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Extension Agent - Family & Consumer Science - Hill County

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Screening of applications begins May 8, 2017, and continues until a suitable candidate is selected.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a response that addresses each qualification, plus the names, phone numbers and e-mails of five (5) professional references.

This position is administratively responsible to John Pfister, Central Region Department Head, through the hiring authority of the Executive Director of Extension. This position, if filled at the Master’s degree level, will be tenure-track. A successful candidate without a Master’s degree will be required to complete their Master’s degree, in a program area relevant to their Extension position, within six (6) years of their start date. Failure to do so may result in termination.

For further specific information regarding the position responsibilities, please contact John Pfister, Central Region Department Head (406) 320-1414 john.pfister@montana.edu

For assistance in applying, please contact Linda Shott at linda.shott@montana.edu or Mary Fran San Soucie at maryfran@montana.edu. (406) 994-1752

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 17058
Quick Link for Internal Postings http://jobs.montana.edu/postings/8346
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Linda Shott, linda.shott@montana.edu, (406) 994-1752

Classification Title
Working Title Extension Agent - Family & Consumer Science - Hill County
Brief Position Overview

The primary focus for the agent in this fulltime position will be to provide leadership and educational programming in the discipline of Family and Consumer Sciences and to share program leadership for the 4-H/Youth Development program. The Extension Office staff includes a full time agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources with partial responsibility for the 4-H program, one half-time SNAP-Ed nutrition educator, and one full-time office administrative assistant.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes
Faculty Rank Assistant
Position Number 4B4120
Department Extension Agents/Field
Division Extension
Appointment Type Faculty
Contract Term Fiscal Year
Semester
If other, specify From date
If other, specify End date
FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.
Contract Type LOA
If other, please specify
Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

COUNTY PROFILE: Hill County, located in north-central Montana, has a population of approximately 16,100 people. The central population area and county seat, Havre, has a population of approximately 9,300. Other communities in the county include Box Elder, Gildford, Hingham, Inverness, Kremlin, and Rudyard. Agriculture, primarily small grain production and livestock is the main economic base of the county. Havre is home to MSU-Northern, a unit of the Montana State University system which offers multiple associate and four-year degree programs. Havre is also home to a major facility for the BNSF Railroad and a complete medical care facility, Northern Montana Hospital. Manufacturing, most of which is related to the agricultural base, also forms a part of the economic base. The Montana State University Northern Agricultural Research Center encompasses historic Fort Assiniboine six miles south-west of Havre and is the largest University research center in the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station system conducting agronomy and livestock research. The county boasts a variety of recreational and cultural opportunities such as Beaver Creek Park, Fresno Reservoir and activities conducted by the Chippewa-Cree tribal members on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation. Recreational opportunities include hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, skiing, snowmobiling, golfing and boating. The 4-H program consists of 200 youth members and 80 leaders in twelve 4-H clubs.

Duties and Responsibilities

Position Responsibilities:

  • Plan, implement and evaluate an educational Family and Consumer Sciences program with emphases on nutrition, food safety, health and wellness, family and business financial management, parenting, aging needs, housing and environment concerns.
  • Provide leadership for the 4-H/Youth Development program in the county including subject matter training for volunteer members and leaders consistent with FCS skills, abilities and experiences.
  • Provide supervision for the SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator.
  • Involve local citizens and community organizations in identifying needs and priorities, targeting new audiences, and developing and implementing appropriate and responsive educational programming.
  • Build and maintain coalitions with community boards and organizations.
  • Cooperate with other Extension agents in cross-county programming efforts.
  • Share responsibility with other Extension staff in implementing and maintaining a balanced, interdisciplinary Extension program.
  • Utilize all available media sources, including electronic mail, the internet and other advancing technology, to communicate with MSU Extension staff and others, and to provide information to clientele.
  • Assist other human services agencies and organizations within the county in developing educational programs and community leadership skills.
  • Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies.
  • Comply with all Extension, federal, state, university and county reporting requirements.
  • This position, at times, requires night and weekend work. The position also requires extensive reading, frequent travel throughout the county, occasional travel throughout the state of Montana, and travel to and from programs. In addition, this position requires using a variety of teaching methods, and handling and operating a variety of demonstration and educational equipment.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences or a closely related field.
  2. Demonstrated ability to lead groups and to develop, organize, plan, teach and evaluate educational programs.
  3. Demonstrated ability to work with little or no supervision.
  4. Computer literacy as demonstrated by evidence of computer use in program development, delivery and/or management.
  5. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with individuals, groups and community organizations.
  6. Demonstrated ability to work with a wide variety of adult and youth audiences.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Master’s Degree.
  2. At least one degree (either Bachelor’s or Master’s degree) in Family and Consumer Sciences or closely related field.
  3. Experience and/or training in the area of Family and Consumer Sciences.
  4. Experience in volunteer management.
  5. Extension experience.
The Successful Candidate Will

The successful candidate will possess excellent human relations skills, the ability to work effectively with other staff members, and evidence of good judgment, flexibility and innovativeness in order to respond to the changing needs of the people in Hill County. The successful candidate will also possess the ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. The successful candidate will have familiarity with different socio-economic audiences, an interest in working with people from diverse backgrounds, and a commitment to the principles of diversity.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information
Physical Demands

Frequent travel throughout the county, occasional travel throughout the state. Traveling with educational equipment.

The Program

COUNTY PROFILE: Hill County, located in north-central Montana, has a population of approximately 16,100 people. The central population area and county seat, Havre, has a population of approximately 9,300. Other communities in the county include Box Elder, Gildford, Hingham, Inverness, Kremlin, and Rudyard. Agriculture, primarily small grain production and livestock is the main economic base of the county. Havre is home to MSU-Northern, a unit of the Montana State University system which offers multiple associate and four-year degree programs. Havre is also home to a major facility for the BNSF Railroad and a complete medical care facility, Northern Montana Hospital. Manufacturing, most of which is related to the agricultural base, also forms a part of the economic base. The Montana State University Northern Agricultural Research Center encompasses historic Fort Assiniboine six miles south-west of Havre and is the largest University research center in the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station system conducting agronomy and livestock research. The county boasts a variety of recreational and cultural opportunities such as Beaver Creek Park, Fresno Reservoir and activities conducted by the Chippewa-Cree tribal members on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation. Recreational opportunities include hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, skiing, snowmobiling, golfing and boating. The 4-H program consists of 200 youth members and 80 leaders in twelve 4-H clubs.

The Department

MSU Extension improves the lives of Montana citizens by providing unbiased research-based education and information that integrates learning, discovery and engagement to strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

The College

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Special Instructions

Screening of applications begins May 8, 2017, and continues until a suitable candidate is selected.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a response that addresses each qualification, plus the names, phone numbers and e-mails of five (5) professional references.

This position is administratively responsible to John Pfister, Central Region Department Head, through the hiring authority of the Executive Director of Extension. This position, if filled at the Master’s degree level, will be tenure-track. A successful candidate without a Master’s degree will be required to complete their Master’s degree, in a program area relevant to their Extension position, within six (6) years of their start date. Failure to do so may result in termination.

For further specific information regarding the position responsibilities, please contact
John Pfister, Central Region Department Head
(406) 320-1414
john.pfister@montana.edu


For assistance in applying, please contact Linda Shott at linda.shott@montana.edu or Mary Fran San Soucie at maryfran@montana.edu. (406) 994-1752

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; recruitment@montana.edu .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: www2.montana.edu/policy/affirmative_action/ .

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Response to Each Required and Preferred Qualification
  2. List of Five (5) Professional References
  3. Resume OR Curriculum Vita
  4. Cover Letter
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

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