UCCE Sonoma County
University of California
UCCE Sonoma County

Area Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development Advisor (AP#17.12)

County Locations: Shasta County, Tehama County, Trinity County

Date Posted: February 2, 2018
Closing Date: March 30, 2018

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This position is headquartered in Redding, Shasta County, California.

POSITION PURPOSE: The Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor for 4-H Youth Development will conduct an extension, education and applied research program to assess, develop, implement, evaluate, strengthen and expand local UC 4-H Youth Development (4-H YD) programming. The primary focus of this position will be on the delivery of a statewide 4-H Youth Development Program at the local level that assists youth in achieving their fullest potential. The CE advisor is expected to develop applied research projects for youth and/or families with an emphasis on developing youth programs that combine non-formal education with hands-on, inquiry-based learning to engage youth in improving their skills and abilities in science, engineering, math and technology knowledge.

ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS: All UC ANR CE advisors are responsible for performance in the areas of 1) applied research and creative activity, 2) extension of knowledge and information, 3) professional competence and activity and 4) University and public service.


CE Advisor Programmatic Responsibilities

    • Conduct and report regular needs assessments to identify priority issues or problems relevant to the local clientele groups being served.
    • Disseminate useful, science-based information to inform clientele, using extension methods that are responsive to clientele needs and appropriate for the audience and situation.
    • Develop and implement applied research designed to monitor changes and solve locally relevant problems.
    • Maintain and promote Cooperative Extension’s credibility by participating in professional organizations and collaborating with government agencies, commodity groups, allied industry groups, policy makers and other organizations by providing independent science-based information and leadership.
    • Evaluate programs and report accomplishments, results, and potential or actual impacts to scientific and lay audiences.
    • Develop collaborative teams with other UC ANR academics, including CE specialists, AES faculty, CE advisors and/or others, to address priority issues for UC ANR.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: An earned Master’s degree or other advanced degree in education, youth/child development, human development, science/science education or other related fields is required by the appointment start date. Applicants currently enrolled in a graduate program in an appropriate academic field and nearing completion may apply. Experience in conducting applied research and education programs with youth is required. Academic training and/or professional experience must provide an understanding of science with the ability to transfer research-based principles to program and research design methodologies. Strong leadership skills and experience in program and personnel management are required. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required. The ability to communicate in Spanish is desired. Experience or the ability to apply low-literacy and cultural/ethnic principles into extension and research program elements is preferred. Experience in effectively managing and resolving conflict is highly desirable. Extension experience is desirable.

SALARY: Beginning salary will be in the Cooperative Extension Assistant Advisor Rank and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications. For information regarding Cooperative Extension advisor salary scales, please refer to the University of California, ANR website:


TO APPLY: Please visit the UC Recruit website at https://recruit.ucanr.edu/. For full consideration, application packets should be submitted in their entirety no later than March 30, 2018. Please refer to position AP#17-12. For questions regarding this position, please contact LeChé McGill at lkmcgill@ucanr.edu.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

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