OSU Extension is a key mechanism for building reciprocal relationships between Oregon State University’s learning, discovery, and engagement and Oregon communities. We provide information and expertise to help meet local challenges and help every Oregonian thrive.
Guided by our organization’s values, our organizational structure and operations continue to evolve to address challenges and opportunities, move forward on priorities, and increase and communicate our relevance to stakeholders and new audiences throughout the state.
We are continuing to move to a six-region administrative structure. The associated staffing plan is in development and will be phased in as appropriate.
This resource page provides status updates, reference materials, and frequently asked questions. We will add information as it becomes available.
Status and next steps
Here’s what is in effect now, and what is coming next.
We are moving to a six-region structure. See previous regional maps below.
It’s important to remember this is a change to our administrative structure to allow effective and efficient leadership and operations. Supporting our people and programming is a priority. People and programs work across lines as needed (county lines, regional boundaries, program lines, and more)—they always have and always will.
- The Regional Administrator positions are retitled Regional Directors. Here is the position profile.
- The West Central Regional Director search is in progress.
- Interviews were held the week of January 8. Candidates had the opportunity to interact with faculty, staff, volunteers and stakeholders. Thank you to everyone who participated in the interview process and provided feedback.
- The search committee met to debrief on Friday, January 19, 2018, to discuss finalists and review feedback.
- Search Chair Sam Angima and Lindsey Shirley are in the process of contacting references. This could take one-two weeks depending on the availability of references for each candidate.
- Depending on feedback, reference check information and completion of the disposition worksheet, and an approved offer to the selected candidate, the decision will be shared broadly with faculty, staff, volunteers and stakeholders.
- The East Region Regional Director search is in progress.
- The region assigned will be East Oregon which will cover Baker, Grant, Harney, Malheur, Umatilla, Union, and Wallowa counties.
- The posting closes February 18, 2018.
Regional and County staffing structure
- Local leader/county point-of-contact positions remain vital in our structure.
- At their November meeting, the OSU Extension Collaborative discussed potential scenarios for consideration about the local/county leader position.
- Current county leaders provided additional feedback and context during a 2017 Extension Annual Conference session.
- Regional operations: We have drafted a position description for a regional operations coordinator. We anticipate phasing in this role, starting in the coast region. We have not determined how many regional operations positions will ultimately be needed.
Learn more and connect
Here are several ways to learn more about our evolving regional structure and other organizational initiatives, and connect with our leadership teams and your colleagues.
- Weekly ConnEXTions newsletter
- Online form to submit questions
- Weekly open phone line with the O&E Executive Team. Thursdays, 2:00-2:30 p.m.
- Note: New connection information beginning Feb. 8, 2018: Call 1-408-638-0968, Meeting ID: 599 741 457
- Outreach & Engagement Quarterly Conversations (Next is Feb. 16, 2018)
- You are always welcome to contact members of our leadership team directly, and we welcome the opportunity to meet with program, county, and regional teams—as well as with your stakeholders—to discuss what this administrative structure change means in the context of your daily work.
History of our evolving regional structure
We began conversations about this phase of our evolution with Regional Administrators and Program Leaders (who convene as the OSU Extension Collaborative team) in January and February 2017. Since then, we have continued conversations and consultations with individuals, county and program teams, the Collaborative, various OSU leaders and offices, and ECAN and other stakeholders.
Since OSU Extension first moved to a regional structure in 2010, we have learned that administration can be more efficient and thus we can strengthen investments into programs. We have moved from 36 county units first to 12 regions, then 10, and now 6 which is the right size as we will maintain a key local contact in each of our offices.
2015 (November) regional map (file)
2015 (July) regional map (file)
2014 regional map (file)
2012 regional map (file)
2010 Transformation: Preliminary ideas and concepts (1-22-10) (file)
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s driving this change?
OSU Extension is a complex matrix organization, and there are multiple drivers.
It’s important to remember that this is a change to our administrative structure. It’s designed to help support and grow our investment in programming and community relationships, streamline operations for efficiency and effectiveness, and respond as strategically as possible to budget and personnel changes. This creates both challenge and opportunity—making it an ideal time to evolve.
During this evolution, we will honor our values and these four guiding principles from our 2010 transformation, which remain relevant:
- Value and retain the connections and relationships with the community, both geographic and interest-based. Ensure the organization has the capacity/ability to respond efficiently to emerging needs at local, regional and statewide levels.
- Provide a positive, encouraging work environment for faculty and staff to be successful. Set reasonable and clear expectations and ensure an effective and fair reward structure. Eliminate or minimize supervisor “overlap.”
- Save money for or add value to the organization.
- Stay true to the land-grant mission. Ensure collaboration and cooperation with Extension faculty and non-Extension faculty to bring the resources of the university to bear on the educational needs of Oregonians locally, regionally and statewide.
Why these six regions?
This six-region map aligns more closely with several of our partner organizations, who also operate with county and regional structures (e.g., Association of Oregon Counties, Regional Solutions).
Internally, it better supports regions of practice and allows for effective and streamlined operations management.
Where will Regional Directors be located?
This will be a conversation with each regional director.