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Extension Agent, ANR, Essex County

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Extension Agent, ANR, Essex County
Faculty Rank: Lecturer
Role Title: Professional Faculty
Posting Number: AP0180096
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 provide Extension services to multiple locations in the Middle Peninsula, but will be housed in Essex County.

The rural county of Essex (population of 11,130) is located in Virginia’s Middle Peninsula, approximately 100 miles south of D.C. and 95 miles north of Norfolk. Essex is a small rural county encompassing approximately 261 square miles. There are 98 farms located in Essex, accounting for more than 37,000 acres of cropland.

This position requires basic knowledge of soil science; integrated pest management, including plant physiology, pathology, weed science, and pesticide management; post-harvest management; economics and marketing; production of specific commodities; water quality; biotechnology developments; and field plot research.

The Extension Agent provides current research-based information to citizens by employing various delivery methods targeted to diverse audiences; work closely with producers, agri-business, community leaders, Extension Leadership Councils and appropriate agents and specialists to identify and prioritize issues, problems and opportunities; uses farm and business visits as a means to remain knowledgeable of specific locals needs and problems related to agricultural production, marketing, and environmental protection; fosters communication among agricultural producers, marketers, processors and consumers; maintains a high level of proficiency in subject matter field by participating in in-service training and professional activities; works closely with citizens and local, state, and federal officials to aid Virginia in preparing and responding to natural or other emergencies and disasters, assist producers with understanding the forces that create opportunities for collaborative marketing efforts, partner and provide technical assistance to various producer organizations, collaborate with county, state, and federal departments and agencies to support the goals of agricultural producers, work with Farmer’s Market vendors to develop a larger market presence in the community. Extension agents demonstrate flexibility, adaptability; a team-oriented mindset, yet are able to work independently, and; strong desire to help clients succeed. Extension Agents recognize 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:

A 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:

Frequent travel is required. Must provide own transportation on a regular basis.

Note: Individuals with a bachelor’s degree 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.

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 AP0180096.

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, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, 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 on 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 AP0180096.

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, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, 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 on 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: Southeast District Coop. Extension
Location, if not Blacksburg: Essex County
Location Zip Code: 22560
Work Schedule: Regular A/P Faculty Work Schedule
Job Posting Date: 03/30/2018
Review Begin Date: 04/20/2018
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/85276

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Required Documents

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