Extension Agent I or II – 4-H Youth Development (73796)
Apr 29, 2021
May 27, 2021
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The Univ. of Florida (UF) is a Land Grant institution with core values of unique purpose, excellence, integrity, collaboration and partnership, lifelong learning, diversity, responsiveness, innovation, communication, and global reach. IFAS employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff statewide. IFAS Extension employs 375 Extension Agents and has an office in each of Florida’s 67 counties.
Our mission in the Florida Cooperative Extension Service is to partner with communities to provide quality, relevant education and research-based expertise to foster healthy people, a healthy environment, and a healthy economy. We are the resource that helps educate Floridians to address issues related to agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, youth development, families and communities.
UF/IFAS is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, and gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service.
We hire the best. Diverse views and experiences make us strong. We look for people with both academic and people skills, who work well in teams, honor their commitments, innovate in a rapidly changing world, and believe in inclusion and diversity. Working for Florida Cooperative Extension will allow you to make a positive impact in your community as you help shape future generations, growing your career while earning a competitive salary and great benefits.
As an Extension Agent, you will work jointly for UF/IFAS Extension and Flagler County. We are looking for an individual who is self-starting, energetic, and team-oriented. Your educational responsibilities will include volunteer management and training with an emphasis on positive youth development of young people ages 5-18 through 4-H projects like food systems, outdoor education, shooting sports, animal science, and leadership. You must be able to work as part of an overall extension team including a 4-H program assistant to oversee delivery of 4-H educational programs. You will demonstrate excellent external and internal customer service, responding to client needs in a timely and professional manner. Your office will be located at the Flagler County Extension Office in Bunnell.
What you will do:
- Recruit, screen, train, evaluate, recognize, and oversee 4-H volunteers according to state protocol.
- Oversee the work of adult volunteers leading 4-H clubs, camps, and workshops that promote life skill development in youth.
- Foster an inclusive environment and build effective relationships with stakeholders, county government, community leaders, private sector clientele, media, government agencies, county residents, and UF/IFAS faculty, staff, and Extension administration.
- Organize a variety of educational events within the county while helping conduct district and state events.
- Plan, implement, and evaluate extension programs with respect to life skill development and volunteer management.
- Ensure office procedures related to handling of financial records within the 4-H office and reporting procedures are conducted according to state 4-H protocol.
- Seek local community support for your 4-H program, including establishment of a local advisory committee.
- Keep accurate records.
- Complete an annual plan of work and report of accomplishment (including extension program planning, implementation, and evaluation details) based on the input of your advisory committee and other stakeholders. Additional faculty reports will be required.
- Cultivate relationships with businesses and community partners who have an interest in youth development.
- Provide leadership for 4-H youth councils.
- Actively participate in the Flagler County 4-H Association.
- Work collaboratively to develop partnerships with agencies and organizations for interdisciplinary projects.
- Develop creative works and write client and public-friendly publications and other educational materials.
- Seek extramural funding and participate in professional associations.
- Follow all county, UF, and IFAS Extension policies regarding Affirmative Action, program development, and parity.
- Occasionally assume other responsibilities that benefit the total county extension program as assigned by the County Extension Director and/or the District Extension Director.
Employment is contingent upon the results of a national background screening through UF and Flagler County.
In the event of an emergency, all Flagler County employees are considered essential personnel and may be required to perform alternate duties.
Extension is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public. As such, all partners are involved in the supervision of the office and contribute to the salary and support resources. The primary goal of Extension is to disseminate the latest knowledge and applicable technologies in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences in order to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. The UF/IFAS mission is accomplished through Extension faculty members, scientists, educators, administrative staff, and volunteers working cohesively throughout Florida’s 67 counties.
Candidates will be reviewed as applications are received, but please be aware that interviews might not be scheduled until 4 to 6 weeks after the position closing date.
What you will bring (required):
- A bachelor’s degree in from an accredited college or university in youth development, education, community development/sociology, non-profit leadership, agriculture, or a related field. We will accept applicants without a bachelor’s degree if the degree will be earned by August 2021. If hired solely with a bachelor’s degree, we want you to continue to grow in your career. As such, we expect you to make at least 50% progress towards obtaining your master’s degree within the first 6 years of employment.
- Strong written and verbal interpersonal and communication skills.
- Knowledge and experience with computer technology.
- Resourcefulness, creativity, enthusiasm, and innovativeness.
- Good organizational development and management skills.
- Ability to establish solid partnerships and to find innovative ways to attract new audiences and volunteers.
- A commitment to customer service.
- Ability to possess (or be able to obtain) a valid Florida driver’s license.
- Flexibility with working hours; willingness to work irregular hours, including evenings, weekends, and overnight travel.
What you will bring (preferred):
- A master’s degree.
- Experience creating a variety of educational curricula, developing instructional materials, and applying teaching methods appropriate for the audience, including technology-enhanced and technology-based instruction to reach diverse audiences.
- Expertise in getting groups to work together for a higher goal, managing competing priorities, and adaptability to handle unexpected situations
- Experience working in multi-cultural settings.
- Experience marketing, teaching, and evaluating programs.
- Experience working with and managing volunteers.
- Experience obtaining extramural funding.
- Excellent organizational skills and good record-keeping techniques.
- A strong commitment to customer service.
Apply at http://apply.interfolio.com/87158 by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern) of the posting end date, and attach:
- Cover letter that describes how your experience and qualifications have prepared you for this position
- Résumé or Curriculum vitae
- Unofficial copies of all transcripts and/or coursework of your academic degrees
The following documents are also required and may either be submitted through the above link at the time of application, or sent separately to our office (below).
- Current and Previous Employment Form (located at https://hr.ifas.ufl.edu/resources/form-index/current-and-previous-employment-form/ ).
- A minimum of 3 reference rating forms (located at http://hr.ifas.ufl.edu/assets/pdf/forms/ref_form.pdf ) from your professional/academic references. Reference forms will be kept on file for 1 year and will be automatically used with any of our extension agent positions you apply for during that time.
Reference rating forms and unofficial transcripts not submitted at the time of application should be submitted/postmarked by the next business day after the position’s closing date. They may be submitted to:
Ms. Dana LeCuyer
UF IFAS Human Resources
Faculty Recruitment and Hiring
P O Box 110281
Gainesville, FL 32611-0281
Fax: (352) 392-3226
Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/.
The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.
The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.