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Extension Agent, Ag

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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 Agent, Ag
Working Title Extension Agent, Ag
Salary Range
Anticipated Hiring Range Minimum Bachelor's $35,000; Minimum Master's $40,000; Minimum Doctorate $45,000 Commensurate with experience.
Position Number SC-00002272-0218
Work Schedule 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday, Evenings and Weekends as needed
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.00
Department 117636 - South Central District- Union
Department NCCES - Union County
Job City & State Monroe, 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.

Union County is located in central North Carolina, bordering SC, and has a population of 222,742. With close proximity to Charlotte, there is a large urban presence in the western half of the county. However, agriculture and agribusiness is the number one industry in the county generating over $502 dollars annually. Field crops contributed over $70 million to the local economy last year. Union County is one of the top ag producing counties in the state, ranking third in total cash receipts, and is the leading county in the production of wheat. Other major commodities include poultry, cattle, eggs, soybeans, corn and nursery/ornamental plant production. For more information on Union County visit their website at www.unioncountync.gov/

Essential Job Duties

The County Extension Agent is a member of the faculty of North Carolina State University. The County Extension Agent has primary responsibility for planning, executing, and evaluating that phase of county Extension programs within assigned areas of program responsibility.

This position provides leadership for the development, implementation, and evaluation of an effective educational program to meet the needs of the county population in the following areas of responsibility: row crops, pesticide education, forages and pond management. Programs are designed to enhance and showcase the profitability and economic viability of the agricultural economy of Union County.

Other Work/Responsibilities

The successful candidate is expected to be a team player working with the Extension staff and other organizations, possess a high degree of subject matter competence, possess excellent oral and written communication skills, and have the ability to work independently. This person should be able to:

- Develop and maintain organized Agriculture programs that follow North Carolina Cooperative Extension, North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, state, county and national laws, policies, and guidelines.

- Determine clientele needs and impact by assessing and evaluating the Agriculture program and services on a regular basis.

- Work collaboratively with other Extension programs, staff, agencies and community organizations to meet the needs of the Agriculture program.

- Network with neighboring Agents, University Specialists, and local Ag Producers to plan and implement innovative research test plots and educational field
days, reporting findings for publication.

- Promote Agriculture within the community.

- Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Experience/Education

One of the following educational requirements: – A Bachelor’s degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 overall or a 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) in an agricultural or related field, – A Bachelor’s degree and the completion of at least one-half of coursework in a Master’s degree curriculum with a cumulative grade point average 3.0 or higher with at least one of the degrees in an agricultural or related field, or – Completion of a Master’s degree with at least one of the degrees in an agricultural or related field. Also required: a personal automobile; computer literacy; strong oral and written communication skills; the ability to plan, implement, market, and evaluate educational programs; willingness to work as a team member and support a total Extension program; and the ability to handle multiple demands and set priorities. Personal Attributes: Successful performance of the duties encompassed in the Extension Agent’s job requires that the individual possess habits of industry, a sense of responsibility, and a genuine appreciation for the worth of the individual. The employee must be adept in both oral and written communication. The Extension Agent is eligible to become a member of the non-tenure track/special faculty at North Carolina State University. The Extension Agent has primary responsibility for planning, executing, and evaluating that phase of Extension programs within assigned areas of program responsibility. The Extension Agent cooperates with colleagues in the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and leaders in performing assigned responsibilities. The performance of assigned responsibilities is governed by the philosophy, objectives, policies, and procedures of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.

Departmental Required Skills

Travel within the county is required. Some travel within the state and district is required.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

A Bachelor’s degree in the area of agronomy or related area of science is preferred. Knowledge and experience in communications, presentation, public relations/marketing, leadership, time management, organization, technology, networking, and resource development are also essential.

Required License or Certification

Valid Driver’s License and reliable, personal transportation required. Valid NCDL required within 60 days of hire and must be maintained.

Special Instructions
Job Open Date 02/08/2018
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.
02/21/2018
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)

  3. * All agent positions require a minimum education requirement of: A. A Bachelor's degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 overall or 3.0 in major field of study (based on a 4.0 scale); B. A Bachelor's degree and the completion of at least one-half of coursework in a Master's degree curriculum with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher; C. A completed Master's degree. Do you meet this minimum education requirement?
    • Yes, I meet the requirement listed in section A above.
    • Yes, I meet the requirement listed in section B above.
    • Yes, I meet the requirement listed in section C above.
    • No, however I am in my last semester of study.
    • No, I do not meet this requirement.

Application Materials Required

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