UNH Extension Seeks State Specialist in 4-H Positive Youth Development

This full-time position is based at UNH's Durham campus

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This position, located in Durham, N.H., provides leadership and support for the University of New Hampshire Extension Education and 4-H Youth Development program team for the purpose of developing resilient youth. The state specialist is responsible for connecting theory to practice, ensuring the 4-H program achieves positive outcomes for youth and families in New Hampshire. Program development involves grant writing, program design, and program evaluation such that stakeholders will be aware of program impact and staff will engage in data-driven quality improvement. The successful candidate will use their research and practitioner experience to help integrate statewide 4-H programming in collaboration with other program teams (Food and Agriculture, Natural Resources, Community and Economic Development, and Health and Wellness).
After six months, it is expected that the Extension State Specialist, Positive Youth Development will assume additional leadership responsibilities. This extra work will be compensated with a stipend. Beginning in the second year of employment, state specialists will secure 25% of annual salary through grants, cost-recovery, and/or departmental teaching appointment.
UNH is a federal contractor within the meaning of the Executive Order on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors. This position may require that you be vaccinated against COVID-19 in the future, unless you apply for and receive a religious or medical exemption. 


Duties and Responsibilities
Program Development, Delivery, and Evaluation
  • 4-H Pathway Leadership: Develop and manage 4-H Pathways delivery model to ensure high impact and innovative programming. Provide program content leadership in line with national 4-H priorities. In concert with program team leader and other state specialists, plan and deliver professional development for staff and volunteers. 
  • School to Community Connection: Enhance existing 4-H School Enrichment model to improve connection for formal classroom participants to community experiences with 4-H. Identify and/or develop best practices in instructional design for inclusive and diverse learning environments.
  • Engagement: Work with state, regional and national partners, serving on 4-H committees and work groups as appropriate. Collaborate with UNH College of Health and Human Services Recreation Management and Policy Department to facilitate outreach. Work to integrate campus youth development research with Extension resources, programs, and staff. Teach introductory and advanced classes within the Recreation Management and Policy Department (e.g., Youth Culture and Programs or Theories and Philosophies of Youth Development) as negotiated with program team leader and department chair. 
  • Evaluation: Coordinate evaluation of 4-H Youth Development programming, focusing on the essential tenet of the Thrive model, including evaluation design, implementation, analysis, and publication for purposes of informing stakeholders and improving program quality.
  • Grants: Secure grant funding as a principal investigator and through collaborative efforts with other UNH and UNH Extension faculty and staff. Secure 25% of annual salary through grants, cost-recovery, and/or departmental teaching appointment.
  • Supervision: Supervise and support county 4-H program managers, providing technical assistance and performance management as it relates to the county program development and delivery. Train and support staff on the 4-H Program Model as well as the 4-H Thrive Model.  
  • Ensure programmatic involvement of underserved and underrepresented audiences and ensure that all educational programming is conducted in full accordance with civil rights, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Affirmative Action (AA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) policies and procedures.
Organizational Support 
  • Serve in UNH Extension organizational leadership or committees, and support team development by serving in a mentor capacity as needed and where appropriate.
  • Accomplish other duties as assigned by the program team leader.

Professional Development
  • Participate in professional development to enhance competence in the appropriate disciplines.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Ph.D. or terminal degree strongly preferred in applicable education or youth development discipline. A strong candidate with a master’s degree in appropriate discipline with a minimum of 5 years’ experience developing and evaluating youth development programs for K-12 youth may be considered.
  • Must demonstrate high ability to communicate with the public, both verbally and in writing
  • Must demonstrate effective team communication skills
  • Must be willing and able to collaborate with coworkers and partners
  • Must have a valid driver's license and be willing to travel for work. Mileage will be reimbursed at the current federal rate.
Additional Desirable Qualifications
  • Ability to work in cross-cultural environments
  • Experience with 4-H Youth Development and other Extension programming
  • Experience authoring and managing grants
  • Applied scholarly interest in experiential education, workforce development, outreach with underserved/at-risk populations, or similar field
  • Experience working with community-based volunteers and stakeholders


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. 


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