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Extension Agent, FCS, Food Safety Ė Virginia Tech

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Position Information

Position Information

Working Title:

Extension Agent, FCS, Food Safety

Role Title:

Professional Faculty

Posting Number:


About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech, founded in 1872 as a land-grant institution, is currently ranked as a Top 30 Public University by US News & World Report and a Top 30 Public Research University by the National Science Foundation. Through a combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto: Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). As the Commonwealthís most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech serves a diverse population of 30,000+ students and 8000+ faculty and staff from over 100 countries, and is engaged in research around the world. Invent the Future at Virginia Tech.

Position Summary:

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 agentís 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 VCEís Agriculture and Natural Resources, Community Viability and 4-H to meet local educational program needs is essential.

Required Qualifications:

Must have a minimum of a bachelorís degree in a relevant area. A masterís 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 VCEís civil rights policies and compliance with affirmative action.

Preferred Qualifications:

Masterís degree is preferred.

Employment Conditions:

Must have a criminal background check, Must have a driver's license check

Must have a conviction check:


Describe Other:

Frequent travel is required. Must provide own transportation on a regular basis.

Employment Comments:

Virginia Tech has an excellent benefits package, including graduate tuition waiver.

Note: Individuals with a bachelorís degree will be hired at the Associate Extension Agent title level. A masterís degree and promotion to Extension Agent are required no later than the sixth year of employment.

Contact information:
Linda Alumbaugh
Human Resources Assistant
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
120 Hutcheson Hall (0437)
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Inquiries should be directed to:
Phone 540-231-3451
FAX 540-231-5545
Refer to
VCE website: for full ad, position description, and information on available positions.

Apply electronically online to: . 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 race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

How to Apply for this Job:

For a complete listing of position qualifications, and to apply, please visit, and search for posting #AP0122525. Review of applications will begin on 12-17-2012.

Employee Category:

Administrative and Professional Faculty

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FLSA Status:

Exempt: Not eligible for overtime

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Tenure Status:

Non-Tenure Track

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Calendar Year

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Pay Range:

Commensurate with Experience


Southwest District Coop. Extension


Other - Virginia

Location, if not Blacksburg:

Wythe County

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Diversity Statement:

Virginia Tech has a strong commitment to the principle of diversity, and in that spirit seeks a broad spectrum of candidates including women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify the hiring department by the application deadline.

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Supplemental Questions

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  1. How did you first learn about this job opening
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Required Documents

Required Documents

  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References

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