Extension Agent I - II

University of Florida in Florida

Deadline August 26, 2014
Date Posted August 6, 2014

Job Description: University of Florida/IFAS Extension seeks to fill a 12-month, permanent status-accruing faculty position as 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent in St. Johns county. The agent will: Provide leadership for development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive county 4-H Youth Development program and science education delivery in cooperation with local citizens and county/state Extension colleagues. Develop, sustain, and monitor the effectiveness of a volunteer system to staff the 4-H program including recruitment, volunteer staff development, and evaluation/recognition. Ensure compliance with Florida 4-H youth protection policies, including screening and training 4-H volunteers. Maintain and work in partnership with an effective county 4-H Association. Target programs to achieve program balance reflective of the countypopulation diversity and to address the unique educational needs of county residents. Provide leadership for securing and managing private financial resources to support 4-H programming and ensure compliance with UF/IFAS Extension financial policies. Provide leadership for the management of all program components including program policies, enrollments and records, risk management, communications, educational materials, and volunteer management. Establish and maintain an effective system for accountability. Focus efforts on providing educational programs for youth and volunteers related to a variety of subject areas, with special emphasis on agriculture, science, technology, engineering and math. The agent is expected to have or develop an area of expertise to share across county lines. Increase the presence of 4-H in St. Johns County elementary and middle schools through school enrichment and after-school programs. Build partnerships with local youth-serving organizations and after-school programs by recruiting staff and volunteers to conduct 4-H project work with youth ages 5 to 18. Teach and deliver programs through 4-H Clubs, 4-H county/district/state workshops, 4-H school programs, summer day/residential camps and special interest short-medium and long term programs. 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 and 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, work closely with volunteers, 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 is desirable.
Minimum Requirements: A bachelordegree is required. If hired with solely a bachelordegree, significant progress towards obtaining a masterdegree is expected within 6 years of employment. The degree must be from an accredited college or university in youth development, science education, or a related field. Science fields considered for this position include animal science, biology, chemistry, physics, earth and space science, microbiology and general science. 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 must also complete a physical exam and drug screening.
Preferred Qualifications A masterdegree is preferred.
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