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In accordance with the IHL Board Directive and Executive Order 14042, MSU requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and upload vaccination documentation by January 4, 2022 or prior to the start of employment. Alternatively, employees may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement, as specified under the federal executive order. Further information will be shared during the onboarding process should you accept an offer of employment.

Extension Agent

Apply now Job no: 503397
Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 019157 - MSU Extension- Pike County
Location: Pike County
Categories: Professional, Extension Agent
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

Responsible for providing leadership in the development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive education program in agriculture, community leadership development and 4-H. The Extension Agent serves as a member of a statewide team to determine effective programming priorities and delivery methods. All Extension Agents will be responsible for 4-H and community resource development activities.

Salary Grade:  13

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

Pike County Extension
1140 North Clark Avenue
Magnolia, Mississippi 39652

Area of Specialization:

ANR/4-H

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 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 also be expected to work in 4-H and the community resource development area.

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must have an earned bachelor's degree in Agriculture or a 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 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 Pike County or closely adjacent Mississippi county within 6 months of employment unless otherwise approved by the Extension Director and the Pike County Board of Supervisors.

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

An offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background screen.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in Agriculture and 4-H programming.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Excellent communication and leadership skills are essential.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Must be able to work outside around plants and/or livestock.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:  http://explore.msujobs.msstate.edu/

Must apply online at www.msujobs.msstate.edu by completing the professional online application and submitting a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and three professional references.
Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online.

Screening Date:

December 3, 2021.

Condition of Employment:

As required by Executive Order 14042, If selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before beginning employment with the University.

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.

What do I do if I need an accommodation?

In compliance with the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA), if you have a disability and would like to request an accommodation in order to apply for a position with Mississippi State University, please contact the Department of Human Resources Management at tel: (662) 325-3713 or ada@hrm.msstate.edu.

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