Family & Consumer Sciences Job Description

Major Job Responsibility 1:  Educational Programming

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate a plan of work based on locally identified needs which will lead to improved quality of living for families and individuals.
  • Develop, lead, and/or teach educational programs which focus on: 1) making healthy choices; 2) nurturing families; 3) embracing life as you age; 4) securing financial stability; 5) promoting healthy homes and communities; 6) consumer sciences programming areas including: food and nutrition; family resource management; human development and family relations; health, safety and wellness; leadership development; clothing and textiles; housing and the environment; home based and micro business.
  • Use proven, research-based teaching methods to instruct community members on these curriculum areas.
  • Implement educational programs which strengthen families and individuals.
  • Develop and implement leadership programs such as Kentucky Extension Homemakers resulting in the development of personal and organizational leadership skills.
  • This position will serve all clientele ensuring that all youth and adults have an equal opportunity to participate in Extension programs regardless of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, age, veteran status, or physical or mental disability. 

Competencies/Skills: Planning and organizing; ability to travel to sites outside the office; written and oral communication skills; teaching and presentation skills.

Major Job Responsibility 2:  Advisory Councils

  • Determine appropriate volunteer positions.
  • Recruit, develop and utilize members of FCS advisory Council to help identify local issues, conduct and evaluate educational programs, secure resources for Extension programs and communicate curriculum needs to the University.
  • Provide leadership to Extension Homemakers program and provide opportunities for members to learn, develop and practice leadership skills. 

Competencies/Skills: Recruitment and marketing skills; confidentiality; ability to make decisions; teaching skills.

Major Job Responsibility 3:  Leadership

  • Provide citizens with the opportunities to learn and practice leadership skills.
  • Determine appropriate volunteer positions and identify, enlist and train volunteer leaders to help carry out program responsibilities.
  • Ensure that all Client Protection guidelines are implemented within the FCS program area.
  • Ensure that FCS leadership is representative of the diversity of the county population.
  • Demonstrate professionalism and personal leadership skills. 

Competencies/Skills:  Recruitment and marketing skills; confidentiality; ability to make decisions; teaching skills.

Major Job Responsibility 4:  Public Accountability and Public Relations

  • Generate and utilize evaluation data on programming to document and publicize accomplishments.
  • Share program outcomes with community and elected officials to help them understand the value of Extension.
  • Demonstrates open and efficient communication among agents, support staff and Extension clientele.
  • Provides latest research based information in a customer friendly manner to clientele.
  • Network and build relationships among diverse groups and individuals to market and support for Extension.
  • Use new technology to communicate with clientele and University officials.
  • Contributes to the information base used to document accomplishments of the Cooperative Extension Service to key decision makers and Federal partners. 
Competencies/Skills:  Written and oral communication skills; dependability; courteous and responsive to the public; social media skills.
Major Job Responsibility 5:  Facilitation, Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Collaborates with groups which will lead to new audiences seeking opportunities to participate in Extension programs.
  • Serve as a group facilitator to convene or intervene with groups that need a neutral facilitator to help the group identify, solve problems and/or make decisions.
  • Partner with other groups/agencies in the county such as family resource centers, health departments or other family serving agencies in the county to provide programs.
  • Build collaborations with other agencies and organizations to solve community problems and multiply effectiveness.
  • Serve as a source of expertise in the community for family and consumer sciences subject matter areas.
  • Exhibit and promote teamwork within the Extension organization at county, district and state levels, acting as mentor and contributing to the professional development of all agents.
  • Support the overall-office operation by having input on support staff evaluations, budget, county extension council as well as the other office-wide responsibilities and serving as a lead person in operational areas as needed. 

Competencies/Skills: Initiative; leadership abilities; ability to easily meet people and form relationships; open and honest communication skills; team player.

Major Job Responsibility 6:  Customer Service

  • Maintains a system to provide clientele information on a timely basis.
  • Requests for assistance from clientele leads to future programming.
  • Uses new technology to speed response time for clientele requests and provide recommendations.
  • Provides latest research based information in a customer friendly manner. 

Competencies/Skills: Detail oriented; ability to meet the public; good relationships with specialists; good communications skills.

Major Job Responsibility 7:  Supervision

  • Monitors schedules and work completion.
  • Reviews and updates all staff JAQ’s.
  • Conducts reviews to document and discuss staff progress in achieving performance standards.
  • Allows and encourages staff to attend trainings that will enhance their development.
  • Supports the implementation of new skills on the job and follows up to ensure implementation. 

Competencies/Skills: Communication skills; coaching; supervisory skills.

Major Job Responsibility 8: Professional Standards, Customer Service and Organizational Improvement

  • Consistently live out the commitment to the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment tenets of excellence, competence, respect, flexibility, communication, and learning.
  • Model and promote excellent customer service to all internal and external constituents.
  • Expand professional knowledge through training, classes, and seminars.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Competencies/Skills:  Leadership Management Skills.