Extension Educator, Extension Educator - Water Resources

United States, North America
Jul 21, 2014

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Position Information

Posting Number: 9823

Internal Posting Date: 07-17-2014

Internal Closing Date: 09-14-2014

External Closing Date: 09-14-2014

Review of Applications begins on:

Job Title: Extension Educator

Position Title/Rank: Extension Educator - Water Resources

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Major Administrative Unit/College: Michigan State University Extension

Primary Department: 10058942 EXTENSION GREENING MICHIGAN

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

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Support Staff: Pay Minimum

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Position Summary: As part of MSU Extension (MSUE) and both the Greening Michigan Institute (GMI) and the Agriculture and Agri-Business Institute (AABI), this position provides local and statewide leadership and educational programming expertise in alignment with the Natural Resources and Public Policy workgroups in GMI and the Environmental Quality workgroup in AABI. The individual in this position will develop and implement educational and capacity-building programs that serve Michigan residents and their water-related interests, including water use, availability, conservation, planning, and management. The successful candidate will apply communication, facilitation, collaboration, conflict management, and technical skills to address water use issues across Michigan. Water issues addressed by the individual in this position may include, but are not limited to, localized water scarcity and conflict; incorporating water management into land use and economic development planning; water conservation and reuse by individual water users and communities; community capacity for comprehensive watershed planning; water policy education; and on-stream, off-stream and ground water use conflicts. This position will be located in MSUE District 9 (Midland, Bay, Saginaw, Shiawassee and Genesee Counties), with the primary work location to be determined.

Specific Responsibilities Include:

- Develop, conduct and evaluate innovative educational programs informed by basic and applied research that meet current and projected needs of Michigan residents and community partners;

- Communicate and collaborate with community groups to evaluate the needs of these and other partners, stakeholders and water use sectors;

- Serve as an information resource to audiences, partners and Extension staff;

- Develop and maintain collaborations with local units of government, property owners, water use sectors, federal and state agencies, non-profit organizations, university faculty and other Extension educators;

- Create and promote positive public relations for MSU Extension and the Greening Michigan and Agriculture/Agribusiness Institutes;

- Participate fully with multiple workgroups as directed;

- 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 water-related updates, as well as a schedule of current and future activities;

- Actively participate in professional development opportunities both within and outside of MSUE;

- Gather and report programming outputs and impacts to demonstrate program effectiveness and to guide future program priorities for MSUE, GMI, AABI and the work groups 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 implement Civil Rights policies and procedures;

- Other duties or projects as assigned by the Institute Director.

Faculty: Minimum Qualifications
Support Staff: Minimum Requirements
- Master's degree from an accredited institution in a disciplinary or interdisciplinary field of study that provides technical expertise needed to build individual and community capacity for watershed planning and management, water demand management, water conservation and collaboration within and among water use sectors and communities;

- 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);

- Experience with water resource management;

- 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;

- Ability to regularly travel within the assigned area and surrounding communities, as well as occasional travel outside the assigned area in order to perform duties of this position;

- Strong interpersonal and oral and written communication skills and, especially, facilitation skills;

- Experience and proven ability working productively with a team;

- 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 for audiences/communities of diversity, 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.

Typing Requirements (wpm):

Desired Qualifications: - 5 years of experience in Extension program delivery or demonstrated ability and skill in educational program planning, implementation and evaluation (relevant experience acquired within the last 6-7 years preferred).

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

Required Applicant Documents: Resume/CV
Cover Letter

Optional Applicant Documents: Resume/CV
Cover Letter
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.

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