Agricultural Economics Extension Field Specialist II

Economic development officer

Job title: Agricultural Economics Extension Field Specialist II

Company: South Dakota Board Of Regents

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Institution South Dakota State University
Working Title Agricultural Economics Extension Field Specialist II
Posting Number NFE02363P
Department SDSU-Agriculture Program-Ext
Physical Location of Position (City) Unspecified
Posting TextSouth Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension is offering an exciting career opportunity as an Agricultural Economics Extension Field Specialist II. We are looking for an individual to join us in one of our regional extension centers located in either Sioux Falls or Watertown, SD. This is a 12-month, full-time, benefit-eligible, non-faculty exempt, 100% Extension appointment. The Extension Field Specialist II supports the SDSU Extension mission, strategic vision, and planning assumptions, complies with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, and all University policies, including Affirmative Action.PURPOSE OF POSITION:The Extension Field Specialist II provides strong statewide leadership in delivering research-based extension programming. This position will be responsible for developing and disseminating programming and management resources focused on commodity marketing, commercial agriculture production, financial risk, and policy implications. The Extension Field Specialist II will travel extensively to build strong relationships with producer groups, agribusinesses, and governmental agencies to identify agricultural producers’ ongoing and emerging business needs. This position is supervised by the Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Leader and is affiliated with the Ness School of Management and Economics. Collaboration on projects with faculty and other research and extension centers across South Dakota is encouraged.RESPONSIBILITIES:In conjunction with the Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Leader, other field specialists, and state specialists, this position will provide leadership in bridging research to practice on agricultural economics while developing strategic partnerships, relationships, and impactful programming within the context of extension outreach.REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Business, Business Administration, Applied Economics, or another closely related field by start date.
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position.
  • Must have at least 3 years of experience in agriculture economics, commodity marketing, or risk management.
  • Knowledge of the business aspects of commercial agricultural production.
  • Desire to work and interact with agricultural producers, allied industry professionals, colleagues, and staff.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work as a team member.
  • Ability to learn new technology in managing and delivering educational programs.
  • Effective written, verbal, and online communication skills.
  • Knowledge of planning, implementing, and evaluating educational materials and directing effective programs.
  • Valid driver’s license or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire.


  • Demonstrated experience with the business aspects of crop and livestock systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, implement, and evaluate educational materials and direct effective programs.
  • Demonstrated leadership and teamwork with stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated collaboration in developing funding proposals to support new and/or enhanced programming.
  • Experience publishing extension or outreach materials.

APPLICATION PROCESS:The system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should address how the candidate meets the qualifications outlined in the advertisement, resume, official transcripts (attached as ‘other’ document, and a reference page with the contact information for four professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check.South Dakota State University is a tobacco-free environment.It is the policy of the University to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14.
Posting Date 05/13/2024
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
First Consideration Date 07/01/2024
Advertised Salary $70,000 depending on experience.
Duration of the Term 12 months
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Appointment Percent 100
Work Hours
Typical Hours Worked Per Week
Appointment Type Regular
Faculty Status No
Scope of Search External (includes Internal)
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This position requires Travel, Overnight stays, Valid Drivers License
If other, please indicate This position will be located in one of the regional offices in: Sioux Falls or Watertown.
Department Description and Cultural ExpectationsSDSU EXTENSION:
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. It also works with academic departments and the Agricultural Experiment Station to provide unbiased, science-based knowledge focused on issues and needs. SDSU Extension organizes program outreach across 4 program areas: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Food & Families, Community Vitality and 4-H Youth Development, which are part of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, and College of Education and Human Sciences.UNIVERSITY/COMMUNITY:
SDSU is a land grant institution and the state’s largest institution of higher education, with an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students. This position is available in Sioux Falls or Watertown, SD.
Equal Employment Opportunity StatementSouth Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant access mission. SDSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to, and SDSU prohibits discrimination on, the basis of, sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran’s status, or any other status that may become protected in the offering of all educational programs and employment. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing 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.
Contact InformationFor questions on the position, contact Jack Davis, Search Chair, (605) 995-7378 or .

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Location: Sioux Falls, SD – Watertown, SD

Job date: Wed, 15 May 2024 00:28:17 GMT

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