Essential Job Duties:
Essential responsibilities for the position include planning, marketing, conducting and evaluating educational programs in Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) for Lincoln County. Emphasis of the Family and Consumer Sciences program is on nutrition, food safety, health and wellness, food preservation, local foods, chronic disease reduction, and volunteer management. The position will conduct viable, proactive research-based educational programs in these areas. The position will collaborate with Extension agents in the region on common educational program initiatives. All agents are expected to have a youth component in their programming. There is a strong demand for food safety information from both home audiences and the restaurant trade. The ability to obtain training in an approved food safety certification program is expected.
The agent will collaborate and network with other agencies, groups, and organizations with similar missions. The professional in this position must be self-motivated, energetic, enjoy working with individuals as well as groups, be able to work with diverse audiences, and have the ability to manage multiple tasks with little supervision. The successful candidate is expected to be a team player working with the Extension staff and other organizations, possess a high degree of subject matter competence, and have the ability to work independently.
One of the following educational requirements: - A Bachelor's degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 overall or a 3.0 in family and consumer sciences (formerly known as home economics) or a related field (based on a 4.0 scale), - A Bachelor's degree and the completion of at least one-half of coursework in a Master's degree curriculum with a cumulative grade point average 3.0 or higher with at least one degree in family and consumer sciences (formerly known as home economics) or a related field, or - Completion of a Master's degree with at least one degree in family and consumer sciences (formerly known as home economics) or a related field. Also required: a personal automobile; computer literacy; strong oral and written communication skills; the ability to plan, implement, market, and evaluate educational programs; willingness to work as a team member and support a total Extension program; and the ability to handle multiple demands and set priorities. Personal Attributes: Successful performance of the duties encompassed in the County Extension Agent's job requires that the individual possess habits of industry, a sense of responsibility, and a genuine appreciation for the worth of the individual. The employee must be adept in both oral and written communication. The County Extension Agent is eligible to become a member of the non-tenure track/special faculty at North Carolina State University. The County Extension Agent has primary responsibility for planning, executing, and evaluating that phase of county Extension programs within assigned areas of program responsibility. The County Extension Agent cooperates with colleagues in the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and county leaders in performing assigned responsibilities. The performance of assigned responsibilities is governed by the philosophy, objectives, policies, and procedures of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.
Departmental Required Skills:
The person in this position must be self-directed and possess a strong work ethic. The successful candidate should be energetic, innovative, and a good manager of time and other resources. Organizational, interpersonal, marketing, and networking skills are desirable. Other skills needed include knowledge and experience in educational presentations, public relations and marketing, print media, leadership, and computer usage. The ability to evaluate programs and document contacts and impacts is essential.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education:
A Master’s degree at time of hiring is desirable, with at least one degree in family and consumer sciences, nutrition or related sciences. The expectation is that a Master’s degree will be pursued after hiring. Grantsmanship skills and experience with the ability to secure and manage outside funding resources in order to develop innovative programming is desired.
Necessary Licenses or Certifications:
Valid Driver’s License and reliable, personal transportation required. Valid North Carolina driver’s license is required within 60 days of hire and must be maintained.
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. Lincoln County has beautiful rural farming communities in the western portion of the county, with a growing suburban community in the eastern Lake Norman area. The eastern population is growing rapidly along with construction of new housing developments, as Lake Norman and quick access to the major city of Charlotte, NC provide considerable draw for an expanding population. Because of range of community types in the county and rapid growth in areas, there is need for an expanding and creative vision of educational programming to be provided by Cooperative Extension. For more information on Lincoln County visit their website at http://www.lincolncounty.org/
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.
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