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4-H Program Development Coordinator, Northwest District

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4-H Program Development Coordinator, Northwest District


CAES-Northwest District CES

About the University of Georgia:

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 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 employs approximately 3,000 faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 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.

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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.

The Northwest District of Georgia is comprised of a mix of 39 urban and rural counties including the larger cities of Metro Atlanta that are within Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton, Cobb, and Gwinnett counties. The District Headquarters office is located on the Griffin University of Georgia campus.

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Location of Vacancy:

Griffin Area

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Public Service Professional AC

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Open Rank

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Fiscal (12 mo.)

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Non-Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications:

A Master’s degree in related area.

Position Summary:

Responsible for all facets of 4-H Programming in the district; support, mentor, and advise county faculty/staff and ensure quality programming is delivered; liaison to the State 4-H Faculty. A key position in the coordination of district and statewide 4-H activities.

Travel throughout the state and extensive travel within the district to fulfill duties is required. Travel to local, state, and national meetings as required.

The Program Development Coordinator (PDC) gives leadership, training, and direction for 4-H Agents, activities, and programs in the Northwest District of UGA Cooperative Extension. It fills a significant role in helping Agents identify programming needs, plan educational programs, and manage county educational priorities. The PDC position is critical for the efficient operation and dissemination of 4-H programs throughout 39 county offices. This position also develops training programs. The position will appoint at a rank of either Public Service Associate or Senior Public Service Associate, depending on candidate qualifications.

Additional Requirements:

The successful candidate will be appointed as a Non-tenure Track Public Service and Outreach Public Service Associate or Senior Public Service Associate. To be considered for the Public Service and Outreach Rank of Senior Public Service Associate, candidates must meet the requirements listed in the Guidelines for Appointments and Promotion Public Service and Outreach Faculty Rank. Master’s degree and the ability to be appointed at the rank of Public Service Associate OR have achieved the rank of Senior Public Service Associate (or equivalent) as defined in the Guidelines.

At least 5 years of experience with Extension programming including 4-H Extension.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with county, district and state staff, local government employees, and clientele.
  • Ability to effectively relate to county staff, state faculty, and the public.
  • High degree of competency in human relations skills, communication skills, and the ability to mentor, lead and instruct county faculty.
  • Demonstrated visionary and innovative programming competency.
  • High level of knowledge of the duties of a County Extension Agent within the county delivery system.
  • Computer competency in MS Word, Excel, GA Counts, Extension Training Systems, and other required software.
  • Self-motivating with the ability to multi-task effectively and handle responsibilities with little oversight.
  • Establish high standards of professionalism in personal contacts, appearance, and work habits.
  • Possess the necessary skills to perform public relations responsibilities effectively.

Physical Demands:

  • Some degree of physical activity, including lifting, to conduct programs (e.g., handling supplies and demonstration materials, audio/visual equipment, etc.).
  • Exposure to various seasonal weather conditions for outside activities.

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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.

Background Investigation Policy:

Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of a background investigation including, a criminal background check demonstrating your eligibility for employment with the University of Georgia; confirmation of the credentials and employment history reflected in your application materials (including reference checks) as they relate to the job-based requirements of the position applied for; and, if applicable, a satisfactory credit check. You may also be subject to a pre-employment drug test for positions with high-risk responsibilities, if applicable. Please visit the UGA Background Check website.


Event Planner and Facilitator:

  • Coordinate assignments for all ANR, FACS and 4-H agents and staff in each district to cover supervision of youth and event management for 50+ events held annually.
  • Project Achievement Competitions: Junior/Senior, 2-4 Cloverleaf competitions per district – coordinate all areasof the event: housing, demonstration schedule, judges, scoring at cloverleaf, facility arrangements, communication, adult assignments, and on-site management.
  • District portion of state-wide conferences – State Council, Fall Forum, Junior Conference, State Congress, and other 4-H conferences – includes housing, officers, discipline, and assembly.
  • District Trainings and quarterly 4-H Updates.
  • Coordinate Junior and Senior District officers. Plan quarterly meetings for officers so they can plan upcoming 4-H events.
  • Plan, coordinate, and teach at Officer’s Training for all 64 officers elected in each district.
  • Facilitate district spring middle school conference – includes housing, officers, discipline, classes, schedule, facility needs, and adult assignments.
  • Camping Program Responsibilities – Work with center directors and lead agents to distribute information for Cloverleaf, Junior, and Specialty Camps. Coordinate housing for assigned weeks of cloverleaf camp at Rock Eagle along with housing and color groups for Junior Camp. Provide on-site risk management for the weeks of camp assigned – each PDC is typically on site for 2 weeks of camp and on call for an additional 1-2 weeks of camp.

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Staffing, Hiring, and Performance:

  • Design staffing plans and strategies with District Extension Director.
  • Recruit, screen and interview candidates for 4-H Agents and 4-H Educators.
  • Provide feedback to District Extension Director on performance of 4-H personnel and county 4-H programs for performance reviews.
  • Assist with coaching of 4-H personnel who need assistance in their job performance.

Training and Teaching:
  • Formal and informal training for county staff.
  • New agent/educator orientation (at least 3 visits during first year).
  • Quarterly 4-H Updates.
  • Staff Webinars and E-Newsletters for staff are developed and distributed on a regular basis.
  • Teach at Foundations Trainings – teach three 2-day trainings at Basics of Youth Development, Beyond the Basics, 4-H Fundamentals, and other trainings as assigned.
  • Provide In-Service Trainings.
  • Teach at District New Agent training quarterly.
  • Monthly CEC webinars and quarterly face to face updates led by DED: Provide update on “state of 4-H” at County Extension Coordinator meetings and alert group of challenges, issues and kudos affecting faculty and staff throughout district.

Mentoring and Coaching:
  • Serve as main point of 4-H contact programmatically for counties, check-up and schedule county visits.
  • Recommend faculty and staff for regional opportunities that match their areas of expertise and interest.
  • Select mentors for new agents and provide support for mentors and mentees.
  • Assist agents with promotion planning, coaching and dossier development.
  • Serve as a resource for agents working to acquire Masters degrees.

Program Development:
  • Assistance and approval of Plan of Work, Impact Statements, and Training Selection.
  • Making sure there is a sound plan in each county.
  • Encourage synergy, cooperation, collaboration and teamwork.
  • Assist counties in planning for impact and evaluation of their programs.
  • Meet quarterly with all 12 UGA Extension Program Development Coordinators.
  • Meet quarterly with Extension Leadership Team: DEDs, Program Leaders, and PDCs.

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Risk Management:

  • Handle discipline at events.
  • Assist counties with incidents.
  • Train new staff one-on-one.
  • Be available to assist counties and state specialist when 4-H activities are occurring.

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Grant Management: 4-H PDCs are involved in writing and managing grants that help counties. PDCs often serve as PI or Co-PI. All PDCs are included on the AmeriCorps Grant.
Other examples include:o CYFAR
o AmeriCorps State Vista
o National 4-H Council grants

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State 4-H Staff Responsibilities:

  • Attend monthly State 4-H Staff meetings.
  • Attend bi-annual Staff Advance retreat.
  • Serve on committees and work groups as assigned by State 4-H Leader and/or Extension Administration.
  • Serve on Governance Board for publications and content review leaders.
  • Serve on camp committees to assist in planning.
  • Assist with State Livestock Show and Georgia National Fair.

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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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