Extension Instructor

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 015900 - Coastal Research & Extension Center
Location: South MS Area
Categories: Faculty
Position Open Date:

Department Profile:

Coastal Research and Extension Center serves as Mississippi State University’s “southern exposure”. This position in based in Biloxi, MS and will also have an affiliation with the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium.

This position is located at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, MS, and is administratively associated with the Coastal Research and Extension Center, reporting directly to the CREC Center Head, with an academic home in the School of Human Sciences.

Area of Specialization:

Climate Science and Community Resilience

Anticipated Appointment Date:

September 1, 2019

Tenure Track Status:

Non-tenure track

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Develop, implement, and evaluate a climate science program in close coordination with local, regional, and national partners focused on transfer of knowledge and skills to coastal decision-makers (planners and natural-resource managers). This program will be transferred to Extension efforts such as trainings, workshops, printed materials, web sites, social media, etc. This program should integrate applied research projects with Extension programming by working with researchers on priorities and ensuring that the projects are mutually beneficial. This program could include direct work with researchers on individual research efforts, coordination among researchers/practitioners, communication/training with end-users, or supporting other Extension agents/associates so they may better integrate climate into their ongoing work. The Extension Instructor will be responsible for independently seeking additional funding to support establishment of new programs and expansion of current program(s); communicating lessons learned, best practices, and relevant products through local, regional, and national Extension networks; and engage in ongoing climate science Extension work related work in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
Acceptable candidates must have outstanding English verbal and written communication skills and the assessment techniques required to develop and deliver an Extension program and fulfill job responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Master’s degree in Marine Science, Climate Science Education or a closely related field. A minimum of three years experience working with coastal end-users in the northern Gulf of Mexico to integrate best available data and science into decision-making. The ability to successfully obtain and manage extramural funding. Extension, outreach, and project management experience. Facilitation and risk communication training and experience along with the ability to manage projects and partnerships across large geographies through use of technology. Familiar with northern Gulf coast ecosystems, organizations, and agencies. Experience integrating coastal observing and monitoring, and other data into decision-making. Experience with decision-support tools.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience leading a climate science and sea-level rise Extension program with demonstrated success.
Willingness to address climate science related issues as part of a collaborative multidisciplinary team. Demonstrated record of extramural funding.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The individual should be self-motivated, fit well in a multidisciplinary team environment, and exhibit excellent oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to publish scholarly Extension publications and peer-reviewed journal articles. Knowledge and skills in using Microsoft Office Suites especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint; knowledge and skills in using ArcGIS or equivalent; knowledge and skills in multiple document/project management/sharing platforms (e.g. Google Drive, BaseCamp); knowledge and skills in webinar software (WebEx, GoToMeeting, etc.); Ability to develop and maintain diverse and robust partnerships.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Ability to travel locally, regionally, and nationally.

Instructions for Applying:

Apply online at by submitting a cover letter, vitae, statement of research, copy of your transcripts with Social Security numbers redacted, and three letters of recommendation (sent separately by your references) to:

Dr. Mark Woodrey
Mississippi State University
Coastal Research and Extension Center
1815 Popps Ferry Road
Biloxi, MS 30532

or to

Departmental Contact Dr. Marina Denny
Contact E-mail
Contact Phone 662-325-2950

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, disability status, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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