Position Summary

Descriptive Title

4-H STEM Agent Associate

Position Description

The School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences (SANS) seeks applicants for the position of 4-H Stem and Youth Development Extension Educator/Associate. This a twelve month, full-time extension position.

The UMES Extension Program is a component of an integrated cooperative extension program that is coordinated by two land grant universities in the State of Maryland. The position will be stationed on the UMES campus and will work closely with University of Maryland Extension to market, promote, and deliver youth development programs. The primary responsibility for this position is the development, delivery and evaluation of educational programs supporting the mission of University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension in addition to the mission of the Maryland 4H. Specifically, the 4-H STEM Youth Development Educator will support one of our core extension program areas focusing on 4H STEM and other leadership programs targeting youth.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Development and delivery of objective, research-based educational programs to meet the needs of diverse audiences.
  • Specification of program goals and objectives and identification of resources needed.
  • Provision of leadership for 4-H STEM Youth Development programs that meet the needs of all youth.
  • Recruitment and management of volunteers including provision of necessary training and support for the effective implementation of 4-H STEM education program activities.
  • Determination of unit program needs by monitoring trends and issues, and conducting any relevant assessments.
  • Development of strong networks and coalitions with other agencies, organizations and institutions to address the program’s priorities.
  • Coordination of day-to-day activities and events associated with the 4-H STEM program.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Extension agents recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion in the development and delivery of extension programs. They actively work to diversify program participation and are responsible for ensuring adherence with civil rights policies and compliance with affirmative action.

Required Qualifications

- Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant discipline from an accredited college or university. - Knowledge of child and human development. - Knowledge and experience in planning, conducting, and evaluating extension or non-formal education programs. - Understanding and ability to conduct community needs assessment to determine program priorities. - Excellent oral and written communication skills. - Basic knowledge of current educational technologies and their appropriate use in the development and delivery of educational programs. - Understanding and ability to conduct community needs assessment to determine program priorities. - Must have access to own vehicle and a valid driver’s license - Support UMES clientele service values of integrity, commitment, accountability, respect and excellence. - Must be willing to work flexible hours with some evenings and weekends, and be willing to travel within the county and state.

Preferred Qualifications

- Master’s degree in a relevant field. - Experience working with children ages 5-11 years old. - Knowledge of horticulture, agriculture, and forestry. - Experience with 4-H Youth Development and Cooperative Extension.

Travel Requirements

Must be willing to travel within the county and state.

Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?

yes

Contact Name

Ariel Clay

Contact Email

amclay@umes.edu

Contact Phone

410-651-6724

Application Instructions

Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of three current professional references (current or past supervisor) including e-mail address, and telephone number (current supervisor will not be contacted without the candidate’s prior https://umes.peopleadminconsent). All applicants must apply using the new online application system. Please visit .com/postings to apply. The successful candidate must be able to show acceptable documentation establishing the right to accept employment in the United States of America without employer sponsorship.

Equal Employer Statement(s)

UMES is an EEO/AA employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate must be able to show acceptable documentation establishing the right to accept employment in the United States of America without employer sponsorship.

About University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension - 4-H STEM and Youth Development

University of Maryland Eastern Shore Extension (UMES Extension) is a statewide, non-formal educational organization funded by federal, state, and local governments to bring research-based solutions for everyday problems directly to individuals, families, and communities. UMES Extension is an integral part of the UMES School of Agricultural and Natural Sciences and is partnered with University of Maryland Extension out of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Maryland, College Park. UMES Extension employs approximately 50 employees located on the beautiful campus of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, in the tri-county offices on the Lower Eastern Shore, and in Southern Maryland.

4‑H is America’s largest youth development organization—empowering nearly six million young people with the skills to lead for a lifetime. The 4‑H Youth Development STEM program is delivered by University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Extension in collaboration with University of Maryland Extension. Extension is a community of more than 100 public universities across the nation that provide experiences for young people to learn by doing. The mission of 4-H is to teach youth ages 5-18 about citizenship, leadership, and life skills so that they develop into competent, caring, compassionate, and contributing citizens.

For more than 100 years, 4‑H has welcomed young people of all beliefs and backgrounds, giving youth a voice to express who they are and how they make their lives and communities better. Through life-changing 4‑H programs, over six million youth have taken on critical societal issues, such as addressing community health inequities, engaging in civil discourse and advocating for equity and inclusion for all.  In 4‑H, youth complete hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture and civic engagement in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles. Youth experience 4‑H in every county and parish in the country through in-school and after-school programs, school and community clubs and 4‑H camps. 4‑H’s reach and depth are unmatched, reaching youth in every corner of America – from urban neighborhoods to suburban schoolyards to rural farming communities.

The UMES Extension 4-H STEM program began as an effort to increase outreach to undeserved youth through in-school, after-school, special events and camp programs. These efforts focus on programs in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as a way to prepare youth for a growing STEM workforce and enhance the ongoing efforts of partner organizations.