Position InformationPosting Number PG190461CE
Position Number NE 00002135-0223 Position Type NC Cooperative Extension
Department InformationJob City & State Raleigh, NC
Department NCCE Wake County
System InformationWorking Title Extension Agent, 4-H
Appointment 12 Month Recurring Job Type Full-Time - Permanent FTE 1.00Position Information
Essential Job Duties
Are you looking for a rewarding career that will let you give back to your community? NC State Extension extends research-based knowledge to all North Carolinians, helping them transform science into everyday solutions that improve their lives and grow our state. We are the model of excellence in non- formal, research-based education that advances agriculture, the environment, human health and well-being, youth and communities, while creating prosperity for all North Carolinians. Working for NC State Extension allows you to teach without being tied to a classroom and school bell. It affords an opportunity to build meaningful partnerships and community capacity and to advance public policy related to local priorities in the k-12 space.
While our employees are located in NC County offices, they reap the benefits of employment at NC State University. Some of our benefits include:
· Paid time off
· Paid tuition
· Health Insurance
· Flexible Scheduling
· Retirement Savings
· Supplemental Benefits Programs
The 4-H Extension Agent is a member of the faculty of North Carolina State University and a professional educator. The 4-H Extension Agent has primary responsibility for planning, executing, and evaluating effective and comprehensive 4-H programs that will meet the needs of the county population and supports the mission of the 4-H organization, which is to develop youth and adults working with those youth to realize their full potential, becoming effective contributing citizens through participation in research-based, non- formal, hands-on educational experiences. The 4-H Extension Agent cooperates with colleagues in North Carolina Cooperative Extension and county leaders in performing assigned responsibilities. The performance of assigned responsibilities is governed by the philosophy, objectives, policies, and procedures of North Carolina Cooperative Extension.
The 4-H Agent provides leadership to STEM programming, volunteer-led groups and serves as a primary liaison to NC State 4-H. The 4-H Agent works as a member of the 4-H and Cooperative Extension leadership teams to set priorities, develop programs, recruit diverse populations, implement educational programs and report results. The 4-H Agent also supports leadership development programs that uplift youth voices and inform local policy efforts. Responsibilities may also include supervision of program staff and management of programs funded through grants and fees. As a member of the Wake County staff the individual in this position will recognize the importance of teamwork and fully support the total Extension program. Additional duties as assigned by the County Extension Director may be required.
Primary Function of Organizational Unit NC Cooperative Extension is the educational outreach arm of the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, in collaboration with NC A&T State University. The two Land-Grant institutions provide research-based information, programming and technical assistance to all North Carolina citizens, addressing a diverse range of issues in four programmatic areas – Agriculture and Natural Resources; Family and Consumer Sciences; Community and Rural Development, and 4-H Youth Development. Together, with its partners: U.S. Department of Agriculture, state and county governments, Cooperative Extension is able to bring a wide variety of resources to all 100 North Carolina counties and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians. North Carolina 4-H is North Carolina Cooperative Extension's youth development arm and as such is the largest professional youth development organization in North Carolina, serving more than 250,000 youth annually. Nationally, 4-H impacts more than six-million youth across all 50 states and in more than 50 countries. NC State 4-H agents that have reached the level of Associate Agent, hold the rank of Field Faculty. Four-H offers programming to youth 5 – 18 years of age in STEM, Civic Engagement, Camping, Public Speaking, Clubs, and much more.
The Wake County Center of the NCCE works as a unit of local government and within the land-grant University system to provide educational programs and to drive efforts that enrich the lives, land and economy of Wake County residents. There are more than 240,000 school age youth in Wake County, 198 public schools and more than 3400 non-profit organizations who serve Wake, many with a focus including school age youth and their families. In the Cooperative Extension office there is a strong team of 4-H professionals. The 4-H Agent provides leadership to STEM programming, volunteer-led groups and serves as a primary liaison to NC State 4-H. The 4-H Agent works as a member of the 4-H and Cooperative Extension leadership teams to set priorities, develop programs, recruit diverse populations, implement educational programs and to evaluate and report results. The 4-H Program in Wake works to integrate and align their efforts with Health & Human Services, Wake County Public Schools, the 10th Judicial District Juvenile Court and grassroots leaders and voices across the County. The 4-H Agent also supports leadership development programs that uplift youth voices and inform local policy efforts. The 4-H Youth Development program works to help young people grow into active, contributing citizens. The 4-H Agent also works consistently with colleagues across all program areas to deliver integrated efforts to reach families, to engage our diverse community in urban & rural settings and to address policy, systems and environment issues impacting Wake County residents.
To learn more about the NCCE Wake County Center, go to https: // wake.ces.ncsu.edu/
To find out about Wake County, visit: https: // www. wakegov.com/
The Extension 4-H agent will be located in Wake County and will be responsible for directing and growing a comprehensive 4-H professional youth development program, meeting the relevant needs of all youth, ages 5 through 18. These programs will engage youth in positive life-skill development activities to address issues of everyday life, enhance the community and environment where they live and give them access to high quality, experiential programming to build life skills.The Extension 4-H agent shall:
1) be responsible for assuring that the principles of positive youth development are being utilized across the program to help youth identify and develop their passion and life skills. This includes but is not limited to assuring that qualified adult leadership is present at each 4-H activity, meeting and event; that appropriate curriculum is being used to enhance the educational experience, that programs are being evaluated appropriately and that program impacts are identified and reported.
2) Be responsible for forming relationships in the county that lead to recruiting, training, managing and rewarding the volunteer leaders who will guide 4-H clubs, assist with the planning and coordination of events and activities, and generally support and promote the 4-H agent and program. 3) Develop resources in support of youth participation in local, district, state and national events and activities. Fundraising in support of volunteer development and management is also expected.
4) Manage a county-wide 4-H advisory council that will help identify programmatic needs, support programmatic efforts and champion 4-H in the local community. This council should consist of 4-H alumni, volunteer leaders, 4-H youth, and county leaders that represent the business, social and demographic metrics of the county.
5) Develop a marketing/recruiting program that attracts youth and volunteers from all sectors of the county, to drive inclusivity and desired programmatic impact.
6) Be responsible for program administration: maintaining accurate records, assuring that the program is in compliance with local, state and national regulations – to include but not be limited to the NC State University Programming with Minors regulations, general financial management and county 4-H club accounts, charters, as well as USDA-NIFA and IRS compliance.
Volunteer recruitment and training experience as well as grant development skills will be important. The applicant must be self-directed and possess a strong work ethic .
SupervisoryNumber of Permanent Employees this Position Supervises 1
Percent of Time Spent 15%
Requirements and PreferencesIdentify if the Position is Mandatory / Essential / Key Not Applicable
Work Schedule Monday - Friday 8:30 am- 5:15 pm, evenings and weekends as required. The individual in this position often works night and weekend hours outside of the normal workday. Overnight travel is also required. To help manage the personal/professional continuum, Minimum Experience/Education
One of the following educational requirements: – A Bachelor's degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 overall or a 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) in child or youth development or related field. The minimum GPA requirement will be waived for NCCE Program Associates with a Bachelor's degree. – A Bachelor's degree and the completion of at least one-half of coursework in a Master's degree curriculum with a cumulative grade point average 3.0 or higher with at least one of the degrees in child or youth development or related field, or – Completion of a Master's degree with at least one of the degrees in child or youth development or related field. Also required: a personal automobile; computer literacy; strong oral and written communication skills; the ability to plan, implement, market, and evaluate educational programs; willingness to work as a team member and support a total Extension program; and the ability to handle multiple demands and set priorities. Personal Attributes: Successful performance of the duties encompassed in the County Extension Agent's job requires that the individual possess habits of industry, a sense of responsibility, and a genuine appreciation for the worth of the individual. The employee must be adept in both oral and written communication. The County Extension Agent is eligible to become a member of the non-tenure track/special faculty at North Carolina State University. The County Extension Agent has primary responsibility for planning, executing, and evaluating that phase of county Extension programs within assigned areas of program responsibility. The County Extension Agent cooperates with colleagues in the North Carolina Cooperative Extension and county leaders in performing assigned responsibilities. The performance of assigned responsibilities is governed by the philosophy, objectives, policies, and procedures of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension.
Department Required Skills
Minimum Requirements – Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in a field related to child or youth development, education, human services or in a related field with work experience in Extension or working/teaching in diverse communities, with an understanding that a Master's degree will be pursued. - Ability to work independently without direct supervision. - Ability to work with, interact, and respect, diverse populations. - Ability to recruit, train, and supervise volunteer leaders to extend youth programming to the broadest audience possible. - Computer literacy (proficiency in MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Office). - Strong oral and written communication and interpersonal skills. - Ability to handle multiple demands and set priorities. - Ability to travel and work after-hours and weekends as needed (may be seasonally extensive). - Ability to network with community partners and agencies and maintain working relationships. - Must be able to lift and carry training supplies, publications, and equipment needed for training and youth programs.
Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education
Master's degree from an accredited university in a field related to child and youth development, education, human services or a combination of education and work that would prepare someone for this role. - Experience planning programs and working in diverse communities. - Experience working effectively as a team member. - Experience and knowledge in mass media, marketing, and presentations. -Skills in leadership, citizenship, budget management, and public relations. - Ability to recruit, train, and supervise volunteer leaders to extend youth programming to the broadest audience possible.
Relevant Points to Consider: - The individual in this position often works night and weekend hours outside of the normal workday. To help manage the personal/professional continuum, managed scheduling is available. - A key responsibility of this position is managing a diverse group of volunteers who may be considerably more experienced than the agent. - The ability to develop resources and manage finances. - Agents have the opportunity to provide leadership at the district, state and national levels through the North Carolina Association of 4-H Youth Development Professionals and the National Association of 4-H Youth Development Professionals.
Required License or Certification
Valid driver's license and reliable, personal transportation required. Valid NC driver's license is required within 60 days of hire and must be maintained
Valid NC Driver's License required? Yes Commercial Driver's License Required? No Physical Required? No List any other medical/drug tests requiredRecruitment
Anticipated Hiring Range Minimum Bachelor's $40,000; Minimum Master's $45,000; Minimum Doctorate $50,000 Commensurate with experience.
Internal Transfer Only No
Recruitment DatesJob Open Date 02/13/2023
Applicant InformationQuick Link https: // jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/178724
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