, 12-month, professional faculty at Oregon State University in the College of Agricultural Sciences' Department of Horticulture. This Extension Statewide Master Gardener Program Manager position will have a statewide assignment and will report to the Extension Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Program Leader.
The Statewide Master Gardener Program Manager position provides leadership, guidance, and direction for the Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener (EMG) program and for county-based Extension employees who coordinate local EMG programs. The Oregon State University EMG Program engages over 2400 active volunteers across 27 counties. They also work with and advise the Oregon Master Gardener Association, which governs 25 local county chapters. The Program Manager works cooperatively with administrative leadership and county-based Extension employees to determine programmatic needs and provides appropriate support, facilitation and linkages to university and external resources including marketing and promotion of the core programs. This individual coordinates with statewide and regional community horticulture faculty and staff to support non-credit curricula development whereby volunteers learn and integrate best management practices in areas to include: sustainable horticulture, plant and insect identification, native species conservation, climate change, local food production, soil health, plant diagnostics, pollinator health, adaptive and accessible gardening, and cultural connection. The Program Manger provides supervision and lead work for Seed to Supper. More information can be found here: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/mg
OSU is committed to practicing and delivery of tools for state-of-the-science interaction and engagement of partners and stakeholders. This faculty member is required to use modern learning tools including online and hybrid classes, employ and practice engaged scholarship, promote integration of programs across disciplines that are demand-driven and use open-source tools that continually align with innovation and shifts in educational program delivery.
College of Agricultural Sciences faculty are committed to enhancing student/learner success by engaging them in quality academic, research, internships, global studies, and other experiential learning opportunities. Positions with primary responsibility for Extension and Engagement are likewise committed to student/learner success through programming appropriate for diverse audiences.
Active and effective communication with colleagues and key stakeholders is critical to the success of this position. This position will require traveling.
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 forest 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 ensure that educational programs and outreach activities serve diverse populations, including those that have been historically marginalized/excluded from participation.
For more information on our commitment to inclusive excellence:
OSU Division of Extension and Engagement's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Typically requires Bachelor's Degree in field relevant to program focus.
Master's degree in horticulture, home/public horticulture, agricultural education, agronomy, adult education, or other applicable discipline. Degree must be completed by the date this position posting closes.
A minimum of one year of direct experience working with Extension Master Gardeners or similar volunteer programs.
Effective written and oral communication skills, including the ability to interact effectively with a variety of audiences. and communicate broad-based scientific information with community and EMG stakeholders.
Experience conducting program evaluation.
Experience planning, coordinating, and communicating with a variety of common computer office productivity tools, virtual meeting tools, and social media platforms.
Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion.
Ability to identify, secure and successfully manage resources (grants, in-kind contributions, contracts, cost recovery, etc.)
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per University Standard: 05-010 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.
This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver's license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.
Flexibility to work evenings and weekends.
This position has a statewide assignment and requires traveling throughout Oregon to perform the responsibilities of this position.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with skills, education and experience
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