Stephen Smith | 11/7/2017 2:19:27 PM
(This is a grant-funded, non-tenure track position. Funding must be available for any continuation of appointment.)
WORK LOCATION: School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Extension Associate will be located in Baton Rouge on the LSU campus and will serve stakeholders throughout the state. This is a grant funded position with time allocation approximately 65 % to the USDA funded Louisiana Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development Program (SAREPDP) and 35 % to the Louisiana Harvest of the Month program.
POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Extension Associate will report administratively to the Louisiana Program Co-State Coordinators of the Louisiana Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development Program (SARE PDP) and the PI for the Louisiana Farm to School Program. The successful candidate will support sustainable agriculture programming at the state level under the direction of the Co-State Coordinators. The program assistant will assist both state coordinators in carrying out various aspects of the SARE PDP including assisting with field days, training sessions, and workshops and also promotion of SARE programs, resources, and grant opportunities. The assistant will also manage the sustainable agriculture listserve/database and website and will facilitate communication and networking and maintain communication to county agents and other agriculture professionals, other universities, farm organizations, and NGO’s etc. that support sustainable agriculture activities in Louisiana. In addition the extension associate will contribute to the program web page and keep information current for clientele. The incumbent is expected to perform other tasks at the state level that may be assigned by supervisor(s). The Extension Associate will also be the program director for the Louisiana Harvest of the Month (HOM) program. The HOM program is to increase access to local crops in Louisiana institutions, encourage students and other consumers to make healthy food choices, provide information so that Louisianans better understand where food comes from, and support our community and specialty crops producers through increased purchases of local food.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A Bachelor’s of Science degree is required, preferably in agriculture, earth, or environmental sciences. Experience in the field of agriculture and horticulture is desirable along with previous experience writing, applying for and administering grants. Prior experience working with sustainable agriculture extension programs is preferred. The applicant must demonstrate effective oral and written communication, as well as networking skills. Ability to work with and through others is essential as well as the ability to function with minimal supervision. Established communication with Louisiana producer, distributor, and consumer associations for the purpose of future projects and programs is highly favored.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.
APPLICATION DEADLINE:November 13, 2017 or until suitable candidate is located.
DATE AVAILABLE: Upon completion of interview process.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Must apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter with resume, university transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching recommendation letters online, they may be sent directly to:
School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences
104 Sturgis Hall
Baton Rouge, La. 70803
Web site: www.lsuagcenter.com