Assistant/Associate Agent, 4-H Youth Development

Tucson, AZ
Dec 24, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Posting Number:



Yavapai County Office

Department Website Link:


County Extensions and Farms


840 Rodeo Drive #C, Prescott, AZ 86305 USA

Position Highlights:


Duties & Responsibilities:

The Yavapai County 4-H Youth Development Program is a diverse mix of traditional club programs and STEM education. The James 4-H Camp is also located in Yavapai County and serves as a statewide outdoor education center for 4-H youth activities. This continuing eligible Assistant/Associate Extension Agent position in 4-H Youth Development is part of a dynamic team of professionals developing and delivering community outreach programs that provide research-based, objective informal education.

Using community needs and assessment data, the Assistant/Associate Agent will develop and conduct programs which address priority needs at the county, state, and national levels. Programs will assist adults, youth, and families by building coalitions with community groups, agencies, and other organizations. The Assistant/Associate Agent will work with diverse clientele and colleagues and employ a variety of teaching methods. Programs will emphasize personal growth, leadership development and skill development of youth and adult volunteers. This position provides youth in Yavapai County with non-formal educational opportunities designed to help them develop into productive and engaged citizens. The Assistant/Associate Agent will work to expand and enhance the 4-H club program and ensure a quality youth experiences in high-context youth development such as STEM, camping experiences, and after school programs. The Assistant/Associate Agent will be responsible for grant writing, conducting applied research and publishing creative and scholarly works that support their county-based 4-H program. The Assistant/Associate Agent will also be asked to conduct outreach and contribute to unit, college, and university service. In these and other ways, the Extension Assistant/Associate Agent will improve and develop a high-quality research-based volunteer implemented positive youth development 4-H program that enhances youth-adult engagement, increases program diversity, and expands community collaborations.

A. ProgramDevelopment

  • Conducts a systematic analysis of national, Arizona, and county data, local resources, and historical information in order to identify community assets, program needs, and teaching opportunities.
  • Identifies resources and pursues (grants, contracts, in-kind contributions, etc.) to develop and enhance programs.
  • In cooperation with 4-H staff, community groups, local leaders, Extension advisory groups, and other Extension professionals, develops an annual Plan of Work.
  • Consults with Extension faculty, program coordinators, and other experts in the development of educational programs, applied research, and scholarly works.

B. ProgramImplementation

  • Builds and conducts high-quality programming and utilizes new technology, which may include problem solving research, to address priority needs of the target audiences.
  • Participates in statewide working groups to develop new and creative programming efforts.
  • Prepares educational material, evaluation instruments, teaching materials and publicity information in support of state, county, and community initiatives.
  • Function as a resource for 4-H staff, other agencies and organizations on positive youth development. Promotes interaction and cooperation among various groups.
  • Disseminates educational materials through countywide and/or multi-county events, workshops, websites, newsletters and other mass media methods, use of volunteers, and other methods.
  • Provides for recruitment, training and recognition of volunteers and assist them in the conduct of educational programs, as appropriate.
  • Promotes communication and teamwork with county and state Extension, other faculty and youth professionals.
  • Promotes Cooperative Extension as the outreach arm of the state land-grant university.

C. ProgramResults

  • Conducts program evaluation and design and implements applied youth and volunteer development research.
  • Communicates program results to both professional peers and clientele through periodic reports, scholarly works, and various types of publications (e.g., bulletins/fact sheets, popular articles, state publications, scientific articles, social media, video, and computer programs).
  • Counsels with County and State 4-H staff and the County Extension Director to evaluate program effectiveness and personal achievements as an Extension faculty member.

D. Professionalism

  • Maintain professional competence through study, participation in professional activities and the application of knowledge and skills on the job.
  • Maintain high ethical and professional standards and is loyal to Cooperative Extension and the University of Arizona.
  • Promote public understanding and support for 4-H, Extension and University programs.
  • Perform as a collegial member of Arizona Cooperative Extension.

E. Collegiality

  • Collegiality is the cooperative interaction among colleagues where individuals work productively, and interact with civility with faculty, students, staff members, and stakeholders in all environments impacted by the university.
  • Collegiality encompasses the basics of the professional ethics of the academic world: each member in ALVSCE must treat all people with professional respect, foster integrity of intellectual inquiry, advocate for the needs and rights of students and stakeholders, and establish awareness of workplace safety.
  • Collegiality should not be confused with sociability or likability, or service but should instead be understood as a professional standard relating to each individual's performance, one that is essential to maintaining or improving the productivity and quality of all units within ALVSCE. Since collegiality is an expectation, employees who are not behaving in a collegial fashion will be held accountable by their direct supervisor. Examples of behaviors that are antithetical to collegiality include demeaning coworkers, bullying, discrimination in any form, and intimidation, either verbally or in electronic communications.

Linesof Responsibility

Thisposition is administratively and programmatically responsible to the CountyExtension Director, and through that position to the Director of Extension. Thisposition is programmatically responsible to the Associate Director, 4-H YouthDevelopment for programmatic effectiveness and statewide programmaticcoordination.

Knowledge,Skills and Abilities

  • Maintains professional competence through study, participation in professional activities and the application of knowledge and skills on the job.
  • Maintains high ethical and professional standards.
  • Promotes public understanding and support for Extension and University programs.
  • Performs as a collegial member of Arizona Cooperative Extension and its affiliate organizations.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Master’s Degree related in youth development, education, social work, leadership, or other related fields.
  • Two years of applicable professional experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to design, implement, and evaluate educational programming.
  • High competency in the subject matter of youth development and people related skills such as teaching, problem analysis, conflict management, communications, human relations, and leadership development.
  • Desire and capability of working with diverse youth and volunteer audiences, possess self-confidence and self-efficacy, exhibit a positive view of others and their capabilities, be entrepreneurial, use good time management, and show good judgement, and use sensitivity while working with peers and community members alike. This includes upholding the
  • The person must be able to perform activities associated with conducting programs in the field through the use of reasonable accommodations.
  • The person must have the ability to obtain an Arizona driver’s license, provide their own transportation, be able to travel statewide using all modes of transportation, and have the ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Program and volunteer management experience in informal settings.
  • Demonstrated success in fundraising such as acquiring grants, contracts, and gift development.
  • Demonstrated ability to use current computer technology and distance-bridging technologies to expand learning opportunities.
  • Demonstrated ability to use social media and effective marketing strategy to reach youth and adult audiences.
  • Experience planning programs and working in diverse communities.
  • Demonstrated record of scholarly activity.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • The ability to read, write, and speak Spanish or Native American languages spoken on the geographic area’s tribal communities.
  • Additional experience, skills, or expertise specifically related to the assignment.
  • Experience in collaboration and relationship building.
  • University of Arizona’s Diversity and Inclusion policies and guidelines.

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Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

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Job Category:

Agriculture and Extension

Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

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Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required::

Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

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Contact Information for Candidates:

Jeff Schalau
[email protected]

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Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and One Additional Document

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Please provide transcripts with application. Upload as the additional document.

Diversity Statement:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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