Extension Educator-Fixed

Pontiac MI
Oct 02, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Working/Functional Title

Consumer Hort Supervising Educator

Position Summary

As part of MSU Extension (MSUE) and the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute (AABI), this position provides local as well as statewide leadership, educational programming and applied research expertise in alignment with Consumer Horticulture. This position collaborates across work groups, Institutes and community groups and works with faculty, specialists and educators for advancement of the needs of the Institute clientele; designs, implements 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 multi-media, personal education and written articles; and, serves as an informational resource for Extension personnel and clientele. In addition, this position will provide supervision for county Consumer Horticulture Program Instructors based in neighboring counties.  This position is based in Pontiac (Oakland County), Michigan.


Characteristic Duties/Responsibilities

  • Assist with new paraprofessional staff recruitment efforts;

  • Train, mentor and evaluate staff, ensuring the requirements and objectives of their programming, including the appropriate use of grant funds are met;

  • Act as a resource to direct reports as they develop, conduct and assist with the development and evaluation of  innovative programs that meet current and projected needs of the Master Gardener Program;

  • Ensure, as much as possible, a fair and attainable workload of staff;

  • Conduct educational programming that meets the requirements of this position;

  • Communicate and interact with community groups to evaluate the needs of clientele;

  • Serve as an information resource to direct reports, partners, clientele and Extension staff;

  • 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 Institute(s);

  • Provide information and guidance to staff regarding opportunities for learning through the use of mass media, group meetings, workshops and individual contacts;

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

  • Actively participate in professional development opportunities;

  • Work with colleagues, on a regular basis, to review and make needed changes/updates to curriculum and program offerings to meet the needs of diverse participants across race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences or to address community specific needs;

  • Prepare and submit cohesive reports as required for internal and external purposes;

  • 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;

  • Understands and implements Civil Rights policies and procedures;

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

Required Degree

Masters -Horticulture or related field

Minimum Requirements
  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to horticulture must be earned by date of hire;
  • Demonstrated ability and skill in educational program planning, implementation and evaluation;

  • Supervisory experience, at least 2-years preferred;

  • Ability to carry out all functions of staff management, remotely;

  • Ability to create and carryout 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;

  • Self-motivated with demonstrated ability to work independently in an office environment without daily supervision and/or coaching;

  • 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;

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity in the area of recruiting, supervision and other employment-related matters;

  • 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 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);
  • 1-year demonstrated ability to manage staff remotely;

  • Experience in mentoring and supervising staff.

Required Application Materials

Applicants are asked to submit a current resume/CV, cover letter and four (4) professional references.

Special Instructions

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


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