Job Summary

Official Job Title :
#20-17 Vacancy Extension State Specialist, Senior Economist Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC) Lakewood, CO
University or Organization :
Colorado State University Extension
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Application Deadline :
Sep 29, 2017
Descriptive Job Title :
#20-17 Vacancy Extension State Specialist, Senior Economist Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC) Lakewood, CO
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Location :
Lakewood, CO
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Full/Part Time :
Full Time
Salary :
Salary range is $56,000-100,000. Starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Start Date:
None Stated
The Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC) began over 60 years ago. It is a North American cooperative effort involving 28 U.S. Land-Grant University Extension programs, six USDA agencies, and associate industry and educational organizations. Associate members include both U.S. and Canadian institutions. Our mission statement is provide timely and comprehensive livestock marketing resources through cooperation. The LMIC is a non-advocacy virtual center of excellence. Commodities/sectors focused on are cattle/beef; hogs/pork; sheep/lamb; dairy; poultry; and feedstuffs.Staff continuously produces unbiased and science-based materials to strengthen and supplement education and research activities of cooperating institutions. In particular, specialists at the Center conduct applied market analysis and staff maintain a comprehensive database. The LMIC maintains a website ( and uses other forms of electronic distribution.This position is supported by a combination of funds from the participating cooperating institutions and is administered by Colorado State University Extension. The position is located in Lakewood, Colorado, a suburb west of Denver and located on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains. Several Federal and state government agencies are located in the area. Key agricultural organizations and industries are located in Denver. The metropolitan area is an important regional center for transportation and recreation as well as cultural activities.PURPOSE OF POSITION: This position assembles, analyzes, reports and publishes economic outlook and marketing/management information related to the livestock and feedstuff industries.Economic Analysis, Development and Distribution 70% Conducts market analysis including situation and outlook. Writes articles and works closely with central office staff and cooperators to publish newsletters and report (technical and popular press). Performs data evaluation and assists with database management. Assists specialists at partner institutions with data and research needs. Develops materials for and gives presentations and reports to a wide range of audiences (including producer, industry, Federal government, and academic). Provides leadership for economic analysis and market outlook. Provide critical Center administrative functions regarding personnel, budgets, and planning. Oversees enhancement and management of Center database system. Supports multi-state and multi-institution outreach efforts and program development.Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.Initiate and Develop Relationships & Partnerships 30% Maintains strong working relationships with livestock industry organizations and government agencies. Assure compliance with affirmative action policies including reaching underserved and underrepresented audiences.Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.
Position Category:
Administrative Professional
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Minimum education level :
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Completed masters degree in the area of agricultural economics or other relevant discipline. Formal training must include agricultural commodity marketing and price analysis if transcripts do not clearly identify those specific courses, please highlight and describe applicable studies in application materials. Ability to analyze and integrate data and information from diverse sources.Experience or strong interest in U.S. agriculture and food systems. Demonstrated experience in working with individuals, groups, and staff (teamwork) to accomplish individual and/or group goals as indicated by experience and references. Evidence of drive and initiative as demonstrated by personal experiences and employment (must be a self-starter). Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking/presentation and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience, formal training, and publications. Demonstrated evidence of skills with computer applications (spreadsheet, database, word processing, website tools). Must have a valid drivers license or the ability to obtain a drivers license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.
Years of experience :
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE PREFERRED: Completed Ph.D. in the area of agricultural economics or other relevant discipline. Academic training and experience in analytical forecasting techniques (e.g. econometric analysis). Recognized economic expert in one or more of the LMIC focus commodities/sectors. Understanding of commodity market risk management tools. Experience with USDA data/information sources. Broad knowledge of management and policy issues in food and agriculture system. Experience regarding key countries that import and export meat and livestock to the U.S. Previous administrative and office management experience. Evidence of successful grant funding and grant program administration. Experience with websites for delivery of information and data and interest in using social media for educational outreach. Understanding of statistical analysis software. Leadership ability as demonstrated by experience and elected and/or appointed positions of responsibility. Knowledge and familiarity with Cooperative Extension and the Land Grant University system. Ability to speak Spanish.
Travel Requirements:
Available personal transportation required, travel allowance provided.
Other Requirements:
BACKGROUND CHECK: Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history. Specific to the LMIC given its working relationships with USDA, the successful candidate will be required to undergo and pass a full Federal security clearance.


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Contact :
James Pritchett
Phone Number with Area Code :
(970) 491-6274
Application Instructions :
APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: All materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Friday September 29, 2017. Please submit the following to to apply:ResumeCover letterTranscripts of college(s) course work showing degrees conferred. Please remove all references to birth date or social security number prior to submission. Only one document upload is allowed, no larger than 9 megabytes. Please convert all transcript pages into one PDF File to upload.Please be sure to include 4 references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of applicants.Special Required Documentation:oStatement (no more than 5 pages) of how you meet all the Required and Preferred criteria listed in the Vacancy Announcement. Please respond to each bullet point separately. Only one document upload is allowed, no larger than 9 megabytes. Please convert your Statement pages into one PDF file.For questions regarding the application process, contact For questions regarding the job vacancy and responsibilities, please contact James Pritchett, (970) 491-6274, or