Extension Associate III

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 015901 - Coastal Marine Extension Program
Location: Biloxi, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

The primary purpose of this position is to conduct Extension, outreach, and applied research activities related to the transition and translation of sea-level rise information for coastal decision-making. We are looking for someone to coordinate a multi-discipline project focused on Mobile Bay and coastal Alabama and lead the stakeholder engagement portion of the project.

Salary Grade:  14

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Department Profile:

This will be a partnership position - the employee can be housed at CREC in Biloxi or with a partner organization in coastal Alabama.

Area of Specialization:

Coastal climate resilience in the built environment

Anticipated Appointment Date:

December 2022. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Seeking someone mid-career or advanced early career to join our team at the Program for Local Adaptation to Climate Effects: Sea-Level Rise (PLACE:SLR) as a Climate Resilience Extension Specialist. PLACE: SLR is a partnership between Mississippi State University Extension, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant, and Florida Sea Grant focused on sea-level rise resilience research, Extension, and outreach activities. PLACE: SLR fosters a multi-state network of stakeholders, researchers, NGOs, and state and federal agencies building tools, programs, and projects to address gaps in sea-level rise observing, research, and decision-making in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The successful applicant will receive a competitive salary as a fully benefitted MSU employee and have the option to enroll in an MSU graduate school program as either a M.S. or Ph.D. student with a tuition waiver. Graduate school department could vary depending on the desires of the successful applicant but would likely be in the School of Human Sciences with Dr. Collini as the major professor. The position can be based at the MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, MS or at a location in determined with local partners in coastal Alabama. There will be travel expected regularly across coastal Mississippi, Alabama, and NW Florida for activities on an at-least monthly basis. The ideal start date for this position is between late fall or early winter 2022 but could possibly be shifted based on the preference of the selected applicant.

The primary purpose of this position is to conduct Extension, outreach, and applied research activities related to the transition and translation of sea-level rise information for coastal decision-making. We are looking for someone to coordinate a multi-discipline project focused on Mobile Bay and coastal Alabama and lead the stakeholder engagement portion of the project. Specific activities will include collaborating with municipal and state staff and officials tackling current and future flood resilience efforts; coordinating and managing project needs across multiple PIs from a variety of disciplines ranging across biogeophysical and social sciences; designing, implementing, and evaluating stakeholder engagement efforts; designing and implementing trainings around project outcomes; generating Extension and peer-reviewed publications; and assisting with other projects/programs within PLACE: SLR. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to develop some of their own activities/focus areas based on their interest. Travel for the activities described above as well as conferences or meetings will be necessary. PLACE: SLR also has an explicit focus on fostering an inclusive culture that welcomes a diverse array of employees, partners, end-users, and stakeholders.

Primary duties include:
* Organizing meetings,
* Leading and assisting with trainings,
* Leading and assisting with the preparation and dissemination of outreach materials, Extension publications, and technical reports,
* Performing research activities, such as literature reviews and sample collection/processing,
* Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

Master's degree with major course work in a curriculum appropriate for the field of assignment and 3 years of experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

* Extension, outreach, education, and project management experience,
* Grant writing,
* Extension, applied research, outreach, education, and project management experience, Familiarity with climate and/or sea-level rise adaptation and resilience for the built environment

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

* Typing and computer skills (word processing and spreadsheets),
* Highly flexible: ability to adapt to a rapidly changing schedule,
* Ability to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize multiple demands,
* Strong oral and written communication skills,
* Knowledge and skills in using Microsoft Office Suites especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint; knowledge and skills in document/project management/sharing platforms (e.g. Google Drive, Basecamp, etc.),
* Knowledge and skills in webinar software (WebEx, GoToMeeting, Zoom, etc.),
* Ability to develop and maintain diverse and robust partnerships,
Ability to collect, process, and interpret research data; ability to author or co-author publications.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

* No or very limited physical effort required,
* Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.,
* Ability to work long hours,
* Requires substantial routine travel, including some overnight trips,
* Working remotely may be allowed for this position.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

All applicants must apply online at by submitting a professional staff application along with a cover letter, resume, and academic transcripts. Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online.
In addition to the online application, a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript must be emailed to:

Screening Date:

October 19, 2022 until filled. 

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, 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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