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. In addition, and as a result of the ongoing challenges relative to ensuring product safety and the ability to meet consumer demand, this position will also include a collaborative research and educational component focused on areas of concern to the industry such as disease transfer between and within herds, antimicrobial resistance, endocrine disruptors, and harmful exposures on-farm to biological, chemical and physical hazards. Following a research-to-practice (RTP) framework, collaboration with MSUE and industry specialists, emergency management teams, and other relevant stakeholders, will assure timeliness and value of this component of the position to the industry. The chosen applicant will work with all types of pork production systems across Michigan, including extensive and intensive operations, will collaborate across work teams, Institutes, and work with faculty, specialists and educators. This position will be the local point-of-contact and provide leadership on relevant topics. The successful applicant will design, implement and evaluate educational programming that is evidence (research) based, will address the needs of clientele groups and ensure dissemination of research-based information through various methods. The successful candidate will provide learning experiences and information for farmers, agri-business professionals, and consumers that will contribute to enhancing profitable agricultural products, 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 Gratiot County, Michigan.
• 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; • An understanding of the swine industry, including, intensive and/or extensive production; • Experience working in or with varied swine production systems; • 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/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/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 regularly travel within the assigned area and surrounding communities, as well as occasional statewide travel 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.
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Posting Number: 469140
Application Deadline: 11/19/2017
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Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with education and experience
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