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Extension Program Assistant - Agriculture

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Posting Details

Posting Information

Vacancy Type NC Cooperative Extension
Is Internal Transfer Only No
Job Type Full-Time - Permanent
Time-Limited Appointment Length No
If Yes, Appointment Length
Title Extension Program Assistant/Associate
Working Title Extension Program Assistant - Agriculture
Salary Range
Anticipated Hiring Range Minimum $23,405
Position Number SE-00062272-1117
Work Schedule 8:00AM - 5:00PM with flexibility and occasionally working after hours or weekends as necessary
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.0
Department 117822 - Southeast District - Columbus
Department NCCE-Columbus County Center
Job City & State Whiteville, NC
Primary Function of Organizational Unit

North Carolina Cooperative Extension gives our residents easy access to the resources and expertise of NC State University and NC A&T State University. Through educational programs, publications, and events, Cooperative Extension field faculty deliver unbiased, research-based information to North Carolina citizens.

Columbus County is home to a number of agricultural industries. Located in the Southeastern Coastal Plain of North Carolina, it is the third largest county in land area. Columbus County is famous for its small towns and friendly atmosphere. For more information about Columbus County, visit

Essential Job Duties

The Extension Program Assistant (PA) is a member of the staff of North Carolina State University. The PA in cooperation with the supervising agent has responsibility for planning, executing, and evaluating agriculture programs for Columbus County. The performance of assigned responsibilities is governed by the philosophy, objectives, policies, and procedures of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

Travel within the county is required regularly.

Other Work/Responsibilities

Develops and maintains a comprehensive understanding of the role of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension as an educational agency.

In cooperation with the supervising agent, participates in organizing, planning with, and maintaining effective committees and task forces relevant to areas of program responsibility and consistent with the county Advisory Leadership System.

Under the direction of the supervising agent, develops a plan of work, plan of action, and evaluation of programs if appropriate.

Implements and maintains the Affirmative Action Plan of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

Maintains a high level of competency.

Implements and maintains the marketing plan of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

Minimum Experience/Education

The minimum requirement for employment with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service (NCCES) is a high-school diploma or equivalent. Advanced training in related fields is preferred.

Departmental Required Skills

Computer Literacy; applicant must be proficient with computer technology due to the use of reporting requirements.

Strong oral and written communication skills; applicant should be able to express comments and opinions clearly and concisely in oral and/or written form, as well as the ability to communicate and develop effective working relationships with adults and the general community, and staff.

The ability to plan, implement, market and evaluated educational programs; a willingness to work as part of the team; the ability to handle multiple demands and set priorities; experience in managing adult volunteer leaders and in conducting non-formal group education sessions; and experience teaching or training adult learners.

The ability to work creatively with persons of diverse backgrounds is desirable.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

Bachelor Degree in Agricultural Education or Horticulture is preferred.

Experience working with persons of diverse backgrounds and/or with development, training, and recruitment of volunteers is preferred.

Successful performance of the duties encompassed in the PAs job requires that the individual to possess habits of industry, a sense of responsibility, and a genuine appreciation for the worth of the individual.

The employee should be adept in both verbal and written communication.

Required License or Certification

Valid Drivers License and reliable transportation are required and must be maintained. In order to operate a state vehicle, a valid Driver’s License is required and must be maintained.

Special Instructions
Job Open Date 10/31/2017
Must Be Open Until

Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time.
Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No
Proposed Hire Date

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn about the position?

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Are you available to work nights and weekends as needed?

    (Open Ended Question)

Application Materials Required

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Contact Information for References
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter