Stephen Smith  |  1/22/2018 3:40:59 PM

Extension Associate

(Urban 4-H Youth Development)

(This is a part-time, grant-funded, non-tenure track position. Continuation will depend on funding, job performance, and continued need for the appointment.)

WORK LOCATION: The extension office is located in Shreveport, Louisiana. The area to be served is Caddo Parish, which is located in the northwest corner of the state with a population of approximately 398,604 residents. The parish has 66 public schools serving 42,000 youth and additional private, parochial, and charter schools throughout the parish. There are 38 4-H clubs and approximately 900 traditional 4-H club members. The goals of the 4-H Youth Development program include increasing youth leadership development and community service learning; strengthening the partnership between 4-H and formal education; and expanding volunteer involvement to increase contact hours per youth.

POSITION DESCRIPTION: This position will be a part-time (24 hours per week) 100% CYFAR grant funded 4-H Program Assistant. Responsibilities for the employee will be to assist the Parish Chair in coordinating and managing CYFAR programming with children and adults in at-risk environments. CYFAR programming will support/promote leadership and life skill development through science, engineering and technology programming, leadership programming and garden-based nutrition education, through in school and after school programming, and community outreach programs and events. The program assistant will target increased involvement of less active youth and adult audiences and expand program diversity and delivery. The program assistant is responsible for working with program advisory committees and the school system to identify needs, to assist in developing programs that respond to those needs, and to assess the impacts of the programs. The program assistant will also assist in identification, recruitment, training, and support of volunteers, an essential component of effective programs. The successful candidate will provide administrative support, such as online enrollment, and any other duties assigned by the supervisor. Program delivery methods include school enrichment, camps, after school programs, leadership programs, short-term special interest groups and community service learning. The incumbent is expected to be an effective team player, work cooperatively with other Extension faculty at the parish, region and state levels and perform other tasks that may be assigned by supervisor(s). The program assistant will work under the administrative supervision and direction of the parish chair and regional director. In order to attend and conduct training to meet the needs of clientele, this position requires some overnight travel and work on evenings and weekends. The incumbent is expected to perform other tasks that may be assigned by supervisor(s) and work cooperatively with other Extension faculty at the parish, region, and state levels.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A baccalaureate degree in education, vocational education, agricultural sciences, biological or social sciences, recreation and leisure studies or closely related areas is required. Must have an undergraduate degree with an overall grade-point average of at least 2.5 (all GPA requirements based on a 4.0 system) and a 3.0 for graduate work attempted, if any, or master’s degree with an overall grade-point average of at least 3.0 or a current grade-point average of at least 3.0 on at least 12 hours of graduate credit. The applicant must demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills. Experience in recruiting, training and supervising volunteers and experience in teaching and applying principles of leadership development to both youth and adults is also desired. Knowledge of public relations and the ability to cope with change are highly desirable characteristics. Ability to work with and through others is essential as is the ability to function with minimum supervision.

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:January 19, 2018 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 including a statement of professional interest and goals, university transcripts, and two letters of reference. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted. For more information contact:

Dr. Patrick Colyer., Regional Director

Email: pcolyer@agcenter.lsu.edu

Phone: (318) 741-7430

Web site: www.lsuagcenter.com

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