DeKalb County Family and Consumer Sciences Agent

Open Until Filled: Yes

Job Summary: UGA Extension was founded in 1914 to take research-based agricultural information to the people of Georgia. It reaches more than 2 million Georgians through its education programs annually. Millions more rely on our publications, educational news articles and public television programming for advice and information. For over 100 years, it's been the trusted source of education, innovation and information for Georgia's agricultural industry. From the latest crop studies to the best land stewardship recommendations, we have the research-based information Georgia producers need. County Extension Agents throughout the state share information on issues like water quality, profitability in agribusiness, family wellness and life skills. They provide soil and water test kits and instruction, advice on safe pesticide use, provide publications and computer programs and teach consumers skills to improve Georgians quality of life. They are the local experts in food safety, proper eating habits, child safety and parenting. This position is responsible for coordinating the Family and Consumer Sciences program in the geographic area offering programs about nutrition, food safety, parenting, money management, and related subject matter areas. It will have responsibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). It will establish a health and wellness outreach program including chronic disease self-management, as well as targeted nutrition and health programs for seniors and families with children. It will provide state required trainings in food safety for food service providers, in addition to nutrition and child development trainings for child care providers. It will address financial capacity of individuals and families by working with them to stretch limited food dollars to saving and investing to plan for the future. This position will address these critical needs by delivering educational programs to a wide variety of audiences. It serves as a UGA Public Service Faculty member and a member of the DeKalb County Extension Staff (http://www.caes.uga.edu/extension/dekalb/). It is under the direction and leadership of the DeKalb County Extension Coordinator and the Northwest District Extension Director. Other Responsibilities: · Provides leadership for Program Assistants and volunteers in delivering Family & Consumer Sciences programs · Implements the CAES Civil Rights/Equal Opportunity plan · Utilizes the expertise of and works closely with advisory groups, community leaders, public officials and representatives of intended audiences to analyze data, identify needs, and assist in developing educational programs · Develops a Plan of Work that is equitable in meeting the varied socio-economic needs of the county · Develops and conducts relevant interdisciplinary programs with others based on critical issues · Collaborates with other agencies and community groups to plan and implement programs · Conducts promotional efforts to expand the public's view of extension programming · Utilizes current research data on emerging issues in program development and teaching · Demonstrates personal interest and involvement in community by participating in and supporting civic/community activities/organizations and networking with community leaders This position requires frequent night meetings, some weekend work, and attendance at out-of-county meetings. A valid driver's license and a personal vehicle for official duty travel are required. Hiring rank will be commensurate with candidate's experience, achievements and stature in the discipline. http://www.fcs.uga.edu/extension http://extension.uga.edu/about/join/careers.cfm

Minimum Qualifications: A Master's degree is required for hiring as a public service faculty member. A Bachelor's degree is acceptable for a Public Service Professional position. A Public Service Professional may apply for a regular public service faculty appointment upon completion of an advanced degree or successful progression through the public service promotion process. See the University of Georgia Guidelines for Appointments and Promotions for Public Service and Outreach Academic Rank for complete details http://outreach.uga.edu/policies/appointment-and-promotion-guidelines/.)

Preferred Qualifications: - A Master's degree in Family and Consumer Sciences, Food & Nutrition, Food Science/Safety, Child Care, Health, Human Development, Financial Management, Housing, or closely related area - A demonstrated communication ability as well as skills in leadership and management, and a demonstrated ability to multi-task - A demonstrated ability to work as a team member and with groups and committees - The ability to design, coordinate, and teach educational programs to meet community needs

Salary: Starting minimum: $46,000/year for Master's Degree or $34,500/year for a Bachelor's degree as well as an excellent benefits package. Reimbursement for business travel will be provided.

Faculty Rank: Open Rank

Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track

Employee Percentage: 100

Location od Vacancy: NW District