Extension Program Instructor

United States, North America
Mar 13, 2014

Position Information

Posting Number: 9198

Internal Posting Date: 03-12-2014

Internal Closing Date: Open Until Filled

External Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Review of Applications begins on:

Job Title: Extension Program Instructor

Position Title/Rank: Farm Manager

Multiple Position Numbers

Multiple Position Numbers

Major Administrative Unit/College: Michigan State University Extension

Primary Department: 10058942 EXTENSION GREENING MICHIGAN

Position Employee Group: MSU Extension-EXPA

Appointment Basis:

Appointment Status: Non-Academic Staff

Employment %: 100

Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time

Work Hours: Non-Standard

Varied Work Hours (if applicable): 8am - 5pm Monday - Friday with nights and weekends as needed

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

Faculty: Salary Range
Support Staff: Pay Minimum

If flex, dates of annual flex leave: Chatham, MI

Pay Grade Level:

Position Summary: Provides leadership and oversight of the incubator farm program at the Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center (UPREC) located in Chatham, MI as part of the Greening Michigan Institute; oversees and ensures program/project development, promotion and expansion activities; assists with data gathering for impact evaluation efforts; and works in conjunction with supervisor, program participants and community partners to attain both short-term and long-term goals and objectives. Through supervisor, works in concert with the appropriate MSUE Institute and/or work team(s) to ensure alignment of programs with overall goals of work team, Institute and organization.

? Develop, plan, organize and carry out programs and activities that focus on sustainable methods of entrepreneurial four-season nutrient rich food production including oversight of year round vegetable production, harvest and storage at a MSU Research Center.
? Develop and carry out strategic short- and long-term growth plans for the incubator farm program including infrastructure development, work group development and recruiting of undergraduate interns.
? Recruitment, selection, training and support of Novice and Apprentice Farmer participants.
? Collaborate with the appropriate MSU Extension Institute work teams.
? Provide expertise and information to clientele related to program area.
? Operates somewhat independently, with minimal supervision, ensuring that program delivery follows prescribed guidelines and meets the goals for reaching specific audiences.
? Provide information and opportunities for learning to Novice Farmer and Apprentice farmer groups through a mix of intracurricular and extracurricular learning experiences culminating in practicums located on the farm.
? In additional to regular communication with the Stakeholder advisory Panel attend various and related local program meetings or committee meetings, as well as community planning activities, as appropriate.
? Represent MSU Extension in activities, meetings, etc. in a manner that reflects collegial connection with the community, the research and knowledge of the University, and the goodwill of MSU Extension.
? Oversight of seasonal personnel assigned to the farm.
? Reach a diverse audience through traditional and newly developed programs.
? Actively participate in professional development opportunities to attain and retain program knowledge and delivery skills.
? Demonstrate an understanding and commitment to equal access and opportunity and to diversity and inclusivity.
? Understand and implement Civil Rights policies and compliance.

Faculty: Minimum Qualifications
Support Staff: Minimum Requirements
Bachelor's degree in a related field such as agriculture, horticulture or plant/soil science; two years experience in horticulture, farming or farm management specific to cold climate sustainable vegetable production, season extension with high tunnels, and organic farming certification requirements; experience in developing and administering educational programs; ability to travel within local and surrounding communities to meet the responsibilities or this position; proficient computer operation skills (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.); and effective oral and written communication skills. Carrying and movement of equipment, materials, etc. up to 35lbs is a regular part of this position.

Typing Requirements (wpm):

Desired Qualifications: ? On-site housing is provided. Ability to live on-site is preferred;
? Strong leadership skills;
? Passion for sustainable agriculture production and education;
? Self-starter;
? Prior experience with specialty crop farmer outreach;
? Business planning experience;
? Experience creating and carrying out a budget;
? Grant experience (writing, execution, reporting);
? Knowledge and experience related to cold storage;
? Experience working in extreme northern climates.

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:

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