Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Extension Educator - Community Food Systems/Community & Economic Development
University or Organization :
Michigan State University Extension
State or Territory :
Application Deadline :
Mar 17, 2017
Descriptive Job Title :
Extension Educator - Community Food Systems/Community & Economic Development
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Location :
Mason, Michigan with programming responsibilities across mid-Michigan
Area, Department or Unit :
Michigan State University Extension: Greening Michigan Institute
Full/Part Time :
Full Time
Salary :
Start Date:
None Stated
As a community food systems/community & economic development extension educator, this position seeks to build local capacity and enhance community participation on local food, community development and community vitality issues. Target audiences for education and capacity-building programs include local government officials, public officials, local leaders, small businesses and industries, local and regional food providers, marketers and distributors, community-based organizations and the general public.

Educational programs addressing community needs and local food opportunities may include establishing and working closely with local food policy councils, local leadership trainings, data-supported regional economic development education, local and regional food production system trainings, and community planning.
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Additional Description, Instructions or Comments:
Do applicants need to have a driver’s license or be able to provide alternate transportation
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Minimum education level :
* Masters Degree in community sustainability, urban and regional planning, community and/or economic development, agricultural economics, sociology/rural sociology, and/or related field.
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Travel Requirements:
Other Requirements:
* Knowledge of local food system and/or economic, community and/or regional development theories and practices.
* 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;
* 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;
* 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 travel outside the assigned area in order to perform duties of this position.


Application URL:
This is the link to the official application website.


Contact :
Keri Rowley
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Application Instructions :
Interested and qualified candidates should visit the Michigan State University jobs page at and search for posting #4744 to apply.

Applicants are asked to submit an up-to-date resume/CV and a cover letter that includes the names and email addresses of four professional references.

Applications currently being accepted through March 17, 2017.

This is a full-time, fixed-term position reviewed annually for renewal.