The Extension Agent for Community and Rural Development (CRD) in Edgecombe County is responsible for planning, executing, and evaluating effective and comprehensive community resource development programs that meet the needs of the county's limited resource population and align with the mission and vision of the Cooperative Extension Program at NC A&T. Programs include leadership development for community leaders; training clients to access resources needed to take action as informed citizens in their communities; and training in public engagement and facilitation. The Extension Agent organizes, communicates, and delivers course materials in formal and informal instructional settings; collaborates with county and community based organizations to deliver programs and recruit program participants; determines program needs and priorities by conducting needs assessments; and evaluates data collected from multiple sources including advisory committee members, county residents and program participants.
Specific duties include providing educational outreach, technical assistance, and project implementation to build the capacity for community groups to implement effective strategies that will grow and sustain their participation in civic engagement, community decision-making and governance, sustainable economic and social development, and entrepreneurship. The CRD Agent encourages and facilitates active cooperation among community members by articulating and demonstrating strategies that promote environmental and cultural development to improve quality of life and take advantage of the assets and unique features of each community location.
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The Cooperative Extension Program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is an educational outreach organization within the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Cooperative Extension at A&T provides researched-based educational information, programming and technical assistance to limited-resource audiences that address a diverse range of issues in four programmatic areas – Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, Community and Rural Development, and 4-H Youth Development. Together with its partners – North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, state and county governments, a dynamic and resourceful system is formed. In addition to campus operations, The Cooperative Extension Program has professionally staffed offices in almost half of the 100 counties in North Carolina and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Internal job number: 008952
Master's degree from an accredited university in agribusiness, rural sociology, community development, rural development or closely related field; or a bachelor’s degree in these or related fields with work experience in Extension or working/teaching in diverse communities, with an understanding that a Master's degree will be pursued. Ability to work independently without direct supervision. Ability to work and interact with diverse populations. Computer literacy (proficiency in MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Office) Strong oral and written communication skills as well as strong interpersonal skills. Ability to handle multiple demands and set priorities. Ability to network with community partners and agencies and maintain the working relationships. Valid Driver's license and personal transportation. Ability to travel and work after hours/weekends as needed. Must be able to lift and carry training supplies, publications and equipment needed for training programs.
Master’s degree in field related to community or rural development as specified above, and two or more years of experience in community development or Extension. Experience planning programs and working in diverse communities. Experience working effectively as a team member. Ability to manage time and resources. Experience and knowledge in mass media, marketing and presentations. Skills in leadership, budgeting and public relations.
If invited to interview you must bring the official transcripts for each degree received. Copies will not be accepted.
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North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is one of the nation’s most highly respected doctoral research, land-grant institutions. With an enrollment of almost 11,000 students, we are committed to fulfilling our mission through exemplary undergraduate and graduate instruction, scholarly and creative research, and effective public service. As a member of the A&T family you will be an integral part of its history and future – joining more than 1,800 current faculty and staff. You will be expected to be a leader and mentor. You will influence the minds that will affect our world. As a change agent, you will use your intellect and influence to make a positive impact on the greater A&T community. A&T will be more than your job, it will become your passion—and that commitment to yourself and others will last a lifetime. Because that’s what Aggies Do!