Extension Specialist: 4-H Healthy Living Programs

Position Summary

This public service faculty position provides statewide support and coordination for 4-H healthy living programs and serves as a member of the state 4-H staff. The position develops and maintains curricula and training materials that enable district and county 4-H faculty and staff to deliver programs in every Georgia county. In addition to providing professional development to 4-H and youth development educators, the individual plans, implements, and evaluates numerous youth events and activities focusing on family and consumer sciences content areas. The individual leads statewide participation in regional and national 4-H experiences and collaborates with other educational providers such as UGA College of Public Health and UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences. The individual supports the overall 4-H program by serving as Principal Investigator on grants, seeking private funding to support key initiatives, and communicating program impact to stakeholders.

A valid driver’s license and a vehicle for official duty travel are required. The position includes frequent work on evenings and weekends.

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Extension Specialist: 4-H Healthy Living Programs


CAES-State 4-H

About the University of Georgia

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( https://www.uga.edu/ ). The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. 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 employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 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.

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Benefits Eligible


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Open until filled


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Athens Area

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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).

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Public Service Professional AC


Faculty Rank

Public Service Assistant

Contract Type

Fiscal (12 mo.)

Tenure Status

Non-Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in an appropriate discipline closely related to family and consumer sciences, health, education, and/or human development.

Additional Requirements

Achievement of the rank of Public Service Assistant (or equivalent) or have a documented record of achievement that qualifies the candidate for placement in the public service faculty track. For more information regarding the public service faculty track, please see the Guidelines for Appointment and Promotion for Public Service and Outreach Faculty .

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification
  • At least one year of experience working with diverse audiences and understanding common diversity, equity, and inclusion practices.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies
  • Demonstrated expertise in education, youth development, Extension, or related area.
  • Appreciation and understanding of Extension and 4-H programs are preferred.
  • Demonstrated expertise in program development and evaluation.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Manage multiple programs in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal and public relations skills are required, with the ability to work with various colleagues and audiences.
  • Work independently and in teams.
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills.
Physical Demands
  • Walking long distances or standing for extended periods of time for 4-H events
  • Loading vehicles for 4-H events which includes lifting, carrying, reaching, pushing, and pulling heavy items/boxes up to 40 lbs
  • Working outdoors for some events
  • Working around food service and preparation equipment
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Provides direction, vision, coordination, program development and evaluation, and overall leadership to 4-H Healthy Living Programs.

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Develops and maintains curricula and training materials for staff and volunteers to address family and consumer sciences content areas, in alignment with Georgia Department of Education standards.

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Coordinates assigned youth events, activities, awards, trainings, planning sessions, conferences, and competitions including website maintenance and communications with participants, collaborators, and donors.

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Interacts and coordinates programming efforts with other UGA faculty, state and federal agencies, volunteers, and private partners and organizations.

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Seeks grants and private gifts to support and grow assigned programs.

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