Position Summary

Position Description

Rosebud and Treasure counties cover more than 6,000 square miles of southeastern Montana. Major industries of Rosebud and Treasure Counties are agriculture, coal mining and power generation. The population of Rosebud County is 9,326 with 1,925 living in the county seat of Forsyth. Other population centers include Colstrip, Lame Deer and Ashland. Treasure County’s population is 680, with 232 living in the county seat of Hysham. The Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation is located in the southern part of Rosebud County. Forsyth features a modern hospital and is only 100 miles from a major medical community in Billings. Recreational activities include world class deer and antelope hunting, fishing, camping, and many other outdoor opportunities. The 4-H program consists of approximately 144 members and 34 volunteer leaders in 6 organized clubs.

The main emphases of the Rosebud-Treasure Agent position will be in the areas of family and consumer science and 4-H/youth development. The office also has a full-time agent whose responsibilities are agriculture and 4-H/youth development, and a full-time administrative assistant who is supervised by both Extension agents.
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.

We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, foster and maintain effective interpersonal relationships, exhibit excellent written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to contribute positively to the academic success of students and the mission of Montana State University.

Duties and Responsibilities

Develop, plan, implement, facilitate, and evaluate successful, research-based educational programs in Family and Consumer Sciences with emphases on cooking, nutrition, and food safety; health and wellness, financial literacy; mental health; and healthy lifestyles.
In partnership with the Ag Agent, provide leadership for development, planning, facilitation, and evaluation of the Rosebud/Treasure County 4-H program to foster positive youth development and volunteer recruitment and engagement toward a successful 4-H program.
Plan, implement, and facilitate subject matter training for 4-H/youth audiences consistent with FCS skills, abilities, and experiences.
Collaborate with other youth organizations within the county to develop and expand 4-H/youth skill development and leadership opportunities
Collaborate with local Extension staff and stakeholder groups to conduct continuous needs assessments in Agriculture and 4-H Youth Development to inform programming priorities in Roosevelt County.
Embrace a team approach to planning, developing, and implementing the overall MSU Extension program in Rosebud and Treasure Counties.
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 Rosebud and Treasure Counties.

 

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H/Youth Development, education or other closely related field 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

Master’s degree. At least one degree or relevant work experience in Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H/Youth Development, education, 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.

Other Requirements

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 Rosebud and Treasure Counties; 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.

Travel Requirements

Frequent travel throughout the counties, occasional travel throughout the state.

Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?

yes

Contact Name

Larry Brence

Contact Email

lbrence@montana.edu

Contact Phone

406-874-8236

Application Instructions

Apply online at montana.edu/extension/careers

Equal Employer Statement(s)

Equal Opportunity Employer, Veterans/Disabled.

About Montana State University Extension

Brief Position Overview

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.