University of Florida/ IFAS Extension seeks to fill a 12-month, permanent status-accruing faculty position as 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent in Orange County. The agent will provide leadership for development, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive county 4-H Youth Development program in cooperation with local citizens and county/state Extension colleagues. The agent will develop, sustain, and monitor the effectiveness of a volunteer system to staff the 4-H program including recruitment, volunteer staff development, and evaluation/recognition. The agent will ensure compliance with Florida 4-H youth protection policies, including screening and training 4-H volunteers.
The agent will maintain an effective county 4-H Association. The agent will target programs to achieve program balance reflective of the county’s population diversity and to address the unique educational needs of county residents. The agent will provide leadership for securing and managing private financial resources to support 4-H programming and ensure compliance with UF/ IFAS Extension financial policies. The agent will provide leadership for the management of all program components including program policies, enrollments and records, risk management, communications, and educational materials.
The agent will establish and maintain an effective system for accountability. The agent is expected to have or develop an area of expertise to share across county lines, particularly regarding development of 4-H volunteers. The agent will assume other assignments and responsibilities in support of the total Extension program as assigned by the County Extension Director and District Extension Director. The agent will follow all university and county policies and procedures.
The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to 1) design, implement, and evaluate community-based educational programs based on needs assessment with input from county 4-H Association and community members; 2) manage volunteer systems and apply experiential education and community development methods; 3) work with community agencies and groups in collaborations and partnerships; 4) work with and enhance strong local advisory committees; 5) develop and maintain good media relations; 6) work cooperatively with youth and adults as a leader and team member; and 7) work independently with minimal supervision.
In addition, the county faculty member must possess good verbal and written communication skills; have qualities of resourcefulness, creativity, enthusiasm and innovativeness; and have good organizational development and management skills. Knowledge and experience with computer technology are essential. Previous experience with 4-H as a member, leader, or agent and experience with 4-H clubs, camps, school enrichment, and afterschool programs is desirable.
A Bachelor’s degree is required. If hired with a Bachelor’s degree, significant progress towards the Master’s degree is expected within 5 years of employment. The degree must be from an accredited college or university in youth development, education, community development/sociology or a related field. The candidate must be willing to work irregular hours and weekends; occasional overnight travel is required. Must be able to obtain a Florida Driver’s license; must be willing to travel using personal transportation. Employment is contingent upon the results of a national background screening. The successful candidate must also complete a physical exam and background check required by the Orange County Board of County Commissioners.