Apply now Job no: 499491
Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 011900 - Biochem,MolBio,Entmology&Plant Path
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Salary Grade:  13

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Department Profile:

The Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology & Plant Pathology is a comprehensive department with an academic, research and service mission. The Department offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the College of Agriculture and Life Science, and currently advises approximately 330 undergraduates and 60 graduate students.

Area of Specialization:

Outreach Education

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Coordinates the schedule of the outreach program Mississippi Bug Blues.
2. Develops and maintains the program image across various outreach mechanisms and any events as a result of outreach efforts.
3. Develops new teaching strategies that help reach as wide an audience as possible statewide with various messages important to the safety and care of Mississippi as it relates to insects, biodiversity and conservation.
4. Leads presentations at various events throughout the state including scientific meetings, state fairs, agriculture events, and school classrooms.
5. Creates and edits video projects.
6. Manages a team of several student workers and supervises their work on a wide variety of projects.
7. Collaborates with a lab technician/illustrator on production of artwork for outreach material.
8. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Bachelor’s degree with area of focus in Biology, Wildlife, Entomology, or Education.
2. Experience (yrs.): 3 years plus the education listed above

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Coordinating schedules involving youth education events, and teaching.
2. Comfortable with public speaking.
3. Intermediate experience with Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, and Microsoft Office
4. Experience with Digital Photography

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Excellent interpersonal, communications, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
2. Ability to develop, plan, and implement short and long-range goals.
3. Excellent public speaking skills with the ability to teach a variety of technical topics to all ages.
4. Experience with making presentations and leading meetings.
5. Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
6. Ability to prioritize competing demands and meet deadlines.
7. Ability to innovate and work as both a team member and team leader.
8. Ability to organize and manage projects and prepare a written plan with objectives, actions, milestones, budgets, timelines, success measurements, and evaluation methods.
9. Ability to anticipate barriers to project completion; plan and manage contingencies.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

1. Requires limited lifting of files, records, and insect drawers with most work taking place indoors.
2. Light field work requires ability to drive and includes exposure to the outdoors and associated unpredictable weather.
3. Frequent, external imposed deadlines; set and revised beyond one’s control; interruptions influence priorities; difficult to anticipate nature or volume of work with certainty beyond a few days; meeting of deadlines and coordination of unrelated activities are key to position.
4. Job frequently requires walking, sitting, reaching, talking, hearing, handling objects with hands.
5. Travel throughout Mississippi to various events and field sites will be necessary with some overnight stays required on occasion.

Instructions for Applying:

Applications must be submitted through the Human Resources
Management website at by completing the professional
application and submitting a cover letter, resume, three references, and current dated unofficial transcript.
Any social numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online.
An official transcript will be required if selected for an interview.

Restricted Clause:

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, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable 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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