As part of MSU Extension (MSUE) and the Community, Food & Environment Institute (CFEI), this position provides local and regional (SE Michigan) leadership and educational programming expertise while contributing to statewide initiatives in alignment with the MSU Product Center. This position specifically focuses on conducting outreach activities and educational programs to market business development services and provide assistance to businesses in the agriculture/food sectors to advance value-added products/services. This position may collaborate across work groups, Institutes and community groups such as Chambers, Economic Development Agencies, Eastern Market of Detroit, Detroit Kitchen Connect, Food Lab, Detroit Food and Ag Network, MiWorks, community colleges, regional universities and other groups, and work with faculty, specialists and educators for advancement of the needs of the Institute clientele; conduct outreach to market services and recruit clients; designs, implements and evaluates programming based on basic and applied research and the needs of clientele groups; ensures dissemination of research-based information through various methods, including one-on one counseling for Product Center clients, multi-media, personal education and written articles; participate in the planning and implementation of statewide and Product Center events like Making It In Michigan Conference and Trade Show, and Small Cooperative Conference; and serves as an informational resource for Extension personnel and clientele.
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), work with federal, state, county and local agencies and organizations to complete needs assessment of the community/region and develop/guide effective programming.
Create and promote positive public relations for MSU Extension and the Community, Food and Environment Institute.
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 and to guide future program priorities for MSUE, the Community, Food and Environment Institute, and the work group(s) 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 implements Civil Rights policies and procedures.
Masters -Business, Economics, Forestry/Natural Re
Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to business, economics, forestry/natural resources, food marketing or related field must be earned by date of hire.
Demonstrated ability and skill in educational program planning, implementation and evaluation.
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.
Self-motivated with demonstrated ability to work independently in an office environment without daily supervision and/or coaching.
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 to diverse audiences/communities 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.
Ability to lift and carry educational materials, equipment, etc. up to 25 lbs.
Ability to travel in local and surrounding communities and occasional long distance travel are required as a regular part of this position.
Transportation is the responsibility of the employee.
Other skills and/or physical abilities required to perform duties of the position.
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).
Four (4) professional references, including at least two (2) prior supervisors
This position is a full-time, fixed term end-dated appointment renewable annually based upon successful performance and continued funding.
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