County Extension Director & Extension Agent II - IV
County Extension Director & 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent II - IV
Commensurate with Education and Experience.
If other work location
The County Extension Director ( CED ) will lead, administer, supervise, and coordinate the overall University of Florida/ IFAS Extension program in Martin County, in concert with county extension faculty and staff responsible for their respective educational programs. The Martin County faculty and staff group includes three other extension agents (Sustainability and Commercial Horticulture, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Florida Yards and Neighborhoods/Florida-Friendly Landscaping), one secretary, and one program assistant. Responsibilities also include maintaining effective working relationships with clientele, county officials, community leaders, media, related agencies and the general public, and marketing extension program successes throughout the county.
The successful candidate will also provide leadership for the development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive county 4-H Youth Development Program in cooperation with county/state extension colleagues and local citizens. Teaching and program delivery will take place through 4-H clubs as well as school enrichment, camping, and special interest programs. The agent will help recruit, train, supervise and evaluate 4-H volunteers and will work with other faculty in the office to plan, conduct, and evaluate the total 4-H program. Relative to the 4-H responsibility of this position, the successful candidate must exhibit resourcefulness, creativity, enthusiasm, and innovativeness and must also be an effective team member.
The agent is expected to maintain an effective county 4-H Association and establish a system for accountability and public information to all relevant individuals, groups, organizations and agencies. The agent will provide leadership for managing private financial resources to support 4-H programming along with the management of all program components including program policies, enrollments and records, risk management, communications, and educational materials. In addition, it will be important to develop and sustain partnerships with community agencies and organizations sharing common goals. The 4-H Youth Development Program in Martin County currently has 18 community 4-H clubs with an enrollment of 224 members, plus 141 adult volunteers. About 13% (19,300) of the county’s population (146,314) are 4-H aged youth (5 to 18 years old).
Extension programming in Martin County is a cooperative undertaking between the county and the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences ( IFAS ) at the University of Florida. As such, both partners are involved in the supervision of the office and both contribute to the salary and support resources. The successful candidate will be expected to follow all University of Florida and Martin County policies and procedures and will report to the South District Extension Director.
Martin County (http://www.martin.fl.us/portal/page? pageid=213,1&_dad=portal& schema= PORTAL ) is located on the southeast Florida coast, bordered by St. Lucie County to the north and Palm Beach County to the south. The extension office http://martin.ifas.ufl.edu/ is located next to the Martin County Fairgrounds on A1A in Stuart.
This position requires a Master’s degree in youth development, family and consumer sciences, or a related field of study and a minimum of 5 years of extension experience or equivalent. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to education. Technological literacy necessary for communications and program management functions are important.
The successful candidate must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, outstanding management skills (coach, mentor, motivator, etc.), leadership and problem-solving skills, familiarity working in political settings, and experience in creating a vision and getting buy-in from others. Other qualities/skills include evidence of exceptional collaborations and partnerships with community agencies and groups.
The CED /agent may be asked to assume other responsibilities as assigned by the District Director. The agent must be willing to work irregular hours, evenings and weekends; occasional overnight travel is required, as well as travel with personal transportation. Upon employment, the successful candidate must be able to obtain and maintain a valid Florida driver’s license. A background check and drug test will be required prior to employment.
Course work and practical experience in youth development are preferred. Practical experience in extension education as well as working with diverse volunteers, youth, and parents will be beneficial. Experience working in multicultural settings and coursework/training on multicultural topics are also desirable.
Health Assessment Required:
Special instructions to applicants:
Apply through the online UF application system (at https://jobs.ufl.edu ), referencing requisition # 0902957.
Please complete an online application and attach your Resume or CV, as well as a cover letter that describes how your experience and qualifications have prepared you for this position.
You must apply online no later than 11:00 PM on the position closing date.
TO COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION , PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING :
You must submit unofficial copies of all transcripts and/or coursework of your academic degrees. You may attach these as an “other” document, or you may submit to our office as directed below. An unofficial copy is acceptable for the application process, but before you can be hired, IFAS Human Resources must have the official transcript for your highest degree on file. Official transcripts must be issued directly to our office from the institution.
Also, all applicants must have at least three reference rating forms on file. Reference forms must be less than one year old. If you have not already done so, please contact your professional/academic references and ask that they complete a reference rating form on your behalf. The form is located at http://personnel.ifas.ufl.edu/ref_form.pdf .
Please also complete and submit the Previous Employment Form (located at http://personnel.ifas.ufl.edu/prev_employment.pdf ).
With the exception of official transcripts, all items submitted by mail must be postmarked no later than the next business day after the position closing date. All documents submitted by fax or email must be received no later than the next business day. If your official transcripts will arrive after the closing date, you must also submit unofficial transcripts by the deadline.
Requested reference forms and transcripts should be submitted as follows:
Faxed to the IFAS Office of Human Resources, Faculty Recruitment and Hiring, Attention Dana LeCuyer at 352-392-3226
Emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Dana LeCuyer
UF IFAS Human Resources
Faculty Recruitment and Hiring
P O Box 110281
Gainesville, FL 32611-0281
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 selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida’s ‘Government in the Sunshine’ and Public Records Laws. Interviews will be open to the public, and applications, resumes, and many other documents related to the search will be available for public inspection. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.
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