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Animal Science Specialist

Alcorn State University
Lorman, MS

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Job Title:

Animal Science Specialist

FLSA Status:


Posted Salary Range:

Commensurate wuth Experience

Employment Status:

Full Time


School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

Purpose of Job:

The incumbent will provide educational leadership in the development, implementation, management and evaluation of research based, integrative statewide Extension programs that meet the needs of limited-resource and socially disadvantaged farmers.

Essential Job Functions :

  • Develop and/or utilize councils, advisory groups, and program committees to facilitate community involvement in programming.
  • Identify, enlist and train volunteer leaders to help carry out program responsibilities.
  • Provide technical subject matter information in Animal Science to producers, youth, agencies and interested citizens.
  • Collaborate with other Agriculture Educators, Specialists, and Director of County Operation to plan, execute, and evaluate educational programs at the county, region, and state level. · Disseminate research information, identify researchable problems, and communicate informational and research needs to the land-grant faculty. ·
  • Apply for, and receive extramural funding (grants, contracts, gifts and fees).
  • Independently or collaboratively, conduct applied research projects leading to publications. Contributes support in the strategic planning process for the Animal Science program implementation and evaluation.
  • Provides accountability for reporting program results with pre-determined measurement standards for the Animal Science program team.
  • The Specialist understands current and emerging issues of management, laws, research, public policies and risk management as it relates to production, maintenance and distribution.
  • The Specialist is able to communicate to consumers and producers the impact of animal production on the environment, to address waste management and other related issues.
  • The Specialist will provide assistance and collaboration to other specialists and statewide faculty; establishes formal partnerships, local and multi-state agreements, with other Extension systems, agencies and organizations.
  • Independently or collaboratively, conduct applied research projects leading to publications. · Assists in providing priorities for the Animal Science program team for resource allocation to facilitate appropriate programming and for program enhancement.
  • Provides accountability for reporting program results with pre-determined measurement standards for the Animal Science program team.
  • The Specialist understands current and emerging issues of management, laws, research, public policies and risk management as it relates to production, maintenance and distribution.
  • The Specialist will develop publications, curricular, media releases and other educational resources to market and deliver outreach services; develops and distributes bulletins, pamphlets, fact sheets, newsletters, in service trainings, and digital products to support the needs of Extension Agents. · The specialist will develop and provide quarterly/ annual reports and provide success stories with evaluations to document program impacts.
  • Participate in other activities such as committee service and recruitment.
  • Build collaborative relationships with other agencies and organizations to multiply effectiveness and avoid duplication’s of programs.
  • Develop and implement a public information program about Animal Science.
  • Provide timely and accurate information in response to public requests.
  • Establish and/or maintain cooperative efforts with Research Scientist and Extension specialists at other institutions both regionally and nationally.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Ph.D. in Animal Science or DVM with a focus on small ruminant production.
  • 3-5 years of work experience in animal husbandry related industry at the grass root level.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills;
  • Effective communication and time management skills; computer skills, including data management;
  • Ability to complete projects by deadlines; demonstrated ability to interact positively with supervisors, peers, subordinates and representatives of agencies and organizations; knowledge of the Plan of Work program planning process of the Extension system;
  • Knowledge of the evaluation of programs, events, and activities for the documentation of impacts;
  • Knowledge of the development of evaluation instruments for educational programs, events and activities.

Work in noisy (above 85 decibels) areas:


Sedentary Work - Exerting 10 pounds:

Not Required

Light Work - Exerting up to 20 pounds:

Not Required

Medium Work - Exerting 20-50 pounds:

Not Required

Heavy Work - Exerting 50-100 pounds:

Not Required

Very Heavy Work - Exerting in excess of 100 pounds:

Not Required



Extended Work Hours:


Posting Number:


Number of Vacancies:




Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


EEO Statement:

Alcorn State University

Equal Employment Opportunity and Notice of Non-Discrimination
Alcorn State University is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. Alcorn State University is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities.

Advertising Summary:

Excellent Benefits Package


Institutional Statement

Alcorn State University is a premier comprehensive land-grant university that develops diverse students into globally-competitive leaders and applies scientific research through collaborative partnerships which benefit the surrounding communities, states, nation and world.


Alcorn is the oldest public historically black land-grant institution in the United States and the second oldest state supported institution of higher learning in Mississippi. When it was founded in 1871, the institution’s three major study components were the four year college track, the two year track, and the three year graded track. The students spent the mornings from seven o’clock until noon in classes. In the afternoon, they worked in the various shops for eight cents per hour. Room and board, including laundry, equated to five dollars a month.

Alcorn State University was founded as the result of the people of Mississippi’s efforts to educate the descendants of formerly enslaved Africans. It was named in honor of the sitting governor of Mississippi, James L. Alcorn. The site was originally occupied by Oakland College, a school established by Presbyterians in 1828. The state of Mississippi purchased the Oakland College campus for $40,000 and named it Alcorn University with the first president being Hiram R. Revels. Revels resigned his seat as a United States senator to assume the post. The state legislature provided $50,000 in cash for ten successive years for establishment and overall operation of the college. Additionally, proceeds from the sale of 30 acres of land for $188,928 yielded three-fifths of the proceeds for Alcorn, totaling $113,400. These proceeds were used only for the agricultural and mechanical components of the college.

In 1878, Alcorn University became Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College. The original purchase of 225 acres of land had grown to over a 1700 acre campus. Alcorn is situated in Claiborne County, seven miles west of Lorman, Mississippi, 80 miles south of the capital city Jackson, Mississippi, 45 miles south of Vicksburg, Mississippi and 40 miles north of Natchez, Mississippi. The college was exclusively for males at first, but eventually women were admitted. A dormitory for women was built in 1902. Over time facilities increased from three historic buildings to more than 80 modern structures. 

In 1974, Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College became Alcorn State University. Governor William L. Waller signed House Bill 298, granting this status. Alcorn has thrived by continuously accomplishing dynamic goals and objectives despite limited resource allocations from the state. By the early 1990s, Alcorn’s physical plant and academic programs had grown from just a name change into a more diversified university. The student population is now representative of more than 65 counties, more than 30 states and at least 18 foreign countries. The university provides an undergraduate education that enables students to successfully pursue work in graduate and professional schools, engage in teaching, and enter other professions. As Mississippi recognized the importance of educating all citizens, Alcorn grew in status and importance.

Alcorn State University began with eight faculty members in 1871 and today there are more than 800 faculty and staff. The student body has grown from 179 students to more than 4,000 students from all over the world with varied ethnic backgrounds. Although early graduates of Alcorn had limited horizons, today’s graduates are successful in their chosen professions and many are outstanding entrepreneurs. Throughout Alcorn’s history, the leadership and faculty remained committed to restoring and enhancing the institution’s image and to attracting young people whose interest is the pursuit and receipt of a quality education. Over the decades, “the college that excelled against great odds”, has now become one of the leading universities in the nation. Alcorn State University operates seven divisions with degree programs in more than 50 areas including the bachelors, masters, and educational specialist degrees.

The collaborative strength and contributions of Alcorn’s past seventeen presidents during its 140 years of existence have enabled the institution to excel. On November 30, 2010, the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning voted unanimously to appoint Dr. M. Christopher Brown II as Alcorn State University’s 18th president. President Brown’s background and vision are strategically aligned with Alcorn’s history and tradition. He is poised to expeditiously move Alcorn State University to the next level of excellence. 

Dr. Josephine M. Posey 

Against Great Odds: The History of Alcorn State (1994)


Alcorn is in Claiborne County, Mississippi, seven miles west of Lorman, seventeen miles southwest of Port Gibson, and about halfway between Vicksburg, to the north, and Natchez, to the south.


At Alcorn, seven schools offer a number of diverse programs for undergraduate and graduate studies leading to the associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and specialist degrees. 

Enriching program opportunities include:

The Honors Program is a rewarding option for students who wish to further enhance their academic experience. It brings together students and teachers who share exceptional intellectual commitment in an atmosphere that strengthens scholarship, leadership and creativity.

Global Programs helps students broaden their perspectives and become more competitive in today’s international marketplace. Besides coordinating exciting study-abroad opportunities, Global Programs brings worldwide perspectives to campus through exchange programs and special events.

Alcorn offers Pre-professional Programs to prepare students for a successful transition to specialized studies in the fields of law, engineering, nursing, physical therapy, pharmacy and dentistry.


Approximately 2,946 full-time undergraduates (1,037 men; 1,909 women), 350 part-time undergraduates (97 men; 253 women), 722 graduate students (154; 568), total enrollment 4,018.


Alcorn State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the associate, bachelor’s, master’s and education specialist degrees.

The University also holds accreditation with the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, the American Dietetics Association, the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Industrial Technology and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.


At Alcorn, it’s easy to make friends — and make a difference. With such a wide range and more than 50 student groups and organizations, there’s one to suit every personality, interest, skill set and schedule.

Without ever leaving campus, students can volunteer — as Peer educators, Student Ambassadors and Orientation Guides, to name just a few possibilities. In addition, many student groups coordinate volunteer opportunities off-campus in surrounding communities and public schools.


The Alcorn Braves have won numerous athletic championships. And many of our alumni have found success as professional athletes. Alcorn State is a member of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division I.

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