Extension Project Specialist

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 011400 - Extension Center for Tech Outreach
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

In the Extension Center for Technology Outreach, the Extension Project Specialist is responsible for collaborating with other faculty in the development of curricula related to computer literacy and technology issues among a diverse population of children, youth, adult, and senior citizens. The Extension Project Specialist should use advanced learning technologies such as online training modules and courses, webinars, video conferencing to reach Extension audiences and other Extension employees.

Salary Grade:  15

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.

Anticipated Appointment Date:

April 2024. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Provide technology training and learning opportunities for Extension clientele through face-to-face contact, interactive video, on-line modules, webinars, and other emerging learning strategies.
2. Writing innovative curricula and developing web-based and printed content to be used in educating owners of small and medium-sized business on issues related to technology in business with a particular focus on online sales and business informational issues.
3. Lead efforts for monitoring and reporting impact of Center with respect to institutional effectiveness reporting.
4. Provide technical support to other Extension personnel.
5. Interact with colleagues from other Extension services throughout the country; make presentations at local, state, regional, and national conferences.
6. Provide educational opportunities for internal and external clientele.
7. Work and support the mission of all program areas in the Extension Service including Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H, and Government and Community Development.
8. Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

- Bachelor's degree in an area related to Technology, Management/Business Information Systems, Agriculture Information Science and Education, or other related fields and 3 years of experience


- Master's Degree in an area related to Technology, Management/Business Information Systems, Agriculture Information Science and Education, or other related fields, plus one year experience.

Indicated education is required; no substitutions allowed. When an applicant has the required education, but lacks the required experience, they may normally apply additional appropriate education toward the experience requirement, at a rate of (1) year relevant education per year of required experience.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Extensive working knowledge of Microsoft operating systems, Windows 10, and related server versions.
2. Extensive knowledge of a broad range of software tools including Microsoft Office Professional, online applications, smart device apps, etc.
3. Experience and understanding of using various technology education methods for both in-person and distance education.
4. Experience and understanding of webinars, videoconferencing, development of online training modules.
5. Strong analytical and technical skills with an attention for detail and accuracy.
6. Highly self-motivated and directed, with experience working both independently and, in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

- Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
- No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
- Some physical effort required including lifting up to 50 pounds.
- Some in-state and out-of-state travel may be required.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Applicants must apply online at and submit a resume, cover letter, unofficial transcript (with social security numbers redacted) and contact information for three references.

Screening Date:

March 18, 2024, until filled. 

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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