The Program Leader for Agriculture & Natural Resources provides statewide leadership, management and supervision to county extension agents and program specialists to ensure needs of underrepresented populations are addressed. The Program Leader applies a broad perspective and understanding of subject matter and priority issues impacting families and communities relative to agriculture in accordance to USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) goals.
Provide leadership for developing, implementing, evaluating, and interpretation of educational outreach programs in designated counties. Assist extension agents and program specialists through training, coaching and support in reporting and the impact to funding agencies and stakeholders.
Conduct, plan, coordinate and evaluate in-service training for program specialists and extension agents on identified topics consistent with county, state and national priorities. Assist with professional development workshops for scheduled program planning and state training conferences. Recruit, hire, train and mentor employees. Conduct six month probationary conferences for new hires. Conduct Annual Performance Evaluations and Program Planning Conferences with Texas A&M AgriLife colleagues who jointly supervise Cooperative Extension Program extension agents. Conduct Annual Performance Evaluations for Program Specialists and Administrative Associate.
Develops and monitors yearly Agriculture & Natural Resources budget. Continue to fulfill grant funded obligations and seek external funding opportunities. Builds collaborative efforts and relationships with organizations, companies, and corporations to support and enhance program effectiveness. Aggregates monthly report data to submit for the Annual Plan of Work and Accomplishment Report. Compile and prepare annual, quarterly and special reports as required.
Establish and maintain linkages with agencies and institutions (1890 and 1862) to enhance the goals of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Serve on the CEP Management Team.
Participate in professional development opportunities to increase and enhance competencies to ensure that innovative, high quality programs reflect the needs of underrepresented and underserved audiences. Serves on boards and committees related to agriculture programming.
Maintain a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner to get along with customers, co-workers and supervisor. Perform other duties as deemed necessary and appropriate.
Required Education and Experience:
Master?s degree in agriculture and natural resources or related field.
Five years of related experience.
Job Posting Close Date:
Preferred Education and Experience:
Doctorate with successful completion of graduate level courses in program development, adult education and leadership developmen
Five to seven years of Extension experience in Agriculture and Natural Resources area as state/regional director, specialist, or program leader; three years? experience supervising staff in a related field of agriculture.
Five years of demonstrated history of effective program delivery to limited resource farmers, ranchers and producers.
Ten years experience in leadership, experience in Extension work at the county level, program planning, implementation, evaluation and interpretation, or combination of extension, teaching or related industry.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Good computer skills.
Program development, implementation and evaluation skills.
Leadership and teaching skills.
Ability to multi task and work cooperatively with others.
Preferred Education and Experience:
Demonstrated ability in designing, implementing, evaluating and report impact of community-based non-formal educational programs; supervision of professional and support employees; and experience working effectively with people at all socioeconomic levels.
Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills.
Please attach all required documents listed below in the attachment box labeled as either “Resume/CV or Resume/Cover Letter” on the application. Multiple attachments may be included in the “Resume/CV” or Resume/Cover Letter” attachment box. Any additional attachments provided outside of the required documents listed below are considered optional.
Resume or Curriculum Vitae
Application Submission Guidelines:
All applicants are required to apply via our Career Site on or before the closing date indicated on the job posting. Applicant inquiries received via email and websites such as Indeed, HigherEdJobs, etc. will not be considered unless the individual has applied to the available position via the PVAMU Career site.
The required documents listed in the above Required Attachments section must be attached to the application prior to the job closing date indicated to ensure full consideration for the application submitted. Please contact the Office of Human Resource on or before the closing date indicated above at 936-261-1730 or firstname.lastname@example.org should you need assistance with the online application process.
Background Check Requirements:
Internal Number: R-013364
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