Responsible for providing leadership in the development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive education program in 4-H, community leadership development and Agriculture & Natural Resources OR Family & Consumer Sciences. The agent serves as a member of a statewide team to determine effective programming priorities and delivery methods. All agents will be responsible for community resource development activities.
Salary Grade: 13
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This position is based in Meridian, MS at the Lauderdale 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, 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.
The Extension Agent will support 4-H clubs in Lauderdale 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 other organizations. The Extension Agent will follow system and agency guidance to ensure participant safety in camps and programs for minors and work with others to ensure a safe environment for participants in camps/programs for minors. The Extension Agent will be expected to actively engage in 4-H programs.
Applicants must have an earned bachelor’s degree in an Agriculture, Youth Development, Family and Consumer Sciences, or field of study determined by Extension Administration to be closely related to the job duties 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 Lauderdale County within 6 months of employment unless otherwise approved by the Extension Director and the Lauderdale 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 4H programming and Agriculture or Family & Consumer Sciences Programming.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Excellent communication and leadership skills are essential.
Instructions for Applying:
Must complete online application;
* Cover letter
* Current unofficial transcript
* Three professional references
Any Social Security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online. An official copy of transcripts will be required if selected for an interview.
Review of applications will begin on November 6, 2020.
Contingent upon continued availability of funding.
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.