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Extension Field 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.

Position Summary

This position is based out of UNH Extension’s Merrimack County Office and is focused on developing and delivering programs designed to foster the positive development of New Hampshire youth and families. The position is a part of the Youth and Family Resilience (YFR) 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 youth and families. Specific efforts will include professional development for Extension staff, practitioners and community volunteers.


Minimum Qualifications: Masters level or higher in appropriate discipline (e.g., family development, counseling, social work, or education) and two years of applicable experience. A strong candidate with a B.S. level degree may be considered if they are willing to obtain a M.S. degree within 7 years of hire. Experience developing programs for youth and/or for the professional development and training of educators, practitioners and/or volunteers. Commitment to reaching underserved or underrepresented audiences.

Additional Desirable Qualifications:  Experience with 4-H Youth Development, Family Development and other Cooperative Extension programming; Experience authoring and managing grants; Experience evaluating programs.

  • Community-Based YFR Program Development
    • Assess community needs and establish priorities
    • In partnership with YFR team members, develop, implement and evaluate research-based community programs focused on building the resiliency of NH youth and families. Programs could include: positive youth development, youth leadership development, trauma informed work, youth mental health, family education and support, prevention of risky youth behaviors and building protective factors.
  • Program Collaboration Support youth and family behavioral health work of Extension teams, local partner organizations, and UNH colleagues. Current areas of work include professional development and training focused on: 4-H Youth Development, school-based behavioral health, youth and families experiencing stress and trauma, social, emotional and mindful learning, and youth mental health.
  • Resource Development: Build capacity for Extension youth and family resiliency programming. In addition to grant development and writing, efforts could include program development and collaboration in order to partner with agencies, develop fee for service work, secure contracts, or solicit donors. 
  • Merrimack county Office Teamwork:  Contribute as member of Merrimack County Extension Staff team (e.g., engage with Advisory Council, engage local legislators/stakeholders, participate in staff meetings and projects, and take a turn as the County Office Administrator).
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Date Added: March 29, 2019

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