Extension Agent I

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 019344 - MSU Extension- Lowndes County
Location: Lowndes County
Categories: Professional, Extension Agent
Position Open Date:

Salary Grade:  13 

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Department Profile:

This position is based in Columbus, MS at the Lowndes County Extension Office.

Area of Specialization:

4-H Youth Development

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Extension Agent will identify and organize information regarding clientele needs and assess the relevance, significance of identified needs in the 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 plan; and evaluate program content, methods and activities for program effectiveness and impact. The Extension Agent will support the County Extension Coordinator and adjacent Extension 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.

The Extension Agent will support 4-H clubs in Lowndes County toward the achievement of increased participation and strengthened 4-H programs. The Extension Agent will identify, recruit, and train local volunteer leaders to enable them to effectively perform their duties while serving on committees, clubs and/or organizations. The Extension Agent will follow system and agency guidance to ensure participant safety in camps and programs for minors and work with other to ensure a safe environment for participants in camps/programs for minors. The Extension Agent will be expected to work in the community resource development area as it relates to 4-H. The Extension Agent will be expected to actively engage in Extension Northeast Region 4-H programs hosted in Lowndes County.

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must have an earned bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Youth Development, Family and Consumer Science, or a field of study determined by the Extension Service to be closely related form an accredited institution of higher learning. Applicants must have a minimum of 15 semester credit hours successfully completed in agricultural courses. 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 must agree to complete a master’s degree within five (5) academic years of employment. Applicant must maintain a valid driver’s license.

You will be expected to establish and maintain your permanent residence in Lowndes County or an adjacent county within 6 months of employment unless otherwise approved by the Extension Director and the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors.

Salary will be commensurate with level of qualifications. Benefits include personal and medical leave, retirement, and medical insurance.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in 4-H programming

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Excellent communication and leadership skills are essential.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

•No or very limited physical effort required.
•No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
•Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
•Considerable physical activity. Requires heavy physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to 50 pounds. Physical work is a primary part (more than 70%) of job.
•No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
•Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.

Instructions for Applying:

Must complete online application; submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and a current unofficial transcript. Any social security numbers included on transcripts should be removed prior to online submission. An official copy of transcripts will be required if selected for an interview.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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