Extension Agent - Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H/Youth Development - Teton County

Montana State University   Choteau, MT   Full-time     Education
Posted on November 21, 2022
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Position Information
Announcement Number FAC - VA - 22125
For questions regarding this position, please contact:
Tracy Mosley at 406-223-4727 or at tmosley@montana.edu
Classification Title Extension Agent
Working Title Extension Agent - Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H/Youth Development - Teton County
Brief Position Overview
This position is located in Choteau, MT.

The primary duty for County Extension Faculty is to assess local community needs, then to develop, implement, and evaluate Extension programming to meet those needs. The primary emphases of the Teton County Extension agent position are in the areas of family and consumer sciences and 4-H/youth development, with secondary emphasis on community development. The MSU Teton County Extension Office is staffed by one other Extension agent whose job emphases are mainly in the areas of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 4-H/Youth Development, and Community Development. The agents are assisted by two part-time administrative assistants when fully staffed.
Faculty Tenure Track Yes
Faculty Rank Up to Professor
Position Number 4B3934
Department Extension Agents/Field
Division Extension
Appointment Type Faculty
Contract Term Fiscal Year
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Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary MSU Extension is committed to equitable salaries. Beginning salaries are determined by an analysis of education and previous experience. Minimum base salary with Bachelor’s degree is $42,000. Minimum base salary with Master’s degree is $49,000.
Contract Type MUS
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Recruitment Type Open
osition Details


General Statement
This position is located in Choteau, MT.
Teton County is located on the western edge of the Golden Triangle area of Montana, fifty-five miles northwest of Great Falls and within two hours of Glacier National Park. Choteau, a community nestled between the Rocky Mountains and the plains, is the county seat and has a population of 1,721. Total county population is 6,085. Other towns and communities in Teton County include Dutton, Fairfield, Power, Pendroy, and Bynum. A Community Health Needs Assessment-Improvement Plan was conducted in 2020 as a collaboration between Teton Community Health Department, Benefits Teton Medical Center, and Teton Community Alliance for Resiliency and Educational Support. The report identified existing health status within the county and objectives and approaches to improve health and quality of life in Teton County.

Teton County has approximately 165 registered 4-H members and 64 registered 4-H volunteers. There are five organized 4-H clubs and two project clubs in the county, an active 4-H Camp, 4-H youth leadership, and Shooting Sports programs. Teton County 4-H and Extension administer the Teton County 4-H Fair, which is held the last full weekend in June.

There are complete K-12 school systems in Choteau, Fairfield, Power and Dutton-Brady. There are additional elementary schools in the county, including Greenfield, Bynum, Golden Ridge, and Hutterite colony schools. There are medical facilities in Choteau and throughout the county, including clinics, a hospital, nursing home, assisted living facilities, dentists, chiropractor, and optometrist. Teton County and surrounding areas offer numerous recreational opportunities, including camping, hiking, hunting, and fishing. The county is within an hour of an international airport.

We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, foster and maintain effective interpersonal relationships, exhibit excellent written and verbal communications 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, which may emphasize food and nutrition, health and wellness, mental health and stress management, healthy lifestyles, finance management, and estate planning; 4-H/Youth Development; and Community Development that result in positive community impacts.
  • Share leadership for the Teton County 4-H program with the Agriculture and 4-H/Youth Development Agent to foster positive youth development and adult engagement and a successful 4-H program.
  • Collaborate with local Extension staff and stakeholder groups to conduct continuous needs assessments in Family and Consumer Sciences, 4-H/Youth Development, and Community Development to inform programming priorities in Teton County.
  • Embrace a team approach to planning, developing, and implementing the overall MSU Extension program in Teton County.
  • Embrace a team approach to planning, developing, and implementing the overall MSU Extension program in Teton County.
  • 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 Teton County.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Bachelor’s degree in family and consumer science, human development, or related field.
  2. Demonstrated ability lead groups; assess needs; and plan, implement, facilitate, teach, and evaluate educational programs for youth and adult audiences.
  3. Demonstrated ability to provide effective leadership for Extension programming for positive youth and volunteer development.
  4. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with individuals, groups, and community organizations representing a wide variety of youth and adult audiences.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Master’s degree.
  2. At least one degree or relevant work experience in family and consumer science, human development, or related field.
  3. Demonstrated ability to facilitate groups and help them find constructive solutions to locally identified issues.
  4. Extension experience or demonstrated understanding of the Extension education model.
The Successful Candidate Will
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 Teton County; and will be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. The successful candidate will also possess 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, and dedication to supporting and enhancing Montana State University’s initiative for diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information
This position, if filled at the Master’s degree level, will be tenure-track. A successful candidate without a Master’s degree will be required to complete their Master’s degree, in a program area relevant to their Extension position, within six (6) years of their start date. Failure to do so may result in termination.

Work hours vary and are influenced by community needs. Work outside of normal business hours, including evenings and weekends, is not unusual. Position includes continuous professional development, frequent travel throughout the county, and occasional travel throughout Montana.

Must possess currently or be eligible to obtain a valid State of Montana Driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points),or have other reliable means of transportation. Must have access to a vehicle to use for work (mileage will be reimbursed),and have minimum vehicle liability insurance. Do NOT send a copy of the driver’s license.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.
Physical Demands
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
The Program
The scholarship of 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.”
Posting Detail Information


Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search
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Applications will be:
Applications will be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.
Special Instructions
Please note – for this position – Five (5) references have been requested.
Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples. https://www.montana.edu/hr/recruitment/dualcareer.html.

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile. https://www.montana.edu/hr/recruitment-guidelines/affirmative_action_plan.html.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: https://www.montana.edu/policy/discrimination/index.html.