Minnesota Dairy Initiative

Dairy Development & Profitability
Enhancement Program

Established to Energize a Healthy and Vibrant Dairy Industry in Minnesota

Employment Opportunity

SouthWest Region Coordinator (Part-Time Position)

Job Information:

This opening is for the Minnesota Dairy Initiative’s SW Region Coordinator. This position is a part-time position (at 50% time). The coordinator reports to the MDI’s SW Region Executive Board.


Mission of MDI is to help existing and potential dairy producers succeed through team based on-farm education, resources and networking.

An MDI Dairy Team combines the skills and experience of veterinarians, feed consultants, dairy field staff, lenders, Farm Business Management instructors, Extension educators, dairy producers, and others to help Dairy Producers identify, implement, and analyze business and family goals.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Establish dairy teams using the producer’s existing advisors and others the producer may choose for the team, with the help of the dairy producer
  • Plan and facilitate team meetings
  • Prepare meeting agendas and record meeting minutes for team meetings and Southwest region board meetings
  • Recruit, plan, and facilitate dairy peer groups
  • Gather and help interpret DHIA and creamery information for farm meetings
  • Help plan and facilitate other dairy educational efforts sponsored entirely or in cooperation with MDI-SW
  • Network with industry professionals within SW Region and the state of MN
  • Recruit dairy farms to enroll into the Minnesota Dairy Initiative in SW Region
  • Perform administration duties such as invoicing, third-party pay distribution, and collecting applications for enrollment
  • Collaborate with other regional coordinators to complete tasks such as the grant application, year-end report, and funding request
  • Participate in various trainings throughout the state of Minnesota
  • Other duties that may be assigned in cooperation with the MDI-SW board
  • Ability to work independently with minimal daily supervision
  • An energetic person with strong communication skills
  • Computer proficiency, experience with spreadsheets and word processing software
  • Recent dairy production/dairy business experience and a belief in the future of the dairy industry in MN
  • Capability to work based out of home and within driving distance of the Pipestone County Extension Office
  • Demonstrate ability to work with individuals and groups and a strong commitment to dairy farm families
  • Experience in planning, organizing, providing leadership, appointment scheduling, and practicing effective use of time
Employment Conditions and Salary:
  • Valid driver's license and reliable transportation required
  • Part Time position at 50% time, up to 20 hours/week on average

Individuals interested in applying for this position should send resumé, cover letter and references by December 20, 2019 to:

Leah Bischof
25554 County Road 136
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Email: leahbischof@gmail.com
Cell: (320) 429-0611

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Our Mission

MDI's mission is to help existing and potential dairy producers succeed through team-based on-farm education, resources and networking.

With the help of the diagnostic teams we have been able to transition the dairy operation to the next generation.

Beltrami County Dairy Producer