UNH Extension seeks a Youth Behavioral Health and Wellness Field Specialist

This position is based out of UNH Extension’s Rockingham County Office in Brentwood NH and is focused on developing and delivering programs designed to foster the social-emotional and mental health resiliency of New Hampshire youth and families.
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Summary of Position

This position is based out of UNH Extension’s Rockingham County Office and is focused on developing and delivering programs designed to foster the social-emotional and mental health resiliency of New Hampshire youth and families. The position is a part of the Youth and Family Resiliency Area of Expertise Team and works in close collaboration with other UNH Extension staff and local community partners. Responsibilities include developing, implementing and evaluating community-based programs targeting the needs of vulnerable youth and families. Specific efforts will include developing, coordinating and delivering professional development for practitioners and community volunteers. The position serves as the 4-H social-emotional and mental health pathway specialist. This position may also be appointed in the future to serve as the County Office Administrator for UNH Extension in Rockingham County, which would be a 20% appointment with a stipend (programmatic workload will be reduced to accommodate this appointment).




Additional Job Information

Position is open until filled. However, the Search Committee will begin reviewing applications on May 17, 2021 and candidates are encouraged to submit materials by this date.

Other minimum qualifications

Masters level or higher in appropriate discipline (e.g., youth development, counseling, social work, or education) and two years of applicable experience. A strong candidate with a B.S. level degree may be considered if they are willing to obtain a Matsers degree within 7 years of hire. Experience developing programs for youth and/or for the professional development and training of educators, practitioners and/or volunteers. Commitment to reaching underserved or underrepresented audiences.

Additional Preferred Qualifications

Experience with 4-H Youth Development, Youth Development and other Cooperative Extension programming; Experience authoring and managing grants; Experience evaluating programs.

Salary Information

Salary is complemented by a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement, tuition, and paid time off.


  • Community-based Youth and Family Resilience (YFR) program development: in partnership with YFR team members, assess community needs, establish priorities and then develop, implement and evaluate research-based community programs focused on building the resilience of NH youth and families. Programs can include direct education for participants, professional development for practitioners and organizational change strategies for organizations. Topics can include youth mental health, positive youth development, mindfulness, prevention of risky youth behaviors, building protective factors, youth leadership development, trauma informed work, and family education and support. Program development includes:
    • Lead implementation of Youth Mental Health First Aid throughout state for New Hampshire Department of Education
    • Serve as the NH 4-H social-emotional and mental health (SEMH) pathway specialist: (a) use the 4-H Thrive Model as a theoretical basis to develop and oversee pathway touchpoints for youth, families and volunteers, (b) collaborate with other 4-H staff to infuse SEMH throughout programming, and © serve as the NH 4-H SEMH liaison to National 4-H Healthy Living partners.
  • Program collaboration: Support youth and family behavioral health and wellness work of partner organizations, the state of NH, schools, UNH Extension teams and other UNH colleagues. Provide technical assistance. Collaborations can be statewide with a particular focus on Rockingham County partners.
  • Resource development: Build capacity and funding for Extension YFR programming. In addition to grant development and writing, efforts could include program development and collaboration in order to partner with agencies, develop fee for service work, secure contracts, or solicit donors.  
  • Professional Development: Identify individual professional development goals and seek training in subject area expertise and essential skills  
  • Other duties as assigned: Includes projects or committee work as needed. Includes Rockingham County Extension office work (e.g., engage with Advisory Council, engage local legislators/stakeholders, and participate in staff meetings and projects).  

EEO Statement

The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status, genetic information, and political orientation. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.

Institution Information

The University of New Hampshire is an R1 Carnegie classification research institution providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs of distinction. UNH is located in Durham on a 188-acre campus, 60 miles north of Boston and 8 miles from the Atlantic coast, and is convenient to New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains. There is a student enrollment of 13,000 students, with a full-time faculty of over 600, offering 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs. The University actively promotes a dynamic learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, life experiences, and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.

The UNH Diversity Resource Guide with information and programming available in the seacoast area, New Hampshire and the region can be found here: https://www.unh.edu/hr/diversity-resource-guide