This position is based at Extension's office in Keene, N.H.

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This position is located at Extension’s Cheshire County office in Keene, N.H. Priority application deadline is April 1, 2024.

The 4-H program manager will facilitate 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 in-person and online programming through clubs, collaborative community partnerships, after-school programs, camps, and other educational activities.

N.H. 4-H programs are designed around a “pathway” model based on 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, in the future this position may also be appointed to serve as the county office administrator, which would be a 20% appointment with a stipend (programmatic workload would be reduced to accommodate this appointment).  This position will have occasional night and weekend programmatic responsibilities over the course of each month.


Duties and Responsibilities

Volunteer Development and Support
  • Recruit, train, guide and support 4-H volunteer leaders to support program outcomes, ensure risk management, and ensure the programmatic involvement of underserved and underrepresented audiences such 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.
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, including being responsive to local participant needs and concerns.
  • Collaborate with 4-H field specialist for program pathway development, implementation and evaluation.
State 4-H Team Pathway 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.
Program Reporting
  • Support programs by tracking enrollment information, coordinating evaluation data collection, completing timely reporting, monitoring 4-H club finances and analyzing program effectiveness.
Professional Development
  • Identify individual professional development goals in cooperation with supervisor and seek training in subject area expertise and essential skills, such as group process, volunteer management, facilitation, and organizational skills.
Other Duties as Assigned
  • Projects or committee work as needed.
  • Local county Extension office work (e.g., engage with Advisory Council, engage local legislators/stakeholders, and participate in staff meetings and projects).
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Acceptable Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline and two years of experience in work related to administering educational programs.
  • Valid N.H. driver’s license and be willing to travel locally for work. Mileage will be reimbursed at the current federal rate.
  • Effective human relations and communication skills
  • Computer skills
  • Ability to reflect thoughtfully on personal bias to be welcoming to all potential participants and volunteers

Additional Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience developing and managing volunteers
  • Experience managing youth development programs
  • Experience with 4-H and/or other Cooperative Extension programming
  • Competence with social media
  • Experience working with diverse, vulnerable, or underserved populations


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. 


Extension State Specialist, 4-H Positive Youth Development
Office: UNH Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development, Taylor Hall, Durham, NH 03824