| South Dakota State University Extension is offering an exciting career opportunity as a Cow/Calf Extension Field Specialist. We are looking for an individual to join us in growing our regional extension center located in Watertown, SD. This is a 12 month, full-time, non-faculty exempt position. |
SDSU actively seeks to increase social and intellectual diversity among its faculty and staff. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
The purpose of the position is to provide strong regional and statewide leadership in delivering research-based programming in the Competitive Livestock capstone area. The Cow/Calf Field Specialist will be responsible for development and dissemination of research-based programming and resources in support of the cattle industry across South Dakota. They will travel extensively to build strong relationships with producer groups, agribusinesses, and governmental agencies to identify ongoing and emerging needs of commercial cow-calf and seedstock producers.
Required qualifications are: • Master’s Degree, completed by first day of employment. One degree in Animal Science or other closely related field required. • Experience with cow-calf production systems. • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences. • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as a team member. • Demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs. • Demonstrated ability or potential to plan, implement, and evaluate educational materials and direct effective programs. • Valid driver’s license, or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and willingness to travel. • Demonstrated ability to generate grants and other outside funds and fiscal management of program budgets. • Ability to effectively manage time and resources and adapt to changing priorities, situations, and day-to day demands.
Preferred qualifications are: • Has conducted impact programming based on local needs assessments. • Demonstrated leadership in developing or leading learning communities. • Demonstrated leadership and teamwork with stakeholders. • Demonstrated collaboration in developing funding proposals to support new and/or enhanced programming. • Experience in publishing extension materials and peer reviewed journals. SDSU Extension is one mode of outreach utilized by South Dakota State University. It brings educational programs and research-based information to the citizens of South Dakota. The mission of SDSU Extension is “Growing South Dakota”. It works with academic departments and the Agricultural Experiment Station to provide unbiased, science-based knowledge focused on issues and needs. Extension has five capstone program areas: Competitive Crops Systems; Competitive Livestock Systems; Youth and Community Leadership; Food and Families; and Urban/Rural Initiatives which are part of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences and College of Education and Human Sciences.
The Animal Science Department includes 22 faculty instructing 400 undergraduate majors and strives to be a student-centered research department. The department faculty conduct cutting edge research that creates opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students. Our Extension Specialists and Field Specialists provide education and services to the livestock producers and other citizens of South Dakota and the upper Great Plains.
SDSU is a land grant institution and the state's largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of approximately 13,000 students. SDSU is located in Brookings, South Dakota, a community of approximately 23,657 near the east central border of South Dakota on Interstate 29. This position will be located in Watertown, SD. Watertown is located in northeastern South Dakota with a population of approximately 22,000 and boasts a vibrant mix of agricultural and industrial businesses, abundant retail opportunities, and an excellent educational system.
The position is open until filled with full consideration given to application materials received by July 1, 2017.
SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit: https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this posting.” The system will guide you through the electronic application form. The system will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement; resume; and reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with the electronic application process. Email applications will not be accepted.
Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.
For questions on the position, contact Warren Rusche at Warren.Rusche@sdstate.edu or (605) 688-5452.
South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and minorities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made at HR@sdstate.edu. SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.