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Department Head, Horticulture Technologies (10 month position)

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73107
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time
  • Shift
    1st Shift, 2nd Shift, Rotating, Weekends, After School

Job Description:

The department head is the first-line administrator of the department to which he/she is assigned.  The incumbent is responsible for all issues related to department operation, such as curriculum, budget, personnel, class schedules, and student rights and responsibilities.  The department head must actively recruit and mentor majors, serve on faculty committees, and perform other duties as assigned.

Pay Rate: Commensurate

Benefits at a Glance:

Generous benefits Package including Health, Dental, Vision, Retirement, Long-Term Disability, Flexible Spending and Health Savings Accounts. Annual & Sick Leave and paid Holidays. Tuition Waivers Available.

Essential Job Functions: 

  1. Teach 15 credit hours (or equivalent) with 3 credit hours release time each fall and spring semester.

  2. Provide advisement and services as needed in the collaborative efforts of all departments of the division.

  3. Supervise professional full-time faculty and part-time faculty within the department.

  4. Supervise all credit courses, degree/certificate-granting programs of the department.

  5. Supervise the development/distribution of department publications.

  6. Coordinate development of an appropriate and efficient class schedule each semester.

  7. Coordinate with transfer institutions in the articulation of courses and/or degree programs.

  8. Remain current with theory and practice in the profession, coordinate and monitor professional growth activities for faculty.

  9. Develop a proposed budget for submission to the Division Head and recommend all budget expenditures to the Division Head.

  10. Coordinate the recruitment, selection, and recommendation of part-time faculty and actively participate in the selection of full-time faculty.

  11. Develop and monitor faculty teaching loads.

  12. Evaluate faculty.

  13. Supervise textbook selection.

  14. Supervise implementation of the Student Success Model for retention.

  15. Supervise implementation of assessment model.

  16. Participate in an active advisory board(s) for degree programs.

  17. Establish and maintain effective cooperation and coordination with all other divisions, departments, and support units on campus.

  18. Supervise the planning and development of continuing education courses, workshops, and/or programs.

  19. Participate in professional organizations.

  20. Completes mandatory training for OSU-Oklahoma City.

  21. Effectively perform other assigned duties.

The duties listed in this job description are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. 



Bachelor’s degree in related field; master’s preferred


  • Must be qualified to teach and provide leadership in the department’s degree program(s).
  • Minimum of one year of successful administrative experience, previous teaching experience
  • Horticulture training and experience preferred.

Skills, Knowledge, Abilities Required:

  • Communication skills – Must be able to communicate verbally and in writing with clear, grammatically correct English and prepare complex reports on deadline. Requires interaction with supervisors, colleagues, students, alumni, advisory committee members, and the public, using tact, discretion, and independent judgment.
  • Computer skills – Must be demonstrably proficient in Microsoft Office (MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel), as well as e-mail and Internet.
  • Knowledge of the local horticulture community and the ability to collaborate with local professional organizations to build support for the OSU-OKC horticulture program.
  • Ability to transcend obstacles in communicating the importance of horticulture education and horticulture occupations to students and faculty.
  • Ability to provide resources for students that will help them to thrive in a horticulturally geared educational environment and that will lead to success in a horticulture field or further university study.
  • Ability to re-brand the OSU-OKC horticulture department to focus on high-demand degrees that respond to the needs of the larger economic and social environment and that will lead students to successful careers or continued education.
  • Ability to develop partnerships with professional organizations and public gardens where students can experience horticulture careers in the local community.
  • Ability to collaborate with professional organizations with the use of the teaching greenhouses for community support and impact.
  • Passion for assisting customers and representing the OSU brand with positivity and professionalism
  • Evidences a history of demonstrating ethical and professional behavior.

Interpersonal skills:

Must work effectively and cooperatively with campus faculty, departments, divisions, and support units, as well as a wide variety of people outside the university, such as advisory committees and representatives of other two-year and four-year institutions.

Other performance measures:

Successful performance of the job requires creativity, initiative, and effective problem solving.  A department head must work constructively with faculty, staff, and university officials to accomplish essential job functions.

Working Conditions:

  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule to include some evenings and weekends in an often times busy and noisy environment.
  • Work will be performed in an office and classroom environment with a significant amount of public contact, in person, by telephone and via email. 

Physical Requirements:

  • Duties require extended periods of sitting, standing, talking, listening and computer usage


The work environment and physical demands described here are representative of those required by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job with or without reasonable accommodations.

Apply online at  If you have, any questions please call 405-945-3206.


Oklahoma State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/E-verify employer committed to diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. Oklahoma State University campuses are tobacco and vapor-free.  

Oklahoma State University (OSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, OSU conducts pre-employment background checks on final candidates. Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.


Posted: 2019-12-06 Expires: 2038-01-18

Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant system of interdisciplinary programs that prepares students for success. OSU is America’s Brightest Orange. Through leadership and service, OSU is preparing students for a bright future and building a brighter world for all. As Oklahoma’s only university with a statewide presence, OSU improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world through integrated, high-quality teaching, research, and outreach. OSU has more than 37,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 25,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 120 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated more than 240,000 students to serve the state of Oklahoma, the nation and the world.

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Department Head, Horticulture Technologies (10 month position)

OSU - Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73107

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