Extension Associate

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month, Time-Limited
Department: 012100 - School of Human Sciences
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Professional
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

This part-time position assists with the development and creation of a birth to 5-year-old early childhood curriculum and professional development as part of the My Mississippi Adventures project in MSU’s School of Human Sciences. This project focuses on providing early childhood centers across Mississippi with a year-long, research-based, learning-in-context curriculum. The incumbent will work in concert with faculty and staff to fulfill a variety of tasks related to grant objectives.

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.

Anticipated Appointment Date:

May 16, 2024. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Design and develop developmentally appropriate early childhood activities that align with MS early learning standards.
2. Coordinate with faculty, staff, project consultants, and external writers in the management of data collection and data management activities throughout the project timeline.
3. Work in close concert with the Project PIs and project staff in designing and coordinating educational materials for the classroom and assisting with connecting the classroom with the home.
4. Perform and/or coordinate activities in compliance with the terms of the grant/contract.
5. Aid in locating community resources for early childhood professionals in Mississippi.
6. Perform other duties, as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: Bachelor’s Degree.

Rank and salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Education - Desired: Master’s Degree in Child- or Family-Related Discipline from an Accredited University.

Experience - Desired: 2 years of experience in a setting directly related to the duties of the position.

• Research/application experiences related to typical and atypical development in early childhood.
• Experience with Canva, Canvas, Doodly, and/or other software tools for design and interactive programming.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

1. Strong written and oral communication and organization skills.
2. Knowledge and skills to apply in the early childhood classroom.
3. Ability to contribute to a cooperative work environment.
4. Strong demonstration of working in team settings.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

1. Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
2. No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
3. No or very limited physical effort required.
4. Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

All applicants MUST apply online at to be considered for this position.

The following documents and information are required for application:
• Cover Letter
• Resume
• Contact information for at least three professional references
• Current unofficial transcript (with social security numbers removed prior to submission)

An official transcript will be required if selected for employment.

Screening Date:

April 19, 2024, 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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