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Extension Livestock Development Specialist

North Dakota State University
Fargo, ND
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Position Description & Details:

North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension is looking for a highly motivated educator to serve as an Extension specialist in livestock development for North Dakota. NDSU Extension is an organization that values people who excel, adapt quickly, exhibit passion for helping others, and are excellent communicators. The Extension specialist is a member of a statewide Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources team responsible for providing leadership to create and deliver innovative learning experiences that empower North Dakotans to improve their lives and communities.

The Extension Livestock Development Specialist will be responsible for providing innovative Extension programing that will serve a diverse clientele of producers, as well as industry and advisory groups. Programing will focus primarily on production agriculture issues, specifically in the areas of livestock and finance, by providing education to Extension agents, farmer and rancher managers, agricultural lenders, agribusinesses, industry organizations, policy makers and agricultural processors. The Extension specialist will work closely with Extension agents and build collaborative relationships with stakeholders to achieve goals. This Position will be housed in the Agribusiness and Applied Economics Department at NDSU in Barry Hall.


Develop an innovative Extension program that includes identifying, assessing, and delivering educational programs that will facilitate the development of livestock systems and finance education opportunities for Extension agents, farm/ranch managers, landowners, economic development leaders, industry, and entities of government. Provide expertise and teach Extension agents and clients through continued educating training to strengthen the knowledge base of Extension personnel statewide.
• Provide expertise and assistance in livestock production and agribusiness issues to Extension agents and other clients.
• Stay current on livestock issues by pursuing professional development opportunities through meetings, seminars, symposiums, etc.
• Collaborate to build strong working relationships with appropriate Extension specialists, research faculty, Extension agents, Research Extension Center Staff, and associated agricultural clientele to deliver statewide livestock and finance-related programs.
• Develop individual and team-based Extension programs and publications that disseminate information to producers, industry personnel, and Extension agents.
• Communicate with other Extension personnel, appropriate Research Extension Center personnel, and farmers and ranchers about issues that need new or additional research.

•When appropriate, provide leadership for developing and demonstrating novel management strategies that ensure program relevancy and the ability to guide producer efforts to adapt to changing production systems.
• Develop relationships and cooperate with research and Extension faculty within the NDSU Departments of Animal Sciences and Agribusiness and Applied Economics and other agricultural departments and Research Extension Centers.
• Secure external funding for livestock and finance-related Extension and programming efforts.
• Assist in the development and/or enhancement of existing livestock and finance-related youth programs.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule:

Advertised Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Minimum Qualifications: in agricultural economics, agribusiness, agricultural education or a closely related field, MBA or other related masters degree
• Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
• Demonstrated effectiveness in working with varied audiences, including individuals and groups, as a team member, and as an effective leader.
• Ability to define, conduct and interpret applied research and demonstration projects.
• Ability to publish Extension and/or research in refereed scientific journals or Extension-type articles/bulletins, including popular press articles.
• Ability to compete for extramural funding in relevant fields.
• Knowledge of current and emerging issues and production practices of livestock, forage crops, agribusiness and finance.
• Proficiency in a variety of computer programs for use in developing and delivering educational programs.
* Experience in business development, financing, business planning, entrepreneurship and/or the livestock industry

• Valid driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Terminal degree (i.e. Ph.D., J.D.) in agricultural economics, agribusiness or closely related field.
• Academic training and/or experience with entrepreneurship, livestock production and finishing, forage production, grazing systems, livestock systems and confinement operations, finance, and agribusiness development.
• Knowledge of livestock production systems in the Northern Plains.

• Experience in livestock or finance-related research.
• Familiarity with Northern Plains agriculture.

Knowledge of medium- and large-scale livestock production regulations in North Dakota.
• Successful publication of Extension and/or research results in refereed scientific journals or Extension-type articles/bulletins, including popular press articles.
• Demonstrated ability to secure extramural funds.
• Experience working with the Cooperative Extension Service.
• Demonstrated skills in web-based education, social media platforms, and other modes of communication.

Applicant Materials Required:

Cover Letter, College Transcripts, Curriculum vitae, Name and contact information for three professional references (must include contact information-telephone numbers and postal and email addresses)

screening will begin 1/28/22


NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package with includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university - with an effective date for new employees the first of the month following date of hire. Other benefits include, wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, EAP, sick leave and holiday pay. Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans.

Land Acknowledgement

We collectively acknowledge that we gather at NDSU, a land grant institution, on the traditional lands of the Oceti Sakowin (Dakota, Lakota, Nakoda) and Anishinaabe Peoples in addition to many diverse Indigenous Peoples still connected to these lands. We honor with gratitude Mother Earth and the Indigenous Peoples who have walked with her throughout generations. We will continue to learn how to live in unity with Mother Earth and build strong, mutually beneficial, trusting relationships with Indigenous Peoples of our region.

About Us

North Dakota State University is distinctive as a student focused, land-grant, research university. Our main campus is located in Fargo, ND with Extension Service and Research Experiment Station locations across the entire state. NDSU has been listed in the Top 100 public research universities in the United States for research and development in agricultural sciences, psychology and social sciences, based on reported research expenditures.

NDSU is an exciting place to work offering a stimulating and diverse environment richly populated with people pursuing life-long learning and personal growth. Employees often attend on-campus cultural events, lectures, athletic events and enjoy walks through our beautiful campus.

NDSU employs over 6000 full-time and part-time employees across the state, making it the second largest employer in the community. NDSU is the best college in ND, according to Money Magazine (September 2018). NDSU was named a 2019 Best Value College by Forbes. Fargo made's top 10 list of cities to find a job and ranked at #11 for best places to live overall.

NDSU offers a wide array of professional opportunities including faculty, executive, managerial, professional, technical, paraprofessional, office support, servers and crafts/trades. Like a small city, NDSU operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Full time employees are offered a superb benefit package to include 100% company paid health insurance premiums and tuition assistance for employees and immediate family members. All of us at NDSU play an important role in serving our students and public constituencies. We encourage motivated and talented team members that thrive in a higher-ed environment to join our university!


We provide transformational education, create knowledge through innovative research, and share knowledge through community engagement that meets the needs of North Dakota and the world.

Additional Information

No Smoking Notice:

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:

North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.

Veteran's Preference Notice:

This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran's Preference requirements.


NDSU is recognized as one of the nation’s top 108 public and private universities.

North Dakota State University is an employer of choice with a commitment to offer a well-rounded benefits package for employees and their families.

NDSU is listed at 95 among 404 public universities based on the university’s research expenditures reported to the National Science Foundation. In addition, NDSU is listed in the National Science Foundation’s top 100 in several areas, including: agricultural sciences; business management and business; communications; materials science; natural resources and conservation science; social sciences; sociology, demography, and population studies; and visual and performing arts.

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