(Family and Consumer Sciences)
(This is a grant-funded, non-tenure track position.Continuation will be dependent on funding, job performance, and continued need for the appointment.)
Work Location: The extension office is located in Arcadia, Louisiana. The areas to be served are Bienville and Red River Parishes, which are located in Northwest Louisiana.
Position Description: The Assistant/Associate/ Extension Agent will work under the supervision and direction of the parish chair, regional director, and FCS regional coordinator and FCS state office staff.This position will involve 40% Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Plan Education (SNAP-Ed) and 60 % general nutrition.The Extension Agent is responsible for organizing an advisory committee involving local government officials, volunteers, health professionals, community residents, and other stakeholders to identify local nutrition needs, strategies to address those needs, and actions to overcome community barriers to good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. After identifying needs, the agent will work the advisory committee and community groups to promote healthy behaviors.The agent will provide leadership in planning, implementing, evaluating, and reporting food and physical activity environmental and systems interventions as well as implementing health and nutrition education programming for adults and youth in the area served. The identification, recruitment, training, and support of volunteers are essential for an effective FCS program. As an Extension employee, the agent must be willing to continue professional development and maintain professional competence and its application to programming. 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, district, and state levels.In order to attend and conduct programming to meet the needs of the clientele, this position may require overnight travel and work on evenings and weekends.
Qualification Requirements: A baccalaureate degree in dietetics, community and family nutrition, family and consumer sciences, human ecology, community development and planning, social sciences, or closely related degree from an accredited college or university is required. Degrees in other fields that relate to the duties of the position may be considered if combined with directly related experience. 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.A Master’s degree in a field listed above is desired.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.
Conditions of Employment: A personal automobile and appropriate insurance coverage is required (travel allowance provided).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.An exception is that additional agent experience may be substituted for nine hours of coursework, but not for the two required courses.
Application Deadline: March 21, 2020 or until a suitable candidate is identified.
Application Procedure: Apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or in 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, except that in lieu of attaching the reference letters online, they may be sent directly to:
Dr. Patrick D. Colyer, Regional Director
Red River Research Station
262 Research Station Drive
Bossier City, La. 71112
Phone: 318-741-7430, Fax: 318-741-7433
The LSU Agricultural Center is a statewide campus of the LSU
System and provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. An Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer