Assistant/Associate Agent and/or Regional Coordinator
(Family Consumer Sciences)
Nature of Work: The AgCenter seeks to fill two roles: FCS (Nutrition) Regional Coordinator for the Northwest Region and FCS Extension Agent for parishes in that area. Both internal and external candidates are welcome to apply. Applicants may be considered for the agent role only, or if they possess sufficient experience and interest, they may also be considered for the Coordinator role.
Work Location: The area to be served is the Northwest Region, which consists of 12 parishes in northwestern Louisiana; Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto Jackson, Lincoln, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine, Webster, and Winn. The population in the region is approximately 630,000. The goals of the Family Consumer Science program include increasing knowledge of healthy eating, wellness, and food safety; strengthening the partnerships with local agencies and organizations; and expanding volunteer involvement to increase contacts.
Position Description: The FCS (Nutrition) Regional Coordinator will have a 40% administrative assignment and a 60% programmatic assignment. The Coordinator will serve as part of the regional administrative team. The Coordinator will report to the Regional Director. The Associate Vice President and Program Leader for Family Consumer Sciences provides overall programmatic guidance in the area of Nutrition and works closely with all FCS Regional Coordinators. The Coordinator will provide overall programmatic leadership for nutrition in the region, which includes assisting agents with maintaining a functioning advisory, developing a plan of work, collaborating with other agencies, identifying and coordinating volunteers, and utilizing effective teaching methods. The nonadminstrative assignment will involve delivery of nutrition and food safety educational programs in general nutrition and/or the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed). The FCS Extension Agent is responsible for working with program advisory committees to identify local nutrition needs, to develop programs that respond to those needs, and to assess the impacts of the programs. The identification, recruitment, training, and support of volunteers are essential for an effective extension programming. As an Extension employee, the agent must be willing to continue professional development and remain current with nutrition research and its application to programming. The incumbent is expected to perform other tasks that may be assigned by supervisor(s) and work cooperatively with other Extension faculty at the parish, district, and state levels.
Qualification Requirements: A baccalaureate degree is required. A B.S. degree in community nutrition, human foods and nutrition, family and consumer sciences, dietetics or closely related field is preferred. A registered dietician with community experience is preferred. A master’s degree in a field listed above is desired. 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 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. Experience in recruiting, training and supervising volunteers and experience in teaching and applying principles of leadership development to both youth and adults is also desired. 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. The successful candidate will exemplify a positive attitude and a passion to improve the lives of others. Some overnight, weekend and evening work may be required.
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.
Conditions of Employment: A personal automobile and appropriate insurance coverage is required (travel allowance provided). Satisfactory completion of two specific graduate level extension courses (6 credit hours) is generally required in the first two years of employment. Additionally, a faculty member who does not have a related master’s degree must complete an additional 9 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. An exception is that additional agent experience may be substituted for nine hours of coursework, but not for the two required courses.
Application Deadline: November 22, 2019 or until a suitable candidate is identified.
Application Procedure: Apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or in Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter with resume, university transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. 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. Patrick D. Colyer, Regional Director
Red River Research Station
262 Research Station Drive
Bossier City, La. 71112
Phone: (318) 741-7430; Fax: (318) 741-7433
Web site: www.lsuagcenter.com