POSITION X1758 Extension Specialist I, InformationalTechnology and Communications
LOCATION Family and Consumer Sciences Department, UTExtension, Institute of Agriculture, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salary is commensurate with training andexperience. Benefits include group hospitalization and life insurance; StateEmployees Retirement; Workers' Compensation; study, sick and annual leave;numerous University of Tennessee and state benefit programs, including liberaltime off for holidays.
This position supports the efforts of Familyand Consumer Sciences (FCS), by functioning as a lead to design, develop andimplement a comprehensive information technology (IT) and communicationsstrategy. This strategy will include, but is not limited to, maintaining ahigh-quality web presence, developing dynamic social media outlets, discoveringnew technologies, and designing compelling print materials to support programand department needs. Additionally, this position provides support for existingIT endeavors and print communication efforts while exploring new technologiesor concepts to implement into Extension program areas.
Specific areas ofresponsibility include, but are not limited to:
Designingand maintaining high-quality web and social media interfaces, templates andgraphics in accordance with UTIA branding guidelines, priority messaging andmarketing goals and ensures compatibility with best practices in web andgraphic design, including designing for usability and accessibility.
Responsibilitiesinclude meeting with end-users to assess specific technology needs, provideguidance to match appropriate technology or communication tool with expressedneed, develop or facilitate the development of tool and provide follow-upsupport.
Analyzingdepartment or program technology needs, conceptualizing required processes,managing the stages of development, testing, troubleshooting, overseeing issueresolution, and insuring the delivery of the solution within an establishedtimeframe.
Analyzingthe department or program communication needs, conceptualizing requiredproduction steps, managing the stages of creation, proofing, refining,overseeing issue resolution, and insuring the delivery of the product within anestablished timeframe.
Keepingthe department up-to-date on emerging technologies or communication trends andexploring new ways of leveraging existing tools to support the mission andadvance goals of FCS faculty and staff.
Developingeffective teaching tools such as publications, fact sheets, presentations,worksheets, web-based tools and other creative tools to enhance the deliveryand understanding of information to support technology adoption or supportdepartment programs.
Developing,delivering and facilitating learning opportunities to faculty and staff relatedto existing or new technology.
Collaboratingwith the Extension content management team, develop a sustainable website andsocial media strategy to reach existing and new audiences.
Developingand maintaining working relationships with UTIA Information Technology Servicesand other Institute technology professionals.
Developingand maintaining relationships and collaborate with IT and communicationprofessionals across the University, as well as external stakeholders insupport of the department's missions.
Stayinformed on current and emerging trends through active professionalcollaborations and development activities.
About University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture
The Institute’s four major units are the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch and UT Extension. The Institute contributes to improving the quality of lives and enhancing the agricultural, economic, environmental and social well-being of Tennessee. Our clientele include students, families, farmers, 4-Hers, agribusiness and the general public.