Dear Extension Colleagues,
Earlier this week, you received an email from me announcing an internal search for the director of professional development. I invite you to review the position description and assist us in recruiting Extension faculty and staff who may be interested in and qualified for the position.
Creating a coordinated and integrated approach to professional development across Extension is a priority as we continue to implement Extension's strategic plan and align with the new University strategic plan. Professional development is specifically addressed under Extension Goal #4, "Extension fosters a workforce and environment that drives innovation and excellence and supports a culture of inclusion and collaboration" and relates to the University priority, "Recruiting, retaining, and promoting field-shaping researchers and teachers."
In addition, professional development, including new employee onboarding, supervisor training and leadership development are all priorities that Extension employees identified in the recent Employee Engagement surveys.
Three years ago, we created the professional development position and we made advances in several of the areas under the direction of Ying Iverson. With Ying's departure, we are looking to hire a professional development director who will build on those efforts and work with Extension leadership to create a strategic, organization-wide system.
We are conducting an internal search because we know that within Extension we have many qualified candidates and providing opportunities for advancement within Extension is important to our employees.
The position posting and application information is available on the University's employment website. The search committee will begin reviewing applications on March 2 and expects to begin interviews in late March.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact Brent Hales, senior associate dean, to whom this position reports, or any member of the search committee: Kim Boyce (chair), Renee Pardello, Betsy Weiland, Nancy Hegland and Karen Shirer.