(This is a grant-funded, non-tenure track position. Initial funding is available through 9-30-2020. Funding must be available for any continuation of appointment.)
Work Location: Concordia and Catahoula parishes. The domicile location is Concordia Parish, Vidalia, LA. The area to be served is Concordia and Catahoula parishes which are located in northeast Louisiana.
Position Description: The Assistant/Associate/Extension Agent (Family and Consumer Sciences) will serve as the SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) agent and will work under the supervision and direction of the Parish Chair, Regional Director, FCS Regional Coordinator and State SNAP-Ed state office. The agent will provide primary leadership (80%) in planning, implementing, evaluating and reporting nutrition educational programming for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients and other low-income families in the two parish area. This individual will also have Family and Consumer Sciences responsibilities (20%) with general AgCenter clientele in the parishes and will be responsible for reporting, in addition to following deadlines, for any other local or state reporting called upon to complete.
The agent will organize a nutrition advisory committee involving stakeholders, volunteers, and other health professionals to identify the most critical needs in the communities served as well as programs to address those needs. The individual must be willing to maintain professional competence as a faculty member of the LSU AgCenter and pursue an appropriate area of specialization. The agent is expected to perform other tasks as assigned by supervisor(s). Coordination and collaboration with other LSU AgCenter Research and Extension faculty will be essential. In order to attend and conduct programming to meet the needs of clientele, this position requires overnight travel and work on evenings and weekends.
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.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. Knowledge of program planning, development, implementation, and evaluation is desired. Experience in recruiting, training and supervising volunteers and paraprofessionals 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. Successful candidates will exemplify a positive attitude and a passion to improve the lives of others.
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: October 17, 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 including a statement of professional interest and goals, university transcripts, and two letters of reference. 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. Melissa Cater, Regional Director
212-B Macon Ridge Road
Winnsboro, LA. 71295
Web site: www.lsuagcenter.com