Associate Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development - Norfolk/Portsmouth

Virginia Tech   Blacksburg, VA   Full-time     Education
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Posted on July 19, 2021

Job Description

This location will be housed in Portsmouth, VA with travel to Norfolk, VA. Portsmouth, VA has a long history as a port city with a quaint historic seaport. As one of the older cities of Hampton Roads, Portsmouth is located on the Elizabeth River, tributary to the Chesapeake Bay. It is less than 3 miles from Norfolk. It has a thriving arts scene and renowned museums and many beautiful neighborhoods with one of a kind restaurants. Norfolk is city of some 237,764 residents and encompasses 66 square miles. It has seven miles of Chesapeake Bay beachfront and a total of 144 miles of shoreline. The 4H Youth Development Agent is a professional educator who provides leadership to the local 4H program and manages its day-to-day operation. 4H is a community of young people learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. The mission of 4H is to develop youth, and adults working with those youth, to realize their full potential and become effective, contributing citizens. This is achieved through the development and delivery of research-based, non-formal, hands-on educational experiences. Responsibilities: Develops and delivers objective, research-based educational programs to meet the needs of diverse audiences, specifies program goals and objectives, and identifies resources needed; provides leadership for 4H Youth Development programs that meet the needs of all youth; identifies, recruits, trains, supports, and manages volunteers to implement and carry out the 4H educational programming in the unit; determines unit program needs by monitoring trends and issues, and conducting unit assessments with leadership committees; networks and builds coalitions with other agencies, organizations and institutions to address the complex youth and family issues and the needs of the 4H program; coordinates day-to-day activities and events associated with the unit 4H program including 4H delivery (community 4H clubs, project 4H clubs, school enrichment 4H, afterschool 4H, special interest 4H, and 4H camping).

Required Qualifications

Must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree (BA or BS) in a relevant discipline from an accredited college or university. A master’s degree and promotion to Extension Agent are required no later than the sixth year of employment. 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; knowledge of child and human development. Excellent communication skills; basic knowledge in educational technologies and their appropriate use in the development and delivery of educational programs; program marketing skills; knowledge and willingness to involve and manage volunteers in program development and delivery. Extension agents demonstrate flexibility, adaptability; a team-oriented mindset, yet are able to work independently, and; strong desire to help clients succeed. The person in this position is expected to travel to provide in-person leadership and to build community partnerships with few exceptions for telework.

Virginia Tech is unable to sponsor applicants for work visas for this vacancy.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's degree is preferred.

Appointment Type

Regular

Salary Information

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Review Date

August 9, 2021

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

Must have a driver's license check

Must have an acceptable and safe driving record

Frequent travel is required. Must provide own transportation on a regular basis.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Janet Spencer at jaashle2@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.