Responsible for providing leadership in the development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive education program in agriculture, community leadership development and 4H. The agent serves as a member of a statewide team to determine effective programming priorities and delivery methods. All agents will be responsible for 4-H and community resource development activities.
Salary Grade: 13
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This position is based in Decatur, MS at the Newton County Extension Office.
Area of Specialization:
Agriculture/4-H Youth Development
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The agent will identify and organize information regarding clientele needs and assess the relevance, significance, and timeliness of identified needs in consultation with the County Extension Coordinator; develop an annual plan of work and measurable goals in collaboration with appropriate statewide priority program group and the County Extension Coordinator that adequately address identified needs; determine priorities, levels of effort, and scheduling to allow attainment of program goals; implement program plans; and evaluate program content, methods, and activities for program effectiveness and impact. The agent will support the County Extension Coordinator and adjacent agents in the assigned area to assure programming responds to local needs and to participate in county data reporting, including accountability reports to stakeholders; demonstrate sensitivity to key social, economic, and public issues; develop excellent relationships with educational, regulatory, and service organizations whose missions are relevant to the goals of Extension; and actively participate in local and state professional and civic organizations. Agent will also be expected to work in all programmatic areas as needed.
Applicants must have an earned bachelor's degree in Agriculture, Youth Development or a field of study determined by the Extension Service to be closely related from an accredited institution of higher learning. Applicants (without a master's degree) must have a 2.75 GPA on the last 60 hours of college coursework on a 4.0 scale. Applicants without a master's degree must agree to complete a master's degree within five (5) academic years of employment.
You will be expected to establish and maintain your permanent residence in Newton County or closely adjacent county within 6 months of employment unless otherwise approved by the Extension Director and the Newton County Board of Supervisors.
Rank and salary will be commensurate with level of qualification. Benefits include personal and medical leave, retirement, and medical insurance.
Experience in Agriculture and 4H programming.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Excellent communication and leadership skills are essential.
Instructions for Applying:
Link to apply: http://explore.msujobs.msstate.edu/
All applicants must apply online by completing the professional application and submitting a cover letter, resume, three references, and a current unofficial transcript. Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online. An official copy of the transcript will be required if selected for an interview. Review of applications will begin on April 23, 2021.
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