Primary Purpose of Position
The primary purpose of this position is to manage the day-to-day operations of the Agricultural & Natural Resources (ANR) program unit. The work of this position ranges from standardized office support assignments to performance of administrative duties involving independent decision-making and judgment. Public contact is a major component, both internal and external to the organization and the University. This position coordinates business functions of the organization that include tracking and monitoring budget allocations, traveling planning and reimbursements, database management, meeting and event planning, answering phones and directing callers as needed, mail processing, etc.
Primary Function of Organizational Unit
The basic mission of the Cooperative Extension at NC A&T State University and NC State University is to extend the application of research-generated knowledge of a coordinated Cooperative Extension system in North Carolina and to bridge existing gaps so that all farmers, homemakers, families, youth and communities might acquire the practical knowledge and life skills needed to improve the quality of their lives.
Educational assistance is offered in four broad area; agriculture and natural resources, home economics, 4-H and youth development, community and rural development. Extension specialist on campus provide training and technical assistance to Extension agents and paraprofessionals working in the counties. These county personnel work one-on one with the families and individuals in the various programs. The A&T Cooperative Extension Program provides educational programs for limited-resource families and individuals in about one-third of North Carolina counties.
The Agriculture and Natural Resources programs of NCA&T Cooperative Extension help farmers diversify their traditional farms and begin new enterprises, offering new and innovative ways to grow food. The primary audiences are those farmers who are just beginning, those who are underserved, and those with small-scale acreage. Agricultural and Natural Resources staff conduct field days, tours, meetings and conferences, to deliver the latest information on farming practices and technologies, agricultural business management, natural resource conversation, food safety and gardening. They also develop and deliver programs in community-based and local food systems