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Extension Specialist, Housing and the Environment

Assistant/Associate Professor

College of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension (Agency 234)


The Extension Housing Specialist provides leadership in developing, implementing and evaluating housing educational programs at the local, state, and national level.  The specialist will also have primary responsibility for creating and implementing affordable housing and home ownership programs, as well as providing technical assistance for these programs.  The specialist must be able to work with county agents and others to provide high quality educational programming to address local needs and establish relationships with governmental agencies and organizations.  The incumbent should be able to conduct research and publish relative to best practices in housing; teach academic credit courses in housing; and develop materials for Extension publications.  The incumbent will be expected to seek/develop resources in support of educational programming in housing.



Master’s degree required (PhD or other doctoral degree preferred) in housing, housing and the environment, family and consumer sciences, education, or closely related field.  Experience working in the area of housing or related field required. Possess demonstrated ability to provide technical assistance, instruction and advice to clientele, including homeowners/potential homeowners and Extension agents/educators in the areas of home ownership and maintenance, healthy homes, money management, sustainable environment, and housing finance.  Demonstrated ability to develop, implement and evaluate Extension educational programs, related to housing, for diverse audiences including limited resource individuals and families.  Possess demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with various audiences using written and oral skills.  Possess knowledge of organizations, agencies and other entities that are in housing assistance for limited resource individuals.  Possess the ability to develop an effective network with that may assist the housing program.  Possess documented evidence of obtaining grants from external sources in support of program(s).  Documented experience functioning as a member of an interdisciplinary team is required.


Special Instructions to Applicants

Virginia State University will only accept applications through the online Recruitment Management System (RMS) at   Resume do not substitute for a completed online application.  Faxed, e-mailed, and mailed applications will not be accepted.  Interested persons must attach a letter of interest/cover letter, a current resume/vita, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses (if available) of three professional references (identified in RMS as Documents that MUST be attached by the applicant –Required Documents -Other document). 

Copies of transcripts and three (3) letters of references must be attached to online application or mailed to: 

Office of Human Resources
Virginia State University

1 Hayden Drive, Box 9412

Petersburg, Virginia 23806-9412

Your name and the position number (FO332) must be clearly identifiable on each item submitted. Official transcripts and three (3) letters of reference will be required prior to employment.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  Review of applications will commence immediately.

Selected candidate must pass a Criminal Background check, including fingerprinting and must complete a Statement of Personal Economic Interest as a condition of employment, if applicable.   



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