Job no: 501778 Position type: Full-Time 12-Month Department: 013200 - Delta Research and Extension Center Location: Stoneville, MS Categories: Professional Position Open Date: Nov 11 2020
This Extension Associate is a temporary, full-time youth outreach coordinator position at the National Center for Alluvial Aquifer Research. The function of the Extension Associate is to transform the mindsets and behaviors of Mississippi youth in two ways pertinent to agriculture. First, the coordinator will increase understanding of and support for soil and water conservation so that the next generation of agricultural industry members and consumers will move Mississippi agriculture towards greater sustainability. Second, the coordinator will improve awareness and perceptions of agricultural jobs so that more Mississippi youth will pursue suitable agricultural careers and thus strengthen the Mississippi agricultural workforce. A core priority of this position is to connect minority youth to existing resources and to design additional resources for them so that all youth can contribute to and benefit from the success of Mississippi agriculture.
This position is located at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, MS.
Area of Specialization:
Secondary Education and Sustainable Agriculture
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
* Develop and lead a captivating combination of interactive classroom activities to expose Mississippi youth, teachers, and guidance counselors to sustainable agriculture--its importance, principles, practices, challenges, relevant postsecondary education, and associated jobs * Engage Mississippi youth through social media--generating and circulating age-specific multimedia resources on sustainable agriculture that empower and encourage youth to share and discuss with peers and family members * Organize field trips for minority youth, teachers, and guidance counselors to visit sustainable agriculture employers * Supply technical instruction and administrative support to agricultural exploration camps at Alcorn State University and other locations where minority youth learn hands-on about sustainable agriculture and postsecondary agricultural education * Offer individualized services to minority youth, including: recruitment for outreach programs; facilitation of mentoring opportunities; and assistance with applications of internships, college admissions, scholarships, and financial aid for those desiring to pursue postsecondary agricultural education * Collect and analyze pre-intervention and post-intervention data for Mississippi youth and Mississippi minority youth on their participation rates in outreach programs, on their sustainable agriculture literacy, and on their entry to postsecondary agricultural education * Foster strong relationships with high schools, funding agencies, and other partnering entities * Perform various tasks that enhance the visibility and effectiveness of the youth outreach programs above
The coordinator must have earned a bachelor's degree by the appointment date. The coordinator must possess some background in agriculture/STEM plus some experience with educating high school youth as a staff member and/or volunteer in school and/or extracurricular environments. The coordinator must be reliable, self-motivated, and capable of excelling with minimal routine supervision. Extensive travel within Mississippi is an expected and reimbursable activity for this position, so the coordinator must maintain a valid driver's license and have ready access to a dependable vehicle with valid insurance.
Rank and Salary will be commensurate with education and/or level of experience.
The ideal coordinator is deeply passionate about investing in and inspiring all Mississippi youth but especially minority youth. The ideal coordinator has proven proficiency in relating to and managing high school youth as well as in preparing curricula and lesson plans. The ideal coordinator possesses relevant credentials (e.g., teaching license, master's degree, professional development certifications) and has/had worked for multiple years as an educator of youth from diverse backgrounds and in diverse settings. The ideal coordinator is eager to keep learning on one's own and from others to acquire applicable knowledge/skills and to refine the delivery of outreach programs. The ideal coordinator is ready to thrive in a role that is demanding and multifaceted yet highly flexible and creative.
Instructions for Applying:
All applicants must apply online at https://explore.msujobs.msstate.edu and attach 1) a cover letter addressing the aforementioned qualifications, 2) a current resume or curriculum vitae, 3) documentation of relevant credentials (with the applicant's Social Security number omitted or redacted), and 4) a list containing the names and current contact information of three professional references. Screening and interviews will begin as applications are received, but full consideration will be given to all applications that are completed no later than November 28th, 2020. Because the coordinator will work closely with minors, all applicants must cooperate honestly with and pass all appropriate background checks. The anticipated appointment date is February 1st, 2021, but will be negotiable.
Position is contingent upon funding availability.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.
Internal Number: 501778
About Mississippi State University
Mississippi State University represents the highest level of research activity for doctorate-granting institutions and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation as an R1-Very High Research Activity University. Also, a National Science Foundation “Top 100” research University, MSU shelters a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society, and values the talents of our distinguished faculty, staff, and student scholars. Here, a culture of inclusion is fostered and we’re driven each day to make a difference at the local, state, regional, national and global levels. At Mississippi State University we invite you to join us as we continue our momentum in research, teaching, and service.
To apply, please go to http://explore.msujobs.msstate.edu/