Agent Associate (FCS)

Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 117996
Title: Agent Associate
Functional Title: Agent Associate (FCS)
Category Status: 15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con
Applicant Search Category: Faculty
University Authorized FTE: 1.000
Unit: AGNR-UME-Queen Anne's
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The primary purpose of this position is to plan, implement, and evaluate educational programs focusing on nutrition, health, and wellness, including physical activity, that result in a comprehensive educational program designed to address the issues of childhood obesity, chronic disease, and other dietary issues associated with poor health outcomes. The educator will offer consumer food safety and preservation education into food and nutrition programming for consumers. Programming for both youth and adults will be conducted in partnership with Health Departments, local school systems, and community organizations with shared goals and missions.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Work closely with tenure track nutrition educators on the Eastern Shore to plan and implement a nutrition education program designed to meet the needs of priority audiences in Queen Anne’s and Kent Counties and on the Upper Shore, as identified through local needs assessment strategies.
• Collaborate with Healthy Living colleagues to connect local priority program with state priorities through Action Teams as appropriate.
• Engage clientele in the education process using learner-centered strategies that result in positive behavioral change. Document learner outcomes using planned evaluation strategies as outlined in the Individualized Extension Plan that supports the work of University of Maryland Extension priorities.
• Develop partnerships and collaborations with colleagues, campus specialists, community organizations, school districts, and government agencies to implement appropriate educational programs.
• Utilize educational materials from University of Maryland, other state/national Extension programs and Universities, government and NGOs that are grounded in research and science, and are evidence-based when feasible.
• Develop and collaborate on funding proposals to supplement and enhance local programming efforts when possible, including grants, contracts, and cost recovery efforts.
• Evaluate priority programs to assess knowledge gain or skills learned in the short term, and practices improved, intent to change, and behavioral change over time.

Minimum Qualifications:

• BS Degree in community nutrition, or a closely related field.
• General understanding of educational program development process.
• Evidence of ability to effectively communicate with and engage diverse clientele.
• Demonstrated evidence of excellent teaching and communication skills.
• Ability to think independently, yet work successfully as a member of a cohesive team.
• Strong interpersonal skills to support the development of successful collaborations.
• Strong computer skills and experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, and Gmail.
• Commitment to lifelong learning and professional development
• Personal transportation and valid driver’s license required. Must be willing to travel throughout Upper Shore cluster as well as the State of Maryland, as needed.
• Flexible work schedule required for delivering evening and weekend educational programs and activities as determined by clientele availability and needs.
• When offered employment by UME, the successful candidate will be required to obtain a clear background check by the State of Maryland and FBI before beginning work assignment.

Preferences:

- M.S., R.D. preferred
- Extension or similar work experience in formal or non-formal community education preferred.
- Ability and experience in using social media to engage clientele preferred

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

Home Office Location: UME-Queen Anne’s County, 505 Railroad Avenue, Centreville, MD 21617

SALARY & BENEFITS:
Salary commensurate with experience, with base salary of $36,575.

Posting Date: 09/12/2017
Closing Date: 10/13/2017
Open Until Filled
Best Consideration Date
Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.
• Nature of the Position: The position frequently presents information through vocal and written communication to individuals of various ages, socio-economic, and educational backgrounds. The ability to express or exchange ideas vocally is important, as well as the ability to hear and perceive information at normal spoken work levels.
• Physical Demands: A routine part of the position’s responsibilities would be to transport materials to and from teaching/event locations, including loading and unloading the vehicle. The employee will frequently lift and/or move items weighing up to 20 pounds. Set-up and tear-down of displays, tables, and chairs would be necessary at many teaching sites.
• Environmental: Team driven, office environment of professional character, competence, and collaboration. Deadline driven in terms of program planning and reporting. The position requires the employee to work outdoors at certain times of the year, especially during the time of annual fair, 4-H residential or day camps and youth recreation activities. This may occur during very hot and/or inclement weather.
• Visual Acuity: Visual acuity is required for preparing and analyzing written or computer data and presentations.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial Transcript
  4. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae

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