Extension Educator-Fixed

Michigan State University

Job no: 842332
Work type: Extension, Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Michigan State University Extension
Department: Extension Community Food And Environment 10058942
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: Benzie, Cadillac, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Lake, Manistee, Missaukee, Osceola, Wexford
Categories: Administrative/Business/Professional, Agriculture, Education/Training, Financial/Accounting, Research/Scientific, Advising/Counseling, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Position Summary

Michigan State University Extension is committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive organization, which requires all staff to contribute towards a vision for success. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to our work, regardless of title or position within the organization. This means that all staff at MSU Extension are dedicated to the following:

  • We work together to ensure that programming is delivered to diverse audiences, produces equitable impacts for all participants, and demonstrates partnership and inclusion for all groups.
  • We embrace that it is everyone’s job to create a culture that promotes diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
  • We ensure that every team member is prepared with the skills and resources to contribute to our welcoming and inclusive culture.
  • We foster inclusion by recognizing and valuing diverse perspectives, skills, experiences, and work to create equal access to programming for communities.
  • We commit to continuous learning for diversity, equity, and cultural competency, in order to achieve inclusive excellence.
  • We understand that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential elements to our work and are vital to the organizational culture and programmatic success of MSU Extension.
  • We embrace a culture of understanding, coaching and feedback towards achieving a vision of success for the entire organization and its staff.
  • Together we will achieve success and we commit to these goals in our work, continued education, and ongoing efforts.  


The Alliance for Economic Success (AES) is an economic development organization servicing rural northern Michigan communities in the greater Cadillac area. The AES is a 501 C-3 organization that represents a partnership between county and municipal government units, education, the business community and MSU Extension. More information on the Alliance for Economic Success can be found at www.allianceforeconomicsuccess.com.

As part of MSU Extension (MSUE) and the Community, Food and Environment Institute (CFEI), this position provides local and statewide educational leadership with a focus on coordination and promotion of economic development efforts in the two county area of Missaukee and Wexford.

Working as the executive director of the Alliance for Economic Success, you will work closely with the AES Board of Directors to lead initiatives that identify community needs, monitor current issues, and develop effective programming related to economic development with an emphasis on addressing key economic challenges facing the region, including job creation/retention, housing, marketing the counties as a positive business locale, and assisting current and future businesses and industries with business services. You will oversee the AES budget, including membership renewals and investments.

You will assist community members, business owners and government officials to understand the economic, social, political, and environmental impact of economic development and promote active citizen participation in economic decision making, while acting as facilitator, convener, economic counselor, and educator to create a climate that supports business and workforce recruitment, retention, and expansion. In this role, you will suggest means and methods for the encouragement of and assistance to industrial and commercial enterprise on locating, purchasing, constructing, reconstructing, modernizing, improving, maintaining, equipping, and expanding in the areas of Wexford and Missaukee counties. Through this work, you will help to strengthen communities’ and counties’ ability to work toward collaborative arrangements that facilitate economic development, and you will develop and implement annual community economic development work plans.

Additionally, you will have opportunities to work collaboratively across MSU Extension work groups and work with faculty, specialists, and educators. You will develop an area of expertise in economic development and work with the economic development area of expertise team to share program resources, and you will be responsible for using the MSU Extension reporting system. You will be responsible for the design, implementation and evaluation of programming based on basic and applied research and the needs of clientele. You will be expected to maintain current economic development status data, needs, issues, and trends in the county and region, specifically those addressing rural communities.

Acting as a resource to staff, Extension personnel and clientele, you will disseminate research-based information through various methods, including multi-media, personal education, and written articles. You will be a resource to professional staff responsible for community development, business development, grant administration, and value-added agriculture programs, bookkeeping and office management, and will assist units of local government and other organizations with grant writing and proposal development.

This position will work from the MSU Extension/Alliance for Economic Success office in Cadillac, Michigan.

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

Characteristic Duties/Responsibilities

  • Identify, develop, plan, organize, implement, and evaluate educational programs that meet current and projected statewide needs, and supports growth and understanding of critical issues facing people in Michigan, and are relevant to community and business interests in Wexford and Missaukee counties.
  • Collaborate and communicate with the Alliance for Economic Success (AES) Board of Directors and community stakeholders to identify needs of the community, monitor current issues related to economic development, and develop effective programming.
  • In concert with the MSU Extension work team(s), work with federal, state and county agencies to complete needs assessment of the community and develop effective programming.
  • Serve as an information resource to clientele, partners, and Extension staff.
  • Develop and update marketing materials as needed; utilize group meetings, seminars, mass media, individual contacts, and other methods to reach potential clientele and 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 and educational in-service to improve technical and professional competence and effectiveness.
  • Author, produce and submit regular research-based educational articles.
  • Responsible for gathering data, writing, and interpreting reports, as required by MSU Extension to demonstrate effectiveness of programs and to guide future program priorities.
  • Create, promote, and maintain positive public relations amongst partner organizations in the greater Cadillac area, including Wexford and Missaukee counties, MSU Extension and the Community, Food and Environment Institute.
  • Understand and support the Community, Food and Environment Institute’s efforts in Civil Rights, diversity, equity, and inclusion, with a special emphasis on removing barriers from participation and reaching diverse populations, including but not limited to race, color national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status, socio-economic class, and other human differences.
  • Perform other duties or projects as assigned by the Institute Director, District Director, or the AES Board of Directors.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Bachelors -Business, Public Admin, Finance, Econ De

Desired Degree

Masters -Business, Public Admin, Finance, Econ De

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to business, public administration, finance, economic development, or related field must be earned by date of hire, with an expectation to complete  a master’s degree within a specified time frame, in a related field, after employment; or, master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to business, public administration, finance, economic development, or related field must be earned by date of hire.
  • Economic and/or community development experience.
  • Demonstrated ability and skill in educational program planning, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity, knowledge, and use of appropriate approaches, skills, and techniques, which reflect an understanding and awareness of social, cultural, and economic diversity of the target population served.
  • Ability to create and carry-out a project plan from development 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 serving in both leadership and contributor roles.
  • 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 Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook for mail/calendaring, distance delivery/communication technology, etc.) for day-to-day work and educational program delivery, record keeping, reporting, team-based communications, data analysis/retrieval, and overall management.
  • Demonstrated success in program development and delivery to diverse audiences/ communities, and proven ability in establishing and working with a diverse network of constituents and community members across race, gender, national origin, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, veteran status, socioeconomic class, and other differences.
  • 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 locally in Missaukee and Wexford counties, and surrounding communities, as well as occasional long-distance travel outside the assigned area, is required in order to perform 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’ 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).
  • Experience leading economic development initiatives, or an economic development organization.
  • Ability to demonstrate detailed knowledge of business management, business finance, financial packaging, and business development tools.
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of community development tools, such as brownfield programs, Downtown Development Authorities, tax increment financing, tax credits, community development block grants and other granting programs.
  • Working knowledge of state and federal programs such as Michigan Economic Development Corporation Programs, Economic Development Administration and Rural Development Authority.
  • Experience in securing and managing grant funds and resources.
  • 2-years of experience in coaching, training, and mentoring.
  • Ability to accept and delegate responsibility.
  • Ability to maintain close attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated drive and initiative, with proven ability to manage multiple responsibilities and tasks simultaneously.

Required Application Materials

Current resume/CV.

Cover letter.

Four (4) professional references including two (2) current or previous supervisors.

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: https://msu.edu/together-we-will/

Special Instructions

This position 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.

Advertised: Jan 23, 2023 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Mar 6, 2023 Eastern Standard Time

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