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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Data management opportunity with the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems - Part-time Professional Aide

The MSU Center for Regional Food Systems is seeking a resourceful, motivated individual who is skilled in data collection, management, and analysis. This exciting part-time position is an opportunity to work with national data sets for highly visible and influential research projects.


Application deadline is November 9, 2018.


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Position Description - Professional Aide


The Michigan State University (MSU) Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) is seeking a part-time hourly professional aide to support the creation and maintenance of data management systems and data analysis and reporting for multiple highly visible and influential research projects.


These projects, including the Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE) national survey and the National Food Hub Survey, fulfill vital relationships with national collaborating partners.


The Farm to ECE survey, in partnership with the National Farm to School Network is in its third iteration, and is intended to estimate the number of children reached by farm to ECE activities and determine trends in growth from the previous survey iterations for the general public and key stakeholders. The National Food Hub Survey, conducted in 2013, 2015, and 2017, in collaboration with the Wallace Center, represents one of the most comprehensive data sets on food hub operations to date.


Status: Part-time hourly at $20 per hour, up to 19 hours per week


Available: As soon as possible, with continuation dependent upon performance and program funding


Application Deadline: November 9, 2018 or until suitable candidate is identified


Reporting and location: Position reports to Noel Bielaczyc, Value Chain Specialist, and successful candidate will work as a team with additional CRFS staff depending on the research project. Work will be conducted primarily at CRFS offices on MSU main campus in East Lansing, MI.


Job Summary

  • Develop data collection tools, including surveys, and assist with dissemination and distribution
  • Perform data collection using survey software, online dashboards, and other platforms as needed
  • Maintain integrity of data collected, including troubleshooting and communication with participants and project partners through direct phone and email communication
  • Complete required Institutional Review Board (IRB) training for data management, and maintain high ethical standards and confidentiality in researching and reporting information
  • Analyze, interpret, and report data collected through online dashboards, surveys, and other data collection efforts through written and online reports on a regular basis, as needed, including manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications and shorter summaries for general audiences
  • Observe regular office hours as scheduled with supervisor. Be punctual for scheduled project and team meetings, and check-ins with supervisor and/or project team members.
  • Represent projects and CRFS in a professional manner in all interactions and communication;
  • Promptly respond to all forms of communication, including email.
  • Help to foster, facilitate, and maintain the CRFS culture of anti-racism, trust, support and accountability.



  • Bachelor's degree required, Master's degree preferred
  • Experience with quantitative and qualitative data collection, analysis, interpretation and reporting
  • High degree of knowledge and proficiency with technology to complete job requirements including:
  • Excel, SPSS and/ or other statistical analysis software
  • Electronic survey software (Qualtrics preferred)
  • MS Office Suite
  • Online search, file sharing and collaboration platforms
  • Phone/web conferencing systems
  • Demonstrated strong written and verbal communications skills, and experience using a broad range of communications tactics
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze data and communicate findings to general public and academic audiences
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well in teams and effectively and diplomatically engage and collaborate with diverse stakeholder groups
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness, self-motivation and ability to problem-solve and think critically
  • Ability to self-direct and balance multiple projects simultaneously and to easily shift between working independently and as part of a team
  • Content knowledge of and experience with food systems, including food hubs and/or farm to institution programs is preferred
  • Available to travel occasionally within the state, as needed


To apply, please submit by email (with subject heading Professional Aide) a cover letter with your availability, resume or CV, and contact information for two references to:


Noel Bielaczyc

Value Chain Specialist

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

(517) 432-0093


MSU Center for Regional Food Systems mission
MSU Center for Regional Food Systems works to engage the people of Michigan, the United States and the world in applied research, education and outreach to develop regionally integrated, sustainable food systems.


Michigan State University
MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. Michigan State University employment opportunities are open to eligible/qualified persons without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, or family status. 





Andrea Weiss

Communications Director

Center for Regional Food Systems | Michigan State University

480 Wilson Road, Room 309 | Natural Resources Building | East Lansing, MI 48824

(517) 432-0283  

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Today is your last chance to VOTE for your Local Food Hero!

Today, October 24th, is your last chance to Vote for your "Local Food Hero" for 2018

Around the Table

"Setting the Table: Preparing for the Future of Local Food"


Wednesday, November 7th,
4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
North Central Michigan College
Iron Horse Cafe

1515 Howard Street
Petoskey, MI 49770

For more information: 231-881-2784

It's time to talk ...

What are the needs and what we can accomplish together to enhance local food and farming in our community?
Five years ago the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation convened a community meeting concerning their Good Food Initiative. At that meeting community members provided valuable input on immediate and long-term priorities for local food and farming activities.
At "Setting the Table" we will revisit the good work done at that meeting. Our objectives will be to celebrate the successes of the past five years, gather community input to identify new priorities, and set goals for advancing locally grown food in our region.
The event will include a Certified Local Food Event meal for all participants
, and it will be a Certified Zero Waste Event as well.

Local Food Dinner provided by Iron Horse Café, the Grain Train Natural Food Markets,and Crooked Tree Breadworks


Register for Around the Table!

Vote for your "Local Food Hero" for 2018

The polls close on October 24th  

Sponsors of Around the Table include:
Local Food Alliance, Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation,  Grain Train Natural Foods Markets, Health Dept of NW Michigan, North Central Michigan College, Taste the Local Difference, Friendship Centers of Emmet County, 1Senior Homecare, Crooked Tree Breadworks, Emmet County Recycling, Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities,  MSU Extension, Crosshatch Center for Art and Ecology, and the USDA Risk Management Agency (This is an equal opportunity employer and provider)

--   Larry Dyer  231-881-2784