UNH Extension Seeks a Field Specialist, 4-H Workforce Readiness (2024)

This position is located at UNH Cooperative Extension’s Hillsborough County office in Goffstown, New Hampshire, however is responsible for statewide support in the area of workforce readiness.

The 4-H workforce readiness field specialist is responsible for the development of the N.H. 4-H WorkLife pathway with a focus on preparing youth for their next steps as members of the workforce and their communities. The 4-H workforce readiness field specialist provides leadership in determining needs; establishing priorities; and developing, marketing, implementing and evaluating programs. The pathway includes the essential content-focused touchpoints throughout the 4-H programming year, and academic and career development opportunities in a multitude of industries and fields.

Program development must include strategies to engage youth and families experiencing poverty, instability, disabilities, cultural differences and/or other barriers to participation. As a member of the leadership development area of expertise (AoE) team, the field specialist will collaborate with Extension colleagues from other AoEs (e.g., science development and healthy living), other Extension program teams (Community and Economic Development, Food and Agriculture, Natural Resources, Health & Well-being), and with university departments (e.g., Paul College of Business and Economics, College of Health and Human Services, College of Life Sciences and Agriculture), to develop/identify content touchpoints and career development opportunities. As a member of the 4-H state office team, the field specialist will provide additional hands-on support of statewide programming. This position will have occasional night and weekend programmatic responsibilities over the course of each month.

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Duties and Responsibilities:

Lead and oversee 4-H WorkLife pathway content

  • Develop/identify career and academic readiness experiences at multiple access points (across delivery modes, age and grade levels)
  • Create and facilitate volunteer and educator training
  • Develop and coordinate state, regional and/or national events and opportunities
  • Identify opportunities to engage and support vulnerable populations with work life preparedness
  • Identify best practices in supporting life skill development during developmental milestones and transitions (i.e., elementary to middle, middle to high school)
  • Ensure programmatic involvement of underserved and underrepresented audiences and that all educational programming is conducted in full accordance with civil rights, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Affirmative Action (AA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) policies and procedures.

Support N.H. 4-H county program managers

  • Deliver local volunteer training
  • Help recruit local and statewide workforce readiness-focused volunteers
  • Support and highlight workforce readiness elements in local county events

Develop 4-H workforce readiness partnership opportunities

  • Collaborate with UNH/Extension faculty and industry partners to identify and develop experiences and opportunities that engage 4-H youth with various career and study pathways at UNH, in N.H., and beyond
  • Identify/establish partners that can provide high engagement experiences (career technical centers, vocational training centers)
  • Partner with community organizations and industry partners to expand internship and practicum opportunities

Enhance professional development

  • Develop and implement a professional development plan to maintain and enhance competence in appropriate disciplines and professional skills such as leadership, group process and facilitation, use of technology and instructional design.

Provide organizational leadership and support

  • Serve as the UNH Extension county office administrator (COA) when the need is identified and as advised by the program team leader and Extension administration. Work with state partners and other Extension 4-H youth development and education staff to ensure programmatic needs of the 4-H workforce readiness program are fully met during the period of COA service. The COA is responsible for facility and equipment management, office budget management and supervision of administrative assistants, interns and other part-time or temporary employees. COA job responsibilities usually account for 20% of the employee’s time.
  • When it is another colleagues’ time to serve as COA, support that person in the performance of their duties and carry out appropriately delegated responsibilities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Minimum acceptable qualifications

  • Master’s degree or higher in appropriate discipline and two years related experience. A strong candidate with a bachelor’s degree in appropriate discipline and at least three years’ relevant experience may be considered if they are willing to obtain a master’s degree within seven years of hire.
  • High degree of subject matter competence in workforce readiness for youth, youth development, community development and educational leadership.
  • Demonstrated competency in developing and delivering educational programs.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively and cooperatively with coworkers and clients with a variety of values and interests and of all ages, races, ethnic backgrounds, income and education levels.
  • Availability to work some nights and weekends.
  • Willingness and ability to travel frequently, locally and statewide. Mileage will be reimbursed at the federal rate.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision, manage multiple demands, and set priorities.

Additional preferred qualifications

  • Experience or familiarity with Extension programs.
  • Experience in conducting needs assessment and evaluation methods.

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The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status, genetic information, and political orientation. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.

UNH Extension Seeks a Field Specialist, 4-H Workforce Readiness (2024)

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