Academic Specialist

 The Michigan State University (MSU) Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) is seeking an Academic Specialist to support outreach and research efforts promoting good food access and awareness in childhood development and education environments. The position will support existing CRFS initiatives and help to develop additional programming capacity in this arena.

 Status:  This is a full-time, annual year, temporary position. Initial appointment will be for one year with reappointment contingent upon funding and performance.  
Available:  April 1, 2013 or when suitable candidate is identified.

 Application Deadline:  February 22, 2013 or until suitable candidate is identified.

Starting Salary:  Commensurate with education and experience up to $50,000 annually.

 Reporting: Individual reports to Senior Associate Director, MSU Center for Regional Food Systems.


  1. Master’s degree in food systems, public health, public policy, nutrition, education or related field.
  2. At least two years of experience with community food systems and/or early child care and K-12 education issues, environments and programs.
  3. Demonstrated project leadership, resourcefulness, and self-motivation.
  4. Ability to balance multiple simultaneous projects and to easily shift between working independently and as part of a team.
  5. Strong written and verbal communications skills and experience using a broad range of communications tactics.
  6. Ability to effectively engage and collaborate with diverse stakeholder groups such as academic faculty and staff, youth and adult community members, organizational partners and funders.
  7. Knowledge and use of technology in completing job requirements including Microsoft Office suite, web-based search and information systems, and phone/web conferencing systems.
  8. Available to travel throughout the state and within the U.S. and possession of a valid, current state driver’s license
  9. Understanding of and commitment to equal opportunity/affirmative action and diversity/pluralism.

 Job Summary:

§  Develop and execute a strategic, multi-year outreach and research agenda, including the engagement of national organizations as partners, to promote good food access and awareness in early childhood development and education environments.

§  Support on-going Michigan Farm to School network efforts with an emphasis on early child care environments, including provision of training and technical assistance and development of resources;

§  Convene national and statewide project partners virtually and in person to enhance collective understanding and collaboration;

§  Develop and submit grant proposals, fulfill objectives and manage budgets and reporting requirements of grants awarded;

§  Develop publications, webinars and presentations, and other resources for diverse audiences;

§  Participate in relevant CRFS work group and/or community of practice as interest and time allows;

§  Document and share project work and accomplishments; maintain regular internal and external communication about project activities; develop and report on an annual plan of work;

§  Represent projects at local, state and national meetings;

§  Report to and collaborate with project principal investigators as funding requires;

§  Help to foster, facilitate and maintain CRFS culture of trust, support and accountability.

 Application Procedure: 

 You must apply online to MSU Human Resources:

 Go to:

and look for job posting # 7350   (look under faculty/academic staff)

East Lansing Michigan
Publicaton Date: 
Monday, February 11, 2013 - 12:00am
Company Name: 
Michigan State University, Center for Regional Food Systems
Contact Information: 
Rich Pirog (517) 353-0694
Job Type: