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Extension Associate

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 011300 - Animal & Dairy Science
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

The Extension Associate assists Extension faculty with the development and implementation of statewide Extension programs including Sustainable Agricultural Research and Development (SARE) programming and livestock Extension programs for youth and producer audiences.

Salary Grade:  13

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The Animal and Dairy Sciences Department currently houses approximately 420 undergraduate students, 35 graduate students, and 20 faculty, both on the main campus and at Research and Extension Centers throughout Mississippi. The Department has Extension programs that include dairy, beef, equine, sheep, goats, swine, and youth livestock.

Area of Specialization:

SARE and Extension livestock

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include educational programming in animal agriculture providing educational opportunities and activities including SARE programming and support of statewide Extension programs led by Extension faculty within the Department. The incumbent will organize meetings, lead and assist in trainings, and prepare and disseminate outreach materials, Extension publications, and technical reports. Excellence in interpersonal communication is essential. The Extension Associate will support MSU Extension's diversity and AA/EEO commitments.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree with major course work in Animal and Dairy Sciences.

Rank and salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Excellence in interpersonal communication and commitment to teamwork are essential. Extension, applied research, outreach, or education experience are preferred.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Must attend required training and instructional sessions.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

All applicants MUST apply online at to be considered for this position. A cover letter, resume, academic transcripts and contact information for three references should be submitted with the application.
Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online.

Screening Date:

December 3, 2021.

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.

Condition of Employment:

As required by Executive Order 14042, If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before beginning employment with the University.

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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