Extension Agent, FCS

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Vacancy TypeNC Cooperative ExtensionIs Internal Transfer OnlyNoJob TypeFull-Time - PermanentTime-Limited Appointment LengthNoIf Yes, Appointment LengthTitleExtension Agent, FCSWorking TitleExtension Agent, FCSSalary RangeAnticipated Hiring RangeMinimum Bachelor's $40,000; Minimum Master's $45,000Position NumberWT-00002153-0919Work ScheduleWork ScheduleMonday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00pm, evenings and weekends as necessary.The position will require being in the Clay County office (Hayesville) 2 days a week and in the Macon County office (Franklin) 3 days a week. Travel between the two officFull Time Equivalent (FTE)1Department117110 - West District - MaconDepartmentJob City & StateFranklin, NCPrimary Function of Organizational Unit

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Macon and Clay are adjacent counties in southwestern North Carolina with a population of 34,732 and 10,587 respectively. These counties experience four distinct and beautiful seasons. The position will require being in the Clay County office (Hayesville) 2 days a week and in the Macon County office (Franklin) 3 days a week. Travel between the two offices is 34 miles on U.S. Highway 64. Most of the drive is through mountainous terrain in the Nantahala National Forest with no cell service.

Macon County is located in southwestern North Carolina bordering Georgia to the south, touching South Carolina in the southeast, and Clay County on the west. The US Census Bureau estimates Macon County’s population at 33,917 in 2010, with an average annual increase of 1.4%. Since 2010, the population has increased slowly. Current population is estimated at 34,732 with an annual increase of 0.2%.

In 2018, Macon County was considered a Tier 1 county, the fourth year as Tier 1. Macon has recently been designated as a Tier 2 county. An estimated 16.2% of the population lives below the poverty level. Median household income is $42,456. Unemployment is at 3.8%, an improvement from 2016’s level of 4.9%.

The county’s topography is characterized by mountains and rolling hills separated by narrow valleys with altitudes ranging from 1500 feet to 5000 feet. Of the 140,800 acres of land in the county, more than forty-six percent is US Forest Service (Nantahala National Forest), leaving approximately 75,000 acres in private, forest and agricultural use.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Clay County has a total area of 221 square miles, of which 215 square miles is land and 5.9 square miles (2.7%) is water. It is the third-smallest county in North Carolina by land area and smallest by total area. Clay County is bordered to the south by the state of Georgia and the Chattahoochee National Forest. The Nantahala River forms part of its northeastern border. The county is drained by the Hiwassee River. In the southern part of Clay County is Lake Chatuge on the North Carolina–Georgia border. Much of Clay County exists within the Nantahala National Forest. Fires Creek Bear Reserve is north of the township of Tusquittee. The eastern portion of the county is preserved as part of the Nantahala National Forest.
As of the 2010 United States Census there were 10,587 people, 3,847 households, and 2,727 families residing in the county. The population density was 41 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 5,425 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.01% White, 0.80% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.15% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. 0.83% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Essential Job Duties

The agent in this position will provide leadership for the development, implementation, evaluation, and marketing of an effective educational program in family and consumer sciences, including the areas of foods, nutrition, and health.

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.
The agent will collaborate and network with other agencies, groups, and organizations with similar missions.

Additional responsibilities will include recruiting and training Extension Volunteers and serving as Advisor to an active Extension Volunteer Association (Extension and Community Association or Master Food Volunteers), providing leadership and assistance as needed.

The professional in this position must be energetic, enjoy working with individuals as well as groups, be able to work with diverse audiences, and have the ability to manage multiple tasks with little supervision.

Other Work/Responsibilities

The professional in this position will also provide leadership to a foods program including commercial and retail food safety and certification, food preservation, processing and value added products. Knowledge of food preparation that encourages good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle is needed. This professional should be comfortable working with younger audiences including working parents, youth and other audiences seeking to learn traditional family and consumer science skills deemed appropriate by county wants and needs. Food entrepreneurship skills would be preferred. Programming on family resource management and integration with other staff members is encouraged.

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. The individual should be comfortable speaking/making presentations to groups.

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 in family and consumer sciences (formerly known as home economics) or a related field (based on a 4.0 scale). The minimum GPA requirement will be waived for NCCE Program Associates with a Bachelor’s degree. – 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 degree in family and consumer sciences (formerly known as home economics) or a related field, or – Completion of a Master’s degree with at least one degree in family and consumer sciences (formerly known as home economics) or a 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 County 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 County Extension Agent is eligible to become a member of the non-tenure track/special faculty at 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. The County Extension Agent cooperates with colleagues in the North Carolina Cooperative Extension and county 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.

Departmental Required Skills

Bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences, Foods and Nutrition, or a related field is required.

Computer literacy including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is expected.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

Candidates should have excellent time and resource management skills, should be personable, and able to build networking coalitions. ServSafe instructor certification is also highly desirable.

Required License or Certification


Special InstructionsJob Open Date09/26/2019Must 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.10/09/2019Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?NoProposed Hire DateAA/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.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] 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 equivalency verified at www.wes.org or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

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

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  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity?
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  2. * If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.

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  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 RequiredRequired Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Letter of Recommendation 1
  4. Contact Information for References
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    Posted: 9/30/2019
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