Assistant/Associate Extension Agent (Nutrition) - East Baton Rouge Parish - R00074057

Work Location: The areas to be served are East Baton Rouge and Livingston Parishes located in southeast Louisiana with the domicile office located in Baton Rouge, LA. East Baton Rouge Parish has approximately 440,000 residents and Livingston Parish has approximately 141,000 residents. The LSU AgCenter’s Flavors of Health Program (which includes the Healthy Communities Program) is designed to reach citizens within their communities with health, wellness, and nutrition information and food purchasing and preparation skills with the goal of achieving increased knowledge and behavioral change leading to healthier lifestyles to impact the trend of increased obesity and related chronic diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.

Position Description: The LSU AgCenter is actively seeking applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.

The LSU AgCenter’s East Baton Rouge and Livingston Parish Offices seek a Nutrition Agent to provide overall leadership for the general health and wellness, and nutrition programs. Selected programs that will be used are Dining with Diabetes, Eat Smart, Live Strong for Older Adults, Faithful Families: Eating Smart and Moving More, Smart Portions, CATCH, Kids in the Kitchen, and C.H.E.F. You must demonstrate the ability to work effectively with culturally, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse audiences. Applicant must have abilities to build and maintain effective working relationships with volunteers, the parishes Advisory Committees, community-based and grassroots organizations, and peers in the LSU AgCenter organization. You will be part of a team that works together in support of initiatives designed to promote and support agriculture and healthy families.

As a LSU AgCenter faculty member, you will also: work with agencies and organizations to assist or lead cooperative and interdisciplinary projects, both in the parish and through multi-parish efforts; provide information majority to adults but also work with youth audiences; develop creative works in support of programming, including presentations, professional posters, and web-based education; write extension publications related to the field of expertise; and participate in professional associations and service activities for the LSU AgCenter. You will document efforts through an annual plan of work (POW) and report on accomplishment. For those being hired as an Assistant/Associate agent you will be expected to attain promotion per LSU AgCenter guidelines.

What you will do:

  • Recruit and train volunteer adult leaders to assist in conducting educational programs for targeted audience.
  • Work jointly with other staff members (parish, region, and state) on programs in nutrition.
  • Organize advisory committees involving community leaders and volunteers to provide programmatic direction to strengthen nutrition programs.
  • Conduct educational workshops, method demonstrations and other teaching activities for adults, youth, and volunteers on nutrition and gardening.
  • Encourage and support health equity programming and systems for youth as resources are available.
  • Perform other tasks that may be assigned by supervisor(s) and work cooperatively with other Extension faculty at the parish, region, and state levels.

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated organizational skills.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to use social media in a variety of formats.
  • Comfort presenting in front of small and large crowds.
  • Experience establishing solid partnerships.
  • Highly self-motivated.
  • Be willing to continue professional development.
  • Innovative audience engagement and development.
  • Demonstrated skills in partnership development and project management.
  • Experience creating lesson plans, developing instructional materials, and applying teaching methods appropriate for the audience.
  • Experience working in multicultural settings and coursework/training on multicultural topics.

Qualification Requirements: A baccalaureate degree in nutrition, family and consumer sciences, human ecology, vocational education or a closely related field from an accredited college or university is required. A registered dietician with community experience is preferred. Persons with only an undergraduate degree must have a minimum 2.5 overall grade-point average based on a 4-point grading system. If the applicant has pursued any graduate courses, the grade-point average of all graduate work must be at least 3.0 on a 4.0 system. The applicant must demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills. Experience in recruiting, training and supervising adults and volunteers and experience in teaching and applying principles of leadership development to both youth and adult audiences is also desired. Knowledge of public relations and the ability to cope with change are highly desirable characteristics. Ability to work with and through others is essential as is the ability to function with minimum supervision. The successful candidate will exemplify a positive attitude and a passion to improve the lives of others. Some overnight, weekend and evening work may be required. Knowledge of public relations and the ability to cope with change are highly desirable characteristics.

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, but not for the two required courses.

Date Available: Upon completion of the selection process

Application Deadline: November 20, 2022 or until a suitable candidate is identified

Application Procedure: Qualified candidates must apply online at LSU AgCenter Careers (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching file(s) containing a curriculum vita, a letter of application, official university transcripts, two letters of reference as well as a statement describing how diversity would figure into your teaching, research, or extension activities. Questions about the online application system should be directed to the HRM Office at 225/578-0324. (Paper, faxed, or emailed application materials will not be accepted.) In lieu of attaching the letters of reference, they may be sent directly to:

Dr. Chiquita Briley
Southeast Regional Director &
Interim Parish Chair of Baton Rouge Parish Extension Service
LSU AgCenter Southeast Region
21549 Old Covington Highway
Hammond, LA. 70403
cbriley@agcenter.lsu.edu
Web site: AgCenter website

The Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and applications will be accepted without regard to race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, or disability. Information on Equal Employment can be obtained from the EEO and Civil Rights Coordinator, 103 J. Norman Efferson Hall, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. Phone 225.578.2258. It is the policy of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service to employ only United States citizens or aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States.

The 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.

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