Director, Learning and Organizational Development at The Ohio State University

Director, Learning and Organizational Development at The Ohio State University

Job Type
Posting Date
August 27, 2019
Location of Position

Columbus, OH

Company Summary

For 144 years, The Ohio State University's campus in Columbus has been the stage for academic achievement and a laboratory for innovation. It's where friendships are forged. It's where rivalries and revelry are born.

The university's main campus is one of America's largest and most comprehensive. As Ohio's best and one of the nation's top-20 public universities, Ohio State is further recognized by a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center. As a land-grant university, Ohio State has a physical presence throughout the state, with campuses and research centers located around Ohio.

The Ohio State University College of Dentistry is the fourth largest public dental school in the United States and it is the only public dental school in Ohio. The college is divided into ten divisions with all major ADA-recognized dental specialties represented. The College has approximately 600 students in its undergraduate and graduate programs.

The Ohio State University is proud to be a premier employer that provides an exceptional total rewards package including medical, dental, vision and many other “hidden” benefits. Our competitive benefits package is offered to all eligible faculty and staff in order to attract, develop and retain top performers eager to share their talent, time and success. Our benefits support your health and financial goals and include not only health insurance, but also generous state retirement, tuition assistance for our employees and their dependents, wellness initiatives, and much more. Please visit for detailed information. Be your best at The Ohio State University!

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direction of the associate dean and director for Ohio State University Extension, the director of the newly developed Learning and Organizational Development (LOD) unit provides leadership for:

  1. the training and development for Ohio State University Extension personnel, including the process of identifying personnel and customer learning priorities;
  2. the process of program design and development, including needs assessment, and managing the systems needed to measure individual and organizational performance; and
  3. developing statewide and national engagement strategies for internal and external audiences. The Director of Learning and Organizational Development is expected to work collaboratively and develop relationships with other Extension and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) units, cross-campus partners, and external customers as appropriate to identify and support Extension priorities.

OSU Extension creates opportunities for people to explore how science-based knowledge can improve social, economic and environmental conditions. We serve citizens through our local outreach offices in all of Ohio’s 88 counties. Learn more at

Essential Duties:

  • Leads the OSU Extension Learning and Organizational Development Team
  • Provides leadership, guidance, and vision to the Learning and Organizational Development unit staff.
  • Collaborates with CFAES and other university partners for all learning and organizational development priorities.
  • Actively engages in strategic planning within the organization and ensures implementation of strategies for which the Learning and Organizational Development unit has responsibility.
  • Serves as an active member of the Extension Executive Cabinet and Extension Program Council.
  • Plans and oversees unit budget and effectively manages resources.
  • Actively participates within national organizations (e.g., Extension, SHRM, learning and organizational development organizations) to remain current with best practices and state-of-the-art approaches to providing effective leadership to the LOD unit.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Provides overall supervision, conduct performance reviews, and support professional development of appropriate Learning and Organizational Development faculty and staff.
  • The position is based in Columbus, Ohio on The Ohio State University Campus.
Position Requirements
  • Terminal degree in organizational development, human resource development, business, agricultural and/or Extension education, education, or a related field. 5-10 years of experience in leading and managing teams.
Required Experience


  • Leadership experience in a large decentralized organization or system.
  • Experience or deep knowledge of the land grant university system.
  • Documented experience in organization development, program development and evaluation, and impact reporting.

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The successful candidate may request consideration for appointment to professorial rank in an academic department.

Closing Statement:

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.