Extension Educator, Educator - Dairy - Ottawa County w/Statewide Responsibilities

East Lansing, MI
Mar 03, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Posting Number: 4357

Internal Posting Date: 11-03-2016

Internal Closing Date: 04-20-2017

External Closing Date: 04-20-2017

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Job Title: Extension Educator

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Multiple Position Numbers: No

Major Administrative Unit/College: Michigan State University Extension


Position Employee Group: Fixed Term Academic Staff-FAS

Appointment Basis: Annual Year, 12 months

Appointment Status: Fixed Term Academic Staff

Employment %: 100

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time

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Faculty: Salary Range Support Staff: Pay Minimum

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Position Summary: As part of MSU Extension (MSUE) and the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute, this position will provide local as well as statewide leadership and educational programming expertise in dairy production with specialized emphasis based on the selected person's training and experience. The position will be located in Ottawa County, serving southwest Michigan. The selected individual will be a member of the dynamic and progressive Dairy workgroup and serve as a regional point of contact, yet with both local and statewide focus. They will collaborate across work teams, Institutes and stakeholder groups, and work with faculty, specialists and educators for the overall advancement of the Michigan dairy industry. This position reports to the Director of the Agriculture and Agriculture Business Institute.

* Develop, conduct and evaluate innovative educational programs that meet current and projected needs;
* Work with faculty and Extension staff to develop and implement applied research efforts to meet the needs of clientele;
* Communicate and interact with stakeholder groups to evaluate the needs of the clientele;
* Serve as an information resource to clientele, partners and Extension staff;
* Collaborate with MSU Extension staff to conduct and evaluate and report programming efforts;
* Represent MSU Extension and the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute at local, state and national levels;
* Author, produce and submit regular research-based educational materials including but not limited to articles, bulletins, videos, etc.;
* Actively participate in professional development opportunities;
* Regularly engage with producers and stakeholders individually and in groups;
* Develop an expertise that fits within the Dairy Team goals and will be shared statewide and can be shared nationally;
* Work with Extension Dairy Team to develop resources for Extension efforts;
* Work to ensure that educational needs assessments, program development and recruitment efforts include the engagement of Michigan's diverse residents across race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences;
* Understand and implement Civil Rights policies and procedures.

Faculty: Minimum Qualifications Support Staff: Minimum Requirements * Master's degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to Dairy Science, Animal Science, Agriculture Engineering or comparable discipline must be earned by date of hire;
* Ability to create and carry-out a project plan from research of initial concept to project completion and follow-up;
* Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills;
* Experience and proven ability working productively with a team;
* Proficiency in use of technology for day-to-day work and educational program delivery, record keeping, reporting, team-based communications and overall management;
* Willingness to serve and grow into leadership positions within the MSU Dairy Team, university system and professional organizations;
* Proven ability in establishing and working with a diverse network of constituents and stakeholder members across race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences to assist with program development and outreach;
* Understanding of and ability to implement Civil Rights principles and compliance standards;
* Experience in Extension program delivery or demonstrated ability and skill in educational program planning, implementation and evaluation (relevant experience acquired within the last 5-years preferred);
* Demonstrated success in program development and delivery to diverse audiences/communities including but not limited to race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences;
* Ability to regularly travel within the assigned area and surrounding communities, as well as statewide in order to perform duties of this position;
* Ability to lift and carry educational materials, equipment, etc. up to 25 lbs.

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Desired Qualifications: * Fluency in reading, writing and speaking a language in addition to English, desired - Spanish preferred.

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Required Applicant Documents: Resume/CV
Cover Letter

Optional Applicant Documents: Other Document
Other Document 2
Other Document 3

Number of Reference Letters Required: No letters required

Special Instructions to Applicants: Similar position is also available in Branch County. Interested applicants should search and apply for posting #4356.

This position is a full-time, end-dated appointment renewable annually based upon successful performance and continued funding.

Applicants should include the names and contact information, including email addresses, of four professional references with the cover letter.

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MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.


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