Stewart County Family & Consumer Sciences Agent

Open Until Filled: Yes

Job Summary: In Stewart County, 33 percent of adults are obese and 11 percent are diagnosed with diabetes. The increase in the incidence of diabetes has paralleled the increase in obesity. Other chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease are more prevalent in Stewart County than in the state as a whole. The Family and Consumer Sciences agent will work with the community to lower obesity rates and chronic diseases associated with obesity. In addition, the Agent will address needs associated with poverty and financial capacity; the poverty rate for Stewart County is greater than 26 percent, well above the state average of 18 percent. The Agent will work in the school system as well to address these issues as they are desperately needed in this rural county. This position will be 80% FACS Agent and 20% 4-H Agent. It's 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 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 Stewart County Extension Staff (http://www.caes.uga.edu/extension/stewart/). It is under the direction and leadership of the Stewart County Coordinator and Southwest 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 some 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://outreach.uga.edu/policies/appointment-and-promotion-guidelines/ 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 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 listed above for complete details.)

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 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: Other South Georgia Area