Specialist - Outreach-Fixed Term

East Lansing
May 15, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Summary

The Michigan State University (MSU) Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) is seeking an Academic Specialist to coordinate meeting and education programs in order to further the goals of the Michigan Good Food Charter; this will include the Good Food Charter steering committee and selected other CRFS educational programs.  The specialist will:

  • Provide leadership in planning and executing of the bi-annual Good Food Summit; provide subject matter content to Michigan Good Food Charter Steering Committee and Action Teams;
  • Provide subject matter content for the Michigan Good Food Charter e-newsletter and for the Good Food Charter website;
  • Provide communication, subject matter content and meeting coordination assistance to the Michigan Local Food Council Network;
  • Assist with or lead coordination of several other CRFS educational seminars, workshops and webinars;
  • Review and provide initial copy-edit assistance to selected CRFS publication resources and draft grant proposal narratives;
  • Assist in collecting CRFS strategic plan metrics; 
  • Manage professional service contracts with consultants and other service providers;
  • Contribute, as needed and where appropriate, to completion of other goals and objectives of the Michigan Good Food Charter initiative; 
  • Document and share project work and accomplishments; maintain regular internal and external communication about project activities; develop and report on an annual plan of work;
  • Actively participate in CRFS staff and affiliate meetings and stay current on CRFS projects, activities, resources and publications;
  • Professionally represent CRFS and CRFS projects at educational events;
  • Facilitate and plan special CRFS outreach events as needed;
  • Report to and collaborate with project principal investigators as funding requires; and
  • Help to foster, facilitate and maintain CRFS culture of anti-racism, trust, support and accountability.


CRFS Mission:  CRFS works to engage the people of Michigan, the United States and the world in applied research, education and outreach to develop regionally integrated, sustainable food systems.

The MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The CANR is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and 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. Michigan State University employment opportunities are open to eligible/qualified persons without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, or family status. MichiganState University (www.msu.edu) is a pioneer Land Grant institution based in East Lansing, Michigan that provides regional, national, and international leadership in basic and applied research, excellence in teaching, an emphasis on international engagement, and a strong extension program that partners with diverse stakeholders to bring science-based responses to social and environmental challenges.


Required Degree

Bachelors -agr, community dev or related field

Desired Degree


Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree required in agriculture, community development, or a field related to food systems; M.S. preferred.
  • At least two years' experience coordinating outreach programs and facilitation meetings, writing short newsletter pieces on food systems and related topics, and reviewing and editing food system-related publications.
  • Ability to effectively engage and collaborate with diverse stakeholder groups (in Michigan and nationally), food businesses, state agencies, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions.
  • Demonstrated project leadership, resourcefulness, self-motivation and ability to problem-solve and think critically.
  • Ability to self-direct and balance multiple simultaneous projects and to easily shift between working independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills and experience using a broad range of communications tactics. Copy editing experience strongly desired.
  • High degree of knowledge of and comfort t with using technology in completing job requirements including Microsoft Office suite, web-based search and information systems, electronic survey software and phone/web conferencing systems.
  • High level of organization and ability to manage small contracts and budgets.
  • Available to occasionally travel throughout the state and within the U.S. Possession of a valid, current state driver.
  • Understanding of and commitment to equal opportunity/affirmative action and diversity/pluralism.


Required Application Materials

Applications should include (a) a cover letter that addresses the applicant, (b) a current CV, and (c) names/contact information of three references

Special Instructions

Candidates should visit website for additional information regarding the Center for Regional Food Systems: foodsystems.msu.edu

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