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Virginia Tech

Location: CourtlandVA 23837 Document ID: AC265-0L3Q Posted on: 2018-08-0608/06/2018 Job Type: Full-time

Job Schedule:Full-time
2018-09-05
 

Extension Agent, ANR, Southampton County

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT-serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:
Southampton County is a 600 square mile rural county in Western Tidewater with a population of 18,571. Agriculture is the primary economic driver with an annual gate value of crops exceeding $50 million. There are approximately 100,000 acres devoted to soybeans, cotton, wheat, corn, peanuts, melons, and pumpkins. The agent in this position will work on production methods and profitability, soil health and sustainability, environmental protection, pest management, as well as other local issues.
The Extension Agent provides current research-based information to citizens by employing various delivery methods targeted to diverse audiences; work closely with producers, agri-business, community leaders, Extension Leadership Councils and appropriate agents and specialists to identify and prioritize issues, problems and opportunities; uses farm and business visits as a means to remain knowledgeable of specific locals needs and problems related to agricultural production, marketing, and environmental protection; fosters communication among agricultural producers, marketers, processors and consumers; maintains a high level of proficiency in subject matter field by participating in in-service training and professional activities; works closely with citizens and local, state, and federal officials to aid Virginia in preparing and responding to natural or other emergencies and disasters. Extension agents demonstrate flexibility, adaptability; a team-oriented mindset, yet are able to work independently, and; strong desire to help clients succeed.
Extension agents recognizes the importance of diversity and inclusion in the development and delivery of Extension programs, actively work to diversify program participation and are responsible for VCE's Civil Rights policies and compliance with Affirmative Action.

Required Qualifications:
-Agent faculty positions require a minimum of a bachelor's degree (BA or BS) in a relevant discipline from an accredited college or university. A master's degree and promotion to Extension Agent are required no later than the sixth year of employment.
-Demonstrated ability to recruit, select, train and manage volunteers,
-Demonstrated ability to lead groups, plan, implement, facilitate, teach, and evaluate educational information programs;
-Knowledge and use of computer technology in educational programming and management and presentation skills;
-Excellent communication skills
-Ability to work effectively with low income, limited resource and minority audiences;
-Ability to work with minimal supervision in an unstructured setting.
-Extension agents demonstrate flexibility, adaptability; a team-oriented mindset, yet are able to work independently, and; strong desire to help clients succeed.

Preferred Qualifications:
A master's degree is preferred.



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