Iowa State University Extension Program Specialist II - 7351 in Ames, Iowa

Classification Information

University Title Extension Program Specialist II - 7351

Pay Grade 32

Salary Commensurate with qualifications

Base of Employment P - P&S

Job Category Professional and Scientific

Pay Frequency Monthly

Posting Details

Posting Number 80367P

Working Title Extension Program Specialist II or III - Economics

Advertised Employing Department Economics

Appointment Type Professional & Scientific - Term

Proposed Start Date July 2018

Proposed End Date or Length of Term 06/30/2019

Number of Months Employed Per Year 12

Full or Part Time Full-Time

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

Economics – Ag in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University is seeking to fill one position as an Extension Program Specialist II or III.

This position will provide support in assembling, analyzing, reporting, and publishing economic outlook and marketing/management information related to the livestock and feedstuff industries. Specific responsibilities include conducting applied economic analysis and data evaluation, writing articles and working closely with faculty and staff to publish newsletters and special reports, supporting members in educational program development and by making presentations.

This position is expected to participate in grant and contract opportunities and be active in revenue generation. Programmatic leadership is provided through the Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension and Outreach. Subject matter leadership is provided through the College of Agriculture and Life Science’s Department of Economics.

In addition to the duties above, an Extension Program Specialist III will be expected to create and deliver more comprehensive and complex communications and outreach materials; identify and implement innovative ways to meet clients’ needs; take an active role in the development of interdisciplinary curriculum; and provide leadership/supervision and subject-matter expertise.

The successful candidate will possess the ability to determine program priorities through evaluation and outcomes assessment; possess a strong interest in developing expertise in one or more of these sections/commodities: hogs/pork, cattle/beef, feed grains; ability to communicate both orally and in writing with individuals and groups complex economic issues to a public audience; strong technical writing skills in developing economic analysis reports and fact sheets for producer audiences; and ability to establish partnerships with leaders in Iowa agriculture. Strong organizational skills are also necessary as this position will work on multiple projects and reports.

All staff members are expected to interact collegially and in a professional manner and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethics.

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of related experience; OR a Master’s degree and related experience.

Supplemental Required Education and Experience

The requirements above are for the Extension Program Specialist II.

The requirements for the Extension Program Specialist III: Bachelor’s degree and 4 years of related experience; OR a Master’s degree and 2 years of related experience.

Preferred Education and Experience

Experience with USDA data and information sources.

Experience with price risk management tools.

Experience that demonstratives knowledge of management, marketing, and policy issues in the U.S. livestock industry.

Location (if other than Ames)

Additional Information

All accrued vacation must be taken during the term of this appointment. Unused vacation will be forfeited.

One year term with eligibility for renewal.

Review of applications will begin on August 13th. However, applications may be submitted until the position is filled.

Department Contact Name Ellen Anderson

Department Contact Phone 515-294-6133

Department Contact Email

Department/Unit Website

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply for this Job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae 2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter 3) Contact Information for Three ReferencesIf you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Special Instructions Summary

Guaranteed Consideration Date 08/13/2018

Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

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EO Statement

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email