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Work type: Extension, Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Michigan State University Extension
Department: Extension Community Food And Environment 10058942
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: Macomb, Oakland, Wayne
Categories: Agriculture, Education/Training, Research/Scientific, Advising/Counseling, Extension Program Associate-EXPA, MSU Extension- EXPA, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Sea Grant Extension Educator

Position Summary

Michigan State University Extension is committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive organization, which requires all staff to contribute towards a vision for success. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to our work, regardless of title or position within the organization. This means that all staff at MSU Extension are dedicated to the following:

  • We work together to ensure that programming is delivered to diverse audiences, produces equitable impacts for all participants, and demonstrates partnership and inclusion for all groups.
  • We embrace that it is everyone’s job to create a culture that promotes diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
  • We ensure that every team member is prepared with the skills and resources to contribute to our welcoming and inclusive culture.
  • We foster inclusion by recognizing and valuing diverse perspectives, skills, experiences, and work to create equal access to programming for communities.
  • We commit to continuous learning for diversity, equity, and cultural competency, in order to achieve inclusive excellence.
  • We understand that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential elements to our work and are vital to the organizational culture and programmatic success of MSU Extension.
  • We embrace a culture of understanding, coaching and feedback towards achieving a vision of success for the entire organization and its staff.
  • Together we will achieve success and we commit to these goals in our work, continued education, and ongoing efforts.  

 

 

POSITION SUMMARY

As part of MSU Extension (MSUE) and the Community, Food and Environment Institute (CFEI), this position provides local as well as statewide leadership and educational programming expertise in Michigan Sea Grant Education programs and partnerships. 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.

 

Michigan Sea Grant is a cooperative program of MSU Extension and the University of Michigan that helps to foster economic growth that conserves Michigan’s coastal and Great Lakes resources through education, research, and outreach.  

 

In this position, you will identify, design, implement and evaluate research-based educational programs that meet current and projected outreach needs related to Great Lakes literacy and community resiliency through place-based education and to achieve Michigan Sea Grant strategic plan outcomes. Through your leadership, you will lead Michigan Sea Grant Extension Program’s Education programs and partnerships in Southeast Michigan. This includes working with local communities and educators, schools, and other partners and networks on initiatives such as place-based education, classroom and shipboard, camps and community youth programs, professional learning opportunities for youth educators, community education, and workforce development. This also includes programming throughout the counties of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne on water conservation, as well as working with CFEI’s Natural Resources team on efforts like the Conservation Stewards Program.

 

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 achieve an environmentally literate public through lifelong formal and informal engagement opportunities, a diverse workforce that is skilled in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and other disciplines critical to local, regional, and national needs, community resiliency and improvements in coastal ecosystems. You will also develop, produce, and deliver Great Lakes outreach materials with messaging and content that is accessible and inclusive and is consistent with Michigan Sea Grant and the Community, Food, and Environment Institute 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, Southeast Michigan Stewardship Coalition, Huron Clinton Metro Parks, Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, Detroit Zoo, and others.  You will collaborate with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Michigan Sea Grant - University of Michigan, and the Sea Grant Education co-leads and team members.

 

Although negotiable, there will be space available for this position to work from the Macomb County MSU Extension office. The primary service area for this position is MSU Extension District 11, covering the counties of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne, with some collaboration work in MSU Extension District 10 and/or MSU Extension District 12 coastal counties.

 

This position is a full-time, fixed term end-dated appointment, renewable annually based upon successful performance and continued funding.

 

Characteristic Duties/Responsibilities

  • Identify, develop, conduct, and evaluate innovative educational programs that meet current and projected statewide needs, and supports growth and understanding of critical issues facing people in Michigan.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships intra- and inter-organizationally and create and promote positive public relations for MSU Extension and the CFEI.
  • Understand and support the Community, Food and Environment 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 CFEI 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.

Required Degree

Masters -Science Education, Community Development

Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to science education, community development or sustainability, environmental sustainability, aquatic ecology, fisheries management, science communication, or a related field must be earned by date of hire.
  • Familiarity with Sea Grant, place-based education, science education, community resiliency, facilitative leadership, etc.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ability to create and carryout a project plan from research of initial concept to project completion and follow-up.
  • 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.

Desired Qualifications

  • 3-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).
  • 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.
  • 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

Current resume/CV.

Cover letter.

Four (4) professional references including two (2) current or previous supervisors.

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: https://msu.edu/together-we-will/

Special Instructions

This position is a full-time, fixed term end-dated appointment, renewable annually based upon successful performance and continued funding.

 

Website

https://youtu.be/8KBMarSqHos

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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