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Extension Agent I - III – Family and Consumer Sciences and Food Systems (57035)
University of Florida

Date Posted Dec. 9, 2019
Title Extension Agent I - III – Family and Consumer Sciences and Food Systems (57035)
University University of Florida
Tavares, FL, United States
Department UF/IFAS Extension
Application Deadline Jan. 2, 2020
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
    Core Faculty
  • Food & Nutritional Science
    Agricultural Extension

University of Florida: College of Agricultural and Life Sciences: 60350000 – AG-COUNTY OPERATIONS: 60353035 – AG-LAKE
Open Date
Dec 5, 2019

Jan 2, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time

The Florida Cooperative Extension Service is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments that provides quality, relevant education and research-based expertise to foster healthy people, a healthy environment, and a healthy economy. We are the resource that helps educate Floridians to address issues related to agriculture, natural resources, youth development, families and communities.

University of Florida/IFAS Extension and Lake County seek to fill a 12-month, permanent status-accruing Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) and Food Systems Extension Agent position. As the Agent, you will provide direction and leadership to develop, implement, evaluate, and report on a comprehensive FCS extension program. The main focus areas are financial management, health and wellness, and FCS aspects of food systems. You will empower individuals and families to adopt healthy eating habits and lifestyle behaviors that can prevent or delay the onset of chronic illnesses such as heart diseases, hypertension, diabetes, osteoporosis and cancer. You will collaborate with sustainable agriculture and food systems faculty in Lake County and in the Central District.

Duties and Responsibilities

Design, implement, evaluate, and report on community-based educational programs focusing on human nutrition, wellness, financial management, and food systems to consumers, organizations and the agribusiness industry.
Extend educational training through volunteer systems. Train, support and provide opportunities for volunteers.
Establish an advisory committee of citizens and professionals to analyze the county situation, identify priority issues, and assist with program design to reach target clientele.
Secure and manage external and internal financial resources to support the nutrition, wellness, and food systems FCS programs.
Manage program components including program policies, records, risk management, communication, and educational materials.
Establish and maintain an effective system for accountability and public information to all relevant individuals, groups, organizations, and agencies.
Develop and sustain partnerships with community agencies and leaders, businesses, media, and the general public on local food initiatives, nutrition and wellness.
Develop effective working relationships with the 4-H Youth Development program plus other food system and nutrition programs in Lake County.
Follow all University of Florida and Lake County policies and procedures.
You will: 1) work with community agencies, governmental entities, and individual community leaders in collaborations and partnerships; 2) have the ability and desire to work with culturally, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse audiences; 3) be expected to attain permanent status and promotion per UF/IFAS guidelines; 4) actively participate in the Florida Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences (FEAFCS); 5) plan and report on programs through an annual plan of work (POW) and a report of accomplishment (ROA); 6) assume other responsibilities as assigned by the County Extension Director or District Extension Director.

As a University of Florida faculty member, you will work to acquire grants, contracts, gifts, monetary funds and in-kind support, lead interdisciplinary efforts, develop creative works (presentations, fact sheets, posters, webpage tools), and write extension educational materials for clientele.

Further information:

Extension is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public. As such, all partners are involved in the supervision of the office and contribute to the salary and support resources. The primary goal of Extension is to disseminate the latest knowledge and applicable technologies in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences in order to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. The UF/IFAS mission is accomplished through extension faculty members, scientists, educators, administrative staff, and volunteers working cohesively throughout Florida’s 67 counties.

Minimum requirements:

A bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences, nutrition, dietetics, health and wellness, or a related area is required. The successful candidate must pass a background check as required by Lake County policy. Strong writing and public speaking skills are required. You must be able to provide food demonstrations and classes to the public or manage Master Food Volunteers to provide this service. Proficiency with late-edition Microsoft Office applications, web research, and navigation is required.

Preferred qualifications:

A master’s degree and professional experience are preferred. If hired with solely a bachelor’s degree, we want you to grow in your career. As such, we expect you to make at least 50% progress towards obtaining your master’s degree within the first 6 years of employment. Coursework completed within the State University System of Florida comes with a tuition waiver. Bilingual ability (English/Spanish) and familiarity with, or willingness to learn, webpage design software and online tools in educational technology are highly desirable.

Application Instructions
Apply at by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern) of the posting end date, and attach:

Cover letter that describes how your experience and qualifications have prepared you for this position
Résumé or Curriculum vitae
The following documents are required and may either be submitted through the above link at the time of application, or sent separately to our office (below).

Previous Employment Form (located at ).
Unofficial copies of all transcripts and/or coursework of your academic degrees
A minimum of 3 reference rating forms (located at ) from your professional/academic references. Reference forms will be kept on file for 1 year and will be automatically used with any of our extension agent positions you apply for during that time.
Reference rating forms and unofficial transcripts not submitted at the time of application should be submitted/postmarked by the next business day after the position’s closing date. They may be submitted to:

Ms. Dana LeCuyer
UF IFAS Human Resources
Faculty Recruitment and Hiring
P O Box 110281
Gainesville, FL 32611-0281

Fax: (352) 392-3226

Selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered "official" if a designation of "Issued to Student" is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’s Sunshine Law.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. The University and greater Gainesville community enjoy a diversity of cultural events, restaurants, year-round outdoor recreational activities, and social opportunities.


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    The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

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Contact Information

  • Ms. Dana LeCuyer
    UF/IFAS Extension
    University of Florida
    PO Box 110281
    Gainesville, FL 32611
  • 13523923226
  • 3523923226


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