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Extension Specialist/State Program Coordinator, Michigan Sea Grant

Position Overview:
Michigan Sea Grant helps to foster economic growth and protect Michigan's coastal, Great Lakes resources through education, research and outreach. A collaborative effort between the University of Michigan and Michigan State University since 1977, Michigan Sea Grant is part of the NOAA-National Sea Grant network of 33 university-based programs.

Based on the campus of Michigan State University (MSU), the primary responsibility of this Extension Specialist position (75%), is to serve as the Extension Program Coordinator for the Michigan Sea Grant College Program. Responsibilities include: coordinate the development and implementation of strategic plans, Sea Grant Extension proposals and logic models in collaboration with Sea Grant research, communications and administration programs at the University of Michigan; ensure the Sea Grant Strategic Plan and logic model are integrated with the MSU Extension (MSUE) work plans and logic models of the MSUE Greening Michigan Institute; act as a liaison by maintaining collaboration between MSU Extension and Michigan Sea Grant College Program; participate in the Extension work of the Greening Michigan Institute; ensure the program is prepared and ready for evaluation by the National Sea Grant College Program; develop new funding opportunities to expand Sea Grant Extension programming in the state, region and nation; prepare, propose and monitor program budgets and administer accounts; and facilitate, develop and implement an applied human dimensions based research program (25%), in support of Michigan Sea Grant focusing on Great Lakes aquatic resource policy and management.

Minimum Qualifications:
Master's degree; prior administrative experience, with progressively and more expansive experience as related to the mission of the Michigan Sea Grant; ability to demonstrate a record of innovative human dimensions research and external funding, as related to sustainability of coastal and aquatic systems and the impact of coastal and aquatic resources on the prosperity and well-being of society; proven leadership skills and experience in Extension program development, administration and research; proficiency and evident experience in the assessment of coastal and large aquatic ecosystem management, policy and resources issues; excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrated ability to write successful research proposals, mentor graduate students and publish research findings; ability to work in a collaborative environment, including with other faculty, staff, and external clientele groups; competence in understanding and integrating diverse cultural perspectives into decisions; experience in managing contracts, grants and financial management; experience in leading program planning and implementing and evaluating teams.

Application Process:
Interested and qualified candidates should visit the Michigan State University jobs page at www.jobs.msu.edu to apply for posting number 8341 in the MSU Extension postings. Interested individuals should include the following: letter of interest; resume; description of relevant experience and expertise, and of professional goals; and the name and contact information (including email addresses) for four professional references. The Search Committee will begin the review of applications on November 8, 2013.