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As part of MSU Extension (MSUE) and the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute (AABI), this position provides local as well as statewide leadership and educational programming expertise in Compost Systems. This position will have statewide responsibilities and will collaborate across work teams, Institutes and community groups, working with faculty, specialists and educators for overall advancement of the needs of the Institute clientele.
In this position, you will identify, design, implement and evaluate research-based educational programs that meet current and projected outreach needs related to agricultural, commercial, and municipal compost systems. Through your leadership, you will act as a subject matter expert related to composting and other organics processing technologies, regulatory development and compliance, environmental impacts, feedstock diversity, processing methods and technologies, and end-product marketing. In coordination of outreach and Extension-related compost education activities, you will collaborate with academic and service units on the campus of Michigan State University to develop a master plan for increasing campus organics diversion and will evaluate and assist with the management and tracking of organics processing activities across the University for development and reporting purposes. You will review and evaluate work to ensure quality, timeliness, and adherence to policies and procedures. You 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.
Through collaboration in research, engagement with community members, and dissemination of research-based information through various methods, including in-person and multimedia programming and written communications, you will explore and implement programs that lead to public knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors that improve composting systems methodology across a broad range of clientele. You will also develop, produce, and deliver composting systems outreach materials with messaging and content that is accessible and inclusive and is consistent with the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute and Michigan State University messaging.
Your work will include close collaboration with colleagues at MSU and MSU Extension, as well as the diverse network of partner groups that include state and local governmental agencies, and community and state organizations working to improve composting systems. You will collaborate with both campus- and field-based colleagues doing work related to composting systems to update current educational materials, develop new educational curriculum, and provide leadership within the MSU campus Master Plan related to composting.
While this is a full-time role, the position will be funded through your ability to source and secure funding, including writing, managing, and executing grants and other external resources, including funds from programming activities, to partially fund the position within two years, while also increasing the research and Extension program capacity. Through your efforts you will develop relationships with external partners to expand the resource base and support programmatic operations. Acting as a statewide point of contact, you will provide support for AABI in determining research and programmatic needs across the state and will communicate and interact with community groups to evaluate the needs of the clientele.
This position will be based on the Michigan State University campus, East Lansing, MI.
This position is a full-time, fixed term end-dated appointment, renewable annually based upon successful performance and continued funding. The position will be partially funded through the candidate’s ability to source and secure funding, including writing, managing, and executing grants and other external resources, including funds from programming activities, to partially fund the position within two years, while also increasing the research and Extension program capacity.
Identify, develop, conduct, and evaluate innovative educational programs that meet current and projected statewide needs, and supports growth and understanding of critical issues facing residents of Michigan.
Develop and maintain positive working relationships intra- and inter-organizationally and create and promote positive public relations for MSU Extension and the AABI.
Understand and support the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute’s efforts in diversity, equity, inclusion and Civil Rights, with a special emphasis on removing barriers from participation and reaching diverse populations, including but not limited to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status, socio-economic class and other human differences in rural, suburban and urban communities, and where applicable, increasing programmatic delivery and participation in urban centers.
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.
Communicate and interact with community groups to evaluate the needs of the clientele.
In concert with the MSU Extension work team(s), work with federal, state and county agencies to complete needs assessment of the community and develop effective programming.
Serve as an information resource to clientele, partners, and Extension staff.
Collaborate with MSU Extension staff to gather and report programming outputs and impacts, to demonstrate program effectiveness and to guide future program priorities for MSU Extension, the AABI and work teams.
Actively participate in professional development opportunities.
Author, produce and submit regular research-based educational materials and articles.
Other duties or projects as assigned by the Institute Director.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.
Masters -Agronomy, Animal Science, Biosystems, Ag
Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to Agronomy, Animal Science, Biosystems or Agricultural Engineering, Crop and Soil Science or a related field of study, must be earned by date of hire.
Familiarity with professional or academic organic processing technologies.
Familiarity with regulatory compliance for composting systems.
Demonstrated ability and skill in educational program planning, implementation and evaluation.
Ability to demonstrate sensitivity, knowledge, and use of appropriate approaches, skills and techniques, which reflect an understanding and awareness of social, cultural and economic diversity of the target population served.
Ability to create and carryout a project plan from research of initial concept to project completion and follow-up.
Demonstrated success in program development and delivery to diverse audiences/communities, and proven ability in establishing and working with a diverse network of constituents and community members across race, color, gender, national origin, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, veteran status, socioeconomic class, and other differences.
Experience and proven ability working productively with a team serving in both leadership and contributor roles.
Self-motivated with demonstrated ability to work independently in an office environment without daily supervision and/or coaching.
Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
Proficiency in use of technology (e.g., web research, Microsoft Teams, 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.
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 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).
Familiarity with Michigan State University campus operations.
Demonstrated drive and initiative, with proven ability to manage multiple responsibilities and tasks simultaneously.
Experience in successful contract and grant writing, including securing and managing grant funds and resources.
Experience working with state, federal and/or community-based organizations and groups.
Experience establishing collaborations and community-based initiatives.
Demonstrated skills and professional development from the last five years related to cultural competency and inclusive excellence.
Experience with marketing/promotion of educational programs.
Understanding of and ability to implement Civil Rights principles and compliance standards.
Required Application Materials
Four (4) professional references including two (2) current or previous supervisors.
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This position is a full-time, fixed term end-dated appointment, renewable annually based upon successful performance and continued funding. The position will be partially funded through the candidate’s ability to source and secure funding, including writing, managing, and executing grants and other external resources, including funds from programming activities, to partially fund the position within two years, while also increasing the research and Extension program capacity
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