Extension Agent I - II - 4-H Youth Development

  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • Nov 17, 2021

Job Description:

Classification Title:

Ext Agent I - II

Job Description:

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.

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or visit Accessibility at UF .

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 Miami-Dade County. As the 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent, you will lead through the design, implementation, and evaluation of positive youth development programs for youth and adult volunteers. 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. Your office will be located in Hialeah, Florida.

What you will do:

  • Develop, conduct, coordinate, evaluate, and report on educational programs for youth ages 5-18 and volunteers.
  • Develop a volunteer management strategy to ensure program policies, enrollment, record keeping, risk management, and experiential learning procedures are followed, updated and accurate.
  • Supervise, mentor, and evaluate staff contributing to a holistic youth development program.
  • Foster an inclusive environment and build effective relationships with stakeholders, county government, community leaders, private sector clientele, media, government agencies, county residents, youth, and UF/IFAS faculty and staff.
  • Market the extension program through multi-media platforms.
  • Target programs to reflect the county’s population diversity and unique educational needs using a variety of program delivery methods.
  • Establish and maintain an effective advisory committee to assist with program development and implementation.
  • Develop and foster community partnerships.
  • Work as part of a team with local volunteers, organizations, agencies, and UF/IFAS colleagues to promote positive youth development.
  • Establish and maintain an effective system for accountability.
  • Produce creative works and publications.
  • Participate in professional associations.
  • Write an annual plan of work and report of accomplishment.
  • Seek program support through grants and other funding sources.
  • Assume other responsibilities that benefit the total county extension program as assigned by the County Extension Director and District Extension Director.

Further information:

Employment is contingent on the results of a physical examination, a substance screening, and a national background screening.

Miami-Dade County (https://www.miamidade.gov/global/home.page) with a population of 2.7 million is located on the southern tip of the Florida peninsula. The main Extension office is located in Homestead (https://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/miami-dade/) about 1 mile from the UF/ IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center (http://trec.ifas.ufl.edu/ ). There are also four satellite extension offices located in Hialeah, Palmetto Bay, Miami Lakes, and on the University of Miami campus on Virginia Key. Miami-Dade County Extension is part of the Southeast Extension District made up of twelve counties and the Seminole Tribe.

Extension is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public. As such, all partners are involved in the supervision of the office and contribute to the salary and support resources. The primary goal of Extension is to disseminate the latest knowledge and applicable technologies in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences in order to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. The UF/IFAS mission is accomplished through Extension faculty members, scientists, educators, administrative staff, and volunteers working cohesively throughout Florida’s 67 counties.

Candidates will be reviewed as applications are received, but please be aware that interviews might not be scheduled until 4 to 6 weeks after the position closing date. Are you a good match? Apply today!

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Minimum Requirements:

What you will bring (required):

  • A bachelor’s degree in youth development, education, community development/sociology, or a related field from an accredited college or university. If hired with a bachelor’s degree, we want you to continue to grow in your career. As such, we expect you to make at least 50% progress towards obtaining your master’s degree within the first 6 years of employment.
  • Strong written and verbal interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to establish solid partnerships and to find innovative ways to attract new audiences and volunteers.
  • A commitment to customer service.
  • Ability to possess (or be able to obtain) a valid Florida driver’s license.
  • Flexibility with working hours; willingness to work irregular hours, including evenings, weekends, and overnight travel.
  • Willingness to work with all audiences regardless of race, gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, political viewpoint, or economic status.
Preferred Qualifications:

What you will bring (preferred):

  • A master’s degree.
  • Experience creating lesson plans, developing instructional materials, and applying teaching methods appropriate for the audience.
  • Expertise in getting groups to work together for a higher goal, managing competing priorities, and adaptability to handle unexpected situations.
  • Leadership and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience working in multicultural settings and coursework/training on multicultural topics.
  • Bilingual ability in English/Spanish.
  • A strong commitment to community and youth development.
  • Evidence of exceptional collaborations, partnerships, and marketing with community agencies and groups.
  • Technological literacy necessary for communication and program management, including social media.
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Apply at https://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/en-us/job/518977/ by 11:55 p.m. (Eastern) of the posting end date, and attach:

  • Cover letter that describes how your experience and qualifications have prepared you for this position
  • Résumé or Curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial copies of all transcripts (showing coursework) of your academic degrees

The following documents are also required and may either be submitted through the above link at the time of application, or sent separately to our office (below).

Reference rating forms and unofficial transcripts not submitted at the time of application should be submitted/postmarked by the next business day after the position’s closing date. They may be submitted to:

UF IFAS Human Resources
Faculty Recruitment and Hiring
P O Box 110281
Gainesville, FL 32611-0281


Fax: (352) 392-3226

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

Health Assessment Required:Yes