Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development – University of Florida

Bonifay, FL • Full-Time • Bachelor’s Degree Required • Applications Due Aug. 4

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences is committed to creating an environment that affirms diversity across a variety of dimensions, including ability, class, ethnicity/race, gender identity and expression. We particularly welcome applicants who can contribute to such an environment through their scholarship, teaching, mentoring, and professional service. We strongly encourage historically underrepresented groups to apply.

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The Univ. of Florida (UF) is a Land Grant institution with core values of unique purpose, excellence, integrity, collaboration and partnership, lifelong learning, diversity, responsiveness, innovation, communication, and global reach. IFAS employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff statewide. IFAS Extension employs 375 Extension Agents and has an office in each of Florida’s 67 counties.

Our mission in the Florida Cooperative Extension Service is to partner with communities to provide quality, relevant education and research-based expertise to foster healthy people, a healthy environment, and a healthy economy. We are the resource that helps educate Floridians to address issues related to agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, youth development, families and communities.

We are looking for candidates with both academic and people skills who work well in teams, honor their commitments, and innovate in a rapidly changing world. As an Extension Agent, you will work jointly for UF/IFAS Extension and Holmes County to design, implement, evaluate, and report on positive 4-H Youth Development programs emphasizing volunteer management. You will also lead a program targeting 4-H youth participation with an emphasis on workforce preparedness and youth development. Your comprehensive extension education program will be guided by an advisory committee that incorporates the needs of the county’s diverse population. You will demonstrate excellent customer service and you will respond to client needs in a timely and professional manner.

What you will do:

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate your 4-H Youth Development program in cooperation with local citizens and county/state extension colleagues.

  • Design, implement, and evaluate community-based educational programs stemming from a needs assessment with input from the county 4-H Association and community members.

  • Develop, sustain, and monitor the effectiveness of a volunteer system to staff the 4-H program including recruitment, volunteer staff development, evaluation, and recognition.

  • Ensure compliance with Florida 4-H youth protection policies, including screening and training 4-H volunteers.

  • Maintain an effective county 4-H Association.

  • Target programs to achieve program balance reflective of the county’s population diversity and to address the unique educational needs of county residents.

  • Secure and manage private financial resources to support 4-H programming and ensure compliance with UF/IFAS Extension financial policies.

  • Manage program policies, enrollments, records, risk, communications, and educational materials.

  • Establish and maintain an effective system for program accountability.

  • Possess or develop an area of expertise to share across county lines.

  • Apply experiential education and community development methods.

  • Work with community agencies and groups in collaborations and partnerships.

  • Develop and maintain good media relations.

  • Work cooperatively with youth and adults as a leader and team member.

  • Work independently with minimal supervision.

  • Develop and maintain a social media and web presence including virtual program delivery along with in-person program delivery.

  • Proactively work with your supervisor to manage work-life balance.

  • Follow all university and county policies and procedures.

  • Assume other assignments and responsibilities in support of the total Extension program as assigned by the County Extension Director and District Extension Director.

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