Director, Program Planning and Assessment - University of Illinois Extension (A1700473)

College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

University of Illinois Extension


The Director, Program Planning and Assessment serves as a regular, full-time, 12-month academic professional with primary responsibility for providing leadership and coordination for University of Illinois Extension's reports to stakeholder groups, including the local, state and federal plans of work and annual reports, working with Extension staff to plan for and collect qualitative and quantitative impact reports, and designing statewide and local assessment procedures.

One full-time position is available.

Location: Urbana-Champaign Campus

This is a security-sensitive position. Comprehensive background checks, including but not limited to a criminal conviction information check, a CANTS check, and a review of the Registered Sex Offender list, will be conducted.

Specific responsibilities of the Director, Program Planning and Assessment are as follows:

Major Duties and Responsibilities
  • Work with the Director of Extension and Extension Program Leaders to identify priority program areas and review the state and federal plans of work and reports.
  • Provide leadership in the development and internal communication of local and state plans of work throughout Extension.
  • Write the University of Illinois Extension portion of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture required plan of work and annual report. Collaborate with the Associate Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station to submit integrated Research and Extension documents.

Evaluation Design, Data Collection Systems, Needs Assessment, and Impact Analysis
  • Provide leadership in planning and conducting program evaluations, including the evaluation of state and Unit priority programs, and advise the Extension Leadership Team regarding evaluation plans and impact reporting.
  • Work with the Extension data analysts, communications and web development staff to provide impact analysis for reports developed for various stakeholders, funding agencies, and the public, both internal and external to the University.
  • Help staff develop logic models for priority programs, and design instruments for evaluation and needs assessment.
  • Collaborate with the Extension EEO officer to collect data required for civil rights compliance.

Professional Development
  • Provide leadership and oversight of the development of evaluation and reporting systems to promote and encourage sound program planning and evaluation.
  • Plan, facilitate, and help deliver orientation for new staff, to include program development, needs assessment, evaluation, and reporting; and continuing professional development for all staff.
  • Serve on Extension committees as assigned by the Associate Director, including the Program Planning and Assessment Committee and the Communication and Technology Committee.
  • Support the development of grant proposals, including providing budgets for services such as evaluation, assessments, and reporting.
  • Comply with all Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity policies and guidelines in all aspects of Extension work; assist Unit staff with data collection for Affirmative Action, Gender, and Targeted reports as needed.
  • Assume additional related responsibilities to enhance and further the mission of University of Illinois Extension.
  • To perform the functions of this position, the employee will be required to perform work both within an office and outside in the communities that are served, and must have the capability to travel from one location to the other in a timely fashion. Employee is responsible for securing personal transportation. A valid driver's license is preferred. Some work will be required during evening and/or weekends. When working, the employee may be exposed to a variety of environmental factors to include, but not limited to, hot or cold weather, exposure to noise and allergens, and uneven ground. In performing the functions of this position, the employee may be subject to various mental and physical demands as well to include, but not limited to, independently traveling to and performing work at different locations, lifting and moving items that may occasionally weigh up to forty (40) pounds and frequently weigh up to twenty (20) pounds, and twisting, pushing, and pulling movements. More detailed information regarding the functions of this position (including the physical, mental, and environmental requirements of the position) may be obtained from Human Resources for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) by contacting

Administrative and Programmatic Relationship

The Director, Program Planning and Assessment is administratively and programmatically responsible to the Associate Dean, Extension and Outreach.

  • Required: Master's degree from an accredited institution of higher education in Education, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science or other discipline that incorporates evaluation methodologies. Candidates with a Master's degree in progress may be considered for interviews, but degree must be completed by hire date. Demonstrated experience in evaluation of educational programs. Knowledge of current qualitative and quantitative techniques for collecting and reporting data. Team development skills, ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment, and sensitivity to limited resource audiences.
  • Preferred: PhD from an accredited institution of higher education in Education, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science or other discipline that incorporates evaluation methodologies.

Additional Information

The position is a full-time, benefits-eligible, non-tenure academic professional position appointed on a 12-month service basis. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Generous vacation and sick leave. State Universities Retirement System. Group health, dental, vision and life insurance.

Application Procedure: To apply, go to Log in to your account and upload a cover letter and resume, as well as the names and contact information of three professional references. Resume dates must be in month/year format and employment history, at a minimum, should include all work dating back to the completion of your undergraduate degree. Positions that were less than full-time/100% must be noted as being part-time. Transcripts may be requested at a later date. To receive full consideration, all requested application materials must be submitted via the online system by the close date of September 14, 2017.

For further information about the position please contact Anne Silvis at For technical assistance with the online application process call 217-333-6747 or email

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit

College Name or Administrative Unit: ACES - Extension
Category: Academic Professional
Title: Director, Program Planning and Assessment - University of Illinois Extension (A1700473)
Open Date: 08/03/2017
Close Date: 09/14/2017
Organization Name: Administration