Responsible for providing leadership in the development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive education program in agriculture, community leadership development, and 4-H youth development. The Extension Agent serves as a member of a statewide team to determine effective programming priorities and delivery methods.
Salary Grade: 14
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This position is based in Oxford, MS at the Lafayette County Extension Office.
Anticipated Appointment Date:
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 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 Lafayette 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 Lafayette County.
Applicants must have an earned bachelor's degree in Agriculture, Youth development, Family and Consumer Science, or a field of study determined by Extension Administration to 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 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 Lafayette County or closely adjacent Mississippi county within 6 months of employment unless otherwise approved by the Extension Director and the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors.
An offer of employment is also contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background screen. This position is subject to a drug pre-employment test conducted at Mississippi State University- Student Health Center. And offer of employment is contingent upon a completion of a drug test that indicates an absence of drug use.
Rank and salary will be commensurate with level of qualification.
Master of Science Degree
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Applicants should have the ability to work within a team environment, exhibit strong self-motivation, and be task-oriented. Experience with the Microsoft Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) will be expected. The applicant must have good verbal communication skills to interact effectively with faculty, Extension staff, clientele, and the general public.
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.
• 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:
Link to apply: http://explore.msujobs.msstate.edu/
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.
March 27, 2023
Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
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