Michigan State University Extension helps people improve their lives through an educational process that applies knowledge to critical issues, needs and opportunities. With a presence in every Michigan county, MSU Extension educators and staff work every day to provide the most current information when people need it to ensure success – in the workplace, at home and in the community.
As a member of the MSU Extension organizational development team and reporting to the associate director of Extension, the campus-based (East Lansing, Michigan) Extension program evaluation specialist will develop and implement a comprehensive plan to build capacity for evaluating programs for short- and long-term impact and building MSU Extension’s evidence base and scholarly reputation across local, national and international settings. This position serves as a resource in designing and evaluating measurable outcomes, while working with on- and off-campus institute leadership, district directors, educators, faculty and staff.
In this role, you will collaborate with institute leadership and MSUE work teams to develop logic model objectives and evaluation strategies, assessment instruments and impact reports, while consulting on short- and long-term evaluation designs for statewide institute program evaluations. You will be responsible for (1) assisting MSUE staff and educators in qualitative and quantitative evaluation design that facilitates proper analysis, including guidance/assistance in selecting existing valid measures; (2) serving as a resource and referral on the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process; (3) development and delivery of educational programs related to Extension program development and evaluation, utilizing a variety of delivery methods, including distance technology, and providing resources in web format; (4) serving as a resource on evaluation design as a pre-award function of grant proposals; (5) serving as a resource and referral to Extension evaluation resources regionally and nationwide; and (6) developing scholarly activity including publishing in peer-reviewed journals, seeking and acquiring funding to support evaluation projects, presenting your research in local, national and international research settings, and designing webinars to disseminate MSU Extension evaluation methods and findings.
Coordinate organizational evaluation efforts across all MSU Extension Institutes and program areas to aid in continuous program improvement initiatives, as well as outcome and impact reporting efforts.
Design, implement and manage the evaluation of educational programs and evidence-based or applied-research projects, including sampling methodology, instrument design and selection, logic model development, data analysis, and preparation of evaluation reports.
Work with county, district and state Extension staff to implement a comprehensive plan for evaluating Extension education programs and activities in coordination with MSU Extension Institutes.
Develop evaluation strategies, assessment instruments, and impact reports for regular programming and funded projects.
Supervise the preparation of evaluation reports; share the results, interpretation, and feedback with local, national and international stakeholders. This includes utilizing state-of-the-art methods, such as webinars, to maximally convey results and build MSU Extension’s scholarly reputation locally, nationally and internationally.
Provide oversight for needs assessment activities, including providing guidance to staff in developing partnerships with community-based organizations leading need assessment activities that could inform MSU Extension programming.
Identify and implement evaluation instruments and protocols that are culturally appropriate to diverse audiences; this includes continually seeking professional development to demonstrate proficiency in cultural competence methodology and forging partnerships with experts in these areas.
Ability to embrace change and support continuous improvement efforts to support outreach and engagement initiatives of MSU Extension.
Actively participate in professional development opportunities, including developing and following a personal plan for professional development, consistent with personal and organizational goals, and participate in organizational meetings and other program activities.
Author, produce and submit research-based articles in peer-reviewed journals and other major outlets.
Gather and report programming outputs and impacts, to demonstrate program effectiveness and to guide future program priorities for MSU Extension.
Understand and implement required Civil Rights policies and procedures.
Work toward and support an environment that values diversity, equity and inclusion. This includes continually seeking professional development to demonstrate proficiency in cultural competence methodology and forging partnerships with experts in these areas.
Seek, write, apply for, and manage grants or other external funding opportunities, relevant to organizational capacity around evaluation competencies. This includes working in partnership with other states and organizations to prepare and implement multi-level/multi-state grants.
Develop and deliver training and serve as a primary resource to county, district, and state Extension personnel in program evaluation and accountability.
Create and promote positive public relations for MSU Extension.
Other duties or projects as assigned by the Associate Director of Extension.
Demonstrated ability to lead, teach, and work productively as a team member, and develop multi-disciplinary collaborations.
Operates with minimal guidance, is flexible and adaptable to changing environments with the demonstrated ability to work independently in an office environment.
High degree of competency in human relations skills, including interpersonal and team-based skills.
Strong work-ethic and self-motivation, exhibiting a high personal standard of excellence, responsible behavior and judgment, strong organizational skills, and attention to detail.
Strong oral and written communication skills, including strong organizational and time management skills to establish goals and priorities, oversee multiple projects, achieve goals and meet critical deadlines.
Proven record of developing and maintaining positive working relationships intra- and inter-organizationally.
Experience and proven ability working productively with a team.
Ability to effectively relate to and communicate with staff, faculty, and the public.
Knowledge and proficiency in the use of technology (e.g. web research, Microsoft Office 365-Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook for mail/calendaring, distance technology, etc.) in support of program delivery, training, staff development and for day-to day work, record keeping, reporting, team-based communications and overall management, including ability to use and adapt multiple computer and distance learning technologies.
Ability to lift and carry educational materials, equipment, etc. up to 25 lbs.
Ability to travel, as well as occasional overnight travel, in order to perform the duties of this position.
Transportation is the responsibility of the employee (monthly reimbursement provided).
An understanding and commitment to equal access and opportunity, and to diversity, equity and inclusivity.
Demonstrated success in program development and delivery to diverse audiences/communities, including but not limited to, race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences.
Proven ability in establishing and working effectively with a diverse network of constituents and community members across race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences, to assist with program development and outreach.
Understanding of, and ability to implement Civil Rights principles and compliance standards.
Other duties and skills, or physical abilities, required to perform duties of the position.
Ph.D in Program Evaluation, Education, Epidemiology, Human or Agricultural Sciences, Public Health, Psychology or closely related field.
3-years’ experience in Extension program development, or demonstrated ability and skill in educational program planning, implementation and evaluation (relevant experience acquired within the last 5-years preferred).
Basic understanding of the Cooperative Extension System, familiar with outreach and engagement activities and demonstrated success working with land-grant university Extension programs.
Substantial knowledge and understanding of the MSU Extension organization, operation, philosophy, and objectives.
Experience conducting research with multi-disciplinary partners.
Experience in evaluating programs for diverse audiences.
Experience with marketing/promotion of educational programs.
Prior experience obtaining and managing grants, especially multi-level and multi-state grants.
Evidence of successful grant and contract development activities with state and federal agencies, private entities, or foundations.
Required Application Materials
Four (4) professional references, including at least two (2) prior or current supervisors
This is a full time, fixed term end-dated appointment renewable annually based upon successful performance and continued funding.
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