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MSU Extension Position Announcement

Agriculture & Agribusiness Institute Extension Educator – Swine

As part of Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) and the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute, this position will provide local as well as statewide leadership and educational programming expertise in program areas related to the Pork Industry. The chosen applicant will work with all types of pork production systems across Michigan and show a desire to understand different types of pork production systems, including extensive and intensive operations, as applicable. The successful applicant will collaborate across work teams, Institutes, and work with faculty, specialists and educators for overall advancement of Michigan agricultural industries. This position will be the local point-of-contact and provide leadership on relevant topics as indicated by the swine industry. The successful applicants will design, implement and evaluate educational programming, that is research based, will address the needs of clientele groups; ensure dissemination of research-based information through various methods including multi-media, in-person education, social media, use of distance education technologies, written articles, bulletins, etc. The successful candidate will provide learning experiences and information for farmers, agri-business professionals, and consumers that will contribute to enhancing profitable agricultural products. They will contribute to the short and long-term viability of farms, the economic well-being of Michigan residents, and serve as an informational resource for Extension personnel. This position will be located in Branch County, Michigan.


• Develop educational programs for clientele involved with varied approaches of pork production which address economic, environmental and social sustainability;

• Develop, conduct and evaluate innovative educational programs that meet current and projected needs;

• Communicate and interact with farm, agribusiness, and stakeholder groups to evaluate the needs of 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 and county agencies to complete needs assessment of stakeholders and develop effective programming;

• 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 Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute and the work group aligned with;

• Work to ensure that stakeholder needs assessments, program development and recruitment efforts include the engagement of Michigan’s diverse residents across race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences;

• Create and promote positive public relations for MSU Extension at local, state and national levels;

• Understand and implement Civil Rights policies and procedures;

• Other duties or projects as assigned by the Institute Director.


• Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to swine production and management to be earned by date of hire;

• Knowledge of general farming practices related to varied systems of pork production;

• A thorough understanding of the swine industry, including, intensive and/or extensive production;

• Three-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);

• 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;

• 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;

• Ability to regularly travel within the assigned area and surrounding communities, as well as occasional statewide travel in order to perform duties of this position.

• Ability to lift and carry educational materials, equipment, etc. up to 25 lbs.

• 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.


• Experience working in or with varied swine production systems.

• Experience conducting on-farm applied research;

• Experience analyzing and interpreting results;

• Experience in successful contract and grant writing.


Applicants should include the names and contact information (including email addresses) of four professional references with the cover letter. This position is a full-time, end-dated appointment renewable annually.

Interested applicants should go to and search for posting number 3959. Applications are due by October 20, 2016.



MSU Department of Animal Science Position Announcement

Livestock Industries Program Coordinator & Livestock Judging Coach


Academic Specialist in the Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI (continuing appointment).


Michigan State University is the Pioneer Land Grant University and is an international leader in agricultural instruction. The Department of Animal Science is recognized for excellence in teaching and learning, as well as, high quality farm centers and livestock. The Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) delivers innovative, educational programs that develop career-ready graduates through intensive, practical, hands-on learning and skill enhancement.


The position will offer the opportunity to provide leadership for the IAT Livestock Industries certification program within the Department of Animal Science. Responsibilities include recruitment, counseling, and advising of IAT students. The individual will be active in developing and instructing IAT and undergraduate livestock management, and livestock and carcass evaluation educational programs. The position will be responsible for coordinating the Michigan State University Collegiate Livestock Judging Team. The successful applicant will be encouraged to foster relationships with the livestock industry, high school counselors and teachers, youth livestock educators, and diverse communities throughout Michigan.


  • Master of Science in an agricultural-related discipline
  • Teaching experience and advising of students
  • Livestock or meats judging team experience


  • Experience in student teaching and advising at the collegiate level
  • Experience with teaching livestock selection carcass evaluation courses
  • Experience in program management and evaluation
  • Experience with advising students, career planning, and placement assistance
  • Experience in recruitment and student retention
  • Collegiate livestock or meats judging team coaching


Competitive, commensurate with background and experience. An attractive benefit package is available.


To apply, applicants must submit an application at the MSU Human Resources site at, posting 4232, or and upload the following:

1. Letter of application, including a summary of relevant experiences and accomplishments

2. A detailed curriculum vita

3. A summary of teaching activities and statement of teaching philosophy

4. Official academic transcripts

5. Names and contact information for three references

For questions about the position, please contact Dr. Dan Buskirk, Search Committee Chair, Department of Animal Science, 474 S. Shaw Ln. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 517‐432-0400.

For questions about the application process, please contact Ms. Robbyn Davenport, 517-884-7853, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Review of applications will begin November 28, 2016, and will continue until a suitable candidate is selected.