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University of Florida
UF/IFAS Florida 4-H
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Posted: 04/13/2021
State Specialized Agent for Volunteer Development and Management

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The Univ. of Florida (UF) is a Land Grant institution with core values of unique purpose, excellence, integrity, collaboration and partnership, lifelong learning, diversity, responsiveness, innovation, communication, and global reach. IFAS employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff statewide. IFAS Extension employs 375 Extension Agents and has an office in each of Florida’s 67 counties.

Our mission in the Florida Cooperative Extension Service is to partner with communities to provide quality, relevant education and research-based expertise to foster healthy people, a healthy environment, and a healthy economy. We are the resource that helps educate Floridians to address issues related to agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, youth development, families and communities.

We are looking for candidates with both academic and people skills who work well in teams, honor their commitments, and innovate in a rapidly changing world. As a State Specialized Agent (SSA, 100% Extension) for volunteerism you will design, plan, implement, evaluate, and report on a scholarly education program in the area of volunteer management and development. Your responsibilities will include facilitating and coordinating collaboration and cooperation among state and county faculty who recruit and develop volunteers as integral parts of their extension programs. You will coordinate implementation of programmatic, risk management, and youth protection policies in our volunteer base including release procedures and you will provide training and guidance for faculty on volunteer recruiting, development, and retention.

You will provide leadership to state team on volunteerism under the supervision of the Associate Dean for Extension – State Program Leader for 4-H Youth Development, Families and Communities. This position will function as part of the state 4-H Executive Leadership team which is led by the 4-H Associate State Program Leader. Main office location negotiable pending space availability, if not Gainesville.