Extension Educator-Fixed

Manistee MI
Oct 09, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Working/Functional Title

NW MI Govt & Public Policy Educator

Position Summary

MSU Extension’s government, leadership, and community engagement programs, located within MSUE’s Greening Michigan Institute, engage participants in learning skills of good governance, how to communicate with purpose, and how to collaborate on solving complex issues in order to improve their communities. Participants leave MSU Extension educational programs with a deeper understanding of their civic responsibilities and roles within their own communities, increased confidence to make decisions, additional skills and information to better manage community resources, knowledge of how to implement best practices, and an understanding of the importance of building quality places in Michigan. The application of knowledge and skills gained from good governance programs builds stronger civic infrastructure.

This Extension Educator position will focus on three key elements: engaging with local governments to address critical issues related to land-use planning, budgeting and finance, and governance; design, implement, coordinate, support, teach and evaluate programs as an active participant in the Government and Public Policy work team; and, partner with local and regional organizations, such as regional planning agencies, county governments and others to determine needs and conduct effective cooperative educational efforts. The individual will also work closely with District Coordinators in identifying local programming needs.

This position is based in Manistee County Michigan. Land-use educational coverage responsibilities include Antrim, Benzie, Emmet, Charlevoix, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee, and Wexford Counties, and for certain skill sets, statewide programming support.

Characteristic Duties/Responsibilities

  • 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

Masters -Planning, Public Admin/Policy, Econ, Bus

Minimum Requirements
  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to planning, public administration, public policy, economics, business administration, or related field, by date of hire.
  • Demonstrated ability and skill in educational program planning, implementation and evaluation.

  • 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 the 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.

  • 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 on a regular basis within the assigned area and surrounding communities, as well as occasional travel and overnight travel, outside the assigned area, in order to perform the duties of this position.

  • Transportation is the responsibility of the employee with an operating account provided.

  • 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-yearspreferred).
  • Prior experience working with municipal and/or local government units.

  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) credential preferred.

Required Application Materials

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

Special Instructions

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