Specialist - Outreach-Fixed Term
Job descriptionJob no: 697310
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Agriculture And Nat Resources
Department: Department Of Community Sustainability 10002241
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: 43420.00-50000.00 Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Non-Union, Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Agriculture, Education/Training
The Michigan State University (MSU) Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) within the Department of Community Sustainability is seeking a full-time, fixed-term Farm to Institution Fellow. This position is classified as a Specialist – Outreach that includes some research responsibilities.
This fixed-term position is a unique and exciting opportunity for a self-motivated, resourceful, and committed early-career candidate to bring creative vision to an existing, strong foundation of relationships, programs, and learnings to support and shape farm to institution programs in Michigan into the future. CRFS’s farm to institution work is highly collaborative. This position will require a collaborative, diplomatic candidate to work closely with partners from state agencies, MSU Extension, community-based organizations, institutions, potential funding agencies and national partners. Using a racial equity lens in all outreach, research, and communication efforts and organizational skills are critical for success.
The Outreach Specialist will support outreach, research, and project coordination for ongoing and signature farm to institution projects of CRFS including:
- Regularly convene and/or collaborate with CRFS staff and state and national partners virtually and in person;
- Maintain and/or provide leadership for data collection and analysis, including through web-based platforms, electronic surveys, etc., and share results;
- Develop papers, resources, and other creative forms of scholarship in a timely fashion for diverse audiences, including academics, practitioners, stakeholders, and the general public. Publication examples include reports, fact sheets, guides, videos, webinars, and journal articles;
- Present on outreach, research and/or education projects and findings at conferences, meetings, and other venues, which may include scholarly, government, association, and community audiences;
- Contribute to relationship-building and collaborate with CRFS partners and colleagues engaged in child nutrition, farm to institution, and good food efforts;
- Engage with the Michigan Farm to Institution Network, the National Farm to School Network, the National Farm to Institution Metrics Collaborative, and other relevant networks as needed; and
- Contribute to reporting on current grant projects.
Expected of all CRFS academic specialists:
- Engage with relevant networks led by CRFS and/or partners and appropriate professional organizations;
- Document and share project work and accomplishments; maintain regular internal and external communication about project activities; write grant reports; develop and report on an annual plan of work;
- Actively participate in CRFS staff and strategic meetings and stay current on CRFS projects, activities, resources and publications as relevant to this work;
- Represent projects and CRFS in a professional manner in all forms of engagement and communication; and
- Help to foster, facilitate, and maintain the CRFS culture of anti-racism, trust, support and accountability.
Status: This is a full-time, annual year (12-month), fixed-term position. Initial appointment will be for one year with six-month reappointment contingent upon funding and performance
Available: June 1, 2021, or when a suitable candidate is identified
Reporting: Individual reports to Colleen Matts, Senior Farm to Institution Specialist, MSU Center for Regional Food SystemsEqual Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.Required Degree
Masters -community food systems, public health, nMinimum Requirements
Qualified applicants should submit 1) CV or resume, 2) a cover letter describing your interest in and qualifications for the position. Include a statement of your philosophy that specifically addresses the alignment between your goals and CANRs focus on excellence through diversity and inclusion, including a summary of your experience with, or interest in working in diverse communities 3) names and contact information of professional three referencesSpecial Instructions
If you have questions about the position or search process, you may contact Rich Pirog at [email protected].Website
The mission of the Center for Regional Food Systems at Michigan State University is to work to engage the people of Michigan, the United States and the world in applied research, education and outreach to develop regionally integrated, sustainable food systems.
CRFS recognizes that racism in the food system is historic, ongoing, and systemic. As we collaborate with partners to advance food systems rooted in local regions and centered on food that is healthy, green, fair, and affordable, we emphasize racial equity as a foundation of our work.MSU Statement
Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.
Advertised: Apr 7, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close: May 5, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time