Extension Educator-Fixed

Pontiac MI
Jul 10, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Working/Functional Title

Extn Educator, Innovation Counselor

Position Summary

As part of MSU Extension (MSUE) and the Greening Michigan Institute, this position provides local as well as statewide leadership and educational programming expertise in alignment with the Product Center.  This position may collaborate across work groups, Institutes and community groups such as Detroit Kitchen Connect, Food Lab, Detroit Food & Ag Network, Eastern Market of Detroit, and work with faculty, specialists and educators for advancement of the needs of the Product Center clientele and stakeholders; conduct outreach to market services and recruit clients; designs, implements, delivers and evaluates programming based on basic and applied research and the needs of clientele groups; ensures dissemination of research-based information through various methods, including one-on-one counseling for Product Center clients, multi-media, personal education and written articles; participate in the planning and implementation of statewide Product Center events like Making It In Michigan Conference and Trade Show, Small Cooperative Conference and Cooperative Managers Conference; and serves as an informational resource for Extension Personnel and clientele.


Required Degree

Masters -Business, Economics, Food Marketing

Minimum Requirements
  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to business, economics, food marketing or related field, must be earned by date of hire;
  • Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in a field of study related to business, economics, food marketing or related field and associated experience considered with the expectation that the selected candidate will complete a Master’s degree within a specified time frame as discussed with hiring manager prior to employment.
    • Demonstrated ability and skill in educational program planning, implementation and evaluation;

    • Ability to create and carry-out a project plan from research of initial concept to project completion and follow-up;

    • Experience with marketing/promotion of educational programs;

    • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills;

    • Experience and proven ability working productively with a team;

    • Proficiency in use of technology (e.g. web research, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook for mail/calendaring, distance technology, etc.) for day-to-day work and  educational program delivery, record keeping, reporting, team-based communications and overall management;

    • Demonstrated success in program development and delivery to diverse audiences/communities including but not limited to race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences;

    • Proven ability in establishing and working with a diverse network of constituents and community 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;

    • Ability to lift and carry educational materials, equipment, etc. up to 25 lbs.;

    • Ability to travel in local and surrounding communities and occasional long distance travel are required as a regular part of this position; transportation is the responsibility of the employee.

    • Other skills and/or physical abilities required to perform duties of the position.


    Desired Qualifications
    • 2-years’  experience conducting business counseling and business plan development with food related clients;
    • Understanding of diverse food network in Detroit.


    Required Application Materials

    Current resume, cover letter and 4 professional references, including email addresses.

    Special Instructions

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

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