UNH Extension Seeks a 4-H Program Manager in Goffstown, NH

This position is based in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire with an office in Goffstown.


Position Summary

4-H helps young people acquire knowledge, develop life skills, and form attitudes that help them become self-directed, productive, contributing members of society. 4-H leaders guide youth through fun pathway experiences.  This is a professional program manager role to facilitate the growth of the County 4-H program and life-skill development of 4-H youth through recruitment, training, support, and guidance of volunteers in a community-based, youth organization.  4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, works in local communities to offer youth online and in-person programming through clubs, collaborative community partnerships, after-school programs, camps, and or other educational activities. New Hampshire 4-H programs are designed around a ‘pathway’ model centered around National 4-H mission areas of STEM/Agriscience, Civic Engagement, and Healthy Living. 4-H Pathways are designed to engage youth in a sequential learning experience, enabling youth to build mastery of skill and knowledge as well as a sense of belonging to their community and world.  As part of a County Extension team, this position may also be appointed in the future to serve as the County Office Administrator, which would be a 20% appointment with a stipend (programmatic workload will be reduced to accommodate this appointment). Please visit, https://extension.unh.edu/new-hampshire-4-h to learn more about New Hampshire 4-H.

Minimum qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant discipline, education, or human services. Exceptional candidates with HS Equivalent or Associates will be considered as long as they are willing to pursue and obtain Bachelors upon hire (tuition credit available)
  2. Experience in work related to administering educational programs.
  3. Valid NH driver’s license or other effective personal transportation means
  4. Effective human relations and communication skills 
  5. Computer skills
  6. Ability to reflect thoughtfully on personal bias in order to be welcoming to all potential participants and volunteers

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  1. Experience developing and managing volunteers
  2. Experience managing youth development programs
  3. Experience with 4-H and/or other Cooperative Extension programming
  4. Competence with social media 
  5. Experience working with diverse, vulnerable, or underserved populations

Salary Information

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

Duties / Responsibilities

Volunteer Development and Support:
Recruit, train, guide, & support 4-H volunteer leaders to support program outcomes, to ensure risk management, and to ensure the programmatic involvement of under-served and under-represented audiences such that all educational programming must be conducted in full accordance with civil rights, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Affirmative Action (AA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) policies and procedures.
Percentage of Time: 40%
County 4-H Program Pathway Development and Delivery
Support, organize, plan and coordinate county-based entry-points and follow-up experiences for youth and families along 4-H Youth Development pathways. Includes being responsive to local participant needs and concerns. Collaborate with 4-H Field Specialist for program pathway development, implementation, and evaluation. 
Percentage of Time: 30%
State 4-H Pathway Team Support
Serve as member of a specific program pathway’s State Team to assist with the development, organization, planning, and coordinating of a specific pathway’s state-wide events and activities. Pathways include, but are not limited to: STEM/Agriscience, Civic Engagement, and Healthy Living. advisory group for input and pilot of key pathway experiences.  Percentage of Time: 10%
Program Reporting:
Support programs by tracking enrollment information, coordinating evaluation data collection, completing timely reporting, monitoring 4-H club finances, and analyzing program effectiveness.  Percentage of Time:5% 
Professional Development: 
Identify individual professional development goals and seek training in subject area expertise and essential skills, such as group process, volunteer management, facilitation, and organizational skills. Percentage of Time: 5%
Other Duties as Assigned
Includes projects or committee work as needed. Includes local county Extension office work (e.g., engage with Advisory Council, engage local legislators/stakeholders, and participate in staff meetings and projects). Percentage of Time: 10%

EO 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


Kate Guerdat
State 4-H Leader/4-H Youth Development State Specialist
Phone: 603-862-4544
Office: Cooperative Extension, Taylor Hall, Durham, NH 03824