Extension Agent - Family and Consumer Science/4-H Youth Development - Lake County

Montana State University

United States

October 11, 2021


Position Details Announcement Number FAC - VA - 22005

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Dan Lucas at (406) 274-8969 or daniel.lucas@montana.edu

Classification Title Working Title Extension Agent - Family and Consumer Science/4-H Youth Development - Lake County Brief Position Overview

The focus of this position is to provide leadership for the Family and Consumer Science program and coordinate with other Lake County MSU Extension faculty to provide 4-H Youth Development Program leadership. All field faculty in the MSU Lake County Extension office collaborate as a team to provide a coordinated educational effort.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes Faculty Rank Up To Professor Position Number 4B6647 Department Extension Agents/Field Division Extension Appointment Type Faculty Contract Term Fiscal Year Semester If other, specify From date If other, specify End date Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining FTE 1.0 Benefits Eligible Eligible Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications Contract Type LOA If other, please specify Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

This position is located in Ronan County Profile: Located in northwestern Montana, Lake County encompasses much of the Mission Valley and has a population of about 30,934. Polson, on the south shore of Flathead Lake is the county seat with a population of 4,918. The MSU Extension office is located in Ronan, population 2,174, at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Nearly two-thirds of the county lies within the Flathead Reservation that was established by the Hellgate Treaty of 1855 and is home to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation. Agriculture is the strongest economic contributor for the county, and tourism is important as well. Flathead Lake is on the north end of the county and is the largest natural freshwater lake west of the Mississippi River in the United States. U.S. Highway 93 runs the length of the County and is one of the primary access routes to Glacier National Park.

This position will provide leadership for Family and Consumer Science and 4-H Youth Development Extension programs for MSU Extension and Lake County. The successful candidate will work to enhance Family and Consumer Science programming to address locally identified need and generate positive community impacts. Additionally, this position will work with a group of dedicated and energized 4-H members, parents, and adult volunteers. Both programs will bring professional satisfaction to a person who thrives on helping individuals and groups become more successful.

We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, foster and maintain effective interpersonal relationships, exhibit excellent written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to contribute positively to the academic success of students and the mission of Montana State University.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop, plan, implement, facilitate, and evaluate educational programs in Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H Youth Development.
  • Build and maintain cooperative working relationships within the community and with the appropriate county boards, agencies, and organizations.
  • Recruit, train, supervise and recognize youth and adult volunteer leaders.
  • Cooperate and collaborate with area Extension agents and extension specialists to conduct effective, integrated educational programming.
  • Work with the Lake County Fair Board and fellow Lake County MSUE faculty to support the Lake County Fair.
  • Utilize all available media sources and advancing technologies to communicate with MSU Extension personnel and to disseminate information to clientele.
  • Position requires considerable in- and out-of-county travel.
  • Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor's Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences, Youth Development or related field
  • Success in providing innovative and effective leadership to educational programming relating to youth development and/or family and consumer sciences.
  • Experience accepting and delegating responsibilities.
  • Experience managing multiple and varied tasks.
  • Experience working effectively with individuals and groups.
  • Experience working as a self-starter and working with little or no supervision.
  • Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Master's Degree
  • Experience recruiting, training, and providing leadership for volunteers.
  • Substantial relevant work experience with Youth Development and Family and Consumer sciences
  • Demonstrated experiencing guiding volunteer led organizations to grow through collaborative processes.
  • Demonstrated experience with consensus building, group facilitation, and conflict resolution.
  • The Successful Candidate Will

    The successful candidate will possess a high degree of professionalism, excellent human relations skills, effective oral communication abilities; evidence of good judgement; flexibility and innovativeness to respond to changing clientele needs. The successful candidate will also have a familiarity with multi-cultural and different socio-economic audiences, an interest in working with people from diverse backgrounds, and a commitment to the principles of Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and diversity/pluralism.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

    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.

    Must possess currently or be eligible to obtain a valid State of Montana Driver's license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points), or have other reliable means of transportation. Must have access to a vehicle to use for work (mileage will be reimbursed), and have minimum vehicle liability insurance. Do NOT send a copy of the driver's license.

    This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University's rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

    Physical Demands

    Position requires frequent night and weekend work, extensive reading, frequent travel throughout the county, and occasional travel throughout the state of Montana. Position also requires using a variety of teaching methods and operating a variety of demonstration and educational equipment.

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

    The Program

    Extension work at MSU is defined as, the creation of partnerships, programs, and plans through Extension, or other community-based research, that leverage the knowledge and resources of the university and the public/private sector to enhance learning. discovery, and engagement; educate and engage citizens; strengthen communities; address locally identified issues and problems; apply and disseminate knowledge; and contribute to the public good.

    The Department The College

    Number of Vacancies 1

    Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search Position End Date (if temporary) Open Date Close Date Applications will be:

    Screening of applications will begin on October 11, 2021 ; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

    Special Instructions

    Please note – for this position – Five (5) references have been requested.

    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/affirmativeaction/ .

    FLSA Details FLSA Status Exempt Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

  • Resume OR Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter addressing each of the Required and Preferred Qualifications
  • Optional Documents

    Supplemental Questions

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