University of Florida/ IFAS Extension and Citrus County seek to fill a 12-month, permanent status-eligible, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent position. This agent will be responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive educational programs in the area of Family and Consumer Sciences in Citrus County with specific emphasis on food safety and nutrition, financial management, and well-being of Floridians. The position functions as a team member with county, district and state Extension professionals. The agent will establish and maintain an effective system for program accountability to all relevant groups, organizations and agencies and will be expected to target programs to reflect the county’s population diversity and unique educational needs.
Responsibility will include establishing a local advisory committee and working with agencies and organizations that are concerned with the needs and well-being of area youth and families. In addition, the position will develop, recruit, train, support, sustain and monitor a functioning Master Food and Nutrition Volunteer Program to support Family and Consumer Science initiatives in Citrus County. The agent is expected to collaborate with appropriate county agencies and organizations to provide proactive educational programming for residential and commercial audiences.
Required are the abilities to work with diverse clientele, communication skills in writing and speaking, and use of computers. The agent is expected to develop creative works (multi-media presentations, exhibits/displays, posters, website development, etc.), write non-technical people-friendly publications (newspaper articles, newsletter articles) and scholarly works, and participate in professional societies, as well as obtain contracts and grants to support the extension program. It is expected that the agent will attain promotion and permanent status per established UF guidelines.
Responsibilities also include contributing 5% of programming time to strengthen the 4-H youth development program in Citrus County.
The agent will follow all Extension policies regarding affirmative action, program development and reporting as well as assuming other duties as assigned by the County Extension Director or District Extension Director.
Citrus County is centrally located along the central west coast of Florida bordering Hernando County on the south and Levy and Marion Counties to the north. The County’s 2010 population was 141,236 and its county seat is Inverness. Citrus County Extension is located at 3650 E. Sovereign Path, Lecanto, FL.
A Bachelor’s Degree is required. If hired with a Bachelor’s degree, significant progress of at least 50% towards the Master’s degree is expected within 5 years of employment. The degree must be from an accredited college or university in family and consumer sciences or a related field.
The successful candidate must have the ability to design, teach and conduct community-based educational programs, have skills in working cooperatively with youth and adults such as resourcefulness, creativity and enthusiasm and innovativeness, possess good verbal and written communication skills and be able to work effectively as a team member.
Employment is contingent upon drug screening results required by Citrus County. The candidate must possess (or be able to obtain) a Florida driver’s license. Travel in and out of the county with personal transportation, overnight travel, working irregular hours, and some weekend work will occasionally be required.
A Master’s Degree with experience is preferred.
Health Assessment Required:
Special instructions to applicants:
Apply through the online UF application system (at https://jobs.ufl.edu ), referencing requisition # 0904023.
Please complete an online application and attach your Resume or CV, as well as a cover letter that describes how your experience and qualifications have prepared you for this position.
You must apply online no later than 11:00 PM on the position closing date.
TO COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION , PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING :
You must submit unofficial copies of all transcripts and/or coursework of your academic degrees. You may attach these as an “other” document, or you may submit to our office as directed below. An unofficial copy is acceptable for the application process, but before you can be hired, IFAS Human Resources must have the official transcript for your highest degree on file. Official transcripts must be issued directly to our office from the institution.
Also, all applicants must have at least three reference rating forms on file. Reference forms must be less than one year old. If you have not already done so, please contact your professional/academic references and ask that they complete a reference rating form on your behalf. The form is located at http://personnel.ifas.ufl.edu/ref_form.pdf .
Please also complete and submit the Previous Employment Form (located at http://personnel.ifas.ufl.edu/prev_employment.pdf ).
With the exception of official transcripts, all items submitted by mail must be postmarked no later than the next business day after the position closing date. All documents submitted by fax or email must be received no later than the next business day. If your official transcripts will arrive after the closing date, you must also submit unofficial transcripts by the deadline.
Requested reference forms and transcripts should be submitted as follows:
Faxed to the IFAS Office of Human Resources, Faculty Recruitment and Hiring, Attention Dana LeCuyer at 352-392-3226
Emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Dana LeCuyer
UF IFAS Human Resources
Faculty Recruitment and Hiring
P O Box 110281
Gainesville, FL 32611-0281
Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( NACES ), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/ .
The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida’s ‘Government in the Sunshine’ and Public Records Laws. Interviews will be open to the public, and applications, resumes, and many other documents related to the search will be available for public inspection. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.