Provides educational leadership in the development, implementation, and evaluation of research based, integrative statewide Extension programs that meet the needs of limited-resource and socially-disadvantaged audiences. Delivers training and educational support materials for field staff and their clientele/customers in animal science, consistent with the philosophy, policy and overall mission, goals and educational objectives of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Program. Specifically, the Extension Specialist in Animal Science leads a collaborative team of researchers, Extension associates, Extension agents, technicians, and key stakeholders to determine the educational needs of small, part-time, and limited resource livestock producers and develop curricula in response to those needs.
This position 1) provides innovative leadership in planning, implementing, and evaluating statewide educational programs that address needs of small, part-time, and limited resource farm audience related to pasture swine and/or small ruminant production; 2) provides leadership in identifying and conducting staff development opportunities, training and technical assistance (for Extension professionals, paraprofessionals and non-extension persons) in pasture swine and/or small ruminant production and related areas; 3) serves as the coordinator for the Swine Unit at the Center for Environmental Farming System (CEFS) at Cherry Farm in Goldsboro; 4) prepares program accomplishment reports to share with internal and external audiences and assist with marketing the organization and its impacts; 5) collaborates with Animal Science faculty, other Extension specialists and research scientists to develop relevant research-based animal science program initiatives; and 6) actively promotes diversity within extension programs and audience. The Animal Science Specialist reports to the Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Leader of the Cooperative Extension Program.
Primary Function of Organizational Unit:
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. For additional information, please visit (http://www.ncat.edu).
Internal job number: 008590
-Ph.D. from an accredited university in Animal Science or a closely related field, applicants with a doctorate degree in process will also be considered. Degree must be completed by date of hire.. -Broad knowledge of animal agriculture, including swine and/or small ruminant animal production. -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. -Valid Driver's license and personal transportation. -Ability to travel and work after hours/weekends as needed. -Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds safely to conduct livestock demonstrations and training.
In addition to Ph.D., five or more years of professional experience in Cooperative Extension, animal science research, academia or the private sector.
Knowledge gained through one or more years of experience in program planning, implementation, and evaluation.
Experience with statistical analysis software.
Experience planning, implementing, marketing and evaluating educational programs.
Ability to interact and gain support from constituencies outside the university such as business and industry, state and federal agencies and non-profit and private foundations.
If invited to interview you must bring the official transcripts for all degree’s received. Copies will not be accepted.
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