Lanier County Extension 4-H Youth Agent

Location
Athens
Posted
Aug 05, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Open Until Filled: Yes

Job Summary: This position will be responsible for managing the 4-H & Youth Development programming in Lanier County by providing educational opportunities for youth in 4-H club meetings, coordinating local activities, and preparing youth for project and judging events. Lanier County is a rural county in Southwest Georgia with a population of 10,312. Currently, 21.8% live in poverty, the high school completion rate is only 64.2% and the per capita income $23,766, all significantly lower than the state. These factors place citizens at a higher risk for poor financial skills and debt, which also increase the risk for chronic disease due to unhealthy food choices and lack of physical activity. There are also no after-school programs to provide youth alternative educational opportunities. The candidate will work to establish programs, activities and events that will result in youth learning information and developing skills that influence positive change. The candidate will focus on prevention of chronic disease, increased financial literacy skills, and STEM education. Qualifications: This position requires: * A Bachelor's degree (Master's degree strongly preferred) in Agriculture, Education, Human/Youth Development, Sociology, Family & Consumer Sciences, Recreation, or closely related area * Successful experience in program development and management (direct 4-H experience strongly preferred), demonstrated communication ability as well as skills in leadership and management * The ability to design, coordinate, and teach educational programs to meet community needs, and * A demonstrated ability to work as a team member and with groups and committees. Major Responsibilities: * Responsible for managing the 4-H program in Lanier County by providing educational programs for youth in 4-H club meetings, coordinating local activities, and preparing youth for project and judging events * Implements the CAES Civil Rights/Equal Opportunity plan and ensures that clientele understand that UGA Extension offers its educational programs, assistance, and materials to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status * Provides leadership for volunteers, Para-professionals, and teen leaders in delivering 4-H and Youth programs * Utilizes the expertise of and works closely with advisory groups, community leaders, public officials and representatives of intended audiences to analyze data, identify needs, and assist in developing educational programs * Develops a plan of work that is equitable in meeting the varied socio-economic needs of the county * Develops and conducts relevant interdisciplinary programs with other staff members based on critical issues * Collaborates with other agencies and community groups to plan and implement programs * Conducts promotional efforts to expand the public's view of extension programming * Utilizes current research data and information on emerging issues in program development and teaching * Demonstrates personal interest and involvement in community by participating in and supporting civic/community activities/organizations and networking with community leaders * See www.caes.uga.edu/intranet/coextopr/pdfs/coextagentjd.pdf for a listing of other responsibilities. * This position requires frequent night meetings, some weekend work, and attendance at out-of-county meetings. A valid driver's license and a personal vehicle for official duty travel are required. The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

Minimum Qualifications: * A Master's degree A Bachelor's degree is acceptable for a Public Service Provisional appointment. This provisional faculty classification is offered for no more than three years without review. You may apply for a regular service faculty appointment upon completion of an advanced degree or successful progression through the public service promotion process. See the University of Georgia Guidelines for Appointments and Promotions for Public Service and Outreach Academic Rank for complete details http://outreach.uga.edu/policies/appointment-and-promotion-guidelines/ * A demonstrated ability to work as a team member and engage with groups and committees * The ability to design, coordinate, and teach educational programs to meet community needs * A demonstrated communication ability as well as skills in leadership and management

Preferred Qualifications: * A Master's degree in Human/Youth Development, Sociology, Education, Agriculture, Family & Consumer Sciences, Recreation, or related area.

Salary: Minimum $46,000/year for Master's Degree or $34,500/year for Bachelor's Degree as well as an excellent benefits package. Reimbursement for business travel will be provided.

Faculty Rank: Open Rank

Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track

Employee Percentage: 100

Location od Vacancy: SW District