Agent Associate, Family and Consumer Sciences (Healthy Homes/Finance)
University of Maryland Extension | Frederick, MD | Posted: Apr 7 2017
Position Number: 117735
Category Status: Faculty, Non-Tenured Continuing Contract
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.
- Work closely with tenured/tenure-track nutrition, healthy living, and finance educators in the Central Cluster to plan, implement and expand healthy living and financial programs designed to meet the needs of priority audiences in Frederick County as identified through local needs assessment strategies. Assists with Central Maryland Cluster programs as needed.
- Collaborate with extension educators across the state through relevant Healthy Living Action teams to implement signature financial capability, healthy living, and wellness education programs for targeted priority audiences that meet local priority needs.
- 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 Healthy Living Program Playbook.
- Develop partnerships and collaborations with colleagues, campus specialists, external organizations, and government agencies to implement educational programs and better serve clientele.
- Utilize only 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 that provide private value to clientele.
- 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.
- BS Degree in community health, public health, family & consumer sciences, community health, financial education, adult education, or related field.
- General understanding of educational program development and evaluation process.
- Evidence of desire and 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 Outlook.
- Commitment to lifelong learning and professional development.
- Personal transportation and valid driver’s license required. Must be willing to travel throughout 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.
- This position is subject to a Criminal History Record Check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion and clearance of the Criminal History Record Check.
- M.S. Degree.
- Extension or similar work experience in formal or non-formal community-based education.
- Ability and experience in using social media to engage clientele.
Physical Demands of the Position:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
- This 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. Personal transportation and a valid driver’s license required.
- Must be willing to travel throughout the Cluster, as well as the State of Maryland, as needed. 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.
- Visual acuity is required for preparing and analyzing written or computer data and presentations. This position requires the employee to work outdoors at certain times of the year.
Salary & Benfit Information:
All candidates must apply online at https://ejobs.umd.edu. A complete application packet includes: a cover letter, resume or CV, contact information for three (3) professional references, and copies of transcript.
Position Closing Date:
The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.