Work Location: The extension office is in East Baton Rouge Parish in southeast Louisiana. The area to be served is East Baton Rouge Parish with a population of over 443,600 residents.
Position Description: The Assistant/Associate Extension Agent will provide overall leadership for non-formal youth development education in the parish and work with and through volunteers to plan and organize a well-balanced 4-H youth program. The Extension Agent will target increased involvement of less active youth audiences and expand program diversity and delivery. Program delivery includes 4-H school clubs, project and community clubs, camps, after school programs, school enrichment, leadership programs, short-term special interest groups and community service learning. Some programs may require working evenings and weekends. The Extension Agent is responsible for working with program advisory committees to identify local youth needs, to develop programs that respond to those needs, and to assess the impacts of the programs. The identification, recruitment training, and support of volunteers are essential for an effective 4-H program. As an Extension employee, the agent must be willing to continue professional development and remain current with youth development research and its application to programming. The incumbent is expected to perform other tasks that may be assigned by supervisor(s) and work cooperatively with other Extension faculty at the parish, region, and state levels. There may be some weekend programs that will need to be implemented.
Qualifications Requirements: A baccalaureate degree in agriculture, education, youth development, non-profit management, community engagement, human sciences, recreation and leisure studies, natural resources or closely related field. Must have an undergraduate degree with an overall grade point average of at least 2.5 (all GPA requirements based on a 4.0 system) and a 3.0 for graduate work attempted if any or Master’ degree or a current grade-point average of at least 3.0 on at least 12 hours of graduate credit. Must have worked with youth in a formal and/or informal setting for 2 to 3 years. The 4-H Assistant/Associate Extension Agent must be inclusive and work with diverse populations that would include race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, physical and mental disabilities and religion. The applicant must be a self-starter and have strong organizational skills. The ability of multi-tasking, managing several youth groups, and projects by implementing, evaluating outcomes and meeting timelines are necessary. The ability to demonstrate the capability to collaborate and build relationships with people to create successful partnerships to enhance programming goals and empower youth to be successful in the program.
Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category; percent effort and length of employment.
Conditions of Employment: A personal automobile and appropriate insurance coverage is required (travel allowance provided). Satisfactory completion of two specific graduate level extension courses (6 credit hours) is generally required in the first two years of employment. Additionally, a faculty member who does not have a related master’s degree must complete an additional 9 hours of related graduate level coursework in order to be promoted to associate agent and such promotion must occur in the first seven years of employment. An exception is that additional agent experience may be substituted for nine hours of coursework, not for the two required courses.
Application Deadline: January 17, 2022, or until a suitable candidate is identified.
Application Procedure: Apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or in Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter with resume including a statement of professional interest and goals, university transcripts, and two letters of reference. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching the reference letters online, they may be sent directly to:
Parish Chair of East Baton Rouge Parish
9050 Airline Highway Ste. 120
Baton Rouge, LA. 70815
Web site: www.lsuagcenter.comThe LSU Agricultural Center is a statewide campus of the LSU System and provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer