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Extension Agent, FCS, Pulaski/Giles County

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Extension Agent, FCS, Pulaski/Giles County
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Professional Faculty
Posting Number: AP0170303
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

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.

Required Qualifications:

-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.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree is preferred.

Employment Conditions: Must have an acceptable and safe driving record, Other (Describe Below)
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:

Must provide own transportation on a regular basis.

Employment Comments:

Individuals will be hired at the Associate Extension Agent title level. A master’s degree and promotion to Extension Agent are required no later than the sixth year of employment.

Virginia Tech has an excellent benefits package, including graduate tuition waiver.

Contact information:
Linda Alumbaugh
Human Resources Assistant
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
Virginia Tech
120 Hutcheson Hall (0437)
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Apply electronically online to: https://jobs.vt.edu, posting #AP0170303. In addition to the faculty online application, applicants are required to submit by attachment a cover letter, resume, and reference contact information of three individuals (name, telephone number and email address). (TIP: Have these documents ready to attach at the time you submit your faculty application; the system will not allow you to enter a second time for any position).

Inquiries should be directed to:
Phone 540-231-3451 FAX 540-231-5545
Internet: extpers@vt.edu

Refer to VCE website: www.ext.vt.edu for full ad, position description, and information on available positions.

Extension agents demonstrate flexibility, adaptability; team-oriented mindset, yet are able to work independently, and; strong desire to help clients succeed. 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.

Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

How to Apply for this Job:

Apply electronically online to: https://jobs.vt.edu, posting #AP0170303.

In addition to the faculty online application, applicants are required to submit by attachment a cover letter, complete resume, and reference contact information of three individuals (name, telephone number and email address). (TIP: Have these documents ready to attach at the time you submit your faculty application; the system will not allow you to enter a second time for any position).

Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
If restricted or temporary, enter end date:
FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
If part time, enter Percent Time:
Pay Range: Commensurate with Education/Experience
Location: Other - Virginia
Department: Southwest District Coop. Extension
Location, if not Blacksburg: Pulaski/Giles Counties
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: A/P Faculty Work Schedule
Job Posting Date: 11/27/2017
Review Begin Date: 12/18/2017
Job Close Date:
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

Quick Link: http://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/81795

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
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