This position will be responsible for the management of the Agricultural and Natural Resources programming in Grady County by providing educational opportunities in production agriculture and natural resources to a wide variety of audiences utilizing a variety of teaching methods. Grady County is in a section of extreme southern Georgia that Agricultural Commodities still reign as King. The County Farm Gate Value in 2015 was $185,401,171. Commodities such as cotton, peanuts, vegetables, corn, pecans and a very large ornamental horticulture industry bring a substantial agricultural impact to the community. Cotton brings in over $15 million, Peanuts bring in over $10.8 million and Grady Co is ranked 2 in Bell Pepper Production and 2nd in Ornamental Horticulture value – $45.4 million.
This position serves as a UGA Public Service Faculty Member and a member of the Grady County Extension Staff (http://www.caes.uga.edu/extension/grady/) and is under the direction and leadership of the Grady County Extension Coordinator and the Southwest District Extension Director.
• Utilizes the expertise of advisory groups, community leaders, public officials and representatives of intended audiences to analyze data, identify needs, and assist in developing educational programs
• Develops a plan of work that is equitable in meeting the varied socio-economic needs of the county
• Targets specific audiences for educational programs addressing critical issues identified in plan of work
• Implements the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences’ Civil Rights/Equal Opportunity plan
• Develops and conducts relevant interdisciplinary programs with other staff members based on critical issues
• Collaborates with other agencies and community groups to plan and implement programs
• Conducts promotional efforts to expand the public’s view of extension programming
• Utilizes current research data and information on emerging issues in program development and teaching
• Demonstrates personal interest and involvement in community by participating in and supporting civic/community activities/organizations and networking with community leaders
This position requires frequent night meetings, some weekend work, and attendance at out-of-county meetings. A valid driver’s license and a county vehicle for official duty travel is provided..
Hiring rank will be commensurate with candidate’s experience, achievements and stature in the discipline.
• A Master’s degree is required for hiring as a public service faculty member. A Bachelor’s degree is acceptable for a Public Service Professional position. A Public Service Professional may apply for a regular public service faculty appointment upon completion of an advanced degree or successful progression through the public service promotion process. See the University of Georgia Guidelines for Appointments and Promotions for Public Service and Outreach Academic Rank for complete details http://outreach.uga.edu/policies/appointment-and-promotion-guidelines/.)
• A demonstrated ability to work as a team member and engage with groups and committees
• The ability to design, coordinate, and teach educational programs to meet community needs
• A demonstrated communication ability as well as skills in leadership and management
A Master’s degree in Crop & Soil Science, Plant Protection & Pest Management, General Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Science, Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness, Agricultural Education or closely related area