Associate Director, Programs – 4-H Youth Development (Tucson, AZ)

Position Details

Position Information

Title Associate Director, Programs – 4-H Youth Development (Tucson, AZ)
Department Agric Extension Administration (1501)
Medical Sub-Speciality
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension seeks a dynamic and visionary leader to serve as the Associate Director for the Arizona 4-H Youth Development Program. The Associate Director of 4­H Youth Development (4HYD) will provide leadership in delivering high quality, research-based, positive youth development educational programs. The Associate Director is responsible for fostering strong and collaborative working relationships with governmental personnel, UA administrators, the Cooperative Extension administrative team, faculty, staff, volunteers and youth with the common goal of preparing youth to reach their full potential. While providing statewide leadership and coordination for the planning, development, implementation, management, delivery, reporting, and evaluation of the program, the Associate Director must be able to work irregular hours and travel, when necessary, to support county and campus faculty and staff; participate in collaborative work on committees and with partner organizations; and attend, present and represent UA at national meetings and conferences. Administrative duties include providing program leadership for faculty and staff; acquiring funds for the program; preparing and managing budgets; ensuring compliance with policies, procedures, terms and conditions of program grants and contracts; and reporting outcomes of the program.

This Associate Director position, located in Tucson, Arizona, is a year-to-year administrative appointment and administratively responsible to the Associate Dean and Director of Cooperative Extension. There is the possibility for continuing appointment (equivalent to tenure) in the appropriate discipline/department.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

The Associate Director, Programs for 4-H Youth Development will be responsible for leadership in the development, implementation, and evaluation of 4­HYD programs, research, and outreach in the areas of youth development.

Serve as the institution’s director and liaison on matters related to the UA Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

Provide innovative, visionary leadership and strategic planning to set the educational tone and direction in the development, funding, marketing, implementation, evaluation, and reporting of research-based youth development programs and outreach activities that align with USDA, university, state, and county priorities.

Provide leadership to advance and champion policies and partnerships to improve outcomes for young people.

Review, access, and interpret published research; local, state and national data; and program needs to develop a plan-of work commensurate with institutional resources that addresses identified program needs.

Build and maintain cooperative, respectful, trusted working relationships with statewide Extension faculty and staff in an environment that fosters diversity, collegiality and the ability to work in a multi-cultural setting.

Maintain close cooperation with other Extension program directors, support units, and all faculty and staff in Extension.

Mentor faculty to provide research and outcome-based programming designed to improve the quality of life of youth, meaningful evaluation, and in-depth reporting that leads to peer-reviewed scholarly activities that contribute to county, state and national priorities.

Provide for orientation/onboarding of new 4-H faculty and/or lead 4-H program staff, as well as provide ongoing 4-H training/staff development for all personnel.

Provide input to County Extension Directors to assist with evaluation of 4-H faculty and program staff.

Participate actively in collaborative, strategic interdisciplinary partnerships with various campuses, colleges, schools, and departments within UA; other educational institutions; federal, state, and county government and agencies; private foundations; associations and organizations on a multi-state and national level to advance program priorities.

Work cooperatively with other state 4-H program leaders and national leadership at USDA NIFA.

Review scholarly activities of faculty that include refereed journal articles, Extension publications, and creative products and media as appropriate to an individual’s faculty appointment.

Lead and support diversity and social justice initiatives; monitor program activities to ensure program outreach effectively includes diverse and underserved communities; and provide leadership for civil rights compliance.

Oversee flexible programs that demonstrate enhanced leadership skills, positive self-esteem, effective communication skills, sound decision-making, and other life skills in program participants through traditional clubs, after school enrichment, short term projects, focused youth education, community-based organizations; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), citizenship, and healthy living programs.

Provide budget recommendations to the Associate Dean and Director of Extension, provide leadership for fiscal and budget management, and monitor 4-H related accounts.

Maintain and build upon a working relationship with the Arizona 4-H Youth Foundation Board of Trustees to provide fundraising guidance that supports and expands programs and are aligned with programmatic needs.

Maintain ongoing communication through written and oral reports, electronic methods, meetings, conferences, forums, and training opportunities.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Minimum Qualifications

Earned Master’s degree in youth development, volunteerism, leadership development, human development, social sciences, or closely related field.

Experience in budgeting, financial planning, personnel management, strategic planning and critical decision-making.

Five years of related experience to the mission of Extension and/or positive youth development.

Experience in leadership; conflict resolution; group facilitation; and the development, delivery, and evaluation of youth development programs.

Experience and skill in administrative and leadership effectiveness in a cooperative extension or a similar organization

Demonstrated record of achievement and scholarship in a professional field.

Possession of a valid driver’s license, access to reliable transportation, and ability to travel statewide, regionally and nationally using all modes of transportation upon employment.

Preferred Qualifications

Ph.D. in appropriate field of study at the time of application.

Demonstrated record of achievement in scholarship that disseminates innovative approaches and methods in measurable program impacts.

Demonstrated record of extramural fund development, including the ability to write successful grant proposals; and recognize, understand, develop, and facilitate opportunities that broker resources for program needs.

Demonstrated ability to communicate ideas effectively through written, verbal, and technology communication skills when relating to a variety of audiences, such as elected officials, staff, volunteers, media, and agency administrators/representatives.

Demonstrated success working with youth and/or families from varying socioeconomic and ethnic groups, and a commitment to expanding and fostering diversity in program reach for positive youth development.

Experience leading and motivating geographically dispersed, successful interdisciplinary and/or multi-agency teams in the development, delivery, and management of positive youth development programs.

Knowledge and understanding of the U.S. Land Grant University system; Extension philosophy and mission; 4-H youth development issues, delivery methods, adult learning theory, experiential education, and the latest applicable research; as well as a vision of future Extension needs and the ability to communicate on these matters.

Rank To be determined.
Tenure Information Continuing Track (C/CE)
FLSA Exempt
FTE 1.0
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40+evenings/weekends
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay TBD
Job Category Faculty
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F21318
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 06/04/2018
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Michael Hauser, mhauser@ag.Arizona.EDU

Open Date 02/22/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 03/12/2018
Special Instructions Summary

Please note: Upon submitting your application, your references will receive an automated email. This email will ask your references to complete a brief questionnaire in regard to your suitability for the position as well as request the attachment of a letter of recommendation.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff, and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have a Master’s degree in youth development, volunteerism, leadership development, human development, social sciences, or closely related field?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Please provide a statement that includes a mission statement for the development of strong statewide 4-H programs, and how your experience meets the responsibilities and qualifications for the position.

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Transcripts
Optional Documents