The WVU Extension Service is seeking a dynamic individual who will
implement a comprehensive Extension program in agriculture and
natural resources (ANR) with a focus on consumer horticulture,
local foods, and agribusiness/agritourism related community
Major Responsibility of the County Extension Agent
This position's major responsibility is the interpretation and
delivery of relevant educational information to the citizens of the
county, with specific emphasis on an effort to ensure the
application of this knowledge.
The Agent is responsible to the ANR Program Director for all ANR
programmatic and administrative matters. The agent will seek input
for the Families and Community Development (FCD) Program Director
when appropriate for matters related to community development. In
addition, the Agent works cooperatively with the appropriate County
Program Coordinator (CPC) to integrate his/her program efforts into
the total County Extension program. The amount of time which an
Agent spends in specific program areas and/or in program components
is determined in concert with the Unit Director and other County
Functions and Tasks of the Agent
- Conducts educational programs in his/her designated program
area to help people more effectively interpret and use
Teaching Follows a sound process in developing
educational programs in his/her designated area of responsibility.
Extension faculty are practitioners who develop educational
programs to meet the needs of non-credit learners. Program
development is a process used to assess needs, mobilize resources,
and create and organize educational initiatives to address the
needs of citizens.
- Assumes responsibility for developing and executing a Plan of
Work. The Plan of work will include a mix of ANR programming with
an expectation to include FCD programming focused on the
agribusiness and agritourism development opportunities in the
county and the Mon Valley region.
- Involves the appropriate program advisory committees to analyze
the county situation, identify priority problems and develop and
- Uses the resources of the West Virginia University and the
community to effectively implement county programs.
- Identifies, recruits, and develops volunteer leadership (i.e.,
master gardeners, 4-H volunteers, and CEOS, among others) to assist
with delivering the program of work in the county.
- Develops and uses appropriate systems for reporting program
- Functions always as a professional educator.
- Actively participate with Extension work teams to help focus
and develop regional and statewide programs in designated program
Service Develops an understanding of the county, the
needs of its citizens and Extension's role in meeting those
- Develop, market, deliver, facilitate and evaluate non-credit
educational programming in response to locally identified priority
- Establishes clear objectives and uses appropriate subject
matter content and learning experiences to reach these
- Designs and implements a variety of program delivery methods to
reach target clientele.
- Takes necessary action to ensure that enough groundwork is laid
for programs to succeed.
- Evaluates results, measures impact, and accounts to appropriate
stakeholders for program accomplishments.
- Uses the results of program evaluation to initiate changes in
the implementation of the program.
Research Uses knowledge of agriculture to inform and
guide teaching and service and move the faculty and learner to
decision making and action.
- Understands the county situation in terms of social and
- Understands the role of County Extension Service in effecting
changes in the county situation.
- Continuously examines his/her role as a change agent.
- Assesses the degree to which programs meet the needs of
clients, induce positive change, improve performance, or measurably
impact priority problems.
Understands the philosophy of Extension and utilizes effective
methodology in program delivery and evaluation.
- Participates in professional development activities that
increase expertise in the discipline.
- Demonstrates the ability to apply current knowledge to address
specific priority problems.
- Assesses the degree to which new knowledge moves the faculty
and learner to decision making and action.
- Understands and conveys the philosophy, objectives and policies
of WVU Extension Service.
- Assists in determining and obtaining resources needed to
implement the Plan of Work.
- Plans and provides the training needed to equip volunteer
leaders to carry out the program.
- Develops and maintains two-way communications with volunteer
- Establishes and maintains rapport with personnel of the mass
media and arranges for appropriate releases in the program
- Understands and implements the provisions of EEO, ADA, WVU's
diversity plan, and other Affirmative Action programs within
- Completed master’s degree in an agricultural-related field of
study is required. Candidates with a master’s degree in progress
may be considered for interviews, but the degree must be completed
by hire date.
- Training and experience in a plant science/horticulture field
of study is highly preferred.
- Training and experience in community development (such as
agribusiness, etc) is desired.
- Demonstrated leadership and management skill through
collaborations and partnerships with agencies and organizations is
necessary. Extension or similar work experience is desirable.
- Personal or professional commitment to diversity as
demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of
resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.
- Documented experience in volunteer management, supervision,
resource development, and team leadership is desirable.
- Proficiency in oral and written communication and knowledge and
use of computer technology for educational programming and
management are required.
- Experience working with advisory committees and/or focus
- Experience working with the media and web-based information
Education & Experience Preferred:
- Successful experience in developing financial support for
educational programs including grant writing, fund raising,
contracting or cost recovery efforts.
- Experience in promoting, marketing or creating public awareness
of program/services among key community decision-makers.
- Ability to pass a criminal background check.
- Ability to meet travel demands of position (overnight stays),
such as 4-H youth events, conferences, professional development
- Willingness to work flexible hours, including some nights and
- Ability to lift and carry materials needed to conduct trainings
and perform duties of the position.
- Must be able to pass the Children on Campus and Title IX
- This is a 12-month, full-time, Extension faculty position.
- The successful candidate will be evaluated for providing a
significant contribution in teaching and service and will be
expected to undertake a continuing program of studies,
investigations, and/or scholarly works. Accomplishments will be
evaluated at least annually and will be judged in the context of
- The position will provide agriculture and natural resources,
community development programming in Monongalia County. The agent
will also be a subject matter resource person for regional and
statewide programming as needed.
- The position will provide community development programming as
it applies to the agribusiness and agritourism in Monongalia county
and Mon Valley region.
- Appointment is subject to the approval of the Monongalia County
Extension Service Committee.
If you meet the stated requirements and would like to be considered
for the position, ALL of the following information must be
submitted using https://jobs.wvu.edu
- A cover letter indicating the position that you are applying
for and outlining experience and qualifications.
- Resume or curriculum vitae including date(s) of employment,
supervisor(s) names, and contact information.
- A list of three references (including address, e-mail, and
phone) who can reflect on your professional strengths.
- Transcripts conferring your Master’s degree. Required degree
must be conferred by start of position.
Upon completion of the application,
screening, and interview process, a candidate will be presented to
the Monongalia County Extension Service Committee for their
consideration. Final placement of the agent in the County is
subject to the approval of the Monongalia County Extension Service
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