Primary Purpose of Position
The FCS Extension Agent will be located in Brunswick County and will be responsible for planning, executing and evaluating effective and comprehensive family and consumer sciences programs that meet the needs of the county’s limited resource population and align with the mission and vision of Cooperative Extension at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Programs include non-formal education and training in human development, resource management, and supplemental nutrition assistance with targeted audiences. The extension agent collaborates with county and community based organizations to deliver programs and recruit program participants; determines program needs and priorities by conducting needs assessments; and evaluates data collected from multiple sources including advisory committee members, county residents and program participants. Program priorities in Brunswick County include childhood and adult obesity; chronic diseases with nutrition and lifestyle related risk factors (i.e. diabetes, cardiovascular disease; cancer); decreasing the health disparities related to race/ethnicity, disability, and socioeconomic status; safe food handling and food preservation; food insecurity and management of food budgets.
Primary Function of Organizational Unit
Cooperative Extension at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is an educational outreach organization within the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Cooperative Extension at A&T provides researched-based educational information, programming and technical assistance to limited-resource audiences that address a diverse range of issues in four programmatic areas – Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, Community and Rural Development, and 4-H Youth Development. Together with its partners – North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, state and county governments, a dynamic and resourceful system is formed. In addition to campus operations, Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T has professionally staffed offices in almost half of the 100 counties in North Carolina and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Bachelor’s degree required by the anticipated date of employment.
Bachelor’s degree must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 overall or a 3.0 in the major field of study (based on a 4.0 scale), or completion of a Master’s degree; a personal automobile and valid driver’s license; computer literacy; strong oral and written communication skills; the ability to plan, implement, market, and evaluate educational programs; willingness to work as a team member and support a total Extension program; and the ability to handle multiple demands and set priorities.
Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education
- Master’s degree in field related to family and consumer sciences as specified above, and two or more years of experience in Extension or family programs.
- Experience planning programs and working in diverse communities.
- Experience working effectively as a team member.
- Ability to manage time and resources.
- Experience and knowledge in mass media, marketing and presentations.
- Skills in leadership, budgeting and public relations