WORK LOCATION: The Jefferson Davis Extension Office is located in Jennings, Louisiana.The primary area to be served is Jeff Davis Parish, with a population of over 31,000. The parish has 26 school clubs with more than 900 youth members, as well as reaching nearly 1,000 youth in youth enrichment programs.The 4-H program engages more than 200 teen and adult volunteers in program implementation. The agricultural industry in the parish has an annual farm gate value of more than $142 million with the largest sectors being rice, crawfish, beef cattle, soybeans, sod, and hay production.
POSITION DESCRIPTION: The position will have an 80% appointment in 4-H Youth Development and a 20% appointment in Agriculture and Natural Resources.In the role of 4-H Youth Development Agent (80%), the faculty member will provide overall leadership for non-formal youth development education in the parish and work with and through volunteers to plan and organize a well-balanced 4-H youth program. The Agent will identify, select, recruit, train and involve adult volunteer leaders in conducting programs for targeted youth, as well as assist with other 4-H youth-related activities as planned and/or assigned. It is anticipated that one specific responsibility of this position will be in providing leadership to parish youth livestock projects and activities. Program delivery includes 4-H school clubs, project and community clubs, camps, other out of parish opportunities, after school programs, school enrichment, leadership programs, short-term special interest groups and community service learning.The Agent is responsible for working with program advisory committees to identify local youth needs, to develop programs that respond to those needs and to assess the impact of the programs. The Extension Agent will conduct educational workshops, method demonstrations and other teaching activities for volunteers. In addition, the Agent will maximize the use of the media (including social media) to promote and market high quality research-based educational outreach. In the role of ANR Agent (20%), the agent will serve as a point of contact for agricultural related issues in the parish and work collaboratively with other ANR Agents with responsibilities in the parish to provide research-based educational information and opportunities on agriculture topics important to the stakeholders in the parish.The Agent will work with other faculty to establish advisory groups to identify clientele needs and work collaboratively with other faculty to develop and evaluate programs to meet those needs.The Agent will work with and be a primary contact for agriculturally based associations in the parish such as Farm Bureau, the Rice Growers Association and the Cattlemen’s Association.As an Extension employee, the Agent must be willing to continue professional development and remain current with youth development and agriculture and natural resources research and its application to programming. The Agent 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 Agent 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.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A baccalaureate degree in education, vocational education, agricultural sciences, family and consumer sciences/human ecology, biological or social sciences, recreation and leisure studies or closely related areas. A Master’s degree in a field listed above is desired. 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 or a current grade-point average of at least 3.0 on at least 12 hours of graduate credit. This 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 education 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.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: A personal automobile and appropriate insurance coverage is required (travel allowance provided).Some work on evenings and weekends should be expected. A cell phone is required. Satisfactory completion of two specific graduate level extension courses (6 credit hours) is generally required in the first two years of employment. Additionally, a faculty member who does not have a related master’s degree must complete an additional 9 hours of related graduate level coursework in order to be promoted to associate agent and such promotion must occur in the first seven years of employment.
DATE AVAILABLE: Upon completion of the interview process.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 3, 2021 or until a suitable candidate is identified.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Qualified candidates must apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU by attaching file(s) containing a curriculum vita, a letter of application, university transcripts, two letters of reference and a statement of administrative philosophy as well as a statement describing how diversity would figure into your teaching, research, or extension activities. Questions about the online application system should be directed to the HRM Office at 225/578-0324. (Paper, faxed, or emailed application materials will not be accepted.)
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The Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and applications will be accepted without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age or disability. Information on Equal Employment can be obtained from the EEO and Civil Rights Coordinator, 103 J. Norman Efferson Hall, 110 LSU Union Square, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.Phone 225.578.2258.It is the policy of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service to employ only United States citizens or aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States.
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