Lowndes County 4-H & Youth Development Agent

Georgia, United States
Salary Not Specified
May 20, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

Posting Number F0894P Working Title Lowndes County 4-H & Youth Development Agent Department CAES-Southwest District CES About the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia ( UGA ), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( https://www.uga.edu/ ). UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

UGA Cooperative Extension was founded in 1914 to bring research-based agricultural information to the people of Georgia. County agents and specialists throughout the state share information on issues like water quality, profitability in agribusiness, family wellness, and life skills. County agents provide soil and water test kits and instruction, advice on safe pesticide use, publications, computer programs, and lessons in consumer skills to improve Georgians’ quality of life. They are the local experts in food safety, proper eating habits, child safety, and parenting. UGA Extension coordinates 4-H, Georgia’s largest youth program. Each year, almost 200,000 young Georgians participate in community projects, summer camps, and conferences on today’s issues while having fun and learning to work together. The leadership skills and values they learn in 4-H last a lifetime. UGA Extension reaches more than 2.6 million Georgians through education programs each year. Millions more rely on UGA Extension’s publications, educational news articles, and public television programming for advice and information.

College/Unit/Department website https://extension.uga.edu/county-offices/lowndes.html Posting Type External Retirement Plan TRS or ORP Employment Type Employee Benefits Eligibility Benefits Eligible Underutilization Minorities Advertised Salary Minimum $47,000/year starting for Master’s Degree (Bachelor’s $36,000) as well as an excellent benefits package as a faculty member of the University of Georgia. Reimbursement for business travel will be provided. Anticipated Start Date 07/01/2021 Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings) Job Posting Date 05/20/2021 Job Closing Date Open until filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants Location of Vacancy Valdosta Area EEO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (hrweb@uga.edu).

Position Details

Classification Title Public Service Professional AC FLSA Faculty Rank Open Rank Contract Type Fiscal (12 mo.) Tenure Status Non-Tenure Track Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree (bachelor’s degree is sufficient for provisional hires)

Position Summary

This position will be responsible for managing the 4-H & Youth Development programming in Lowndes County by providing educational opportunities for youth in 4-H club meetings, coordinating local activities, and preparing youth for project and judging events.

Additional Requirements

Master’s Degree in Agriculture, Education, Human/Youth Development, Sociology, Family & Consumer Sciences, Recreation, or related area. A Bachelor’s degree is acceptable for a Public Service Provisional appointment. This provisional faculty classification is offered for no more than three years without review. You may apply for a regular service faculty appointment upon completion of an advanced degree or successful progression through the public service promotion process. See the University of Georgia Guidelines for Appointments and Promotions for Public Service and Outreach Academic Rank for complete details:

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

-Computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office suite
-Ability to speak to/teach large groups of residents
-Ability to organize and carry out activities and programming for youth
-Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with county, district, and state staff, local government employees, and clientele
-Ability to show high standards of professionalism in personal contacts, appearance, and work habits
-Ability to express thoughts clearly and concisely through written and verbal communication
-Ability to work as a team member and engage with groups and committees
-Ability to design, coordinate, and teach educational programs to meet community needs
-Skills in leadership and management

Physical Demands Is this a Position of Trust? Yes Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources? No Does this position require a P-Card? No Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No Is driving a responsibility of this position? Yes Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care? Yes Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications) No Credit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.



-Responsible for managing the 4-H program in Lowndes County by providing educational programs for youth in 4-H club meetings, Coordinating local activities, and preparing youth for project and judging events
-Provides leadership for volunteers, Para-professionals, and teen leaders in delivering 4-H and Youth programs
-Utilizes the expertise of and works closely with advisory groups, community leaders, public officials and representatives of intended audiences to analyze data, identify needs, and assist in developing educational programs
-Utilizes current research data and information on emerging issues in program development and teaching
-Develops a plan of work that is equitable in meeting the varied socio-economic needs of the county
-Develops and conducts relevant interdisciplinary programs with other staff members based on critical issues
-Collaborates with other agencies and community groups to plan and implement programs
-Conducts promotional efforts to expand the public’s view of extension programming
-Identify, recruit, train, and help supervise 4-H volunteers in planning, teaching and evaluating Cooperative Extension 4-H programs AND
-Assist interested volunteers in the successful completion of the 4-H Chaperone Training
-Manage Multiple programs who may receive leadership from Volunteers such as the Archery Team, Shotgun Team, Horse Club, BB Team, and Livestock Show Teams
-Implements the CAES Civil Rights/Equal Opportunity plan and ensures that clientele understand that UGA Extension offers its educational programs, assistance, and materials to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status
-Make reports to appropriate clientele, staff members, Board of Education, Board of Commissioners and public officials through mass media (social media, County websites, etc.) personal contacts an/or group meetings
-Submit accurate and complete reports in a timely manner in GA Counts, 4-H enrollment, and the District Office
-Demonstrates personal interest and involvement in community by participating in and supporting civic/community activities/organizations and networking with community leaders
This position serves as a UGA Public Service Faculty member and a member of the Lowndes County Extension Staff who will:
- Regularly participate in staff conferences
- Maintain office inventory of office supplies and materials as needed to support the 4-H program
- Assist with day to day operations of Cooperative Extension county office by answering the phone, greeting visitors, filing 4-H documents, etc. …. as needed
- Other duties as assigned by the County Coordinator, SW District 4-H Program Development Coordinator, SW District Director and other State 4-H Faculty

Percentage Of Time 100 Posting Specific Questions

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  1. * This position is located in Lowndes County, Valdosta, Ga. Are you willing to work from this location?
    • Yes
    • No
Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Unofficial Transcripts
  2. List of References with Contact Information

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