Position Announcement - Senior Instructor of Equine Science and Equine Extension Specialist

Posted: August 29, 2013

POSITION: Senior Instructor of Equine Science and Equine Extension Specialist

STARTING DATE: February 3, 2014 or as negotiated


Department of Animal Science

College of Agricultural Sciences

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802


The successful candidate will be responsible for the leadership and coordination of the State 4-H Horse Program. Responsibilities of this position include managing the curriculum, as well as overseeing program development and other activities related to the 4-H Horse Program. The latter includes oversight of Regional/District horse shows, Junior Horse Championship Show and the State 4-H Horse Show, judging and youth horse contests, volunteer and judges training, clinics, seminars and other educational activities. The 4-H Horse Program includes approximately 7,500 4-H horse projects, several hundred volunteers and industry professionals, faculty, staff and county-based extension educators. In addition, the successful candidate will collaborate with industry professionals and colleagues in the Department and College on the development and delivery of youth and adult equine extension programs. The successful applicant will have some responsibilities in teaching introductory and advanced equine production and management classes and advising undergraduate students in the Department of Animal Science. In addition, there is an expectation that the successful candidate will engage in appropriate collaborative and interdisciplinary activities within and outside the department. There is the expectation that the candidate will interact with breed and other equine industry organizations as appropriate.


A minimum of a M.S. Degree is required in Animal Science, Equine Science or a related field of study. At least 5-10 years of equine industry and extension experience is required. Applicants with a degree in a related field of study will be considered provided they have sufficient and appropriate equine science knowledge and industry expertise. The candidate must possess excellent teaching, program development, management and event planning skills relative to overseeing the statewide 4-H Horse Program. Expertise in curriculum development and implementation is desired. The successful candidate will demonstrate positive human relations and effective communication skills necessary to work effectively with youth, colleagues, industry representatives, government officials, and the general public. Previous experience with fund development activities is important. Experience working with diverse audiences is desirable.

SALARY: Competitive, commensurate with background and experience. An attractive benefits package is available.

APPLICATION: Applicants should submit a letter of application, resume, academic transcripts, and a brief statement of extension and research interests, and the name, address, telephone number and email address of at least three references to:

Brian Egan and W. Burt Staniar

Co-Chairs, Search Committee

Department of Animal Science

324 W.L. Henning Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802


CLOSING DATE: November 1, 2013 or until a qualified candidate is identified.

Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.