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Montana State University Extension Agent - Roosevelt County in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 24021

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Larry Brence at 406-874-8236 or lbrence@montana.edu

Classification Title Extension Agent

Working Title Extension Agent - Roosevelt County

Brief Position Overview

The primary duty for County (Tribal) Extension Faculty is to assess local community needs, then to develop, implement, and evaluate Extension programming to meet those needs. The primary emphases for this full-time position will be in the area of 4-H/Youth Development with secondary responsibilities in Agriculture, Family and Consumer Science, and Community Vitality as determined by local needs. The Extension Office staff in Roosevelt County includes a full-time agent for Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Horticulture with shared responsibility for the 4-H program and a full-time office administrative assistant.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes

Faculty Rank Up to Professor

Position Number 4B3797

Department Extension Agents/Field

Division Extension

Appointment Type Faculty

Contract Term Fiscal Year

Semester

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Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary MSU Extension is committed to equitable salaries. Beginning salaries are determined by an analysis of education and previous experience. Minimum base salary with Bachelor’s degree is $46,325. Minimum base salary with Master’s degree is $53,325.

Contract Type LOA

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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

Roosevelt County is located in northeast Montana. The county borders North Dakota to the East and the Missouri River to the South. The Extension Office is located in Culbertson (population 690) in the eastern part of the county. Wolf Point, the county seat is on the west end of the county. The Fort Peck Indian Reservation occupies the western portion of the county and is home to the Sioux and Assiniboine Tribes. The county has a population of approximately 11,175 with the largest town being Wolf Point (population 2774). The other three incorporated towns include Poplar (Pop 852); Froid (Pop 235); and Bainville (Pop 215); along with the unincorporated communities of Brockton and Ft. Kipp.

The Roosevelt County 4-H program has over 100 youth and adult members, and four 4-H Clubs. The county has a variety of recreational activities, including sporting activities, hunting, and fishing. Fort Peck Lake is accessible for a pleasurable day of boating, picnicking, camping, or touring. The town of Culbertson is home to a K-12 school, a fully staffed hospital and is within an hour of larger hospitals in Sidney and Williston, North Dakota. Also available to Culbertson residents are an outdoor sports complex, library, senior center, swimming pool, and a newly developed fishing pond and walking trail.

Extension work at MSU is defined as, the creation of partnerships, programs, and plans through Extension, or other community-based research, that leverage the knowledge and resources of the university and the public/private sector to enhance learning, discovery, and engagement; educate and engage citizens; strengthen communities; address locally identified issues and problems; apply and disseminate knowledge; and contribute to the public good.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • In partnership with the Ag Agent, provide leadership for development, planning, facilitation, and evaluation of the Roosevelt County 4-H program to foster positive youth development and volunteer recruitment and engagement toward a successful 4-H program.

  • Develop, plan, implement, facilitate, and evaluate successful, research-based educational programs in Agriculture, Family and Consumer Science, and Community Vitality as identified by community needs.

  • Collaborate with local Extension staff and stakeholder groups to conduct continuous needs assessments in all areas of Extension to inform programming priorities in Roosevelt County.

  • Embrace a team approach to planning, developing, and implementing the overall MSU Extension program in Roosevelt County.

  • Build and maintain collaborative working relationships with peer Extension agents, Extension specialists, county commissioners, and appropriate local individuals, groups, boards, agencies, and organizations to leverage educational programming in Roosevelt County.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Demonstrated ability to lead groups; assess needs; and plan, implement, facilitate, teach, and evaluate educational programs for youth and adult audiences.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide effective leadership for Extension programming for youth, adults, and volunteers.

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with individuals, groups, and community organizations representing a wide variety of youth and adult audiences.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Master’s degree.

  • At least one degree or relevant work experience in Agriculture, Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H/Youth Development, Community Vitality or other closely related field

  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate groups and help them find constructive solutions to locally identified issues.

  • Extension experience or demonstrated understanding of the Extension education model.

    The Successful Candidate Will

The successful candidate will possess excellent human relation skills; a high level of professionalism; the ability to work effectively with other staff members; evidence of good judgment; flexibility and innovation to respond to changing needs of people in Roosevelt County; and will be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. The successful candidate will also have a familiarity with multi-cultural and different socioeconomic audiences, an interest in working with people from diverse backgrounds, and a commitment to the principles of diversity. Dedication to supporting and enhancing Montana State University’s initiative for diversity, equity and inclusiveness.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

This position, if filled at the Master’s degree level, will be tenure-track. A successful candidate without a Master’s degree will be required to complete their Master’s degree, in a program area relevant to their Extension position, within six (6) years of their start date. Failure to do so may result in termination.

Must possess a valid driver’s license, an acceptable driving record, and meet all State of Montana requirements to operate State/University vehicles. (If successful candidate possesses a valid out-of-state driver’s license, must obtain a valid Montana driver’s license within 60 days of hire.) Do NOT send a copy of the driver’s license.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program

The scholarship of Extension work at MSU is defined as, “The creation of partnerships, programs, and plans through Extension, or other community-based research, that leverage the knowledge and resources of the university and the public/private sector to enhance learning, discovery, and engagement; educate and engage citizens; strengthen communities; address locally identified issues and problems; apply and disseminate knowledge; and contribute to the public good.”

The Department

The College

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on July 8, 2024; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Please note – for this position – Five (5) references have been requested.

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples. https://www.montana.edu/hr/recruitment-guidelines/dualcareer.html

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile. https://www.montana.edu/hr/recruitment-guidelines/affirmative_action_plan.html.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: https://www.montana.edu/policy/discrimination/index.html.

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