Extension Educator

United States, North America
Jan 31, 2014
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track

Position Information

Posting Number: 9018

Internal Posting Date: 01-29-2014

Internal Closing Date: 03-13-2014

External Closing Date: 03-13-2014

Review of Applications begins on:

Job Title: Extension Educator

Position Title/Rank: Extension Educator - Field Crop & Specialty Crop Production

Multiple Position Numbers

Multiple Position Numbers

Major Administrative Unit/College: Michigan State University Extension


Position Employee Group: Fixed Term Academic Staff-FAS

Appointment Basis: Annual Year, 12 months

Appointment Status: Fixed Term Academic Staff

Employment %: 100

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time

Work Hours:

Varied Work Hours (if applicable):

Project Tech/Flexible Appointment/Off-Date Information (if applicable):

Faculty: Salary Range
Support Staff: Pay Minimum

If flex, dates of annual flex leave: St. Joseph County

Pay Grade Level:

Position Summary: As part of Michigan State University Extension and the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute, this position provides local as well as statewide leadership and educational programming expertise in field crop and specialty crop productions with emphasis on crop production under irrigation. Located in St. Joseph County, this position will have a local focus, may collaborate across work groups, Institutes and community groups, and work with faculty, specialists and educators for overall advancement of Michigan agriculture industries. Will design, implement and evaluate educational programming based on basic and applied research and the needs of clientele groups; ensure dissemination of research-based information through various methods including multi-media, personal education and written articles; provide growers and agri-business professionals with the knowledge to profitably produce agricultural products, contributing to the short and long-term viability of farms, and the economic well-being of Michigan citizens; and serve as an informational resource for Extension personnel and clientele.

Responsibilities include:

- 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) and the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute, work with federal, state and county agencies to complete needs assessment of the community and develop effective programming;
- 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;
- Work to ensure that community needs assessments, program development and recruitment efforts include the engagement of Michigan's diverse residents;
- Understand and implement Civil Rights policies and procedures; and
- Regular travel within the assigned area and surrounding communities, as well as occasional statewide travel in order to perform duties is required of this position.

Faculty: Minimum Qualifications
Support Staff: Minimum Requirements
- Master's degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to crops science, horticulture, soil science, entomology or plant pathology must be earned by date of hire;
- 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);
- 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 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;
- Proven ability in establishing and working with a diverse network of constituents and community members to assist with program development and outreach;
- Willingness and ability to implement Civil Rights principles and compliance standards;
- Regular travel within the assigned area and surrounding communities, as well as occasional statewide travel in order to perform duties of this position.

Typing Requirements (wpm):

Desired Qualifications: - Understanding of and/or experience working with the seed corn industry.
- Experience in designing, establishing and analyzing field research projects conducted with grower cooperators.
- Understanding of and/or experience working with specialty crop industry.
- Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) certification.

Summary of Health Risks and Physical Demands (if applicable):

Required Applicant Documents: Resume/CV
Cover Letter

Optional Applicant Documents: Other Document
Other Document 2
Other Document 3

Number of Reference Letters Required: No letters required

Special Instructions to Applicants: Applicants should include the names and contact information (including email addresses) of four professional references with the cover letter.

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

Department Website Address: www.msue.msu.edu

Name/Title/Email Address of Search Committee Chair:

If flex, dates of annual flex leave:

If flexible appointment, indicate end date of annual flex leave:

If flex, number of months worked per year

Union Affiliation