Ohio State University Extension is currently interviewing candidates for the position of assistant director and state program leader for 4-H youth development. This is a full-time, 12-month position in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. The successful candidate will be expected to provide overall direction and administrative leadership to our premier statewide youth development program that currently reaches approximately 180,000 youth across the state of Ohio.
4-H is the youth development program of the nation's land-grant university system. 4-H programs are offered in all of Ohio's 88 counties and are administered through the local county Extension office. Guidance and support to local programs is provided by a state-level office located in the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center. In general, youth ages 5 to 18 years of age may participate in programs offered by Ohio 4-H.
The overall goal of 4-H is to ensure that young people experience a thriving trajectory that leads to a productive and contributing adulthood. To accomplish that goal, 4-H professionals and volunteers design experiences for youth that help them learn and grow. Extending the knowledge of the state's land-grant university to the state's youngest citizens is also a responsibility of the OSU Extension 4-H program. Young people gain access to this knowledge through experiential learning opportunities that allow them to discover new fields of study that can produce the 'spark' for learning, postsecondary education, or a pathway to a career.