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This position will cover both Pulaski and Giles counties. This person will be housed in Pulaski County, but time will be split equally with Giles County. Pulaski County is located in Southwestern Virginia in the heart of the New River Valley, Pulaski is part of the Blacksburg/Christiansburg-Radford Metropolitan statistical area. It is located on Interstate 81 approximately an hour southwest of Roanoke, Census data from 2010 indicated a population of 34,872. Pulaski County is in lose proximity to Virginia Tech, Radford University and New River Community College. Pulaski County is home to five elementary schools, two middles schools, and one high school. Pulaski County offers an abundance of recreational activities.
Virginia Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Science programs view the family unit as the cornerstone of a healthy society. Family and Consumer Science (FCS) agent positions require a service mentality as well as process and subject matter expertise to plan, implement and evaluate research-based educational programs for diverse audiences. The FCS agent plans, delivers and evaluates research-based educational programs that are tied to community needs and directed towards families and individuals. The position requires a service mentality and a balance between process skills and subject matter expertise.
Specialty Areas include: Nutrition/Wellness Family and Human Development
Responsibilities: Determine program needs by monitoring trends and issues, involving extension Leadership Councils and other leadership committees; develop and deliver objective and research-based educational programs to meet the needs of diverse audiences; partner and collaborate with the needs of diverse audiences; partner and collaborate with Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) agents, agencies, non-profit and other organizations that may have the resources to meet the educational needs of local residents; use appropriate technologies to plan, deliver educational programs through workshops, seminars, conferences, one-on-one visits, field trips and tours; develop and implement evaluation plans; recruit and involve volunteers; report impacts, outcomes to clientele, public, administration and other key stakeholders.
Extension agents recognizes the importance of diversity and inclusion in the development and delivery of Extension programs, actively work to diversify program participation and are responsible for VCE’s civil rights policies and compliance with affirmative action.
-Agent faculty positions require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) in a relevant discipline from an accredited college or university. A master’s degree and promotion to Extension Agent are required no later than the sixth year of employment. -Demonstrated ability to recruit, select, train and manage volunteers; -Demonstrated ability to lead groups, plan, implement, facilitate, teach, and evaluate educational information programs; -Knowledge and use of computer technology in educational programming and management and presentation skills; -Excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively with low income, limited resource and minority audiences; -Ability to work with minimal supervision in an unstructured setting. -Extension agents demonstrate flexibility, adaptability; a team-oriented mindset, yet are able to work independently, and strong desire to help clients succeed.
Master’s degree is preferred.
Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Percent Employment: Full-time
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