Extension Educator-Fixed

Stephenson MI
Aug 17, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Working/Functional Title

Innovation Counselor, Upper Peninsula

Position Summary

As part of MSU Extension (MSUE) and the Greening Michigan Institute (GMI), this position provides local and regional (Upper Peninsula) leadership and educational programming expertise while contributing to statewide initiatives in alignment with the MSU Product Center. This position specifically focuses on conducting outreach activities and educational programs to market business development services and provide assistance to businesses in the forestry and agriculture/food sectors to advance value-added products and services. This position represents a 75% Product Center and 25% community development (strengthening of local networks and delivery of other GMI community development-related programming) assignment.


  • Develop, conduct and evaluate innovative educational programs that meet current and projected needs.

  • Communicate and interact with community 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 programming efforts.

  • In concert with the MSUE work team(s), work with federal, state and county agencies to complete needs assessment of the community and develop effective programming.

  • Create and promote positive public relations for MSU Extension and the Greening Michigan Institute.

  • Author, produce and submit regular research-based educational articles.

  • Develop and utilize appropriate media methods to communicate current and timely information, research results, and relevant industry updates, as well as a schedule of current and future activities.

  • Actively participate in professional development opportunities.

  • Gather and report programming outputs and impacts, to demonstrate program effectiveness and to guide future program priorities for MSUE, the Greening Michigan Institute and the work group aligned with. 

  • Work to ensure that community 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 implements Civil Rights policies and procedures. 

  • Other duties or projects as assigned by the Institute Director.

Required Degree

Bachelors -Bus, Econ, Forestry Nat'l Res, Fd Mktg

Desired Degree

Masters -Bus, Econ, Forestry Nat'l Res, Fd Mktg

Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) from an accredited institution in a field of study related to business, economics, forestry/natural resources, food marketing or related field. Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree 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
  • 3-years’ experience conducting business counseling and business plan development with food related clients.
Required Application Materials

Cover letter, current resume/CV and four (4) professional references including email addresses.

Special Instructions

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