Family and Consumer Science Specialist

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Job Title Family and Consumer Science Specialist FLSA Status Exempt Posted Salary Range Commensurate with Experience Employment Status Full Time Department School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in Family Consumer Science or closely related degree area with focus on knowledge of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Purpose of Job

The Family and Consumer Sciences Specialist will primarily provide leadership for research-based, program development and implementation related to family and consumer sciences. Programming will include, but is not limited to: family life, nutrition, food safety, parenting, communication, financial management, leadership, and health and safety

Scope of Responsibilities

Develop and implement comprehensive and proactive educational programming related to family and consumer sciences. Programming will include, but is not limited to: family life, nutrition, food safety, parenting, communication, financial management, leadership, health and safety. Share responsibility for community vitality educational programming that addresses community health, the economy and social well-being.

Essential Job Functions

•Develop and implement an FCS plan of work based on locally identified needs which could lead to improved quality of living for families & individuals.
•The ability to secure funding through grant writing, concept papers, etc. to support program planning, implementation, and evaluation processes in Family and Consumer Sciences.
•Plan and implement educational programs focusing on: 1) Making healthy choices; 2) Nurturing families; 3) Embracing life as you age; 4) Securing financial stability; 5) Promoting healthy homes and communities; 6) Accessing nutritious food; 7) Empowering community leaders.
•Develop expertise and serve as a resource in Family and Consumer Sciences programming areas including: food and nutrition; family resource management; human development and family relations; health, safety and wellness; leadership development; clothing and textiles; housing and the environment; home based and micro business.
•Implement educational programs which strengthen families and individuals.
•Develop and implement leadership programs such as those resulting in the development of personal and organizational leadership skills.
•This position will serve all clientele ensuring that all youth and adults have an equal opportunity to participate in extension programs regardless of race, gender, age, color, sex, religion, disability, or national origin.
•Competencies/Skills: planning, organizing, oral and written communication skills, ability to serve as a role model, leadership abilities, presentation skills, desire and ability for professional development, able to work with a wide range of personalities, computer/social networking skills, conflict management skills, and a team player.

Major Job Responsibility 1: Public Accountability & Service
•Generate and utilize evaluation data on programming to document and publicize accomplishments.
•Share program outcomes with community and elected officials to help them understand the value of Extension.
•Demonstrate efficient and open communication among Educators, other subject-area specialists, and support staff.
•Provide the latest, research based information in a customer friendly manner to clientele.
•Network and build relationships among diverse groups and individuals.
•Build collaborations with other agencies and organizations to solve community problems and multiply effectiveness.
•Support and assist in providing research-based information for social media sites and/or blogs relevant to assigned program area (such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest).
•Use new technology to communicate with clientele and University officials.
•Contribute to the information base used to document accomplishments of the Extension Program’s key decision makers and Federal partners.
•Develop and maintain components of service to include involvement of volunteers in service oriented projects.
•Support activities and events of the Alcorn School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences.
•Report team and individual accomplishments in a timely manner to immediate supervisor.
•Regular review and measurement of goals, particularly those documented in Plan of Work and the Affirmative Action Plan.

Major Job Responsibility 2: Leadership Development
•Determine appropriate volunteer positions and identify, enlist and train volunteer leaders to help carry out program responsibilities.
•Ensure that all Client Protection guidelines are implemented within the FCS program area.
•Develop and utilize individuals to serve on councils, advisory groups, and program committees to facilitate community involvement in determining program priorities and conducting programs.
•Ensure that FCS leadership is representative of the diversity of the county population.


Ph.D. in Family Consumer Science or closely related degree area with a focus on knowledge of Family and Consumer Sciences as evidenced by academic courses, professional development and/or professional experience. Evidence of strong academic and/or professional performance as documented by college transcripts, acceptance into a graduate program or documented success in increasingly responsible professional positions.

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Knowledge Skills and Abilities

The candidate must have good verbal, written and interpersonal skills; effective communication and time management skills; computer skills, including data management; ability to complete projects by deadlines; demonstrated ability to interact positively with supervisors, peers, subordinates and representatives of agencies and organizations; knowledge of the Plan of Work program planning process of the Extension system; knowledge of the evaluation of programs, events, and activities for the documentation of impacts; and knowledge of the development of evaluation instruments for educational programs, events and activities. Candidate must be willing to travel to and from regional and area sites when necessary and possess a valid driver’s license. Candidate must also be willing to work flexible and extended hours when necessary

Physical Requirements

Work in noisy (above 85 decibels) areas No Sedentary Work - Exerting 10 pounds Not Required Light Work - Exerting up to 20 pounds Not Required Medium Work - Exerting 20-50 pounds Not Required Heavy Work - Exerting 50-100 pounds Not Required Very Heavy Work - Exerting in excess of 100 pounds Not Required Travel Occasionally Extended Work Hours Occasionally Posting Detail Information

Posting Number S518 Number of Vacancies 1 Location Lorman Position End Date (if temporary) Open Date 01/11/2019 Close Date Open Until Filled Yes EEO Statement

EEO Statement:
Alcorn State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or other factors prohibited by law in any of its educational programs, activities, services, admissions, or employment practices. The following offices are designated to handle inquires and/or complaints regarding non-discriminatory policies and procedures of Alcorn State University:
Complaints, inquiries, or specific requests in regard to Title IX and Section 504 directives should be made to: Title IX Office, Walter Washington Administration Bldg., Room 519A, Lorman, MS, 39096, (601) 877-6700.
Complaints, inquiries, or requests in regard to non-discrimination in employment practices should be made to: Human Resources Department, Walter Washington Administration Bldg., Room 107, Lorman, MS, 39096, (601) 877-6188
Questions, complaints, or requests in regard to ADA/ADAAA compliance in employment practices should also be made to the department of human resources.

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Applicant Documents Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. Letter of Recommendation (Professional)
  5. Letter of Recommendation (Personal)
  6. Letter of Recommendation (Professional or Personal)
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    Posted: 1/18/2019
    Application Due: 2/27/2019
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