University of Florida: College of Agricultural and Life Sciences: 60350000 – AG-COUNTY OPERATIONS: 60351032 – AG-JACKSON
Nov 6, 2019
Dec 4, 2019 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 Jackson County seek to fill a 12-month, permanent status accruing Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent position. The agent will provide leadership for development, implementation, teaching, evaluation, and reporting accomplishments of a comprehensive program in cooperation with local citizens and county/state Extension colleagues.
The agent will:
Provide leadership and educational expertise in the area of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Provide educational programs that may include housing, financial and money management, family development, nutrition and wellness, food safety, and sustainable community development.
Plan, teach, evaluate, and report accomplishments of educational programs centered on community development, economic development, and families.
Serve as part of a team of extension faculty assisting in planning, teaching, evaluating, and reporting accomplishments of educational programs district-wide.
Develop strategies to deliver, articulate, and communicate complex issues to diverse audiences, including use of volunteers, traditional and new technologies of education.
Secure external funding to support specific programming in the form of public or private grants and contracts.
Follow all University of Florida and Jackson County policies and procedures.
Assume other assignments and responsibilities in support of the total extension program as assigned by the County Extension Director and District Extension Director.
The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to work with community agencies and groups in collaborations and partnerships; work with and enhance strong advisory committees and develop good media relations; design, implement, and evaluate community based educational programs based on needs assessment with input from community members; work cooperatively as a leader and team member; and work independently with minimal supervision.
Jackson County is centrally located in the panhandle of Northwest Florida. Jackson County has a rural population of 50,000. The Extension office is located in Marianna, the county seat of Jackson County. Jackson is the only Florida county that borders both Alabama and Georgia. Currently five faculty members, four support staff, and one program assistant make up the UF/IFAS Extension – Jackson County team. The Jackson County Extension office is located in the Jackson County Agriculture Office Complex.
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.
Candidates will be reviewed as applications are received, but please be aware that interviews might not be scheduled until 4 to 6 weeks after the position closing date.
The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in family and consumer sciences, education, community development/sociology, or a related field. If hired solely with a bachelor’s degree, we want you to continue 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.
Candidates must demonstrate knowledge and experience in the use and application of information technology for teaching and communication. In addition, the agent must possess good verbal and written communication skills; have qualities of resourcefulness, creativity, enthusiasm and innovativeness; and have good organizational development and management skills.
Extension Agents are UF/IFAS faculty members; implicit in this position is the need to work outside of normal business hours. Therefore, the candidate must be flexible with their time and must be willing to work irregular hours, including evenings and weekends and occasional overnight travel.
The candidate must be able to obtain a Florida Driver’s license and must be willing to travel using personal transportation. Jackson County residency is preferred, as the agent is expected to be an active member of the community. The successful candidate may be required to pass a county physical, criminal background check, and drug test.
A master’s degree is preferred. Previous experience with family and consumer science extension programs and experience as an extension agent are desirable. Expertise in getting groups to work together for a higher goal, managing competing priorities, and adaptability to handle unexpected situations is a plus for this role. Experience working in multicultural settings and coursework/training on multicultural topics are highly desirable. You should be an effective written and verbal communicator, feel comfortable presenting in front of small and large crowds, be able to establish solid partnerships, and find innovative ways to attract new audiences and volunteers.
Apply at http://apply.interfolio.com/71151 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 http://personnel.ifas.ufl.edu/prev_employment.pdf ).
Unofficial copies of all transcripts and/or coursework of your academic degrees
A minimum of 3 reference rating forms (located at http://personnel.ifas.ufl.edu/ref_form.pdf ) 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.