Horticulture/Veterans’ Liaison Educator
As part of MSU Extension (MSUE) and the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute (AABI), this position has dual responsibilities providing local as well as statewide leadership and educational programming expertise as a Veterans’ Liaison in alignment with Consumer Horticulture.
Horticulture/Veterans’ Liaison Educator
As part of MSU Extension (MSUE) and the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute (AABI), this position has dual responsibilities providing local as well as statewide leadership and educational programming expertise as a Veterans’ Liaison in alignment with Consumer Horticulture. This position collaborates across work teams, Institutes and community groups, and works with faculty, specialists and educators for advancement of the needs of the Institute clientele; designs, implements and evaluates programming based on basic and applied research and the needs of clientele groups; ensures dissemination of research-based information through various methods, including multi-media, personal education and written articles; and, serves as an informational resource for Extension personnel and clientele. This position will be based in Kalamazoo or Van Buren County with specific focus on veteran clientele of Van Buren County. Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Develop, conduct and evaluate innovative educational programs that meet current and projected needs, with a focus on advocating for military veterans, connecting them to pertinent Extension resources and programs.
- Communicate and interact with community groups to evaluate the needs of the clientele.
- Serve as an information resource for home gardening for Extension personnel throughout the state, and work with statewide AABI work groups to effectively plan and implement relevant programming for 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 the community and develop effective programming.
- Create and promote positive public relations for MSU Extension, the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute and the Extension Master Gardner Program.
- 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 MSU Extension, the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute and the work teams aligned with, as required for internal and external purposes.
- 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 differences.
- Understand and implements 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 horticulture must be earned by date of hire.
- 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, web conferencing, 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 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.
- Demonstrated ability or experience in working with military veteran audiences.
- Experience in consumer or production horticulture, and agriculture technology.
- 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).
- 5 to 7-years’ experience in leading the development of agricultural or other outreach programs for veterans.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity in the area of recruiting, supervision, and other employment-related matters.
- Experience in volunteer management, supervision, and/or acting as a coach, mentor or trainer.
- Ability to manage several projects simultaneously.
Required Application Materials
- Current resume/CV
- Cover letter
- Four (4) professional references, including at least two (2), prior or current supervisors
This position is a full-time, fixed term end-dated appointment renewable annually based upon successful performance and continued funding.
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