Extension Agent II - IV

University of Florida in Florida

Deadline July 13, 2014
Date Posted June 16, 2014
Type Post-doc


Job Description: University of Florida/IFAS Extension and Escambia County seek to fill a 12-month, permanent status-accruing 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent position. The agent will provide leadership for development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive county 4-H Youth Development program in cooperation with local citizens and county/state extension colleagues. This agent will also serve as the overall Escambia County 4-H Program Leader within a cadre of three 4-H agents. Duties and Responsibilities The agent will: Develop, sustain, and monitor an effective volunteer system to staff the 4-H program including recruitment, screening, orientation, training, utilization, recognition, and evaluation of 4-H volunteers. The Agent is expected to have or to develop an area of expertise to share across county lines, particularly regarding development of 4-H volunteers. Ensure close adherence to all UF/IFAS and Florida 4-H youth protection policies. Maintain and use an effective county 4-H Association in order to achieve program balance reflective of the countypopulation diversity and to address the unique educational needs of county residents. Plan, implement, and evaluate educational programs in response to needs identified by the County 4-H Association (with volunteer support) to enhance both the quality and quantity of the 4-H program. Provide leadership for managing private financial resources under the direction of the Escambia County 4-H Foundation to support 4-H programming and ensure all financial policies are followed as instructed by University of Florida/IFAS Extension guidelines. Provide leadership for organizational management of all program components including program policies, enrollments and records, risk management, communications, and educational materials. The agent will establish and maintain an effective system for accountability and public information to all relevant individuals, groups, organizations and agencies. The agent will assume other assignments and responsibilities in support of the total extension program and follow all University and County policies and procedures. Provide coordination with other 4-H faculty and staff (currently including two 4-H professionals and two 4-H support staff) and with the other extension faculty in the Escambia office. Coordinate and oversee the local 4-H facilities that include a new 9,000 sq. ft. 4-H Center and a 108-acre outdoor agriculture facility with 4-H support staff. Manage the Military/US Navy Grant that is currently serving two bases in Pensacola (Naval Air Station and Corry Station). Assume other assignments and responsibilities in support of the total Extension program as assigned by the County Extension Director and District Extension Director. Follow all University of Florida and Escambia County policies and procedures. The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to: Design, implement, and evaluate community-based educational programs based on needs assessment with input from county 4-H Association and community members. Manage volunteer systems and apply experiential education and community development methods. Work with community agencies and groups in collaborations and partnerships. Work with and enhance strong local advisory committees. Develop and maintain good media relations. Work cooperatively with youth and adults as a leader and team member. Work independently with minimal supervision. In addition, the county faculty member must possess good verbal and written communication skills; have qualities of resourcefulness, creativity, enthusiasm and innovativeness; and have good organizational development and management skills. Knowledge and experience with computer technology are essential. Previous experience with 4-H as a member, leader, or agent, and experience with 4-H clubs, camps, school enrichment, and after-school programs are desirable. Working with and having non-profit organization experience is desirable. Escambia County has a fast-growing coastal urban community and a developing rural community at the north end of the county. Escambia County has a population of more than 300,000 in 120,133 households and a youth population of about 50,000. The extension office is located in Cantonment, a northern suburb of Pensacola. Ten faculty members, five support staff, and four program assistants make up the Escambia County Extension team.
Minimum Requirements: A MasterDegree and at least 5 years of professional experience in extension or equivalent is required. The degree must be from an accredited college or university in youth development, education, community development\/sociology or a related field. Candidate must be willing to work irregular hours and weekends; occasional overnight travel is required. Must be able to obtain a Florida Driverlicense; must be willing to travel using personal transportation. Employment is contingent upon the results of a national background screening. The successful candidate will be required to pass a county physical, criminal background check, and drug test.
Preferred Qualifications Escambia County residency is preferred, and the agent is expected to be an active member of the community.
To Apply: http://jobs.ufl.edu/postings/53589

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