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Montana State University Extension Agent - Deer Lodge County in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 22007

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Dan Lucas at (406) 274-8969 or daniel.lucas@montana.edu

Classification Title

Working Title Extension Agent - Deer Lodge County

Brief Position Overview

Foci of this position are 4-H Youth Development including leadership and supervision of 4-H volunteers, consumer horticulture and small acreage landowner education, and community physical and mental wellness. Additionally, this position functions as the chair for the Deer Lodge County MSU Extension Office, administers office related county fiscal matters and supervises an administrative assistant.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes

Faculty Rank Up To Professor

Position Number 4B4281

Department Extension Agents/Field

Division Extension

Appointment Type Faculty

Contract Term Fiscal Year

Semester

If other, specify From date

If other, specify End date

Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Contract Type LOA

If other, please specify

Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

This position is located in Anaconda

County Profile: Located in southwestern Montana near the Continental Divide, Deer Lodge County has a population of 9,106. The majority of the population lives in or near Anaconda, the county seat. The major industries for the County include manufacturing and tourism. Anaconda’s medical facilities include Community Hospital of Anaconda. Near one of two Interstate Highway hubs (1-15 & 1-90) in Montana, Anaconda is easily accessible from other major cities in Montana. Anaconda – Deer Lodge is home to the Washoe Theatre constructed in 1936 with Art Deco furnishings, the Old Works a Jack Nicklaus designed golf course, Discovery Ski Area, and Georgetown Lake. Deer Lodge County’s recreational activities include skiing, fishing, boating, hiking, snowmobiling, golfing, camping and hunting.

Foci of this position are 4-H Youth Development including leadership and supervision of 4-H volunteers, consumer horticulture and small acreage landowner education, and community physical and mental wellness. Additionally, this position functions as the chair for the Deer Lodge County MSU Extension Office, administers office related county fiscal matters and supervises an administrative assistant.

We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, foster and maintain effective interpersonal relationships, exhibit excellent written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to contribute positively to the academic success of students and the mission of Montana State University.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop, plan, implement, and evaluate educational programs in consumer horticulture, 4-H Youth Development, and community physical and mental wellness as determined by locally identified need.

  • Build and maintain cooperative working relationships with community and county boards, agencies and organizations such as the 4-H Council, and other groups with common interests.

  • Provide executive leadership for volunteer youth and leaders, including recruiting, training, supervising and recognizing volunteers.

  • Engage constituencies via direct interactions, collaborations, and partnerships with professional associations, committees, stakeholders, local governments, partner agencies, producer groups, etc.

  • Develop professional partnerships with specialists, associate specialists, other faculty, and stakeholders that advance the mission of Extension.

  • Assess clientele and stakeholder needs for the purpose of developing programing to address those needs.

  • Deliver educational resources through Extension teaching, developing curriculum(a) or educational materials, and one-on-one and small group consultations.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree with relevant work or volunteer experience in horticulture, community wellness, youth development or related fields.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide innovative and effective leadership to educational programming relating to consumer horticulture, community wellness, and youth development.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide effective leadership and professional development for adult volunteers

  • Experience managing multiple and varied tasks.

  • Experience working effectively with individuals and groups to identify solutions to community issues of concern.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Master’s Degree

  • Substantial and relevant work experience.

  • Experience or knowledge of high-altitude horticulture.

  • Experience developing and implementing community health education programs

  • Experience in consensus building, group facilitation and conflict resolution.

    The Successful Candidate Will

The successful candidate will possess exemplary professionalism; excellent human relations skills, including effective oral communication abilities; evidence of good judgment; flexibility and innovativeness to respond to the changing needs of people in Deer Lodge County. The successful candidate will also have a familiarity with multi-cultural and different socioeconomic audiences, an interest in working with people from diverse backgrounds, and a commitment to the principles of Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and diversity/pluralism.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This position, if filled at the Master’s degree level, will be tenure-track. A successful candidate without a Master’s degree will be required to complete their Master’s degree, in a program area relevant to their Extension position, within six (6) years of their start date. Failure to do so may result in termination.

Must possess currently or be eligible to obtain a valid State of Montana Driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points), or have other reliable means of transportation. Must have access to a vehicle to use for work (mileage will be reimbursed), and have minimum vehicle liability insurance. Do NOT send a copy of the driver’s license.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

Position requires frequent night and weekend work, extensive reading, frequent travel throughout the county, and occasional travel throughout the state of Montana. Position also requires using a variety of teaching methods and operating a variety of demonstration and educational equipment.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program

The scholarship of Extension work at MSU is defined as, “The creation of partnerships, programs, and plans through Extension, or other community-based research, that leverage the knowledge and resources of the university and the public/private sector to enhance learning, discovery, and engagement; educate and engage citizens; strengthen communities; address locally identified issues and problems; apply and disseminate knowledge; and contribute to the public good.”

The Department

The College

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on October 25, 2021; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Please note – for this position – Five (5) references have been requested.

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples (http://www.montana.edu/hr/dualcareer.html) .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; recruitment@montana.edu .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU ’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: www2.montana.edu/policy/affirmative_action/ (http://www2.montana.edu%5Cpolicy%5Caffirmative_action%5C) .

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