JOB DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
The position will function as an integral part of the Thurston County WSU Extension team and the Small Farms Team, to develop and implement small farms education and research programs. The Extension Educator will be expected to have strong outreach and communication skills, research skills, and grant-writing experience.
This position is responsible for leading WSU Extension programsand serving as administrator for local WSU operations in Thurston County. In addition to the County Director, the WSU Extension personnel for Thurston County provide programming in the areas of 4-H Youth Development, Natural Resources, and Nutrition Education.
- Develop programs contributing to local, university, state, national, and international recognition of WSU Extension as an essential education and applied research resource.
- Contribute to the recognition of WSU as a premier Land-Grant University and the Extension profession.
- Work cooperatively with other faculty, industry representatives, grower groups, and other professionals across the Pacific Northwest.
- Become knowledgeable about and promote the entire Extension program.
- Contribute an accurate, consistent, and positive message about Extension to funding partners, participants, and the wider community.
- Serve as the Unit Lead for the Community Services Division (WSU Thurston County Extension, Fair, and Recreation) housed in the Thurston County Department of Resource Stewardship; provide administration oversight, program leadership for outreach, education and public engagement, and facilitate collaborative opportunities linking the WSU Extension mission with advancing county goals
- Support the community's burgeoning small farm community by providing guidance related to agriculture regulation and participating on the County's Agriculture Advisory Committee.
- Provide administrative leadership for County Extension staff and faculty; ensure the timely preparation of narrative and fiscal reports; participate in the department's budget development exercises and support staff development by identifying training opportunities from both WSU and Thurston County.