District 7 Director, MSU Extension
Michigan State University Extension is committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive organization, which requires all staff to contribute towards a vision for success. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to our work, regardless of title or position within the organization. This means that all staff at MSU Extension are dedicated to the following:
- We work together to ensure that programming is delivered to diverse audiences, produces equitable impacts for all participants, and demonstrates partnership and inclusion for all groups.
- We embrace that it is everyone’s job to create a culture that promotes diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
- We ensure that every team member is prepared with the skills and resources to contribute to our welcoming and inclusive culture.
- We foster inclusion by recognizing and valuing diverse perspectives, skills, experiences, and work to create equal access to programming for communities.
- We commit to continuous learning for diversity, equity, and cultural competency, in order to achieve inclusive excellence.
- We understand that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential elements to our work and are vital to the organizational culture and programmatic success of MSU Extension.
- We embrace a culture of understanding, coaching and feedback towards achieving a vision of success for the entire organization and its staff.
- Together we will achieve success and we commit to these goals in our work, continued education, and ongoing efforts.
The MSU Extension (MSUE) District Director is part of the MSUE Administrative Team. The MSUE District 7 Director supports the counties of Allegan, Barry, Kent, and Ottawa. The role of the district director is to develop, maintain, and coordinate relationships between MSU Extension and local community partners, provide oversight and mentoring to Extension educators, and non-academic paraprofessional and support staff housed in the district, and to employ entrepreneurial efforts to secure resources with other partners.
In this role, you will join the MSU Extension Administrative team and will collaborate regularly with colleagues across MSU Extension. You will lead efforts in your district to recruit and hire staff and will work in partnership with MSUE Institute Directors to develop, coach, and mentor staff, and when applicable, address personnel matters.
Serving in this role provides you with the responsibility to develop, maintain, and enhance relationships within the district. You will work closely with the county boards of commissioners on budgets and other matters relative to the work MSU Extension does. You will help our partners understand the mission and impacts of MSU Extension through representing MSUE and telling our story to community partners and organizations. You will make sure they know about the work we are doing and ensure that we are not the best kept secret, but a known and trusted partner within the communities we serve. Additionally, you will assist educators and paraprofessional staff in the development of appropriate community partners related to the staff member’s statewide program focus and will assist in negotiating and procuring resources and support from community partners.
The counties located within District 7 are a diverse mix of shoreline, agricultural and developed land. Various types of manufacturing production, agricultural production, higher education, and tourism are the predominant economic drivers of the area. There is a unique blend of highly populated urban areas and rural communities; both with diverse programmatic needs. The office location for District 7 is the Kent County MSU Extension office. The district director will work throughout the District 7 counties to support MSU Extension operations and partnerships.
This position may be eligible to utilize a flexible work environment; however, there is an expectation to work from a MSU Extension county office. The needs, responsibilities, and opportunities of an individual’s position and office location drive the ability and amount of work-location flexibility.
The initial appointment is for one year in the fixed-term academic appointment system. Following a satisfactory performance review, nine months into the appointment, a two-year extension will be provided at the end of the first year. Thereafter, the incumbent will be considered for additional three-year fixed term appointments, dependent upon performance.
- Develop, maintain, and coordinate relationships between MSU Extension and local partners including, but not limited to county commissioners, administrators, and leaders; industry; human service agencies; agribusiness; youth-serving agencies; and state and federal government representatives.
- Encourage and support staff in development of requests for special funding contracts and grants and developing proposals that enhance Extension’s mission and programs.
- Develop and maintain positive working relationships intra- and inter-organizationally and create and promote positive public relations for MSU Extension.
- Understand and support MSU Extension’s efforts in diversity, equity, inclusion, and Civil Rights, with a special emphasis on removing barriers from participation and reaching diverse populations, including but not limited to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status, socio-economic class, and other human differences in rural, suburban, and urban communities, and where applicable, increasing programmatic delivery and participation in urban centers.
- Conduct monthly engagement meetings with staff at each county office.
- Work in partnership as a shared leader with the appropriate MSUE Institute Director regarding programming and personnel matters, including the hiring process and performance reviews.
- Act as a resource to project team leaders and MSUE Institute Directors as appropriate on programmatic issues.
- Contribute to program planning, implementation, and evaluation.
- Provide guidance and support to staff in the implementation and compliance of MSU policies and procedures.
- Work with all offices and staff in the district to assure compliance for Civil Rights, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, and the American with Disabilities Act in employment, program availability and participation, and facilities.
- Actively engage in areas of philanthropy working in coordination with the MSU Extension Director’s office and engaging the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources development, when appropriate.
- Actively participate in professional development opportunities.
- Successful completion of the MSU Extension Five-Year Administrator Review process.
- Other duties or projects as assigned by the Associate Director for Field Operations.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disabi