POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
Work Location: Central, Northeast and Northwest Regions of Louisiana. The domicile location is the Rapides Parish Extension office in the Central Region.
Position Description: This position will provide leadership and support for physical activity and Activity-Friendly Routes to Everyday Destinations in the North Region of the state. Activity-friendly routes enable community members to walk or bike to places like the grocery store, farmers market, schools, parks, libraries, and prioritize ADA accessibility, including downtowns. The Assistant/Associate Extension Agent will work under the supervision and direction of the Central Region Director, as well as the state Physical Activity and Connectivity Specialist. This regional PA/built environment/connectivity specialist will facilitate community engagement, lead walk audits, facilitate Complete Streets demonstration projects, help communities identify appropriate external funding opportunities, and help city and parish leadership navigate state processes to improve community walkability, parks, and park accessibility (i.e. Transportation Alternatives Program funding). The regional PA specialist will also develop and market educational programs or workshops for agents and other stakeholder groups as warranted.
This individual must be willing to maintain professional competence as a faculty member of the LSU AgCenter. Coordination and collaboration with other LSU AgCenter Extension faculty as well as the Department of Transportation and Development staff will be essential. This position may require overnight travel and work on evenings and weekends. The incumbent is expected to be computer literate and able to use mobile devices such as iPads as teaching tools. The incumbent is expected to complete an annual plan of work with teaching objectives and perform other tasks that may be assigned by supervisor(s). This individual will be responsible for reporting, in addition to following deadlines, for any other local or state reporting called upon to complete. Employee must maintain an extensive record keeping system which involves evaluation of knowledge, skills, and behavior change for accountability purposes. This individual will be responsible for reporting, in addition to following deadlines, for any other local or state reporting called upon to complete. The agent is expected to perform other tasks as assigned by supervisor(s).
Qualification Requirements: A B.S. degree in public health, kinesiology, parks and recreation, economic development, sociology, public administration, public planning, landscape architecture, or closely related field from an accredited college or university is strongly required, a M.S. degree in these fields is preferred. 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 with an overall grade-point average of at least 3.0 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. Applicant must have knowledge of program planning, development, implementation, and evaluation. 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. Successful candidates will exemplify a positive attitude and a passion to improve the lives of others. Supervisory experience is preferred.
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, appropriate insurance coverage, and a cellular phone is required (travel allowance provided). Satisfactory completion of two specific graduate level extension courses is generally required in the first two years of employment. Additionally, a faculty member must complete a minimum of 15 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 selection process.
Application Deadline: June 30, 2023 or until a suitable candidate is identified
Application Procedure: Qualified candidates must apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching file(s) containing a letter of application, resume, university transcripts, two letters of reference, and a statement describing how diversity would figure into your 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.) In lieu of attaching the letters of reference, they may be sent directly to:
Dr. Daniel Stephenson
Assistant Director Central Region
LSU Agricultural Center
Alexandria, LA 710302
Phone: 318-557-9501; Fax: (318) 427-6535
Web site: www.lsuagcenter.com
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, 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.
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.