Position Summary

Salary and Other Benefits

This is a full-time, 12-month, academic administrator position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. Salary is based on experience.

Position Description

Position Summary:
Lead 4-H to help today’s youth reach their full potential. Position is responsible for leadership and oversight of the youth development programs in Cooperative Extension Service (CES) at University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). This position manages multiple projects and programs simultaneously. Success at obtaining external funding in support of the program is absolutely necessary given reductions in state allocations. The position requires highly self-motivated and disciplined creative abilities. How 4-H and other youth programs associated with UAF CES are perceived is guided by this position. It requires a sensitivity to program needs and evaluation to ascertain whether or not programs meet desired CES standards, mission and program objectives for youth development and growth. This position is key to ensure and maintain high quality youth development activities at UAF in CES.

Development of 4-H and youth development performance metrics and accountability measures with linkage to priority goals, staffing, decisions, program strategies, and budgets.

Work with CES Communications staff to assure high quality of all publications associated with UAF CES youth development programs in Alaska. Cooperation and facilitation of all 4-H and leadership in Alaska. Representation of 4-H and Youth Development to internal and external audiences at all national levels. Guidance to 4-H and Educators/Agents on annual reports in accordance with CES youth development missions, plans of work, and Proposals, and programs.

Research and scholarship on current and future trends and local and state demographic information and share as needed with 4-H educators/staff.

Youth development in-service training and development for all levels of youth development programming in CES in Alaska. Orientation for new faculty and staff working with 4-H and Youth Development programs and participation in performance reviews with district educators/agents for on-going improvement and feedback.

Authorship of proposals both internally to USDA/CES and externally through acquisition and management of grants that support 4-H, CES and IANRE Strategic Plans.

Development and maintenance of effective teamwork among co-workers, Extension Agents, program assistants, volunteers, agency representatives including Alaska 4-H Volunteer Leaders Organization and State Teen Organization members

Knowledge Skills & Abilities:

Demonstrated skill in grant writing, communicating to various audiences and determining most appropriate vehicle to deliver targeted messages to specific audiences
Understanding of youth development principles and concepts
Ability to multi-task in a very fast-paced office
Excellent communications, attention to accuracy, time management and detail
Youth development background and experience
People skills for working with the public, especially with volunteers
Ability to organize ideas and people around funding RFP to be successful in obtaining external funding and team building to accomplish program objectives
Knowledge of 4-H system

Knowledge of 4-H within a university system
Knowledge of academic institutions, public relations, marketing, media relations, and community outreach
Experience with database management and Internet resources
Knowledge and understanding of UAF and CES/AFES essential land grant mission and vision and ability to represent CES/AFES with partner agencies

Required Qualifications

Required Experience: Prior experience with 4H or other youth programs Prior experience with volunteer training and management

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Experience in leadership of groups across diverse cultural and geographic settings Demonstrated success in obtaining funding for youth development activities from external sources

Other Requirements

Typical Education or Training: Terminal degree in youth development, education or field relevant to leadership in youth development programs

Application Instructions

To Apply: A complete application will include a cover letter, a resume/curriculum vita, and contact information for three professional references. This is a full-time, 12-month, academic administrator position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. Salary is based on experience. This position is open until filled with the initial application review beginning Dec. 6th, 2021. To ensure consideration, please apply prior to 11:55 pm Alaska Standard Time on Dec. 5th, 2021

Equal Employer Statement(s)

Reasonable Accommodation Statement: The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200. Affirmative Action Statement: UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

About Alaska 4-H

4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

We are part of the University of Alaska Fairbanks; Alaska’s land-grant university.  Alaska 4-H is one of many programs in the Cooperative Extension Service, a division of the Institute of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Extension.

4-H is the largest youth development program in the US, engaging more than 7 million young people in hands-on projects in science, healthy lifestyles, citizenship, communications, leadership and many other areas. 4-H projects are taught by certified 4-H volunteers so youth are in a safe place with caring adults. 4-H is a program you can trust to help your children become career and college-ready.
Alaska 4-H is the state’s premier youth development program that is open to all youth from kindergarten through high school.  4-H is the only youth program affiliated with a university and using research-based information and strategies.  4-H gives young people the extra edge for life success by teaching essential life skills such as confidence, competence, character and community service.  Through 4-H, today’s young people become tomorrow’s leaders, creating a positive vision of the future.  In 4-H, youth work together with adults to make a difference in their communities, helping build a stronger nation.