The University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences ( CAES ) is seeking a visionary leader for the position of 4-H Youth Program Leader and Director of Georgia 4-H. Reporting to the Associate Dean of Extension, the State 4-H Leader serves a key role on the Extension Leadership Team in furthering the mission of 4-H throughout Georgia. The successful candidate will possess the background and ability to develop a strategic vision and deliver non-formal education in response to the changing needs of Georgia youth; support diversity and inclusiveness in youth programming, as well as 4-H faculty and staff recruiting; enhancement of extramural funding to support faculty scholarship, programming, and facilities.
The State 4-H Leader directs a large organization with the assistance of two Associate State 4-H Leaders: the Facilities and Residential Programs leader and the Program and Operations leader. Including the two associate state leaders, the State 4-H Leader has six direct reports: fiscal affairs manager, executive director of the 4-H Foundation, IT director and marketing/public relations coordinator. The State Leader oversees the work of the 4-H public service faculty comprised of 13 Extension 4-H specialists with responsibilities in curriculum & staff development, agriculture & natural resources, healthy living and leadership & civic engagement. The University of Georgia 4-H program reaches over 240,000 participants annually through in-school, after-school and non-traditional delivery models by 120 County Extension Agents, over 225 Educators, Program Assistants, and AmeriCorps members as well as thousands of volunteers. Georgia 4-H also operates five residential 4-H Centers and a day-use Nature Center. Serving 110,000 guests per year, these facilities provide summer camping programs and school-year environmental education programs for over 50,000 students annually. The total operating budget exceeds $20 million. Additional funds are provided for new construction and major renovations with private gifts and public appropriations.
This is a 12-month Public Service or Tenure-Track faculty position located in Athens, Georgia. It requires travel throughout the state of Georgia and the ability to access various 4H camp properties.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Applications received by July 15, 2022, will be assured full consideration; however, the screening will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit: 1) formal letter stating the applicant’s qualifications for the position; 2) statement discussing your vision for the department, leadership philosophy ensuring direct examples of this philosophy in action, and accomplishments related to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility. 3) current resume that includes a list of scholarly contributions; and 4) list of references with contact information including email addresses. References will not be contacted without further communication with the applicant. Questions and/or other inquiries should be directed to the search committee chair, Mrs. Melinda Miller, *****/a> , UGA SW District Extension 4-H Program Development Coordinator, 15 RDC Road, Tifton, GA 31793. Phone: *****.
4-H Youth Program Leader and Director of Georgia 4-H (State 4-H Leader)
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 15 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 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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A Master’s degree is required in a field related to Cooperative Extension, Education, Social Sciences, Management, or Public Administration.
The successful candidate will be appointed as a Non-tenure Track Public Service and Outreach (Senior Public Service Associate) or a Tenure-Track (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor) faculty member. Tenure upon appointment will be considered at the Associate and Full Professor level.
To be considered for the Public Service and Outreach Rank of Senior Public Service Associate, candidates must meet the requirements listed in the Guidelines for Appointments and Promotion Public Service and Outreach Faculty Rank (beginning on pg 3).
To be considered for the Tenure-Track Ranks (Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor), candidates must meet the requirements listed in the UGA Guidelines for Appointment, Promotion and Tenure of Academic Rank Faculty (beginning on pg 21).
To be eligible for tenure upon appointment, candidates must be appointed as an associate or full professor, have been tenured at a prior institution, and bring a demonstrably national reputation to the institution. Candidates must be approved for tenure upon appointment before hire.
Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification
PhD preferred from an accredited university in a field related to Cooperative Extension, Education, Social Sciences, Management, or Public Administration.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies
Administrative and strategic leadership background in the 4-H environment, proven ability to effectively manage faculty and staff recruitment efforts, personnel and volunteer relations, budget management, constituent relations, and fund-raising. Demonstrated knowledge and background in a county extension role is highly preferred but not mandatory. A history in ensuring civil rights requirements under USDA - NIFA and accomplishments in advancing diversity within an organization is strongly preferred.
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Ensures at all levels (county, district and state) that Georgia 4-H faculty, staff and volunteers provide a safe learning environment for youth participants and is responsible for insuring all activities meet UGA’s policy for Programs Serving Minors.
Works closely with the four District 4-H Program Development Coordinators ( UGA Public Service Faculty) to assess the needs of county Extension 4-H programs and develop plans for the State 4-H faculty and staff to provide training and resources for county programs.
Provides oversight of operations of all 4-H facilities with designated personnel in the 4-H Department.
Oversees all phases of program planning, including needs assessment, program development, implementation, evaluation, and fund development.
Oversees the delivery of high-quality extension youth development programs in cooperation with appropriate Extension leaders and public, private, and home school audiences.
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Demonstrates excellence in budget management, personnel administration, performance evaluations, employee and volunteer relations, recruitment, retention, and development. This includes oversight of Departmental Sales and Service Accounts, state appropriated funds for personnel, maintenance and operations, 4-H Foundation operating and investment funds, facility reserve account, and trusts. Effectively delegates functions to the two Associate State 4-H Leaders as appropriate.
Directs the private fund development process and sets the funding priorities for the state 4-H program. Supervises the staff of the Georgia 4-H Foundation which is an independent foundation with the primary mission to support the programs and facilities of Georgia 4-H.
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Strongly supports 4-H Extension faculty in scholarship engagement and publication of these works, applied research advancing the youth development profession, and guides faculty through the Public Service promotion process.
Works effectively with and represents 4-H faculty to University administrators, colleges and departments including other UGA Public Service Units, Fort Valley State University Extension, state and federal agencies, other youth serving organizations, the agricultural industry of Georgia, local governments and boards of education serving both urban and rural communities.
Serves as Secretary of the Georgia Extension 4-H Foundation, ensures all counties in the state file IRS 990 and provides affiliate statuses are maintained annually.
Ex-Officio member of the Georgia 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees and Georgia 4-H Advisory Committee; liaison to the Georgia 4-H Master Club & Georgia 4-H Camp Counselor Alumni Association.
Represents UGA on the Southern Program Leaders Network and National 4-H Program Leadership.
Other duties withing the purpose and scope of the role as assigned by the Associate Dean of Extension, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
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- List of References with Contact Information