As part of MSU Extension (MSUE) and the Community, Food and Environment Institute (CFEI), this position provides local as well as statewide leadership and educational programming expertise in aquatic invasive species (AIS) prevention. This position will have statewide responsibilities and will collaborate across work teams, Institutes and community groups, working with faculty, specialists and educators for overall advancement of the needs of the Institute clientele.
In this position, you will identify, design, implement and evaluate research-based educational programs that meet current and projected outreach needs related to the prevention of AIS introduction and spread, particularly through recreational boating and fishing activities and aquarium and water garden hobbies. You will support CFEI’s efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), with a special emphasis on reaching diverse populations. Through collaboration in research, engagement with community members, and dissemination of research-based information through various methods, including in-person and multimedia programming and written communications, you will explore and implement programs that lead to public knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors that prevent AIS introduction and spread. Your work will include close collaboration with colleagues at MSU and MSU Extension, as well as the diverse network of partner groups that include the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), Cooperative Invasive Species Management Areas (CISMAs) and lake associations. You will serve as an informational resource for Extension personnel and clientele. Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are essential elements vital to the culture MSU Extension endeavors to cultivate.
Although negotiable, there will be space available for this position to work from the Roscommon County MSU Extension office.
Identify, develop, conduct and evaluate innovative educational programs created with a DEI lens on AIS prevention that meet current and projected statewide needs, and supports growth and understanding of critical issues facing people in Michigan.
Develop and maintain positive working relationships intra- and inter-organizationally.
Communicate and interact with community groups to evaluate the needs of the clientele.
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.
Collaborate with MSU Extension staff to conduct and evaluate programming efforts.
Support CFEI’s efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion, with a special emphasis on 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 in rural, suburban and urban communities, and where applicable, increasing programmatic delivery and participation in urban centers.
Understand, support, foster and prioritize integration of diversity, equity and inclusion practices.
Create and promote positive public relations for MSU Extension and CFEI.
Serve as an information resource to clientele, partners and Extension staff.
Understand and implement Civil Rights, diversity, equity and inclusion policies and procedures.
Work to identify and remove barriers from participation in MSU Extension programs.
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.
Gather and report programming outputs and impacts, to demonstrate program effectiveness and to guide future program priorities for MSU Extension, CFEI and work teams.
Initiate efforts to expand MSU Extension programs 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.
Author, produce and submit regular research-based educational materials and articles.
Actively participate in professional development opportunities.
Other duties or projects as assigned by the Institute Director.
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.
Masters -Aquatic Ecology, Fisheries Mgmt., Scienc
Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to aquatic ecology, fisheries management, science communication, or related field must be earned by date of hire.
Familiarity with aquatic invasive species science, management, and policy.
Demonstrated ability and skill in educational program planning, implementation and evaluation.
Demonstrated skills and professional development from the last five years related to cultural competency and inclusive excellence.
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.
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, color, 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 create and carryout a project plan from research of initial concept to project completion and follow-up.
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.
Experience with marketing/promotion of educational programs.
Proficiency in use of technology (e.g., web research, Microsoft Teams, 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.
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.
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).
Demonstrated drive and initiative, with proven ability to manage multiple responsibilities and tasks simultaneously.
Experience in successful contract and grant writing, including securing and managing grant funds and resources.
Required Application Materials
Four (4) professional references including two (2) current or previous 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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