(This is an 100% grant-funded, non-tenure track position. Funding must be available for any continuation of appointment.)
Work Location: Jefferson, Orleans. The domicile location is Orleans Parish. The areas to be served are Ascension Assumption, St. Bernard, St. Charles St. John, Terrebonne, Lafourche, and Plaquemines Parish
Position Description: The associate will facilitate and offer parenting, nutrition education and financial management lessons to the clients enrolled in the STEP Program with Department of Children and Family Services as a part of the Healthy Beginnings for Your Baby curriculum. The associate will communicate with the DCFS caseworkers and travel to the designated parishes to conduct programming and offer technical assistance to parents and clients in the Healthy Beginnings for Your Baby Program. This individual must be willing to maintain professional competence as a faculty member of the LSU AgCenter. The associate is expected to perform other tasks as assigned by supervisor(s). In order to attend and conduct programming to meet the needs of clientele, this position may require overnight travel and work on evenings and weekends. The incumbent is expected to be computer literate and able to use mobile devices such as iPads as teaching tools for nutrition education. This individual will be responsible for reporting, in addition to following deadlines, for any other local or state reporting called upon to complete. Employee must maintain an extensive record keeping system which involves evaluation of knowledge, skills, and behavior change for accountability purposes. As an extension employee, the associate must be willing to continue professional improvement. The incumbent is expected to complete an annual plan of work with teaching objectives and perform other tasks that may be assigned by supervisor(s). This individual will be responsible for reporting, in addition to following deadlines, for any other local or state reporting called upon to complete. The associate is expected to perform other tasks as assigned by supervisor(s). Coordination and collaboration with other LSU AgCenter Research and Extension faculty will be essential. In order to attend and conduct programming to meet the needs of clientele, this position requires overnight travel and work on evenings and weekends.
Qualification Requirements: A baccalaureate degree in community nutrition, human foods and nutrition, family and consumer sciences, dietetics or closely related field from an accredited college or university is required. 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’s degree with an overall grade-point average of at least 3.0 or a current grade-point average of at least 3.0 on at least 12 hours of graduate credit. This applicant must demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills. Applicant must have knowledge of program planning, development, implementation, and evaluation. Experience in recruiting, training, and supervising volunteers and paraprofessionals and experience in teaching and applying principles of leadership development to both adults and youth 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. Successful candidates will exemplify a positive attitude and a passion to improve the lives of others.
Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with education 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, appropriate insurance coverage, and a cellular phone is required (travel allowance provided). Satisfactory completion of two specific graduate level extension courses is generally required in the first two years of employment. Additionally, a faculty member must complete a minimum of 15 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.
Date Available: Upon completion of the interview process.
Application Deadline: January 1, 2023 or until a suitable candidate is identified.
Application Procedure: Qualified candidates must apply online at LSU AgCenter Careers (or though Workday for internal candidates) by attaching file(s) containing a curriculum vita, a letter of application, official university transcripts, two letters of reference and 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:
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, LSUAgCenter, 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.