Extension State Specialist, Senior Economist
Description of Work Unit
The Livestock Marketing Information Center (LMIC) began over 60 years ago. It is a North American cooperative effort involving 28 U.S. Land-Grant University Extension programs, six USDA agencies, and associate industry and educational organizations. Associate members include both U.S. and Canadian institutions. Our mission statement is “provide timely and comprehensive livestock marketing resources through cooperation”. The LMIC is a non-advocacy virtual center of excellence. Commodities/sectors focused on are cattle/beef; hogs/pork; sheep/lamb; dairy; poultry; and feedstuffs.
Staff continuously produces unbiased and science-based materials to strengthen and supplement education and research activities of cooperating institutions. In particular, specialists at the Center conduct applied market analysis and staff maintain a comprehensive database. The LMIC maintains a website (www.lmic.info) and uses other forms of electronic distribution.
This position is supported by a combination of funds from the participating cooperating institutions and is administered by Colorado State University Extension. The position is located in Lakewood, Colorado, a suburb west of Denver and located on the eastern slope of the Rocky Mountains. Several Federal and state government agencies are located in the area. Key agricultural organizations and industries are located in Denver. The metropolitan area is an important regional center for transportation and recreation as well as cultural activities.
The individual in this position is part of the LMIC staff, working under the supervision of the Center Director with program direction and guidance from the Executive Committee of the LMIC’s Technical Advisory Committee. The individual writes articles and works closely with a central office team to publish newsletters and special reports. The person in this position supports members by providing materials for use in educational programs and by making presentations as requested. Duties include but are not limited to:
- Conducting applied economic analysis.
- Writing articles and working closely with a central office team to publish newsletters and special reports.
- Supporting members by providing materials for use in educational programs and by making presentations as requested.
- Data evaluation and assisting with dataset updates/management.
- Respond to information or assistance requests directed to the Center.
- Maintain strong working relationships with livestock industry organizations and government agencies.
Required Job Qualifications
- Completed master’s degree in the area of agricultural economics or other relevant discipline. Formal training must include agricultural commodity marketing and price analysis – if transcripts do not clearly identify those specific courses, please highlight and describe applicable studies in application materials.
- Ability to analyze and integrate data and information from diverse sources.
- Experience or strong interest in U.S. agriculture and food systems.
- Demonstrated experience in working with individuals, groups, and staff (teamwork) to accomplish individual and/or group goals as indicated by experience and references.
- Evidence of drive and initiative as demonstrated by personal experiences and employment (must be a self-starter).
- Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking/presentation and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience, formal training, and publications.
- Demonstrated evidence of skills with computer applications (spreadsheet, database, word processing, website tools).
- Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.
Preferred Job Qualifications
- Completed Ph.D. in the area of agricultural economics or other relevant discipline.
- Academic training and experience in analytical forecasting techniques (e.g. econometric analysis).
- Recognized economic expert in one or more of the LMIC focus commodities/sectors.
- Understanding of commodity market risk management tools.
- Experience with USDA data/information sources.
- Broad knowledge of management and policy issues in food and agriculture system.
- Experience regarding key countries that import and export meat and livestock to the U.S.
- Previous administrative and office management experience.
- Evidence of successful grant funding and grant program administration.
- Experience with websites for delivery of information and data and interest in using social media for educational outreach.
- Understanding of statistical analysis software.
- Leadership ability as demonstrated by experience and elected and/or appointed positions of responsibility.
- Knowledge and familiarity with Cooperative Extension and the Land Grant University system.
- Ability to speak Spanish.
Personal or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.
Job Duty Category Economic Analysis, Development and Distribution Duty/Responsibility
- Conducts market analysis including situation and outlook.
- Writes articles and works closely with central office staff and cooperators to publish newsletters and report (technical and popular press).
- Performs data evaluation and assists with database management.
- Assists specialists at partner institutions with data and research needs.
- Develops materials for and gives presentations and reports to a wide range of audiences (including producer, industry, Federal government, and academic).
- Provides leadership for economic analysis and market outlook.
- Provide critical Center administrative functions regarding personnel, budgets, and planning. Oversees enhancement and management of Center database system.
- Supports multi-state and multi-institution outreach efforts and program development.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.
Percentage Of Time 70% Job Duty Category Initiate and Develop Relationships & Partnerships Duty/Responsibility
- Maintains strong working relationships with livestock industry organizations and government agencies.
- Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmation action policies including reaching out to underserved and underrepresented audiences.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.
Percentage Of Time 30%
Special Instructions to Applicants
APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: All materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday September 12, 2017. Please submit the following to https://jobs.colostate.edu to apply:
- Cover letter
- Transcripts of college(s) course work showing degrees conferred.
Please remove all references to birth date or social security number prior to submission. Only one document upload is allowed, no larger than 9 megabytes. Please convert all transcript pages into one PDF File to upload.
- Special Required Documentation:
- Statement (no more than 5 pages) of how you meet all the “Required” and “Preferred” criteria listed in the Vacancy Announcement. Please respond to each bullet point separately. Only one document upload is allowed, no larger than 9 megabytes. Please convert your Statement pages into one PDF file.
- Name, address, telephone, e-mail address, and your relationship to at least four (4) references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
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Conditions of Employment
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