UNH Extension Seeks a Adult Behavioral Health and Wellness Field Specialist in Newport, NH

This position is based out of UNH Extension’s Sullivan County Office, Newport, NH, and is focused on developing and delivering programs designed to foster the behavioral health and wellness of New Hampshire families and older adults.

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Position Summary

This position is based out of UNH Extension’s Sullivan County Office, Newport, NH, and is focused on developing and delivering programs designed to foster the behavioral health and wellness of New Hampshire families and older adults. The position is a part of the Youth and Family Resilience 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 adults and families. Specific efforts will include providing professional development for practitioners and community volunteers as well as technical assistance to organizations and coalitions. This position may also be appointed in the future to serve as the County Office Administrator for UNH Extension in Sullivan County, which would be a 20% appointment with a stipend (programmatic workload will be reduced to accommodate this appointment).

Applications received by September 10, 2021, will receive priority review.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in an appropriate discipline (e.g., human development, social work, counseling, or education) and two years of applicable experience. Note: a strong candidate with a Bachelor’s degree and five years of applicable experience may be considered if they are willing to obtain a Master’s degree within 7 years of hire (tuition credit available). 
  • Experience developing educational programs, trainings, and/or technical assistance to support the behavioral health of families and/or older adults. 
  • Ability to be welcoming to all potential participants, volunteers, and partners
  • Computer Skills
  • Effective human relations and communication skills 

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with Cooperative Extension
  • Experience authoring and managing grants
  • Experience evaluating programs
  • Experience facilitating coalitions

Salary Information

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



  1. 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 families, including older adults. Programs can include direct education for participants, professional development for practitioners, and system-level change strategies for organizations or coalitions. Topics can include mental health, substance use prevention, mindfulness, building protective factors, chronic pain management, trauma-informed work, and family education and support. (40%)
  2. Program collaboration: Support adult and family behavioral health and wellness work of Extension teams, partner organizations, coalitions the state of NH, schools, and UNH colleagues. Collaborations are statewide with a particular focus on Sullivan County partners. (35%)
  3. Resource development: Build capacity and funding for Extension YFR programming. Efforts could include grant writing, developing fee-for-service work, securing contracts, and/or soliciting donors. (10%)
  4. Professional Development: Identify individual professional development goals and seek training in subject area expertise and essential skills (5%)
  5. Other duties as assigned: Includes projects or committee work as needed. Includes Sullivan County Extension office work (e.g., engage with Advisory Council, engage local legislators/stakeholders, and participate in staff meetings and projects). (10%)

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


Michael Young
Youth & Family Program Leader
Phone: (603) 862-1805
Office: Cooperative Extension, Taylor Hall, Durham, NH 03824