Associate Extension Agent, FCS, SNAP-Ed - Shenandoah County
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Job no: 525464
Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: Northwest District Coop. Extension
Location: Woodstock, Virginia
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science
This position will be housed in the Shenandoah County Extension Office. The Extension Agent - FCS, SNAP-Education position is a Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) Family Nutrition Program (FNP) position on restricted funds from SNAP-Ed. Although the position is on restricted funds, the SNAP-Ed grant has been renewed annually since 1996. The Extension Agent will provide overall coordination in planning, developing, and implementing the SNAP-Ed volunteer training program and the policy, systems, environmental change work as part of a community-based program within the assigned area. The agent will also be responsible for development and implementation of programs that will further VCE initiatives; and for building community capacity and forging partnerships in opportunistic areas of improvement for SNAP-eligible individuals and families. The agent position will work to initiate programming across multiple VCE units to include Page, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Frederick, Madison, Orange, Rappahannock, Shenandoah, and Warren Counties. Family and Consumer Science (FCS) agent positions require a service mentality as well as process and subject matter expertise. This position will report directly to the District Director with training, coaching, and input from the Family Nutrition Program Manager - SNAP-Ed Agent Initiative and the Family Nutrition Program Policy, Systems, Environment Program Coordinator.
A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a nutrition/public health-related field from an accredited university or college with the ability to attain a master’s degree. Experience recruiting and managing volunteers and implementing effective volunteer education methodologies. Experience working collaboratively with a wide variety of stakeholders, community organizations, and/or Extension Agents and staff to reach limited-income populations. Experience planning and implementing programs.
Extension agents demonstrate flexibility, adaptability, and a team-oriented mindset; yet are able to work independently and have a 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.
Individuals will be hired at the Associate Extension Agent level. A master’s degree and promotion to Extension Agent are required no later than the sixth year of employment. The person in this position is expected to travel to provide in-person leadership and to build community partnerships with few exceptions for telework.
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Demonstrated experience in leading programs that effectively involve people from different cultural and/or racial, ethnic, socioeconomic backgrounds. Demonstrated experience with large project management. A master’s degree is preferred.
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