UC ANR: Statewide 4-H Director Academic Coordinator 3

Posted on September 16, 2023
UC ANR: Statewide 4-H Director Academic Coordinator 3
Position description:

The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) offers a unique recruitment opportunity for a Statewide 4-H Director, Academic Coordinator III.  UC ANR operates a statewide network of researchers, educators and support staff dedicated to the development and application of knowledge to address local agricultural, environmental and community health issues. Research, outreach and education from locally based Cooperative Extension offices serves all 58 counties from 70+ locations throughout the state. Our mission is to bring the University of California directly to Californians through research, extension and education programs that support:

  • Sustainable, safe, and nutritious food production and delivery
  • Economic success in a global economy
  • A sustainable, healthy, and productive environment
  • Science literacy and youth development

By working and living among those we serve, UC ANR expands the University of California’s reach to engage all people and communities in California, ensuring equal access to the UC system.


Coordination of Academic Programs
Academic program planning and development

  • Facilitate effective program planning, implementation, curricula development, evaluation, training, and interpretation of innovative youth programs that involve clientele, external stakeholders, and 4-H/YFC (Youth, Families and Community) academics and staff, other educational activities and multi-media materials aligned with strategic plan and/or clientele needs.
  • Assure the 4-H YDP follows all federal, state, UC and 4-H YDP regulations and policies and oversee the development of new policies and the revision of existing policies to support program goals in collaboration with Office of the Controller and Business Services, UC Office of General Council, and others as appropriate.
  • Oversee and contribute to effective communication efforts with program-based staff, academics, affiliates, and the public (e.g., develop and maintain websites, social media, blogs, and other media).
  • Foster an environment conducive to a strong volunteer system.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to interdisciplinary approaches between 4-H and other Cooperative Extension program areas.

Assessment of program and constituency needs.

  • Analyze enrollment data and other program indicators to inform program development and training needs and topics.
  • Respond to program and policy inquiries from county-based staff and volunteers, UC ANR staff and others about the 4-H YDP and UC policies.
  • Demonstrate ability to assess program needs and priorities.
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop and sustain relationships with program clientele and partners.

Evaluation of academic program activities and functions.

  • Evaluate program curriculum, activities, and trainings to quantify outcomes and impacts related to condition changes and public value statements.
  • Demonstrate ability to develop, contribute to, and publish evaluation reports.

Development of proposals for extramural funding of programs and identification of support resources.

  • Provide leadership in extramural fund development, including revenue generation for grants, contracts, and fees; and coordinate with the California 4-H Foundation and UC ANR Development Services in generating gifts. Serve on the California 4-H Foundation Board of Directors.
  • Manage fiscal and human resources related to the 4-H Youth Development Program.

Liaison representation with other agencies and institutions in the public and private sectors.

  • Represent the UC 4-H YDP on various statewide and/or national committees and serve as the liaison between 4-H and other statewide programs and various stakeholders.
  • Establish strong working relationships with advisors, specialists, staff, USDA-NIFA, National 4-H Council, California 4-H Foundation and other universities.
  • Navigate relationships between State 4-H Office, UC and County based employees.

Professional Competence and Activity

  • Pursue ongoing personal and professional development.
  • Enhance skills and knowledge in youth development and acquire additional skills as needed. (e.g., join a professional society and attend a meeting; participate on national committees).
  • Network with 4-H youth development directors in other states and other organizations.

University and Public Service

  • Serve in activities that support and/or represent ANR, the broader UC-community, or other academic entities. (e.g. academic search committees, statewide program advisory committees/councils, conference planning committees, industry and government-related committees that serve local needs; state agency youth development committees).
  • Serve in public activities (e.g., youth serving agencies).
required EDUCATION:

A minimum of a Master's degree in education, youth or human development or related field is required at the time of appointment.  

Additional Requirements:
  • Strong leadership skills and experience in program and personnel management.
  • Demonstrated experience in program planning, evaluation, and budget management.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing youth development programs.
  • Knowledge of 4-H Youth Development program leadership, positive youth development programs or Cooperative Extension programming.
  • A thorough understanding and significant experience in creating culturally sensitive and relevant youth programs
  • Experience in working/supporting a diverse team of paid professionals and volunteers who deliver youth programming appropriate for their varying needs.
  • Experience working with volunteers and providing leadership for volunteer groups.
  • Experience working collaboratively with a wide variety of stakeholders and developing productive partnerships.
  • Excellent oral/written communication skills, including the ability to develop and implement presentations/workshops for diverse audiences.
  • Experience in the educational use of computers, the Internet and other distance learning techniques.
  • Knowledge of technologies, including word processing, e-mail, PowerPoint, the internet, etc.
  • This is not a remote position. The candidate must be available to be onsite.
  • Ability and means to travel on a flexible schedule as needed, proof of liability and property damage insurance on vehicle used is required. Must possess valid California Driver's License to drive a County or University vehicle.
  • A background investigation will be required for the successful candidate, including fingerprinting and a criminal history clearance by the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This position is subject to the requirements and compliance of the California’s Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA).  Employment within UC ANR is contingent upon securing written acknowledgement to comply with California law.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. 

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