Essential Job Duties:
NC State Extension at North Carolina State University is a well-respected leader in providing experiential learning to NC citizens in the areas of agriculture, food, and youth development. The Area Specialized Agent (ASA) is primarily responsible for planning, developing, executing, evaluating and reporting the impacts of high-quality research-based extension programs in a specific content area over a designated multi-county area. The Area Specialized Agent works collaboratively with county agents and Extension/research faculty from NC State University, as well as industry clients, county leaders, and other partners. The expectations and job performance is governed by the philosophy, objectives, policies and procedures of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension. The Area Specialized Agent is eligible to be a member of the field faculty (non-tenure track) of North Carolina State University. The ASA positions reflect a blend of specialist and agent responsibilities. As such, they will be accountable to the Department Head (or their designate) in the applicable campus academic department(s) and a District Extension Director selected by the Director of County Operations. They are expected to provide leadership to and to participate on program teams, and to partner with industry, other government agencies, and clientele groups in developing and delivering high-quality outreach programs.
The Area Specialized Agent (ASA) position will: • Plan, develop, deliver and evaluate a comprehensive educational program in the specialized subject matter topic, which incorporates emerging and advanced safety technologies for farmers, foresters and fishers and other related professionals; • Plan, develop, deliver and evaluate organized educational events (in-person/online workshops, conferences, seminars, short courses etc.) and materials (fact sheets, publications, etc.) as needed for various audiences within the farming, forestry and fishing industries; • Collaborate with other agencies, businesses and organizations to enhance the content and delivery of occupational and environmental health and safety information to producers and agents; • Establish themselves as an expert resource and point-of-contact for advanced clientele, area Extension Centers, industry-related businesses and governmental or non-profit agencies; • Work cooperatively to facilitate area Extension programs for Extension agents and clientele to enhance research and knowledge transfer within the area. • Collaborate with Extension/research faculty and specialists to conduct research and demonstrations and to facilitate research information transfer to the industry and interested citizens; • Frequent travel within the assigned area is required, including some overnight travel. • The candidate must possess a high degree of subject matter competency and stay current on new and trending developments within their specialization. • The candidate must be a self-starter and self-directed. • Reporting and evaluation of area-wide programs and impacts is required. • Be a member of professional organizations relevant to safety and health of producers and workers in agriculture.
The minimum requirement for employment as an Area Specialized Agent (ASA) with North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service is either (i) a Master’s degree in an area related to the agent’s assigned specialized responsibility and a minimum of three (3) years of Extension or education-related or industry-related experience in the relevant field, or (ii) a Bachelor’s degree in an area related to the assigned specialized responsibility and a minimum of seven (7) years of Extension, education-related or industry-related experience in the area of specialization. Candidates shall also have demonstrated skills and abilities in program development and evaluation, and subject matter expertise in the area of specialization. Preference for research experience, including the ability or demonstrated experience in facilitating field research in the area of specialization, as well as history of successfully obtaining or capacity to obtain grant funds to support research and extension work in the area of specialization. Candidates must have proven personal effectiveness skills, including excellent interpersonal communication, team building, and problem solving skills and the ability to provide leadership to an educational program area by working successfully with agents and professors/specialists as well as industry clients in their subject matter area. Ability to work extra hours and weekends is required. Person must provide their own dependable, personal vehicle and have the ability to travel independently in the assigned geographical area.
Departmental Required Skills:
The successful candidate must have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to: • Handle multiple work demands and identify priorities; • Work independently with little supervision, while simultaneously being connected with the program team, campus specialists and county offices being served; • Plan, develop, deliver and evaluate research-based educational programs; • Function as a team player in support of a total Extension program through interdisciplinary efforts with Extension specialists, local staff, customers and volunteers; • Demonstrate good and positive public and personal relationship skills; • Perform at high levels in both public and interpersonal communications; • Pursue and secure grants, gifts, or contracts to support their program; • Use current technology in developing and delivering programs and technical service; • Maintain a working knowledge of agricultural safety and health issues and research and education needs; • Ability to promote education and safety and health training relevant to multiple commodities; • Collaborate with agricultural safety and health professionals to continually revise and improve the Certified Safe Farm program and its curriculum.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education:
Bilingual in English and Spanish; OSHA 10 Certification; Respirator Fit Testing Certification; Hearing Conservation Technician Certification; Social media and program marketing experience through mass media;
Necessary Licenses or Certifications:
About the Department/Unit:
North Carolina Cooperative Extension gives our residents easy access to the resources and expertise of NC State University and NC A&T State University. Through educational programs, publications and events, Cooperative Extension agents deliver unbiased, research-based information to North Carolina citizens. For further information about NC Cooperative Extension see: https://www.ces.ncsu.edu/
NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.
Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148. Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at "www.wes.org":http//wes.org. Degree must be obtained prior to start date.
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