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Extension Agent, 4-H

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Posting Details

Posting Information

Vacancy Type NC Cooperative Extension
Is Internal Transfer Only No
Job Type Full-Time - Permanent
Time-Limited Appointment Length No
If Yes, Appointment Length
Title Extension Agent, 4-H
Working Title Extension Agent, 4-H
Salary Range
Anticipated Hiring Range Minimum $35,000 commensurate with education and experience
Position Number SE-00002656-0617
Work Schedule 8:00 am - 5:00 pm with flexibility and occasional work required in evenings and weekends as necessary
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.0
Department 117809 - Southeast District - New Hanov
Department NCCE New Hanover County Center
Job City & State Wilmington, NC
Primary Function of Organizational Unit

North Carolina Cooperative Extension gives our residents easy access to the resources and expertise of NC State University and NC A&T State University. Through educational programs, publications, and events, Cooperative Extension field faculty deliver unbiased, research-based information to North Carolina citizens.

New Hanover County is located in southeastern North Carolina between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean. It is the second smallest county in the state but is home to over 220,000 persons. Projections predict its population to increase to almost 300,000 by 2040.

Youth (those 18 and under) comprise about 20% of the population which is slightly below the state average of 24%. Almost 14% of the population is 65 or older – slightly higher than the state average of 12.7%.

Blacks comprise about 15% of the population while those of Latino origin make up just over 5%.

Almost eighteen per cent (17.6%) of the county’s population was living below the poverty level in 2015.

Median household income in 2015 was almost $54,000 besting the state average. Because of its proximity to the coast and vacation/resort status, the cost of living is also higher than surrounding rural areas.

The city of Wilmington is the county seat and is rich in historical significance and home to many recreational and cultural sites and events.

Important contributors to the local economy include the state port, tourism (over $477 million impact in 2013), filmmaking, PPD (pharmaceuticals), Corning, Verizon and General Electric.

More information about New Hanover County can be found at the New Hanover County Government Website: http://www.nhcgov.com/ and at the New Hanover County Extension Website: http://newhanover.ces.ncsu.edu.

Essential Job Duties

The 4-H Extension Agent is a member of the faculty of North Carolina State University and a professional educator. The 4-H Extension Agent has primary responsibility for planning, executing, and evaluating effective and comprehensive 4-H programs that will meet the needs of the county population and supports the mission of the 4-H organization, which is to develop youth and adults working with those youth to realize their full potential, becoming effective contributing citizens through participation in research-based, non-formal, hands-on educational experiences. The 4-H Extension Agent cooperates with colleagues in the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and county leaders in performing assigned responsibilities. The performance of assigned responsibilities is governed by the philosophy, objectives, policies, and procedures of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.

The individual in the position will provide leadership for the total 4-H program and will be responsible for determining programming needs, planning, marketing, implementing and evaluating programs. This position will also be involved in training 4-H volunteers, supporting 4-H clubs, and providing opportunities for school based 4-H programs. The individual will be responsible for providing guidance to the program staff and managing programs funded through grants and fees.

Other Work/Responsibilities

Duties include developing and maintaining 4-H clubs, 4-H projects, summer day camp programs, school enrichment and youth agricultural programs. The Agent will develop community relationships, while working closely with Family and Consumer Science, Agriculture Agents, and Administration.

Volunteer development and utilization of an advisory system is essential to success. Candidate must have the ability to recruit, train and utilize adult, youth, and community volunteers and volunteer leaders. Promote and encourage participation in county, district, state and national level 4-H programs.

Timely response to client requests for specific and technical information regarding youth education and related topics is an expected role. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain and increase personal professional competencies. The candidate must be flexible to allow for changing responsibilities as needed.

In addition, this position will be responsible for supervising the overall 4-H program which includes establishing and maintaining 4-H Grant Funded Programs, recruiting and training present and potential volunteers and staff, manage clubs and special programs, and identifying resources to assist in conducting the 4-H program.

Minimum Experience/Education

One of the following educational requirements: – A Bachelor’s degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 overall or a 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) in child or youth development or related field, – A Bachelor’s degree and the completion of at least one-half of coursework in a Master’s degree curriculum with a cumulative grade point average 3.0 or higher with at least one of the degrees in child or youth development or related field, or – Completion of a Master’s degree with at least one of the degrees in child or youth development or related field. Also required: a personal automobile; computer literacy; strong oral and written communication skills; the ability to plan, implement, market, and evaluate educational programs; willingness to work as a team member and support a total Extension program; and the ability to handle multiple demands and set priorities. Personal Attributes: Successful performance of the duties encompassed in the County Extension Agent’s job requires that the individual possess habits of industry, a sense of responsibility, and a genuine appreciation for the worth of the individual. The employee must be adept in both oral and written communication. The County Extension Agent is eligible to become a member of the non-tenure track/special faculty at North Carolina State University. The County Extension Agent has primary responsibility for planning, executing, and evaluating that phase of county Extension programs within assigned areas of program responsibility. The County Extension Agent cooperates with colleagues in the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and county leaders in performing assigned responsibilities. The performance of assigned responsibilities is governed by the philosophy, objectives, policies, and procedures of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.

Departmental Required Skills

A Bachelor’s degree in child or youth development or related field.
Experience working with diverse audiences.
Ability to handle multiple tasks and establish priorities.
Ability to work independently.
Leadership skill.
Social skills to communicate effectively across age, gender and racial boundaries.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

A Master’s degree in a related field is preferred.

Some 4-H knowledge or experience is preferred.

It is expected that a Master’s degree will be pursued from an accredited institution if not already acquired.

Required License or Certification

N/A

Special Instructions
Job Open Date 06/13/2017
Must Be Open Until

Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time.
06/26/2017
Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No
Proposed Hire Date
AA/EOE

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at www.wes.org. Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity?
    • NCSU Website
    • NCSU Executive Search Services
    • Monster.com
    • CareerBuilder.com
    • InsideHigherEd.com
    • HigherEdJobs.com
    • Other Online Job Board
    • Carolina Job Finder / Employment Guide
    • Job / Career Fair
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Professional Journal
    • Print Advertisement (Newspaper / Periodical)
    • Professional Organization
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
    • Direct Contact from NCSU HR Representative / Recruiter
    • NCSU Employee Referral
    • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Other)
    • Other
  2. * If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * All agent positions require a minimum education requirement of: A. A Bachelor's degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 overall or 3.0 in major field of study (based on a 4.0 scale); B. A Bachelor's degree and the completion of at least one-half of coursework in a Master's degree curriculum with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher; C. A completed Master's degree. Do you meet this minimum education requirement?
    • Yes, I meet the requirement listed in section A above.
    • Yes, I meet the requirement listed in section B above.
    • Yes, I meet the requirement listed in section C above.
    • No, however I am in my last semester of study.
    • No, I do not meet this requirement.
  4. * Please explain your experience with agricultural programs.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Please give examples of leadership roles where you have supervised and/or coached others.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Tell about an experience where you managed resources, including funds, equipment, facilities, etc.

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. * Tell about when you have seen a change in a young person's life as a result of your influence or interaction.

    (Open Ended Question)

  8. * Are you able to work occasional weekends and evenings sometimes on short notice?

    (Open Ended Question)

Application Materials Required

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Contact Information for References
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter