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Columbia County Agriculture Agent

Date of posting here February 24, 2012
Type of position This is a probationary tenure-track faculty appointment within the University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Department of Agriculture/Agribusiness. This probationary appointment may be renewed annually for six years, depending on academic performance during the probationary period. A tenured appointment must be obtained by your tenure date at the end of the sixth year of full-time employment to retain the position, in accordance with UW-Extension faculty policies and procedures.
Employer University of Wisconsin -Extension, Cooperative Extension
Location Portage, WI
Salary $46,000-50,000
Benefits State of Wisconsin benefits, including retirement, vacation, sick leave, health insurance, and other insurances.
Closing date of competition March 27, 2012
Date position available TBD
Description of duties
  • Design, deliver and teach culturally relevant community-based educational programs through a variety of methods
  • Conduct and collect ongoing assessments of community educational needs
  • Create a plan of work that integrates research and community needs
  • Reach and engage diverse audiences in ways that are inclusive and do not discriminate to ensure full access to programs, facilities and educational services
  • Conduct and report on program evaluations to improve program effectiveness and demonstrate value to programmatic and funding partners
  • Identify, recruit and develop volunteer leadership necessary to carry out the position’s plan of work
  • Write, publish and share articles, curricula and program designs
  • Build, strengthen and sustain trust-based relationships to promote cooperative and respectful work environments
  • Develop and maintain relationships with programmatic and funding partners in ways that effectively communicate Extension’s value
  • Collaborate with program-related community coalitions and partnerships
  • Regularly consult with and report to Extension partners at the county and state levels to ensure accountability
  • Develop and follow a professional development plan to ensure proficiency in priority content, current research and relevant competencies
  • Be responsive to evolving position, program, office and organizational needs; perform additional duties as requested
  • Contribute leadership, as needed, to ensure effective Extension office operations
Qualifications sought
  • Master’s or other graduate degree, with at least one degree in a field that relates to the responsibilities of this position such as agronomy/plant sciences, soils, horticulture, agricultural economics, agricultural business management, broad area agriculture, agricultural education, or dairy science and animal science
  • Current content knowledge in fields related to the purpose of this position such as agronomy/plant science, agriculture economics, agriculture business management, or agricultural education
  • Demonstrated skills in planning, implementing or teaching educational programs
  • Experience partnering with others (paid or volunteer) to promote involvement in community decision-making and positive action
  • Knowledge and skills to effectively interact with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity
Contact for additional
information
Cooperative Extension Human Resources
608-263-1945 OR ces.jobs@uwex.edu
Application procedure
Submit what
To receive full consideration, the following application materials must be received by March 27, 2012:

  • Cover letter (up to two pages) that summarizes how you meet the required qualifications of this position. Please prepare a paragraph for each of the required qualifications and include formal education, training, professional work history, volunteer work, research, and any related life experiences in your response. Please note that your response will be evaluated for content and written communication skills.
  • Professional resume, including related education, professional work history and volunteer experience.
  • Contact information for three (3) professional work references, including at least one person who has been your immediate supervisor. For each reference, please indicate the nature of your professional relationship and include the person’s title, e-mail address and telephone number.
  • Final college transcripts for each of your degrees. Unofficial copies of final college transcripts are acceptable when applying for this position. Official final college transcripts are required upon hire.
  • Applicant Survey Form

Application materials that do not comply with these instructions are incomplete and will not be considered. Applications will continue to be accepted until the screening process is complete.

Optional Confidentiality Form: Under Wisconsin Statutes, if asked, UW-Extension is required to provide a list of all nominees and applicants who have not requested in writing that their identities remain confidential. The identities of all finalists must be released upon request. Please consider completing and returning this form along with other application materials.

Submit to
Cooperative Extension Human Resources at:

  • ces.jobs@uwex.edu (preferred method)
  • OR 432 N. Lake Street, Room 249; Madison, WI 53706
  • OR 608.262.9462 (confidential fax)
Additional Information A criminal records review will be conducted prior to employment. Completed consent forms will be requested at the time of final interviews. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, convictions and pending charges will be considered only as they relate to this position.

As an affirmative action employer, UW-Extension provides equal opportunity in programs and employment; and is strongly committed to maintaining a climate supportive of respect for differences and equality of opportunity. UW-Extension does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, disability, sex/gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, religion, marital status, identity as a veteran, disabled veteran, Vietnam veteran or any other military service, arrest record or non-program related conviction record. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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