4-H and Youth Development Program Leader

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Classification:Director (Academic-Faculty)
Grade:Non-Union Faculty Grade 10
Work type: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, Education/Instructional

Position Summary:

Lead 4-H 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 and will require some travel. Success at obtaining external funding in support of the program is essential. The position requires highly self-motivated and disciplined creative abilities. How 4-H 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 ensuring and maintaining 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 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

  • Demonstrated skills in grant writing and the ability to organize ideas and people to be successful in obtaining external funding 

  • Team building to accomplish program objectives



  • Knowledge of 4-H 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 Cooperative Extension Service (CES) essential land grant mission and vision and ability to represent CES with partner agencies

Experience, Education or Training:


  • Masters degree in a related field or an equivalent combination of training, education, and/or experience.
  • Prior experience with 4-H or other youth development programs
  • Prior experience with volunteer training and management, particularly in a leadership role


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

Position details:

This is a full-time, 12 month academic administrator position complete with both a competitive salary and a full employee benefits package. Salary is based on experience. UA provides a generous compensation package that includes excellent benefits including retirement options, annual leave, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized for unrestricted employment in the United States. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.

Applicant instructions:

To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information (email and phone number) for three(3) professional references with your application.  Please indicate in your cover letter your willingness to travel as part of the position. The candidate(s) selected as a finalist will need to prepare a presentation to be delivered to the public.

Review Date:

This position is open until filled with the initial applications review taking place on January 3, 2022. To ensure consideration please apply by 11:55 pm Alaska Standard Time, January 2, 2022.

UAF COVID Requirements:

Effective immediately, all new UAF hires, whose job function or work location results in the employee being subject to the UAF vaccine requirements guided by the Federal Contractor Employee vaccine mandate*, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption by January 18, 2022, or before their start date if after January 18, 2022.

*Employees based on UAF’s Troth Yeddha’ (Fairbanks) campus, regardless of university affiliation and remote work status; Employees based in UAF research units outside Fairbanks (including Seward Marine Center, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, HAARP, Poker Flat, Lena Point, and Toolik Field Station); and Employees, regardless of their work location, paid by or directly working on impacted UAF federal contracts.

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 questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.



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