(Family Consumer Sciences)
(This is a grant-funded, non-tenure track position. Funding must be available for any continuation of appointment.)
WORK LOCATION: The area to be served is Morehouse and East Carroll Parishes which are located in northeast Louisiana. This position will work with communities within the parish. Morehouse Parish, has a population of approximately 25,600 residents while East Carroll has a population of approximately 7,100 residents. According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings, these parishes rank 61 and 63 out of 64 respectively in regards to health outcomes.
POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Extension Agent (Family and Consumer Sciences) will serve as the Healthy ABC’s (Access, Behavior, and Communities) Program Facilitator and will work under the supervision and direction of the Parish Chairs, Regional Director, FCS Regional Coordinator, and the FCS state office. The agent will work on the Healthy Communities projects in Morehouse and East Carroll Parishes designed to improve the nutrition and health of the community members. The community development project will promote a broad Healthy Communities initiative to increase healthy food access and physical activity in the parish by addressing the food system and built environment. The agent will organize community based advisory committees involving stakeholders, local government, volunteers, other health professionals and community residents to identify the most critical needs in the communities served, strategies to address those needs, ways to overcome community barriers to good nutrition and health for the communities and build community advocacy. Following the identification of those needs identified by the aforementioned advisory committees, the agent will then work with advisory committees and community groups to promote healthy behaviors among the parish. The agent will provide primary leadership in planning, implementing, evaluating and reporting health and nutrition education programming for adult and youth in the parish leading up to and as a result of these efforts. The agent will also work with other agents and educators in the parishes as required. This individual must be willing to maintain professional competence as an extension agent of the LSU AgCenter. The agent is expected to perform other tasks as assigned by supervisor(s). Coordination and collaboration with other LSU AgCenter Extension faculty and SU Ag Center staff will be essential. In order to attend and conduct programming to meet the needs of clientele, this position may require overnight travel and work on evenings and weekends.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A baccalaureate degree in community development and planning, city and regional planning, humanities, social sciences, social work, community nutrition, public relations, human foods and nutrition, family and consumer sciences, dietetics, or other qualifying degree from an accredited college or university is required. Degrees in other fields that relate to the duties of the position may be considered if combined with directly related experience. This applicant must demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills. Applicant must have knowledge of community organizing. Two years of experience is desired in recruiting, training and supervising volunteers and paraprofessionals and experience in teaching and applying principles of leadership development to both youth and adults is also desired. Knowledge of public relations, food systems, walkability, a familiarity of the cultures within the parishes assigned and the ability to cope with change are highly desirable characteristics. Ability to work with and through others is essential, as is the ability to function with minimum supervision. Successful candidates will exemplify a positive attitude and a passion to improve the lives of others.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: A personal automobile and appropriate insurance coverage is required (travel allowance provided). Some work on evenings and weekends should be expected. A cell phone is required.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 1, 2018 or until suitable candidate is located.
DATE AVAILABLE: Upon completion of interview process.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Must apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter with resume, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. For more information:
Dr. Melissa Cater
212 Macon Ridge Rd.
Winnsboro, LA 71295
Web site: www.lsuagcenter.com