The WVU Extension Service is seeking a dynamic individual who will implement a comprehensive Extension program in agriculture and natural resources (ANR) with a focus on consumer horticulture, local foods, and agribusiness/agritourism related community development.
Major Responsibility of the County Extension Agent This position's major responsibility is the interpretation and delivery of relevant educational information to the citizens of the county, with specific emphasis on an effort to ensure the application of this knowledge.
The Agent is responsible to the ANR Program Director for all ANR programmatic and administrative matters. The agent will seek input for the Families and Community Development (FCD) Program Director when appropriate for matters related to community development. In addition, the Agent works cooperatively with the appropriate County Program Coordinator (CPC) to integrate his/her program efforts into the total County Extension program. The amount of time which an Agent spends in specific program areas and/or in program components is determined in concert with the Unit Director and other County Faculty.
Functions and Tasks of the Agent
Conducts educational programs in his/her designated program area to help people more effectively interpret and use science-based findings.
Assumes responsibility for developing and executing a Plan of Work. The Plan of work will include a mix of ANR programming with an expectation to include FCD programming focused on the agribusiness and agritourism development opportunities in the county and the Mon Valley region.
Involves the appropriate program advisory committees to analyze the county situation, identify priority problems and develop and implement programs.
Uses the resources of the West Virginia University and the community to effectively implement county programs.
Identifies, recruits, and develops volunteer leadership (i.e., master gardeners, 4-H volunteers, and CEOS, among others) to assist with delivering the program of work in the county.
Develops and uses appropriate systems for reporting program accomplishments.
Functions always as a professional educator.
Actively participate with Extension work teams to help focus and develop regional and statewide programs in designated program areas.
Teaching Follows a sound process in developing educational programs in his/her designated area of responsibility. Extension faculty are practitioners who develop educational programs to meet the needs of non-credit learners. Program development is a process used to assess needs, mobilize resources, and create and organize educational initiatives to address the needs of citizens.
Develop, market, deliver, facilitate and evaluate non-credit educational programming in response to locally identified priority needs.
Establishes clear objectives and uses appropriate subject matter content and learning experiences to reach these objectives.
Designs and implements a variety of program delivery methods to reach target clientele.
Takes necessary action to ensure that enough groundwork is laid for programs to succeed.
Evaluates results, measures impact, and accounts to appropriate stakeholders for program accomplishments.
Uses the results of program evaluation to initiate changes in the implementation of the program.
Service Develops an understanding of the county, the needs of its citizens and Extension's role in meeting those needs.
Understands the county situation in terms of social and economic factors.
Understands the role of County Extension Service in effecting changes in the county situation.
Continuously examines his/her role as a change agent.
Assesses the degree to which programs meet the needs of clients, induce positive change, improve performance, or measurably impact priority problems.
Research Uses knowledge of agriculture to inform and guide teaching and service and move the faculty and learner to decision making and action.
Participates in professional development activities that increase expertise in the discipline.
Demonstrates the ability to apply current knowledge to address specific priority problems.
Assesses the degree to which new knowledge moves the faculty and learner to decision making and action.
Understands the philosophy of Extension and utilizes effective methodology in program delivery and evaluation.
Understands and conveys the philosophy, objectives and policies of WVU Extension Service.
Assists in determining and obtaining resources needed to implement the Plan of Work.
Plans and provides the training needed to equip volunteer leaders to carry out the program.
Develops and maintains two-way communications with volunteer leaders.
Establishes and maintains rapport with personnel of the mass media and arranges for appropriate releases in the program area.
Understands and implements the provisions of EEO, ADA, WVU's diversity plan, and other Affirmative Action programs within Extension.
West Virginia University, founded in 1867, has a long and rich history as a public, land grant institution. WVU encourages scholarship, offers high quality academic programs while serving the state of West Virginia and the nation. WVU is located in Morgantown, West Virginia, has been ranked as a #1 Small City in America, with divisional campuses in Charleston, Keyser, Martinsburg, and Montgomery. WVU is a Research University (Highest Research Activity) and ranks among the top 100 public universities in the nation, including a top 15 ranking in most affordable tuition for out-of-state students. WVU offers 184 degrees throughout the 15 colleges and schools within the university. Areas of specialty include STEM education, healthcare in Appalachia, shale gas utilization, radio astronomy, and forensics. There are more than 32,000 graduate and undergraduate students along with 190,000 alumni worldwide who are pioneering, passionate, innovative, tireless and caring.