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Extension Specialist, 4-H Leadership and Civic Engagement Programs

The University of Georgia
Athens Area

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Extension Specialist, 4-H Leadership and Civic Engagement Programs


CAES-State 4-H

About the University of Georgia:

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department:

UGA Cooperative Extension was founded in 1914 to bring research-based agricultural information to the people of Georgia. County agents and specialists throughout the state share information on issues like water quality, profitability in agribusiness, family wellness and life skills. County agents provide soil and water test kits and instruction, advice on safe pesticide use, publications, computer programs and lessons in consumer skills to improve Georgians’ quality of life. They are the local experts in food safety, proper eating habits, child safety and parenting. UGA Extension coordinates 4-H, Georgia’s largest youth program. Each year, almost 200,000 young Georgians participate in community projects, summer camps and conferences on today’s issues while having fun and learning to work together. The leadership skills and values they learn in 4-H last a lifetime. UGA Extension reaches more than 2.6 million Georgians through education programs each year. Millions more rely on UGA Extension’s publications, educational news articles and public television programming for advice and information.

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Benefits Eligible



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Commensurate with qualifications

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Location of Vacancy:

Athens Area

EEO Statement:

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, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

UGA Statement:

PLEASE NOTE: On December 7, 2021, the federal District Court for the Southern District of Georgia issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing the vaccine requirement for
Federal Contractors pending further review. As a result, the requirements of the Executive Order and associated guidance, including the vaccination requirement for covered contractor employees, are currently not in effect.

The University of Georgia is a Federal Contractor as defined by Presidential Executive Order 14042 and subject to the requirement that Federal Contractors must ensure that all covered employees, including those working remotely, are fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022. You may be required to show proof of your fully vaccinated status at the time of your start date, or have received a medical or religious exemption from the fully vaccinated requirement at the time of your start date. For more information regarding the Federal Contractor fully vaccinated employment requirement please visit or call (706) 542-2222.

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Public Service Professional AC

Faculty Rank:

Open Rank

Contract Type:

Fiscal (12 mo.)

Tenure Status:

Non-Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in an appropriate discipline closely related to leadership, public administration, and/or youth development.

Position Summary:

This public service faculty position provides statewide support and coordination for 4-H leadership and civic engagement programs. The position develops and maintains curricula and training materials that enable district and county 4-H faculty and staff to deliver programs in every Georgia county. In addition to providing professional development to 4-H and youth development educators, the individual conducts numerous youth events and activities that focus on civic engagement and leadership. The individual leads statewide participation in regional, national and international leadership experiences and co-leads the state 4-H youth board of directors. The individual supports the overall 4-H program by serving as Principal Investigator on grants and seeking private funding to support key initiatives. A valid driver’s license and a vehicle for official duty travel required.

Additional Requirements:

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification:

  • Three or more years of experience in education, human development, sociology, government, law, Extension or related area.
  • At least one year of experience working with diverse audiences including understanding of common diversity, equity, and inclusion practices.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

  • Appreciation and understanding of Extension and 4-H programs preferred.
  • Demonstrated expertise in program development and evaluation.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple programs in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and public relations skills required, with ability to work with a wide variety of colleagues and audiences.
  • Ability to work independently and in teams.
  • Detail oriented with strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to work frequent evenings and weekends required.

Physical Demands:

  • Walking long distances or standing for extended periods of time for 4-H events
  • Loading vehicles for 4-H events which include lifting, carrying, reaching, pushing and pulling heavy items/boxes up to 40 lbs
  • Working outdoors year round for 4-H events

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Credit and P-Card policy:

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.


  • Provides direction, vision, coordination, program development and evaluation, and overall leadership to 4-H Leadership/Civic Engagement Programs.
  • Develops and maintains curricula and training materials to address leadership and civic engagement content areas, in alignment with Georgia Department of Education standards.
  • Coordinates assigned youth events, activities, awards, trainings, planning sessions, appearances, and competitions including website maintenance and communications with participants, collaborators, and donors.
  • Promotes, coordinates selection process, organizes travel, serves as liaison, and provides orientation/training for youth and adult participants in international, national and regional 4-H events.
  • Seeks grants and private gifts to support assigned programs.

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The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest and most comprehensive institution of higher education. Founded in 1785, it is the birthplace of public higher education in America.

Today, UGA enrolls more than 40,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The main campus has 460 buildings on 767 acres of land. The total acreage of UGA in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539. UGA has 18 colleges and schools, which include Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment and Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forestry and Natural Resources, Graduate School, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, Public and International Affairs, Social Work, Veterinary Medicine, and the Honors College. It offers 24 baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields; 33 master’s degrees in 144 fields; 8 educational specialist degrees; four doctoral degrees in 99 areas; professional degrees in law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine; and more than 170 study-abroad and exchange programs. UGA Libraries rank among the nation’s best research libraries and contain a total of 5.3 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections. The university has had 25 recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, making it one of the nation’s top Rhodes producers among public universities. UGA is home of the Peabody Awards, presented annually for distinguished achievement and meritorious public service for television, podcast/radio, and digital media. It also is home of Georgia’s State Botanical Garden, state Museum of Art and State Museum of Natural History. Additionally, UGA has one of the largest and most comprehensive public service and outreach programs conducted by an American educational institution.

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