Michigan State University is the Pioneer Land Grant University and is an international leader in agricultural education. Michigan State University Extension is recognized for excellence in teaching and learning, with 4-H serving as the foundational youth development program of MSU Extension. This position is an integral part of the MSU Extension Children & Youth Institute, the Science work team, and holds a joint assignment in the Department of Animal Science. This individual is responsible for networking and collaborating with faculty in the Department of Animal Science, the College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute to help ensure programming is aligning with current research and educational efforts in the animal science, veterinary and animal agriculture areas.
The position will provide statewide leadership of the 4-H Livestock (beef, sheep, and swine) and Veterinary Science Programming areas within MSU Extension. The 4-H livestock and the veterinary science programs include animal care education, career awareness, work force preparation and leadership development related to agriculture and the animal sciences. The candidate will work with MSU Extension and MSU faculty and staff, 4-H volunteers, and stakeholders to develop, implement and evaluate programs that provide opportunities for youth to develop leadership potential, self-esteem, values, citizenship responsibility and productive capacity. The position is expected to foster relationships with the livestock and veterinary science industries, youth educators, and diverse communities throughout Michigan. Statewide travel and some regional and national travel is required.
Master’s degree from an accredited institution in an agricultural or educational related field, by date of hire. Demonstrated ability and skill in educational program planning, implementation and evaluation. Ability to create and carryout 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 the 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 on a regular basis within local and surrounding communities and occasional travel 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.
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Michigan State University is the Land-Grant University in Michigan. Michigan State University (MSU) Extension helps people improve their lives by bringing the vast knowledge resources of MSU directly to individuals, communities and businesses. For more than 100 years, MSU Extension has helped grow Michigan’s economy by equipping Michigan residents with the information that they need to do their jo...bs better, raise healthy and safe families, build their communities and empower our children to dream of a successful future.