Responsible for providing leadership in the development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive education program in agriculture and natural resources, community leadership development, and 4-H youth development. The Extension Agent serves as a member of a statewide team to determine effective programming priorities and delivery methods. All Extension Agents will be responsible for 4-H and community resource development activities.
Salary Grade: 14
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This position is based in Kiln, MS at the Hancock County Extension Office.
Area of Specialization:
Agriculture/ 4-H Youth Development
Anticipated Appointment Date:
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
The Extension Agent will identify and organize information regarding clientele needs and assess the relevance, significance and timeliness of identified needs in the consultation with the County Extension Coordinator; develop an annual plan of work and measurable goals in collaboration with appropriate statewide priority program group and the County Extension Coordinator that adequately address identified needs, determine priorities, levels of effort and scheduling to allow attainment of program goals; implement program plan; and evaluate program content, methods and activities for program effectiveness and impact. The Extension Agent will support the County Extension Coordinator and adjacent Extension Agents in the assigned area to assure programming responds to local needs and to participate in county data reporting, including accountability reports to stakeholders; demonstrate sensitivity to key social, economic and public issues; develop excellent relationships with educational, regulatory, and service organizations whose missions are relevant to the goals of Extension; and actively participate in local and state professional and civic organizations. Agent will also be expected to work in Agriculture and Natural Resources, Community Resource Development, and the 4-H Youth Development area.
The Extension Agent will support 4-H clubs in Hancock County toward the achievement of increased participation and strengthened 4-H programs. The Extension Agent will identify, recruit, and train local volunteer leaders to enable them to effectively perform their duties while serving on committees, clubs and/or organizations. The Extension Agent will follow system and agency guidance to ensure participant safety in camps and programs for minors and work with others to ensure a safe environment for participants in camps/programs for minors. The Extension Agent will be expected to work in the community resource development area as it relates to 4-H. The Extension Agent will be expected to actively engage in Extension Coastal Region 4-H programs hosted in Hancock County.
Applicants must have an earned bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Natural Resources, Environmental Sciences, or a field of study determined by Extension Administration to be closely related, from an accredited institution of higher learning. Applicants, without a master’s degree, must have a 2.75 GPA on the last 60 hours of college coursework on a 4.0 scale. Applicants (without a master's degree) must agree to complete a master’s degree within five (5) academic years of employment. Applicant must maintain a valid driver’s license.
You will be expected to establish and maintain your permanent residence in Hancock County or closely adjacent Mississippi county within 6 months of employment unless otherwise approved by the Extension Director and the Hancock County Board of Supervisors.
An offer of employment is also contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background screen.
Rank and salary will be commensurate with level of qualification.
Master of Science Degree
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Applicants should have the ability to work within a team environment, exhibit strong self-motivation, and be task-oriented. Experience with the Microsoft Office package (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) will be expected. The applicant must have good verbal communication skills to interact effectively with faculty, Extension staff, clientele, and the general public.
Working Conditions and Physical Effort
• Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
• No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
• No or very limited physical effort required.
Instructions for Applying:
Link to apply: http://explore.msujobs.msstate.edu/
Must complete online application; submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and a current unofficial transcript. Please note that any social security number included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online and that official transcripts will be requested of finalists.
December 14, 2022 until filled.
Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.
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