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Extension Agent, FCS, Food Safety - VA Tech


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This position will be housed in Wythe County. This FCS extension agent, specializing in food safety,will serve several counties specifically focusing on food safety education. The agent‚??s primary focus will be implementing and evaluating food safety educational programs in the counties of Bland, Wythe, Smyth, Carroll, Grayson, and Washington. These audiences should include, but not be limited to consumers, retail establishments, food entrepreneurs, farmers markets and other direct marketers. Specific duties include supporting and expanding current food safety programs offered through VCE and expanding into the counties to be served. These include providing clients with training of safe food handling, preservation and preparation activities. Additionally, this agent will work with the Food Innovations Program to act as a resource for area food processors regarding product food safety, regulatory concerns, and technical food processing assistance. Duties for this position will include working with the localities to assess community needs related to food safety, home food processing, and home food preservation programming, as well as assisting the Consumer Food Safety Program Manager and the Food Innovations Program Director in the development and maintenance of interagency partnerships with business, industry and local agencies to facilitate multi-agency, multi-disciplinary cooperation in food safety programming in these localities, including the local Departments of Health, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and local Departments of Social Services. Collaboration between this agent with faculty from VCE‚??s Agriculture and Natural Resources, Community Viability and 4-H to meet local educational program needs is essential.  

Minimum Qualifications

Must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in a relevant area. A master's degree and promotion to Extension Agent are required no later than the sixth year of employment. Experience in developing positive interactions with the public; experience in planning, implementing, marketing, and evaluating educational programs; ability to recruit, train and manage volunteers; excellent communication skills. Extension agents recognizes the importance of diversity and inclusion in the development and delivery of Extension programs, actively work to diversify program participation and are responsible for VCE's civil rights policies and compliance with affirmative action.  

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Master's degree is preferred.  

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Apply electronically online to: , posting #AP0140302. In addition to the faculty online application, applicants are required to submit by attachment a cover letter, complete resume, and reference contact information of three individuals (name, telephone number and email address). (TIP: Have these documents ready to attach at the time you submit your faculty application; the system will not allow you to enter a second time for any position). Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer  

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