POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
WORK LOCATION: 4-H Youth Development, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, La.
POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Louisiana State University Agricultural Center’s 4-H Youth Development Department seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position in 4-H Livestock at the assistant professor level. Consideration may be given to filling the position at the Instructor rank (non-tenure-track) depending on the applicant pool, with corresponding adjustment in duties. This is a 12-month appointment and has primary responsibilities in Extension (100%).
This position will provide leadership in planning, implementing, evaluating and reporting the impact of Animal Science 4-H educational events and programs. Effectively communicate with 4-H Youth Development and Animal Science Faculty. Develop educational programs in cooperation with the State 4-H office to train and develop volunteer leaders for Animal Science projects. Coordinate in-service training for Extension Personnel in the area of 4-H Animal Science programs. Collaborate with Animal Science, 4-H and other faculty, regional personnel with 4-H responsibilities and Extension 4-H agents to develop curriculum for use by parish staff, 4-H members, volunteer leaders and other clientele. Develop and coordinate an educational program in show ethics and animal welfare for youth, parents, volunteer leaders and other clientele. Maintain cooperative relationships with organizations and individuals in order to develop support for the 4-H Animal Science programs in cooperation with the Louisiana 4-H foundation. Provide coordination and support for 4-H Livestock events, and trips. Provide leadership for a program of activities that meets the needs of all eligible clientele regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, religion or veteran status. Execute other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the 4-H Youth Development Department Head.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Educational requirements are: (1) Ph.D. in animal sciences or closely related field, or (2) Ph.D. in a field of youth development and at least one degree in animal sciences. Individuals who possess a master’s degree in animal sciences or closely related field or master’s degree in a field of youth development combined with a bachelor’s degree in animal science will be considered for the Instructor rank only. Strongly desire knowledge or experience in the field of youth development, or must have a willingness to learn. Other desired requirements are experience with one or more areas of animal science and/or youth programming; demonstrated experience using organizational and logistical skills, with attention to detail, to lead, organize, implement, manage, market and evaluate youth-focused educational programs related to animal science; and demonstrated experience in teaching and positively interacting with youth and adults. A practical knowledge of animal production is strongly desired. The candidate must be highly motivated and able to be self-directed; be able to work both independently and collaboratively; have excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to engage and inspire a wide variety of audiences; and have a vision of and commitment to the development of youth through their involvement in 4-H Animal Science programs. Additionally, the candidate must have highly developed interpersonal skills, and affinity for networking and demonstrated high level of confidence and poise in front of others; a working knowledge of computer applications such as spreadsheets, databases and other computer programs; and practical experience with the use of social media and website as a teaching tool. Must be able to meet travel and work hour requirements for this position.
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 9, 2017 or until a suitable candidate is identified.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU by attaching letter of application, Vita, university transcripts, and three letters of reference. Questions about the online system should be directed to the HRM Office at 225/578-2258. 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. Mark Tassin
104 Efferson Hall
Baton Rouge, La. 70803
Web site: www.lsuagcenter.com