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Work type: Extension, Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Michigan State University Extension
Department: Extension Health And Nutrition 10058946
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: Alger, Chippewa, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Schoolcraft
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Extension Program Associate-EXPA, Fixed Term Academic Staff, MSU Extension- EXPA, Advising/Counseling, Agriculture, Education/Training, Health Care Professional, Research/Scientific, Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Food Safety, Supervising

Position Summary

As part of MSU Extension (MSUE) and the Health and Nutrition Institute (HNI), this position provides local and statewide leadership and educational programming expertise in food safety, while coordinating the Supplemental Nutrition Education Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) supervising and staff development efforts across the counties located within MSUE District 2, including Marquette, Alger, Schoolcraft, Luce, Chippewa and Mackinac. This position is expected to be based out of one of the MSU Extension offices located in district 2. The Mackinac County office would be an ideal location, but this will be determined when the successful candidate has been identified.    


This position assesses community food safety needs, implements evidence-based programs, and designs and evaluates educational programming based on applied research and program evaluation methods. The Extension Educator ensures dissemination of research-based information through various methods, including multi-media, presentations and written articles, and serves as an informational resource for Extension personnel and clientele. 


In coordination of the SNAP-Ed supervising and staff development efforts, this position provides coaching, training, and technical support for new and existing paraprofessional staff associated with MSU Extension’s Nutrition and Physical Activity (NPA) program in support of their programming efforts. While ensuring the needs and goals of the HNI, MSU Extension and grantors are being met through support and management of the programming staff, the Extension Educator works with staff, specialists, and District Directors to ensure programming with individuals and community groups meets the needs of the clientele, and is in alignment with funder and/or MSU Extension Institute expectations. This position guides staff as they implement and evaluate programming efforts, ensures dissemination of research-based curricula and information, and serves as an informational resource for Extension personnel and clientele.  


Characteristic Duties/Responsibilities

  • Actively engages with staff and partners, both face-to-face and through technology, to develop relationships and understanding of clientele and staff needs.
  • Meet with staff individually and conduct program observations.
  • Train, mentor, and evaluate staff, to ensure the requirements and objectives of their programming efforts, including the appropriate use of grant funds, are met.
  • Develop, conduct, and evaluate innovative educational programs that meet current and projected needs for food safety education.  
  • Communicate and interact with community groups to assess the needs of the clientele and communities, and develop effective programming.  
  • Hold staff accountable to the program requirements and deliverables.
  • 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.
  • Author, produce and submit regular research-based educational articles and products.
  • Serve as an information resource to direct reports, clientele, partners, and Extension staff.
  • Stay current in research for programming area.
  • Actively participate in professional development opportunities to build professional and personal skills.
  • Gather and report programming outputs and impacts, to demonstrate program effectiveness and to guide future program priorities for MSU Extension and the Health and Nutrition Institute. 
  • Work to ensure that community needs assessments, program development and recruitment efforts include the engagement of Michigan’s diverse residents across race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other characteristics.
  • Understand and implements Civil Rights policies and procedures. 
  • Other duties or projects as assigned by the Institute Director.

Required Degree

Bachelors -Food Safety, Public Health, Food Science

Desired Degree

Masters -Food Safety, Public Health, Food Science

Minimum Requirements

  • Master’s degree required. However, candidates with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to food safety, public health, food science, nutrition, dietetics, or a related health field of study, are invited to apply with the understanding that completion of a master’s degree will be required within a specified time frame, in a related field, after employment.
  • Demonstrated ability and skill in educational program planning, implementation and evaluation.
  • 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.
  • Self-motivated with demonstrated ability to work independently in an office environment without daily supervision and/or coaching.  
  • Ability to carry out all functions of staff management, remotely.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity in the area of recruiting, supervision, and other employment-related matters.
  • 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, 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.

Desired Qualifications

  • 3-years of experience in Extension, or health education program delivery, or demonstrated ability and skill in educational program planning, implementation and evaluation (relevant experience acquired within the last 5-years preferred).
  • 2-years of experience in coaching, training, and mentoring.
  • 1-year demonstrated ability to manage staff remotely.
  • Experience in securing and/or managing grant funds and resources.

Required Application Materials

Current resume/CV

Cover letter

Four (4) professional references, including at least two prior or current supervisors

Special Instructions

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


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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