As part of Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) and the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute (AABI), this position provides local as well as statewide leadership and educational programming expertise in agricultural, commercial, and municipal compost systems. This position will collaborate across work teams, Institutes, and community groups, and work with faculty, specialists, and educators for advancement of the needs of the clientele; 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 multi-media, personal education and written articles; and serves as an informational resource for Extension personnel and clientele.
The successful candidate will act as a subject matter expert related to composting and other organics processing technologies, including the use of composting in response to mass animal mortality events. In coordination of outreach and Extension-related compost education activities, the compost systems educator will collaborate with academic and service units on the campus of Michigan State University to develop a master plan for increasing campus organics diversion. This position will be responsible for development, maintenance and delivery of training of compost system operations, best management practices, and standards required by state and federal programs.
This position will work from the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.
Collaborate with MSU Extension staff to conduct and evaluate programming efforts.
Serve as a point of contact and information resource for clientele and partners as well as MSU and Extension staff with compost systems questions and concerns.
In concert with the MSUE work team(s), work with federal, state and county agencies to complete needs assessment of the community and develop effective programming.
Create and promote positive public relations for MSU Extension and the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute.
Develop, conduct, and evaluate innovative educational programs that meet current and projected needs.
Communicate and interact with community groups to assess the needs of clientele.
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 MSU Extension and the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute.
Work to ensure that industry 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.
Masters -Agronomy, Animal Science, Biosystem, Agr
Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to Agronomy, Animal Science, Biosystem or Agricultural Engineering, Crop and Soil Science or a related field of study, must be earned 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 and 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 and 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, as well as occasional long distance travel outside the assigned area, in order to perform the duties 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 of experience in Extension program delivery, or demonstrated ability and skill in equivalent experience related to compost operations, educational program planning, implementation, and evaluation (relevant experience acquired within the last 5-years preferred).
Experience in securing and/or managing grant funds and resources.
Experience working with state, federal and/or community-based organizations and groups.
Experience establishing collaborations and community-based initiatives.
Required Application Materials
Four (4) professional references, including at least two (2) current, or 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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