Position Summary

Descriptive Title

Assistant Director & Program Leader for 4-H Youth Development

Position Description

The Assistant Director and Program Leader of 4-H Youth Development for the University of
Maryland Extension provides statewide leadership and direction for 4-H Youth Development
programs and faculty. The incumbent is administratively responsible to the UME Associate Director
for addressing the mission and goals of 4-H Youth Development programs while aligning 4-H
priorities with those of UME and AGNR. The incumbent provides overall statewide leadership and
direction to 4-H youth development faculty and programs.
Nationally, 4-H youth development aims to support thriving youth and communities. Maryland 4-H
Youth Development programming is conducted to address 6 priority areas in Maryland: 1) Building
Community and Civic Engagement, 2) Developing Leadership Skills for Life, 3) Nurturing Social
Empowerment and Resilience, 4) Improving College and Workforce Readiness, 5) Fostering
Exploration and Creativity in Arts and Science, and 6) Promoting Healthy Lifestyles and Self Acceptance.

Required Qualifications

Candidates must have an earned doctorate (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) and must be able to be tenured in a department as a Professor or tenured in Extension as a Principal Agent or equivalent rank. At least one graduate degree, preferably a doctorate, must be in youth development, education, and/or social science-related areas. • Applicants should have significant leadership experience, preferably with 4-H Youth Development programs within land-grant systems, and be recognized within a field of specialization. • A demonstrated understanding and application of the Land Grant mission and relevant administrative experience is desired. • Evidence of excellence in leadership, teamwork, collaboration, and human resources management skills. • Demonstrated ability to motivate, lead and supervise faculty and staff both programmatically and administratively. • Ability to develop and maintain effective partnerships and working relationships with internal/external stakeholders and diverse audiences. • Demonstrated ability in budget administration and accountability of resources, including extramural funding. • Demonstrated ability to promote advocacy in educational programming, clientele served, and staffing. • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and ability to engage with various constituencies. • Demonstrated ability to build UME diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect capacity through the 4-H program. • Personal transportation and a valid driver’s license are required. Ability to travel statewide and nationally as needed is an expectation for this position. • This position is subject to a Criminal History Record Check. Employment is contingent upon the successful completion and clearance of the Criminal History Record Check.

Application Instructions

All candidates must apply online at https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/116389. A complete application packet includes a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and three (3) professional references, including name, mailing address, telephone number and an e-mail address.

Equal Employer Statement(s)

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

About University of Maryland Extension

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.