College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Agent ( Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences (Financial Wellness))

University of Maryland Extension  |  Posted: May 17 2017


Position Number: 103514; 103357; 103435
Category Status: Faculty Non-Tenured, On Track (Full-time)
Unit: AGNR-UME


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:

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:    

University of Maryland Extension (UME) is seeking to fill three (3) positions, with one position at each of the following county Extension office locations:

  • Caroline County, 9194 Legion Road, Suite 4, Denton, MD 21629     (Position 103514: Mid-Shore Cluster)
  • Prince George’s County, 6707 Groveton Drive, Clinton, MD 20735 (Position 103357: Capital Area Cluster)
  • Howard County, 3300 North Ridge Road, Suite 240, Ellicott City, MD 21044 (Position 103435: Central Cluster)

 When applying to this posting, applicants are encouraged to indicate all preference(s). Applicants may select to apply for multiple locations, and should indicate the position number(s) and location(s) when applying.

 Each Extension Educator will design, teach, implement and evaluate educational programs using research-based information for youth and adult audiences in their assigned Cluster. Programs will focus primarily on financial capability and wellness for families, youth, and communities including entrepreneurship, food resource management and procurement, health and wellness concepts, etc. In carrying out these duties, the educator is responsible to the Family & Consumer Sciences Program Leader for programmatic leadership. For county-specific administrative matters, the individual is responsible to the Area Extension Director. The faculty member will be on track for tenure and promotion to a higher rank in accordance with University policy and UME tenure guidelines within a timeframe defined.

 


Position Responsibilities:

  • Plan, implement and expand interdisciplinary educational programs designed to meet the needs of priority audiences, as identified through local needs assessment strategies. These efforts may include an integrated focus on financial capability, while incorporating food resource management, health and wellness, etc.
  • Provide leadership for the development, implementation and evaluation of educational programs focused broadly on financial wellness for families, youth, and communities including entrepreneurship, food resource management and procurement, health and wellness concepts, etc.
  • Collaborate with colleagues across Maryland to implement signature financial capability programs for targeted priority audiences that meet local priority needs and address UME statewide priorities.
  • Engage clientele in the education process using learner-centered strategies and targeted outcomes that result in improvements in knowledge, attitudes, and skills leading to positive behaviors and practices.
  • Utilize planned evaluation strategies as outlined in Healthy Living Program Playbook, including Financial Wellness action team plans.
  • 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.
  • Generate funding through the development of proposals to supplement and enhance local programming efforts, including grants, contracts, and cost recovery efforts.
  • Develop, synthesize, and disseminate knowledge related to program priorities through scholarly efforts, including peer-reviewed publications, professional presentations, articles in refereed journals, etc.
  • Actively participate in professional service such as relevant committees, boards, and associations at the local, state, university, and national levels.

 


Qualifications:

Required–

  • Master’s degree in personal finance, family & consumer sciences, or 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 Outlook.
  • Commitment to lifelong learning and professional development.
  • Personal transportation and valid driver’s license required. Must be willing to travel throughout Cluster counties, 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.

Preferences–  

  • Ph.D. 
  • Certification in Financial Education expertise.
  • Skills and experience in group process and facilitation.
  • Extension or similar work experience in formal or non-formal community education.
  • Ability and experience in using social media to engage clientele.

 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.

 


Salary & Benfit Information:

Salary will be commensurate with experience: Master’s Base: $49,575 – Ph.D. Base: $59,650. The University of Maryland offers an extensive benefits package.


Application Instructions:

All candidates must apply online at https://ejobs.umd.edu. A complete application packet includes a letter of application, a current (signed) resume or Curriculum Vitae, copies of transcripts (official transcripts will be required if offered the position), and three (3) professional references, including name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address. Candidates may select to apply for multiple locations, and should indicate the position number(s) and location(s) when applying.

 


Position Closing Date:

Monday, June 19, 2017


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.

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