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Area Specialized Extension Agent - Grain Crops

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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 Area Specialized Extension Agent
Working Title Area Specialized Extension Agent - Grain Crops
Salary Range
Anticipated Hiring Range Minimum $50,000, with additional compensation considered based on experience and education
Position Number SC-00002368-0218
Work Schedule Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM - Evenings and Weekends as Required
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.00
Department 116101 - County Program Operations
Department Based in South Central District
Job City & State Based in the South Central District
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 agents deliver unbiased, research-based information to North Carolina citizens.

For more information about the North Carolina Cooperative Extension visit our website at https://www.ces.ncsu.edu/

Essential Job Duties

NC State Extension at North Carolina State University is the well-respected leader in providing experiential learning to NC citizens in the areas of agriculture, food, and youth development. The Area Specialized Agent (ASA) is primarily responsible for planning, developing, executing, and evaluating and reporting the impacts of high-quality research-based extension programs in a specific content area over a designated multi-county area. The Area Specialized Agent works collaboratively with county agents and Extension/research faculty from NC State University, as well as industry clients, county leaders, and other partners. The expectations and job performance is governed by the philosophy, objectives, policies and procedures of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. The Area Specialized Agent is eligible to be a member of the field faculty (non-tenure track) of North Carolina State University.

The ASA positions reflect a blend of specialist and agent responsibilities. As such, they will be accountable to the Department Head (or their designate) in the applicable campus academic department(s) and a District Extension Director selected by the Director of County Operations. They are expected to provide leadership to and to participate on program teams, and to partner with industry, other government agencies, and clientele groups in developing and delivering high-quality outreach programs.

Other Work/Responsibilities

The ASA position will:
• Plan, develop, deliver and evaluate a comprehensive educational program in the specialized subject matter topic, which incorporates emerging and advanced technologies for grain crops (predominantly corn, soybeans, sorghum, and small grains) in South Central North Carolina;
• Plan, develop, deliver and evaluate organized educational events (in-person/online workshops, conferences, seminars, short courses etc.) and materials (fact sheets, publications, etc.) as needed for large-scale, commercial audiences;
• Collaborate with specialists, other agencies, businesses and organizations to enhance the content and delivery of advanced field crop programming and technical service to commercial growers;
• Establish a programmatic advisory council and solicit input from clientele;
• Establish themselves as an expert resource and point-of-contact for advanced clientele, area Extension Centers, industry-related businesses and governmental or non-profit agencies;
• Work cooperatively to facilitate area Extension programs for Extension agents and clientele to enhance research and knowledge transfer within the area;
• Collaborate with Extension/research faculty and specialists to conduct research and demonstrations and to facilitate research information transfer to the industry and interested citizens;
• Report and evaluate area-wide programs and impacts.

Minimum Experience/Education

The minimum requirement for employment as an Area Specialized Agent (ASA) with North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service is either (i) a Master’s degree in an area related to the agent’s assigned specialized responsibility and a minimum of three (3) years of Extension or education-related or industry-related experience in the relevant field, or (ii) a Bachelor’s degree in an area related to the assigned specialized responsibility and a minimum of seven (7) years of Extension, education-related or industry-related experience in the area of specialization.

Candidates shall also have demonstrated skills and abilities in program development and evaluation, and subject matter expertise in the area of specialization. Preference for research experience, including the ability or demonstrated experience in facilitating field research in the area of specialization, as well as history of successfully obtaining or capacity to obtain grant funds to support research and extension work in the area of specialization.

Candidates must have proven personal effectiveness skills, including excellent interpersonal communication, team building, and problem solving skills and the ability to provide leadership to an educational program area by working successfully with agents and professors/specialists as well as industry clients in their subject matter area.

Ability to work extra hours and weekends is required.

Person must provide their own dependable, personal vehicle and have the ability to travel independently in the assigned geographical area.

Departmental Required Skills

The successful candidate must have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to:
• Handle multiple work demands and identify priorities;
• Work independently with little supervision, while simultaneously being connected with the program team, campus specialists and county offices being served;
• Plan, develop, deliver and evaluate research-based educational programs;
• Function as a team player in support of a total Extension program through interdisciplinary efforts with Extension specialists, local staff, customers and volunteers;
• Demonstrate good and positive public and personal relationship skills;
• Perform at high levels in both public and interpersonal communications;
• Pursue and secure grants, gifts, or contracts to support their program;
• Use current technology in developing and delivering programs and technical service.
• Provide dependable, personal vehicle and have the ability to travel independently in the assigned geographical area. Frequent travel is required and will include some overnight travel.
• Possess high degree of subject matter competency and stay current on new and trending developments within their specialization.
• Be a self-starter and self-directed.
• Have the willingness and ability to work extra hours and weekends as required.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

Candidates shall also have demonstrated skills and abilities in program development and evaluation, and subject matter expertise in grain crops. Preference for research experience, including the ability or demonstrated experience in facilitating field research in grain crops, as well as history of successfully obtaining or capacity to obtain grant funds to support research and extension work in the area of specialization.

Candidates must have proven personal effectiveness skills, including excellent interpersonal communication, team building, and problem solving skills and the ability to provide leadership to an educational program area by working successfully with agents and professors/specialists as well as industry clients in their subject matter area.

Social media and program marketing experience through mass media is desirable.

Experience in field research.

Required License or Certification

Valid Driver’s License and reliable, personal transportation required. Valid North Carolina driver’s license is required within 60 days of hire and must be maintained.

Special Instructions
Job Open Date 02/06/2018
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.
02/20/2018
Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No
Proposed Hire Date
AA/EOE

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 www.wes.org. 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 of this opportunity?
    • NCSU Website
    • NCSU Executive Search Services
    • Monster.com
    • CareerBuilder.com
    • InsideHigherEd.com
    • HigherEdJobs.com
    • Other Online Job Board
    • Carolina Job Finder / Employment Guide
    • Job / Career Fair
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Professional Journal
    • Print Advertisement (Newspaper / Periodical)
    • Professional Organization
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
    • Direct Contact from NCSU HR Representative / Recruiter
    • NCSU Employee Referral
    • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Other)
    • Other
  2. * If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.

    (Open Ended Question)

Application Materials Required

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