Position Summary

Descriptive Title

Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Sciences

Salary and Other Benefits

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Master's Base: $56,145/Ph.D. Base: $67,055. The University of Maryland offers an extensive benefits package (https://uhr.umd.edu/benefits/).

Position Description

POSITION SUMMARY:
University of Maryland Extension is seeking to fill two (2) Family and Consumer Sciences Educator positions, with one position at each of the following county Extension office locations:

  • Calvert County (Position 103388) – This Office is located in Prince Frederick, Maryland, and provides programming to the Southern Maryland Cluster, which includes Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s Counties.
  • Carroll County (Position 103310) – This office is located in Westminster, Maryland, and provides programming to the Northern Cluster, which includes Carroll, Baltimore, and Harford Counties.

When applying to this posting, applicants are encouraged to indicate all location preference (s).

The Family & Consumer Sciences (FCS) program promotes healthy and economically prosperous Maryland residents at every stage of life through education, research, and outreach programs. The Extension Educator will design, teach, implement and evaluate interdisciplinary educational programs using research-based information for youth and adult audiences in their respective Cluster. Programs will focus primarily on financial capability and financial wellness for families, youth, and communities and may also address health and well-being.  The Extension Educator will provide leadership and subject matter expertise in financial capability and wellness at the county and cluster level. In carrying out these duties, the educator is responsible to the FCS Program Leader for programmatic leadership. For administrative matters, the individual is responsible to their respective Area Extension Director. The Extension Educator will be a faculty member on track for tenure and promotion to a higher rank in accordance with University policy and UME tenure guidelines within a defined timeframe.

AGNR-UME is committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities.

 

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Plan, implement and evaluate interdisciplinary educational programs designed to meet the community residents’ financial capability and well-being needs. Conduct and analyze community needs assessment to develop innovative educational programs grounded in research and science.
  • Provide leadership to develop interdisciplinary educational programs that are culturally appropriate for diverse audiences. The programs focus on enhancing economic well-being and health that include and are not limited to basic financial management, planning for a secure financial future, entrepreneurship, financial wellness, and health. Education and outreach programs may include workshops, seminars, training, webinars and others that are virtual, in-person, or blended.
  • Engage clientele in the education process using learner-centered strategies and targeted outcomes that improve knowledge, attitudes, and skills leading to positive behaviors and practices.
  • Develop partnerships and collaborations with colleagues, campus specialists, external organizations, and government agencies at the county, cluster, and state levels.
  • Cultivate strong partnerships with community organizations and groups to develop education and outreach opportunities and support recruitment efforts.
  • Collect program evaluation and report outputs and impacts utilizing evaluation strategies as outlined by the FCS and Financial Wellness Action Team.
  • Identify and seek external funding to support the Extension programming and evaluation, including grants, contracts, and cost recovery efforts.
  • Develop, synthesize, and disseminate knowledge related to program priorities through scholarly efforts, including peer-reviewed publications, professional presentations, refereed journal articles, etc.
  • Engage and participate in county office team efforts to increase internal collaborations and build local stakeholder support for all UME programs.
  • Actively participate in professional services such as relevant committees, boards, and associations at local, state, University, and national levels.

Required Qualifications

• MS Degree in personal finance, family & consumer sciences, family economics, or related field • General understanding of community-based educational program development process • Evidence of capacity to build UME Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Respect capacity through Extension program model. • Evidence of ability and commitment to engage diverse clientele. • Demonstrated evidence of excellent teaching abilities and communication skills. • Ability to think independently yet work successfully as a member of a cohesive team • Ability to develop successful community collaborations and partnerships. • Strong computer skills and experience with Google Mail system, Microsoft Office, Video conferencing and other software to support program development, management, delivery and evaluation • Commitment to lifelong learning and professional development • Personal transportation and a valid driver's license are required. Must be willing to travel throughout the cluster as well as the state of Maryland as needed. • Flexible work schedule required for delivering evening and weekend educational programs and activities as determined by clientele availability and needs. • This position is subject to a Criminal History Record Check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion and clearance of the Criminal History Record Check.

Preferred Qualifications

• Ph.D. preferred in a relevant field of study. • Relevant professional certifications in financial education, such as an Accredited Financial Counselor, Counselor, or Planner. • Extension or similar work experience in formal or non-formal community education. • Ability and experience in using social media and marketing strategies to engage clientele. • Ability and experience in developing and implementing online modules and classes.

Other Requirements

Vaccine Protocol: The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment.

Application Instructions

All candidates must apply online at https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/88263. A complete application packet includes a letter of application, a current (signed) resume (or Curriculum Vitae uploaded as resume), copies of transcripts (official transcripts will be required if offered the position), and three (3) professional references, including name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

Equal Employer Statement(s)

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.