University of Florida/ IFAS Extension seeks to fill a 12-month, permanent status-accruing, 4-H Youth Development Agent position in Jackson 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 evaluations/recognition. 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 ensure that all Florida 4-H youth protection policies are adhered to by screening and training all 4-H volunteers as instructed by Florida 4-H guidelines. 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 managing private financial resources to support 4-H programming and ensure all financial policies are followed as instructed by University of Florida/ IFAS Extension guidelines.
The agent will provide leadership for 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 and public information to all relevant individuals, groups, organizations and agencies. The agent will assume other assignments and responsibilities in support of the total extension program and follow all University and county policies and procedures.
The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to 1) work with community agencies and groups in collaborations and partnerships; 2) work with and enhance strong local advisory committees and develop good media relations; 3) design, implement, and evaluate community-based educational programs based on needs assessment with input from county 4-H Association and community members; 4) manage volunteer systems and apply experiential education and community development methods; 5) work cooperatively with youth and adults as a leader and team member; and 6) 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 is desirable.
Other assignments and responsibilities will be carried out in support of the total Extension program. The successful candidate will follow all university and county policies and procedures and will report to the Jackson County Extension Director and the Northwest District Extension Director.
Jackson County is centrally located in the panhandle of Northwest Florida. Jackson County has a rural population of 50,000, with a K-12 population of approximately 9,716 youth. The Extension office is located in Marianna, the county seat of Jackson County. Jackson is the only Florida county that borders both Alabama and Georgia. The Jackson County Extension office is located in the Jackson County Agriculture Office Complex.
A Bachelor’s Degree is required. If hired with a Bachelor’s degree, significant progress of at least 50% 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 may also complete a physical exam and background check by the Jackson County Board of County Commissioners.