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Extension Professor State Specialist - Youth & Family Resilience

UNH Cooperative Extension

UNH, located in Durham, New Hampshire, with additional campuses in Concord and Manchester, is the flagship undergraduate, graduate, and research institution of the University System of New Hampshire. UNH holds land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant charters and is the only comprehensive public research, doctoral-granting institution in New Hampshire. The University enrolls 14,000 students, has a full-time faculty of 600, and offers over 95 undergraduate and 68 graduate programs in eight colleges. New Hampshire’s natural beauty includes coastal beaches, an extensive lakes region and the White Mountains. Durham is near the seacoast and about an hour from the mountains and lakes region to the north and Boston to the south.

UNH Cooperative Extension is the primary outreach unit of UNH. Its mission is to provide New Hampshire citizens with research-based education and information, enhancing their ability to make informed decisions that strengthen youth, families and communities, sustain natural resources, and improve the economy. UNH Cooperative Extension, in partnership with county, state and federal government, conducts comprehensive research-based educational programs. Its offices are headquartered on the University’s Durham campus with additional offices in each of the ten counties, where community based programming is tailored to the needs of New Hampshire citizens. There are 137 employees located throughout the state, working with over 3,000 volunteers to make a positive difference in people’s lives. The UNH Cooperative Extension budget was $16.9 million in FY14.

This position provides leadership for University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension Youth and Family Resilience programs designed to foster the positive development of NH youth and families. The position works in close collaboration with other UNH Extension Educators and UNH Faculty to develop, implement and evaluate community-based programs targeting the behavioral health needs of vulnerable youth and families. This is a non-tenure track Extension Educator position that will have an affiliation in the UNH College of Health and Human Services.


Ph.D. or terminal degree strongly preferred in applicable discipline (e.g., youth and family development, public health, social work, or education). Experience developing and evaluating community-based youth and/or family development programs.

- Experience with 4-H and/or other Cooperative Extension programming
- Experience authoring and managing grants
- Applied scholarly interest in: community-based youth development, public health, workforce development, outreach with underserved/at-risk populations, or similar field
- Experience working with community-based volunteers
- Proficiency with quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis

Position is open until filled, but Search Committee will begin reviewing applications and selecting prospective interviewees in early February.


Community-Based Public Health Program Development Focused on Building Youth and Family Strengths:
1) Plan, develop, implement and evaluate research-based community health programs focused on building the resiliency of NH youth and families. Programs could include: positive youth development, risk and protective factors for youth, trauma or ACES informed work, family systems, social determinant of health, substance use and misuse, suicide prevention, or youth mental health.
2) Develop collaborative approaches (e.g., Collective Impact or collective ‘sense-making’) and lead multi-disciplinary groups and/or integrate with local/state networks and coalitions.
3) Provide interpretation and application of current research, emerging issues and legislation related to the above topics in order to assist NH communities, the State Department of Health and Human Services and Extension staff and volunteers.

Extention Youth and Family Resilience Area of Expertise Team Leadership:
Support team through logic model/plan-of-work development, program development, evaluation, grant writing and liaison work with UNH campus-based staff/faculty. Current areas of work include Youth and Families Experiencing Stress and Trauma; Social, Emotional and Mindful Learning; Youth Mental Health; and 4-H Healthy Living (i.e., social emotional health and mentoring).

UNH Department Work & Engagement:
Work within a UNH College of Health and Human Services department as a facilitator of translational science. Work to integrate campus behavioral health/youth and family resilience research efforts with Extension resources, programs, and staff. Potential efforts include: coordinating interdisciplinary applied research projects, acquiring external funding, coordinating practicum/internship placements, teaching classes related to public health approaches to youth and family development, advising graduate students and/or partnering with the UNH College of Health and Human Services to facilitate the UNH Behavioral Health Network.

Administrative duties and other duties as assigned.

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Date Added: January 4, 2019

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