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County Extension Agent - Family & Consumer Sciences

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service does not support permanent residency for employees. This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check. Screening information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Employment is contingent upon availability of funding and satisfactory performance. A resume, cover letter, transcript, and three letters of recommendation are required for consideration for this position. A valid email address for a minimum of three (3) references must be provided at the time of application. An email collecting the reference will be sent directly to the reference provider upon completion of your application. Additional reference letters or documentation can also be sent directly to Human Resources at jobs@uaex.edu For questions, contact Human Resources at 501-671-2219 or email jobs@uaex.edu FOR CONSIDERATION, applicants must certify and submit an application on our organization’s jobs portal at http://jobs.uaex.edu

Posting Details

Posting Number

Posting Number 605

Position Information

Working Title County Extension Agent - Family & Consumer Sciences
Annual Salary/Hourly Rate Commensurate with education and experience
Position Number N26117
Pay Grade Level
Split Appointment
Benefits Category Full-Time
Position Type Non-Classified

Department Information

Position Location Berryville - Carroll County
Contact Person Sharon Reynolds
Contact Email sreynolds@uaex.edu
Contact phone/extension 501-671-2016
Contact fax 501-671-2323

Nature of Position

Summary

The County Extension Agent – Family & Consumer Sciences conducts practical, community-based educational programs to empower individuals, families, & communities in the area of nutrition, family well-being, health, food safety, & economic self-sufficiency. The agent works closely with a broad audience base & local volunteers to solicit support & participation within the county.

Job Duties

Develops and maintains an adequate knowledge of the social, economic, political, and cultural characteristics of the county. Maintains effective liaison with local leaders. Helps analyze situational information with other county faculty members and identifies educational needs of clientele that can be met through Extension program activities. Assists as required with County Extension Council or its subcommittees. Gives leadership or assists in preparing the plan of work relating to area assigned. Works with community leaders to identify low-income, food stamp eligible audiences for the SNAP-ED Program.

Conducts educational programs in area of assigned responsibility. Provides educational information to leaders in organized groups that facilitate and assist in carrying out the county Extension program. Organizes programs around needs of clientele for both learning and leadership development. Recruits and trains leaders. Provides counsel and assistance to leaders in organizing, conducting, and evaluating meetings and programs. Utilizes Extension specialists and other resource personnel for subject matter, teaching methods, and other materials. Uses appropriate educational methods in disseminating information. Performs other organizational duties and tasks as assigned. Evaluates programs for and reports impact.

Evaluates program efforts based on stated objectives. Recommends improvements as needed. Utilizes County Extension Council and others to evaluate program process and results. Works with Extension Homemaker Club leaders to plan yearly programs in areas of emphasis. Works with 4-H leaders and parents to plan project workshops.
Completes annual individual plan of work based on issues identified by program area committees in Family & Consumer Science. Works with other faculty members on long and short range program planning in the 4-H program area. Provides leadership to the EHC Expansion and Review Committee. Conducts SNAP-ED Coalition Meeting. Serves as Adviser to the county EHC council officers and board members. Provides leadership in preparing and presenting relevant educational material for planning and updating the county long range program plan.

Works with cluster agents on Best Care Program. Provides educational information to leaders in organized groups such as EHC, Fair Judging committee, Farm Family Committee, and 4-H that facilitate and assist in carrying out the county Extension programs. Assists with securing judges for the county fair. Disseminates information through social media, email, webpages, newspaper, radio newsletters. Utilizes telephone and office visits to assist clientele. Serves as a resource person for civic and service organizations when teaching is requested. Works with SNAP-ED Program.

Assists with 4-H Leader Training Programs. Recruits adult volunteers leaders and youth to participate in the 4-H program. Assist with forming and maintaining 4-h clubs. Works with county staff to conduct 4-H educational programs and activities at the County, District, and /or State levels including transportation of clientele to activities when necessary.
Responsible for keeping current in civil rights compliance and knowledgeable of civil rights rules and regulations. Plans and conducts educational activities to target minorities in order to achieve parity of participation by race and gender. Maintains minimum of 25% male participation in family and consumer sciences program. Maintains minimum of 80% of parity of underrepresented race in family and consumer sciences program. Conducts all reasonable efforts in membership areas to the underrepresented groups in EHC. Maintains necessary records for civil rights documentation. Responsible for completion of the family and consumer sciences program area section of civil rights reports. Maintains knowledge of public notification to assure nondiscrimination of all programs.

Skills

Knowledge in one or more family & consumer sciences subject matter areas appropriate to the county assignment. Ability to speak & write clearly & communicate ideas effectively. Ability to work long, irregular hours & travel frequently. Ability to conduct & plan programs & work with all clientele regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in family & consumer sciences or related field of study is required. Must have transportation for use on the job with liability insurance in effect. Must agree to a background check authorizing release of relevant Arkansas Child Abuse & Neglect Central Registry records.

Preferred Qualifications

Masters degree preferred

Does this position require frequent driving (once a week or more)? Yes
Background Check/Drug Screen Criminal Background Check Only
Work Hours 8:00 - 4:30, Monday - Friday, with frequent nights and weekends.
Posting Date 08/29/2017
Closing Date
Proposed Starting Date

Additional Information

Special instructions to applicants

The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service does not support permanent residency for employees.

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check. Screening information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position.

Employment is contingent upon availability of funding and satisfactory performance.

A resume, cover letter, transcript, and three letters of recommendation are required for consideration for this position. A valid email address for a minimum of three (3) references must be provided at the time of application. An email collecting the reference will be sent directly to the reference provider upon completion of your application. Additional reference letters or documentation can also be sent directly to Human Resources at jobs@uaex.edu

For questions, contact Human Resources at 501-671-2219 or email jobs@uaex.edu

FOR CONSIDERATION, applicants must certify and submit an application on our organization’s jobs portal at http://jobs.uaex.edu

References

References

Accept References? Yes
Minimum Number of References 3
Maximum Number of References 5
Cut off Date?

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document 1
  2. Other Document 2
  3. Other Document 3
  4. Other Document 4

Supplemental Questions

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