Agent Associate - 4-H Youth Development

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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND EXTENSION
POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
Title: Agent Associate
Working Title: Agent Associate – 4-H Youth Development
Position Number: 117740
Category Status: Faculty, Professional Track, Full-Time
Unit: AGNR – UME – Baltimore County
LOCATION: University of Maryland Extension – Baltimore County, 1114 Shawan Road, Ste 2, Cockeysville, MD 21030

DESCRIPTION OF UNIT:
University of Maryland is a land-grant institution with a three-part mission of teaching, research, and outreach. The campus is located in College Park, Maryland. University of Maryland Extension (UME) reaches all parts of Maryland with an office in every county and Baltimore City. Maryland 4-H is the youth development program of the land grant system. This position will be responsible for the Calvert County 4-H program.

The Maryland 4-H Youth Development Program provides a supportive setting for youth to reach their fullest potential. Children learn beneficial cognitive and life skills through community-focused, research-based, experiential educational programs. High quality science, civic engagement, and healthy living programs are delivered through clubs, afterschool and school programs, camps, fairs and other community partners. Youth development professionals and volunteers support youth thriving through nurturing sparks, promoting high quality experiences, and cultivating positive relationships within communities.
To learn more about the 4-H Youth Development Program, visit https://extension.umd.edu/programs/4-h-youth-development

PURPOSE OF THE POSITION:
The Agent Associate in the Baltimore County Office is responsible for supporting the development, implementation and evaluation of educational programs for youth and adults participating with the 4-H Youth Development Program. The focus for this position will be to improve the economic, social and cultural aspects of community and family life. This includes leadership development and the interpretation and dissemination of the latest research findings in youth development with a focus in agriculture and environmental science. Initiatives will be based upon Signature Programs and other evidence-based programs that support statewide priorities as determined by the University of Maryland Extension and local needs. The faculty member will be eligible for promotion in accordance with University policy and UME professional track faculty guidelines within a timeframe defined.

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities.

This position reports directly to the Maryland 4-H Program Leader and Area Extension Director.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Collaborate with other UME faculty, EAC members, 4-H volunteers and other appropriate stakeholders to identify community needs related to youth development.
• Coordinate and deliver experiential learning programs for a wide range of disciplines in areas aligning with the 4-H national priorities around science, health and civic engagement.
• Engage in outreach and marketing to reach diverse audiences with equity and inclusion as foundational elements.
• Plan, implement and evaluate youth initiatives focusing on human, environmental sciences, STEM, and animal sciences utilizing UME Signature programs or other evidence-based programs that support statewide priorities and meet local needs.
• Plan, implement, supervise and evaluate day camps to support programming priorities.
• Coordinate and implement recruitment, training, and development of 4-H adult and youth camp, animal science and agricultural program volunteers.
• Interpret, disseminate and utilize current youth development data to facilitate the training of adults and youth.
• Establish and implement data collection methods, to include program outputs, outcomes and impacts, to assess if program objectives have been met and to inform future program planning.
• Other duties as assigned.

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Required –
• Bachelor’s degree in youth development, education, social science or science related field.
• 3 Years’ Experience
o Demonstrated effectiveness and experience teaching diverse and underserved youth and adults in community settings.
o Demonstrated success in developing, implementing and evaluating youth community education programs (i.e. camping and shooting sports).
o Demonstrated direct experience working with pasture and livestock management.
• Demonstrated leadership, communication, program management and time management skills.
• Personal transportation and valid driver’s license; willing to travel locally and as needed throughout Maryland.
• Strong computer skills and experience with Microsoft Word, Access, Excel, Publisher and email.
• Requires flexible work hours, to include weekends and evenings as needed for meetings and programs.
• This position is subject to a Criminal History Record Check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion and clearance of the Criminal History Record Check.
Preferred –
• MA or MS in Youth Development or related field.
• Experience with the 4-H youth development program.
• Fluency in English.
• Experience in distance and virtual education strategies.
• Experience in volunteer recruitment and management.
• Demonstrated achievement in developing, implementing and evaluating community education programs.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THE POSITION:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
• Nature of the Position: This position frequently presents information through vocal and written communication to individuals of various ages, socio-economic, and educational backgrounds.
• Physical Demands: A routine part of this position's responsibilities would be to transport materials to and from teaching/event locations, including loading and unloading the vehicle. The employee will frequently lift and/or move items weighing up to 20 pounds. Set-up and tear-down of displays, tables, and chairs would be necessary at many teaching sites.
• Environmental: Team driven, office environment of professional character, competence, and collaboration. Deadline driven in terms of program planning and reporting. This position requires the employee to work outdoors at certain times of the year, especially during the time of annual fair, 4-H residential or day camps and youth recreation activities. This may occur during very hot and/or inclement weather.
• Visual Acuity: Visual acuity is required for preparing and analyzing written or computer data and presentations.

SALARY & BENEFITS:
Salary will be commensurate with experience: Bachelor’s base: $39,830; Master’s base: $41,642. The University of Maryland offers an extensive benefits package.

APPLICATIONS:
All candidates must apply online at https://ejobs.umd.edu for position #117740. A complete application on packet includes a letter of application, a current resume, unofficial transcript, and three (3) professional references, including name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address.

CLOSING DATE: Applications best consideration date of December 29, 2021 or until a suitable candidate is selected.

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Vaccine Protocol
The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment.


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