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Assistant/Associate 4-H Agent Youth Development

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Tucson, 85724
Extension and Outreach

Posting Number: req19880

Department: Maricopa County Office

Location: Greater Phoenix Area

Address: Phoenix, AZ USA

Position Highlights

The successful candidate is expected to 1) develop research/evidence-based program designed for diverse audiences, using a variety of educational methods; 2) conduct staff and volunteer training workshops to ensure understanding of 4-H policies, procedures, and best practices; 3) develop content for factsheets, peer-reviewed journal articles, and informational sheets; 4) successfully secure external funding (grants, contracts, and gifts) to support county-based programming; 5) demonstrate a commitment to working with minority and limited resource populations; 6) adapt and develop educational materials for under resourced populations; and 8) contribute to statewide 4-H program efforts by working on task forces, workgroups, and event committees.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  1. Program Development & Management
    - Develop, implement, and evaluate innovative non-formal 4-H positive youth development programs, including management of an active countywide 4-H Club program. 
    * Develop, coordinate, train, and manage a volunteer system for youth and adult volunteers who deliver programming and manage 4-H clubs.
    * Identify community needs related to youth in cooperation with community groups, 4-H volunteers, local leaders, Extension advisory groups, and other Extension professionals, develop an annual Plan of Work.
    * Collaborate with county and campus faculty, the AZ 4-H Associate Director, and other experts to develop educational programs, applied research, and scholarly works.
    * Fiscal/Budget management and resource development for county 4-H programs.
    * Provide direct leadership and supervision for the county 4-H staff and volunteers.
  2. Youth Development and Volunteer Engagement
    * Recruit and promote 4-H club membership and participation to expand program reach.
    * Build collaboration between 4-H and other community groups, agencies, and organizations to assist adults, youth, and families.
    * Encourage and support youth participation in local, county, district, state, national, and international opportunities.
  3. Scholarly Activity and Research
    * Prepare educational material, evaluation instruments, publications of research results, and publicity information in support of state, county, and community initiatives.
    * Evaluate and document the results and impacts of applied research and 4-H educational programs and disseminate through countywide and/or multi-county events, workshops, websites, newsletters, and other mass media methods.
  4. Collaboration and Outreach
    * Participate in community events to market 4-H and recruit new volunteers and members.
    * Participate in statewide working groups to develop new and creative programming efforts and to promote communication and teamwork.
    * Use technology, social media, and outreach platforms to market 4-H opportunities.
    * Promote Cooperative Extension as the outreach arm of the University of Arizona.
  5. Professionalism
    * Work as a member of the diverse Arizona 4-H team by participating in training, sharing expertise, and serving on task forces and signature program teams.
    * Maintain professional competence through study, participation in professional activities, and the application of knowledge and skills.
    * Maintain high ethical and professional standards.
    * Engage in professional service both internal to the department and university and externally in support of one's profession.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):

* Documented excellence in communication, planning, organization, and personnel and fiscal management skills.
* Self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision, balancing multiple projects.
* Skills in group facilitation and knowledge of adult and youth teaching/learning processes.
* Be able to work evenings and weekends.
* Exhibit a positive view of others and their capabilities.
* Demonstrated record of scholarly activity. 
* Demonstrate fiscal and human resource management ability.
* Bilingual skills (Spanish preferred). 

Minimum Qualifications

  • A master's degree related to youth development, education, social work, leadership, or other related fields plus two (2) years of related experience.
  • Experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating educational programming. 
  • Experience teaching, problem analysis, conflict management, communications, human relations, and leadership development. 
  • Experience working with diverse youth and volunteer audiences.
  • Must be available to work some nights, overnights, and weekends with 4-H activities and events.
  • Must have a valid Driver's License and reliable
    transportation with the ability to drive according to University Fleet Safety
    Policy because this position requires travel throughout the county and state.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Program and volunteer management experience in nonformal settings.
  • Experience in collaboration and relationship-building.
  • Experience in identifying and obtaining grants, contracts, and other financial resources.
  • Experience in supervision of others including planning, assigning, and scheduling work.
  • Experience in a youth development organization (as a member, volunteer, leader, paid staff member, or some combination).

Rank: To be Determined

Tenure Information

Continuing-Eligible (CE)

FLSA: Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Agriculture and Extension

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: $57,000 - $62,000

Compensation Type: salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)

Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Vanessa Parra

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and One Additional Document

Special Instructions to Applicant

Please provide transcripts with the application, upload as an additional document. Cover letter 2 pages maximum. Finalists will need to provide 3 references upon request.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As a Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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