Administrative Lecturer – Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist – 4-H Youth Development

College of Agriculture

Cooperative Extension


The Assistant/Associate Professor/Extension Specialist of 4-H Youth Development holds a faculty appointment in the College of Agriculture at Virginia State University (VSU) and will provide leadership and coordination in developing, implementing, and maintaining an effective and integrated 4-H Youth Development Program. This includes but not limited to research, extension, and teaching (academics). The incumbent in this position will be responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating nationally recognized and impact-driven research-based extension educational programs related to the national and state identified program areas. VSU Extension faculty appointments directly support Virginia State University in delivering and carrying-out the Land-Grant Mission throughout the Virginia Cooperative Extension (VCE) system. VSU Extension faculty are expected to demonstrate an excellence in public service and to make significant contributions in their specialty to industry, government, community organizations, and partners.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Assistant/Associate Professor/Extension Specialist – 4-H Youth Development is responsible for training Extension Agents throughout the State to deliver 4-H programs. The Virginia Cooperative Extension system promotes reaching a large number of individuals through the duplication of training by the Extension Agents who are employed throughout the State. Additionally, Extension Specialists are responsible for engaging in professional activities related to research in their disciplines, effective teaching, and significant service to the University, profession, students and the community. Extension specialists hold statewide responsibilities in their program area and exude evidence of continuing professional education committed to lifelong learning. Must be willing to work with youth of all ages, volunteers, and with community-based organizations.


  • A Ph.D. or terminal degree from an accredited university in youth development, agriculture education, or closely related discipline/area.
  • Experience with implementing applied research activities related to respective program area/interest.
  • Evidence of effective teaching ability and skills in university and/or community-based programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapting programmatic needs to various platform delivery software systems (Cisco WebEx, Zoom, etc.).
  • Knowledge and/or experience in delivering 4-H youth development programs; strong knowledge of youth education pedagogy.
  • Experience in marketing and promotional advertising materials related to respective area.
  • Experience in developing publications, including journal articles, and technical reports.
  • Experience in creating and facilitating informative extension programs for various audiences.
  • Possess strong written and oral communication skills to include computer literacy, interpersonal skills and the ability to work independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion of underserved audiences.
  • Experience identifying and applying assessment tools and/or methods to aid in determining successful learning outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to secure extramural funding (grants) is strongly desired.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience with the Land-Grant University system.
  • Experience with implementing applied research activities related to respective program area/interest.
  • Knowledge and understanding of 1890 Land-Grant University, Cooperative Extension organizations, operation, philosophy, and objectives is preferred.
  • Experience writing successful grant proposals (for outreach and applied research) is highly desirable


  1. Letter of Interest (via cover letter)
  2. Current Resume and/or Curriculum Vitae
  3. Complete Commonwealth of Virginia State Application
  4. Transcripts of Graduate & Post-Graduate degrees (Unofficial transcripts accepted, however, official transcripts are required for finalist)
  5. (3) Letters of recommendation (Via mail address below)

Mail to: Letters of Recommendation

Virginia State University
College of Agriculture
Human Resources Liaison
P.O. Box 9081
Virginia State University, VA 23806

Position is Restricted Due To Funding Sources

How to Apply

Virginia State University only accepts applications for classified positions through the on-line state Recruitment Management System (RMS). Faxed, e-mailed, and mailed applications and/or attachments will not be accepted. Resumes are not a substitute for a completed online application. Visit to complete an online application.

The selected candidate will be subject to an extensive and complete background check, which may include fingerprinting. The candidate may be required to complete a Statement of Economic Interest as a condition of employment, if applicable.

Virginia State University does not discriminate on the basis of age (except when age is a bona fide occupational qualification); color; disability; gender identity or expression; genetic information; military service; national origin; political affiliation; pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, including lactation; race (or traits historically associated with race, including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locs, and twists); religion; sex; sexual orientation; veteran status; or any other non-merit based factor in its employment opportunities, programs, services, and activities.


Position Number


Position Location

Cooperative Extension

Salary Range

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Date Posted


Closing Date

Open until filled.