Cooperative Extension Advisor - 4-H Youth Development
Date Posted: May 5, 2017
Closing Date: July 17, 2017
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This position is headquartered in Irvine, Orange County, California.
The Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor for 4-H Youth Development will conduct an extension, education and applied research program to assess, develop, implement, evaluate, strengthen and expand local UC 4-H Youth Development (4-H YD) programming and better serve under-represented populations in Orange County. The primary focus of this position will be on the delivery of a statewide 4-H Youth Development Program at the local level that assists youth in achieving their fullest potential.
The CE advisor is expected to develop applied research projects for adults, families and youth with an emphasis on developing youth programs that combine non-formal education with hands-on, inquiry-based learning to engage youth in improving their skills and abilities in science, engineering, math and technology knowledge; as well as healthy living and citizenship. In addition, the CE advisor will supervise, support and provide leadership to the 4-H staff serving the 4-H clubs, councils, and other 4-H Youth Development Programs.
Key clientele include youth, parents, 4-H program staff and volunteer leaders, teachers, community leaders, youth organizations, civic organizations, public agencies, and others involved in youth development and education.
- Develop and implement effective UC ANR Cooperative Extension applied research and educational programs to address the identified priority needs of the clientele that are consistent with ANR’s Strategic Vision and ANR initiatives http://ucanr.edu/sites/StrategicInitiatives/Healthy_Families_-_Communities/
- Conduct and report regular comprehensive needs assessments to identify priority issues or problems relevant to the local clientele groups being served.
- Disseminate useful, science-based information to inform clientele, using extension methods that are responsive to clientele needs and appropriate for the audience and situation.
- Develop collaborative teams with other UC ANR academics, including CE specialists, AES faculty, CE advisors and/or others, to address priority issues for UC ANR.
- Supervise staff in UC ANR 4-H YD programs and provide academic oversight to ensure compliance with federal, UC ANR, and UC ANR 4-H YDP programmatic and fiscal policies.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
A minimum of a Master’s degree is required, though other advanced degrees are encouraged, in one of the following disciplines: education, youth/child development, human development, science/science education or other related fields.
Experience in conducting applied research and education programs with youth is required. Strong leadership skills and experience in program and/or personnel management are required. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required. Ability to communicate effectively in Spanish is desirable.
Academic training and/or professional experience must provide an understanding of science with the ability to transfer research-based principles to program and research design methodologies. Experience or the ability to apply low-literacy and culturally/ethnically relevant principles to extension and research programs is preferred. Experience and demonstrated success in working with diverse populations and the ability to bridge cultural differences is preferred.
Beginning salary will be in the Cooperative Extension Assistant Advisor Rank and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications. For information regarding Cooperative Extension advisor salary scales, please refer to the University of California, ANR website: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/250093.pdf.