4-H and Youth Development Program Leader

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Classification:Director (Academic-Faculty)
Grade:Non-Union Faculty Grade 10
Work type:Faculty Full-time, Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Institute of Agr Nat Res & Ext
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Executive/Director/Management, Agricultural/Life Sciences/Vet Medicine, Education/Instructional

Position Summary:

Lead 4H to help today's youth reach their full potential. Position is responsible for leadership and oversight of the youth development programs in Cooperative Extension Service (CES) at University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). This position manages multiple projects and programs simultaneously. Success at obtaining external funding in support of the program is absolutely necessary given reductions in state allocations. The position requires highly self-motivated and disciplined creative abilities. How 4H and other youth programs associated with UAF CES are perceived is guided by this position. It requires a sensitivity to program needs and evaluation to ascertain whether or not programs meet desired CES standards, mission and program objectives for youth development and growth. This position is key to ensure and maintain high quality youth development activities at UAF in CES.


10Development of 4-H and youth development performance metrics and accountability measures with linkage to priority goals, staffing, decisions, program strategies, and budgets.Essential
10Work with CES Communications staff to assure high quality of all publications associated with UAF CES youth development programs in Alaska. Cooperation and facilitation of all 4H and leadership in Alaska. Representation of 4-H and Youth Development to internal and external audiences at all national levels. Guidance to 4-H and Educators/Agents on annual reports in accordance with CES youth development missions, plans of work, and Proposals, and programs.Essential
15Research and scholarship on current and future trends and local and state demographic information and share as needed with 4-H educators/staff.Essential
15Youth development in-service training and development for all levels of youth development programming in CES in Alaska. Orientation for new faculty and staff working with 4-H and Youth Development programs and participation in performance reviews with district educators/agents for on-going improvement and feedback.Essential
20Authorship of proposals both internally to USDA/CES and externally through acquisition and management of grants that support 4-H, CES and IANRE Strategic Plans.Essential
30Development and maintenance of effective teamwork among co-workers, Extension Agents, program assistants, volunteers, agency representatives including Alaska 4-H Volunteer Leaders Organization and State Teen Organization membersEssential

Knowledge Skills & Abilities:

  • Demonstrated skill in grant writing, communicating to various audiences and determining most appropriate vehicle to deliver targeted messages to specific audiences
  • Understanding of youth development principles and concepts
  • Ability to multi-task in a very fast-paced office
  • Excellent communications, attention to accuracy, time management and detail
  • Youth development background and experience
  • People skills for working with the public, especially with volunteers
  • Ability to organize ideas and people around funding RFP to be successful in obtaining external funding and team building to accomplish program objectives
  • Knowledge of 4H system


  • Knowledge of 4H within a university system
  • Knowledge of academic institutions, public relations, marketing, media relations, and community outreach
  • Experience with database management and Internet resources
  • Knowledge and understanding of UAF and CES/AFES essential land grant mission and vision and ability to represent CES/AFES with partner agencies

Required Experience:

  • Prior experience with 4H or other youth programs
  • Prior experience with volunteer training and management


  • Experience in leadership of groups across diverse cultural and geographic settings
  • Demonstrated success in obtaining funding for youth development activities from external sources

Typical Education or Training:

  • Terminal degree in youth development, education or field relevant to leadership in youth development programs

To Apply:

A complete application will include a cover letter, a resume/curriculum vita, and contact information for three professional references. 

This is a full-time, 12-month, academic administrator position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. Salary is based on experience. This position is open until filled with the initial application review beginning Dec. 5th, 2021. To ensure consideration, please apply prior to 11:55 pm Alaska Standard Time on Dec. 5th, 2021

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any trouble applying to this position or questions about the process, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

Advertised: Alaskan Daylight Time
Applications close: Alaskan Standard Time

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