Extension Professional III

Tucson, AZ
Feb 17, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Posting Number:



Agric Extension Administration

Department Website Link:



Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

The Associate in Extension, 4-H Curriculum Development (Extension Professional III) position is a not eligible for Continuing Status and is short-term temporary position to last 3 years. Renewal after 3 years is subject to funding. The successful Associate in Extension, 4-H Curriculum Development candidate will provide ongoing support to the 4-H program and serves as a statewide resource to families, communities, and youth serving organizations by providing expertise on positive youth development, program development and curriculum design. The successful Associate in Extension, 4-H Curriculum Development candidate will provide ongoing support to the 4-H program and serves as a statewide resource to families, communities, and youth serving organizations by providing expertise on positive youth development, program development and curriculum design. The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension 4-H program team is a vibrant staff comprised of dynamic youth-centered, energetic and motivated individuals committed to creating resources and opportunities promoting positive youth development. The Arizona 4-H program is fortunate to partner with the Arizona 4-H Youth Foundation, which invests in the mission of the 4-H program at the county and state level. Currently, Arizona 4-H serves 200,000 youth annually through 4-H community clubs, school enrichment, out-of-school programs, and special interest activities. This position is administratively and programmatically responsible to Associate Director, 4-H Youth Development.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities:

A. Leadership

  • Provide innovative leadership and direction for designing, developing, implementing and evaluating experientially-based curriculum adaptable for use in traditional 4-H clubs, schools, home school programs, community partnership programs - such as those in out-of-school time, and with other youth serving organizations. Specific responsibilities will be to:
  • Provide leadership for identifying, designing, developing, implementing and evaluating experientially based curriculum and programs suitable for use by caring adults working with youth in a variety of non-formal settings.
  • Collaborate with Extension departmental specialists, contracted people, and other resources in 4-H outreach and program development and design.
  • Collaborate with the National 4-H Headquarters and 4-H Council to develop, revise and implement 4-H resources and curriculum for use in outreach efforts to meet the needs of today’s youth (see www.n4hccs.org).
  • Collaborate with state and county 4-H professionals to identify program emphasis and direction for Arizona
  • Provide leadership and direction for 4-H project literature including identification, development, training, implementation, evaluation and revisions to existing materials through stakeholder committee structures.
  • Provide leadership for outreach and statewide priority programs across the Arizona 4-H Great 8 participation pathways. For more information: https://extension.arizona.edu/4h/get-involved

B. Identified Educational Program Initiatives

  • Provide leadership for volunteer capacity development in Arizona 4-H. • Support 4-H outreach and priority programs to new groups and individuals, including FRTEP/tribal 4-H programming, hard-to-reach, at-risk, and home-school youth.

C. Professionalism

  • 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 and is loyal to Cooperative Extension and the University of Arizona.
  • Promotes public understanding and support for 4-H, Extension and University programs.
  • Performs as a collegial member of University of Arizona Cooperative Extension.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience in curriculum development, youth development, educational design, non-formal education, or a closely related field.
  • Demonstrated experience facilitating group planning and interaction.
  • Experience in team building, problem solving, and innovation.
  • Demonstrated experience in program design and development, implementation and assessment.
  • Experience as a county-based 4-H youth development professional.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through professional level experience required.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience is typically required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree. Degrees in education, youth development,psychology, sociology, communications, community development or a closelyrelated field preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience utilizing innovative teachingstrategies and methods and use of technology.
  • Demonstrated experience in grantsmanship and grantwriting.



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

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Job Category:

Agriculture and Extension

Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:


Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level:


Job Family:


Job Function:

Agriculture & Extension

Type of criminal background check required::

Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to job duties)

Number of Vacancies:


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Contact Information for Candidates:

Jennifer Gardner Smith
[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

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 and a Native American/Alaska Native-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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