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Extension Agent - FCS - Blaine County

Company: Montana State University
Location: Bozeman
Posted on: September 1, 2019

Job Description:

Position Details Position Information Announcement Number FAC - VA - 19086 For questions regarding this position, please contact: Larry Brence ************ or ******************* Classification Title Working Title Extension Agent - FCS - Blaine County Brief Position Overview The primary focus for the agent in this full-time position will be to provide leadership and educational programming in the disciplines of 4-H Youth Development and Family/Consumer Sciences. The Blaine County Extension Office is staffed by one other Extension Agent (Agriculture and Natural Resources), one full-time administrative assistant and a part-time SNAP-Ed (nutrition education) program assistant. Faculty Tenure Track No Faculty Rank Up to Assistant Professor Position Number 4B5072 Department Extension 4-H Division Extension Appointment Type Faculty Contract Term Fiscal Year Semester If other, specify From date If other, specify End date Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining FTE 1.0 Benefits Eligible Eligible Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications Contract Type LOA If other, please specify Recruitment Type Open Position Details General Statement This position is located in Chinook, MT. Blaine County is located in north central Montana, and the county borders Canada. Blaine County has an area of 4,500 square miles with an average of 1.7 persons per square mile. The county population is 7,000, with the largest population centers in Chinook, Harlem and Turner. Based on an agricultural economy, Blaine County also relies on oil, gas, tourism and education as primary sources of employment. Hunting, fishing, rodeo, softball and bowling are popular forms of recreation. The Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument is located along the southern border of the county. Bear Paw Battlefield National Park is located 15 miles south of Chinook and the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation lies in the eastern third of the county. Complete school systems are located in the communities of Chinook, Harlem and Turner. Montana State University-Northern and the Northern Montana Medical Center are located in Havre, 21 miles west of Chinook. The Blaine County 4-H program has 180 youth members and 56 adult leaders in 9 organized clubs. General Position Responsibilities: The primary focus for the agent in this full time position will be to provide leadership and educational programming in the disciplines of 4-H Youth Development and Family/Consumer Sciences. The Blaine County Extension Office is staffed by one other Extension Agent (Agriculture and Natural Resources), one full-time administrative assistant and a part-time SNAP-Ed (nutrition education) program assistant. We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, possess effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to contribute positively to the academic success of the students and the mission of Montana State University. Duties and Responsibilities - Plan, implement, facilitate and evaluate 4-H youth development programs that include youth competitive events teams, teen leadership training and volunteer leader recruitment and training. Work in cooperation with the 4-H Council, its subcommittees, MSU Extension Agents, groups and individuals as needed. - Plan, implement, facilitate and evaluate an educational Family and Consumer Sciences program with emphases on nutrition and food safety, health and wellness, stress management and healthy lifestyles. - Involve local citizens and community organizations in identifying needs and priorities, targeting new audiences, and developing and implementing appropriate and responsive educational programming. - Build and maintain coalitions with community boards and organizations. - As requested, cooperate with the Fort Belknap Reservation Extension Agents to conduct family and consumer sciences educational programming. - Supervise the Blaine County SNAP-Ed nutrition program assistant. - Share responsibility with other Extension staff in implementing and maintaining a balanced, interdisciplinary Extension program. - Utilize all available media sources, including print and electronic versions of newsletters, electronic mail, the internet and other advancing technology, to communicate with MSU Extension staff and others, and to provide information to clientele. - Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies. - Comply with all Extension federal, state, university and county reporting requirements. - This position, at times, requires night and weekend work. The position also involves extensive reading, frequent travel throughout the county, occasional travel throughout the state of Montana, and travel to and from programs. In addition, this position requires using a variety of teaching methods, and handling and operating a variety of demonstration and educational equipment. - We hope to attract applicants who can teach in a diverse University community and have demonstrated ability in helping students from diverse backgrounds succeed. Required Qualifications - Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills - Bachelor's Degree in related field - Demonstrated experience to lead groups and to develop, organize, plan, teach and evaluate educational programs. - Computer literacy as demonstrated by evidence of computer use in program development, delivery and/or management. - Demonstrated experience to work collaboratively and effectively with individuals, groups and community organizations. - Demonstrated experience to work with a wide variety of adult and youth audiences. Preferred Qualifications - Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills - Master's Degree - At least one degree (either Bachelor's or Master's degree) in Family and Consumer Sciences or closely related field. - Experience and/or training in the area of Family and Consumer Sciences. - Experience in volunteer management - Extension experience. The Successful Candidate Will - Possess excellent human relations skills. - The ability to work effectively with other staff members. - Evidence of good judgment. - Flexibility and innovativeness in order to respond to the changing needs of the people in Blaine County. - The ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. - Demonstrated ability to work with little or no supervision. - Familiarity with different socio-economic audiences, an interest in working with people from diverse backgrounds, and a commitment to the principles of diversity. Position Special Requirements/Additional Information This position, if filled at the Master's degree level, will be tenure-track. A successful candidate without a Master's degree will be required to complete their Master's degree, in a program area relevant to their Extension position, within six (6) years of their start date. Failure to do so may result in termination. Must possess currently or be eligible to obtain a valid State of Montana Driver's license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points), or have other reliable means of transportation. Must have access to a vehicle to use for work (mileage will be reimbursed), and have minimum vehicle liability insurance. Do NOT send a copy of the driver's license. This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University's rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. Physical Demands Position requires frequent night and weekend work, extensive reading, frequent travel throughout the county, and occasional travel throughout the state of Montana. Position also requires using a variety of teaching methods and operating a variety of demonstration and educational equipment. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. The Program The Department MSU Extension improves the lives of Montana citizens by providing unbiased research-based education and information that integrates learning, discovery and engagement to strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of individuals, families, and communities. The College Posting Detail Information Number of Vacancies 1 Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search. Position End Date (if temporary) Open Date Close Date Applications will be: Screening of applications will begin on July 12, 2019; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established. Special Instructions Please note for this position Five (5) references have been requested. Diversity Statement Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples. Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University's mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged. Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant's ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee's ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box ******, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; ************; *********************** . In compliance with the Montana Veteran's Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran's preference please complete the veteran's preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile. MSU's Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: ******************************************* .

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