Specialist - Outreach-Continuing

East Lansing MI
Jul 20, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Working/Functional Title

Director,Gov Aff & Stakeholder Relations

Position Summary

The Colleges of Agriculture Natural Resources (CANR) and Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at Michigan State University (MSU) seek an experienced individual to serve as their Director of Governmental Affairs and Stakeholder Relations. This position reports to the CANR (90%) and CVM (10%) deans with joint accountability to the Directors of MSU AgBioResearch (ABR) and MSU Extension (MSUE). and programmatic linkages to the MSU Vice President of Governmental Affairs.


Regularly works closely with elected/appointed officials and their staff members, MSU governmental relations staff and administrators, and key stakeholders to advance the interests of MSU, especially as reflected in the missions of CANR, CVM,  MSUE and ABR.

Specific responsibilities include:

Serve as a resource to members of the Michigan Legislature and Departments of State Government on the programs of the CANR, including MSU Extension and AgBioResearch budgets, and CVM.

Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with stakeholders in the food, agriculture and natural resource sectors in Michigan that will support the programs of CANR, MSUE, ABR and CVM.

Monitor legislative and policy related activity in the office of the Governor, House and Senate and Departments of state Government that impact programming of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Coordinate legislative efforts of CANR and CVM with the office of the MSU Vice President for Governmental Affairs.

Facilitate communications with CANR federal partners including MSU’s Governmental Affairs Washington Office, Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU), entities within the US Department of Agriculture, USAID along with other funding agencies and members of the Michigan Congressional Delegation in support of the Colleges’ programs.  Provide coordination for Michigan’s participation in the Council for Agricultural Research, Extension and Teaching (CARET) on a regional and national basis.

Develop and maintain knowledge of the research, Extension and academic programs and activities of the Colleges, and relationships with faculty, staff and leadership, to be positioned to share this information with the stakeholders of CANR, MSUE, ABR and CVM.

Assist and support MSU Extension leadership in the engagement with county and local funding challenges. Utilize and support the MSUE strategic connections platform to bolster local, state and federal level support including district MSU Extension councils and staff in-service training(s).

Provide staff support and coordination for the CANR involvement in the Council for Agriculture Research, Extension and Teaching (CARET) on a regional and national basis, the MSUE/ABR State Council and the CANR Stakeholder Advisory Council.

MSU and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources are committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity I 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 enjoys a park-like campus with outlying research facilities and natural areas.The campus is located in the city of East Lansing, adjacent to the capital city of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of approximately 450,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. The University is proactive about its obligations under the ADA, and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with disabilities. Michigan State University is also proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career families, both inside and outside the University, and respects all family forms. Information about MSU's dual career support can be found at http://miwin.msu.edu/.  Information about Worklife at MSU can befound http://worklife.msu.edu/. 

Required Degree


Desired Degree


Minimum Requirements

The successful candidate will have a combination of a BS or BA degree and at least five years of practical experience, broadly applicable to managing stakeholder and governmental relations in the areas of agriculture, food, natural resources and/or veterinary medicine. Prior experience working with state and/or federal government elected and appointed officials is required, as is familiarity with key stakeholder groups in Michigan.

Desired Qualifications

A master's degree.

Required Application Materials

Cover Letter


Diversity summary/statement

Special Instructions

Qualified applicants should submit a) a cover letter b) current curriculum vitae c) a summary of your experience with diverse stakeholder groups, and your interests or experience in helping organizations reach out to under-represented populations.

Review of applications will begin on August 31st, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.