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Company:
University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
Division:
College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
City:
Hilo
State:
HI
County:
Hawaii County
Country:
USA
Posted: 09/01/2023
Junior / Assistant Extension Agent (Agricultural Economics) (Pos #85336)

Description

Title: Jr/Asst Extension Agent, Agricultural Economics
Position Number: 85336
Hiring Unit: College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, Natural Resources and Environmental Management
Location: Hawai‘i County
Date Posted: July 19, 2023
Closing Date: September 10, 2023
Salary Information: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Monthly Type: 11 Month
Tenure Track: Tenure Track
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Temporary/Permanent: Permanent
Funding: General

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop an extension program in agricultural economic and policy strategies that maintain, enter, and expand climate-smart markets in the State of Hawai‘i for agricultural, food and natural resource based products and identify climate-smart and circular economy opportunities that promote rural development and environmental sustainability in collaboration and partnership with state, private, non-profit, federal and state agency, and stakeholders.
  • Serve as liaison between industry members and organizations, government agencies, private companies, supply chain actors and producer associations on issues related to agricultural economic policy and sectoral strategy
  • Emphasis is on identifying opportunities to build resilient and sustainable rural communities through promoting agricultural production systems aligned with climate-smart and circular economy principles; expanding market opportunities for conservation and environmental goods; and supporting rural community and related organizations’ conservation decision-making. Effort will focus on supply and value chain analyses (such as identifying new market opportunities for and bottlenecks to climate-smart production and food value chains; assessing infrastructural and labor needs; identifying value-added opportunities); assessing economic impact of agricultural sector development strategies and policies through, e.g., input-output analysis, computable general equilibrium analysis; analyzing and communicating policy changes, including trade policy and new federal or state rules and regulations; and assessing the potential of and connecting stakeholders to appropriate federal and state grant and support programs.
  • Address statewide problems in tandem with the Agricultural Finance Agent and other extension agents, extension specialists, researchers, industry organizations, and commercial farm and food businesses (e.g., the Hawaii Climate-Smart Commodities Team).
  • Work closely with stakeholders and other extension faculty on developing surveys, manage data, analysis and interpretation.
  • Conduct a sound educational program for industry members and organizations, commercial farming operators and producer associations that focuses on opportunities, value chains, policy changes, marketing [via farmers’ markets, food hubs, community supported agriculture (CSA), e-Infrastructure, etc.].
  • Support/assist any annual reports on various agricultural commodities and sub-sectors in Hawaii in partnership with the Agricultural Finance Agent, other agricultural economics faculty, and/or state of Hawaii agricultural economists (e.g., the Hawaii Climate-Smart Commodities Team).
  • Provide information on agricultural economic strategies, e.g. the Hawaii Climate-Smart Commodities program, to diverse producer groups using various means such as workshops, field days, and training development materials, presentations, and exhibits.
  • Publish scholarly information that addresses industry needs through appropriate media methods such as hard copy publications; web-based publications, social media and other communication and media alternatives.
  • Seek and obtain external funding to support implementation of educational programs.
  • Conduct scholarly activities on the county, state, and national levels.
  • Participate in county, department, college, and university service and governance.
  • Work with stakeholders that involves meetings that occur after normal working hours and/or on weekends at off-site locations.

Minimum Qualifications for Junior Extension Agent (A2):

  • Bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing, with major work in Agricultural Economics, or a closely related field.
  • Ability to apply Extension teaching methods.
  • Ability to travel independently to various geographical locations in a timely manner.
  • Requirement may be fulfilled by a valid Hawai‘i Driver’s License (Class 3), comparable driver’s license, or other means of transportation which meets position needs.

Minimum Qualifications for Assistant Extension Agent (A3):

  • Master’s degree from a college of university of recognized standing with major work in Agricultural Economics, or a closely related field; or, in addition to the Bachelor’s degree, 30 credit hours of post-baccalaureate academic work in a field appropriate to the position.
  • At least 3 years of successful experience in Cooperative Extension or equivalent in closely related fields.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and to assume responsibility for developing an Extension program.
  • Ability to work harmoniously with other agents in an integrated Extension system, and with related agencies.
  • Ability to travel independently to various geographical locations in a timely manner.
  • Requirement may be fulfilled by a valid Hawai‘i Driver’s License (Class 3), comparable driver’s license, or other means of transportation which meets position needs.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Proven ability to work effectively with organizations and government agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively using traditional and modern educational methods and tools.
  • Ability to use electronic technology (e.g. computer-word processing, database management, desktop publishing, web meetings, social networking platforms, etc.).
  • Experience working with farmer, stakeholder organizations and/or food businesses.
  • Experience with grant writing and obtaining additional sources of programmatic support.
  • Ability to work effectively with low income, limited resources and underserved populations.
  • Experience working in tropical or sub-tropical agricultural systems.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in a language of one or more populations that the position serves.

To Apply:
Submit the following online through NeoGov (incomplete applications will not be considered): 1) Cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum and some, if not all, desirable qualifications, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) statements of extension and research experience and interests, 4) a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, the classroom, and/or services, 5) names and contact information for at least three professional references, and 6) official transcripts (copies accepted, however official transcripts will be required upon hire).

CTAHR Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement:
We believe that inclusiveness and excellence are interdependent. Our local and global communities are best served by ensuring all populations are represented equitably throughout CTAHR. We strive to cultivate an environment that supports equitable opportunities for every member of CTAHR to achieve individual and common goals. We will advance diversity, equity, and inclusion by: (1) promoting the recruitment and retention of diverse students, faculty, and staff, especially from groups that have been underrepresented or marginalized; (2) creating equal opportunities for all members of CTAHR to participate in decision-making processes and scholarly and professional development; and (3) fostering an inclusive culture where every CTAHR member feels respected and valued.

Note: If you have not applied for a position before using NeoGov, you will need to create an account.

Inquiries: Dr. Kirsten Oleson; oleson@hawaii.edu; (808) 956-8864

 

EEO/AA, Clery Act, ADA

 

The University of Hawai’i is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, genetic information, marital status, breastfeeding, income assignment for child support, arrest and court record (except as permissible under State law), sexual orientation, domestic or sexual violence victim status, national guard absence, or status as a covered veteran.  For more information or inquiries regarding these policies, please refer to the following link: http://www.hawaii.edu/offices/eeo/eeo-coordinators/

Employment is contingent on satisfying employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; reference checks of previous employers; and for certain positions, criminal history record checks.

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Accommodation Request:  The University of Hawai’i complies with the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the EEO coordinator directly.  Determination on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.  For further information, please refer to the following link: https://www.hawaii.edu/offices/eeo/accommodation-request/