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Extension Specialist; Youth Livestock and Equine Programs

University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Animal Science Department

Job Title: Extension Specialist; Youth Livestock and Equine Programs
Job Location: Preference for position to be located in Knoxville , TN
United States
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Agriculture & horticulture
Sciences and technology: other
Application Closing Date: 04/02/2018
Date Posted: 2018-02-26
Industry: Academic/Education

Job Description

Extension Specialist; Youth Livestock and Equine Programs
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Extension Specialist position responsibilities will include:

  • Provide leadership in planning, implementing, evaluating, and reporting the impact of livestock educational events and programs for youth clientele.
  • Effectively communicate with Animal Science Faculty, Extension personnel (on a State, Regional and County level), parents, youth, and other stakeholders with a vested interest in youth livestock programs.
  • Develop educational programs in cooperation with the State 4-H office to train and develop volunteer leaders for Animal Science projects.
  • Coordinate in-service training for Extension personnel in the area of youth Animal Science programs.
  • Develop and coordinate an educational program in show ethics and animal welfare for youth, parents, volunteer leaders, and other clientele.
  • Secure financial support for the youth livestock programs through cultivation and maintenance of cooperative relationships with organizations, individuals, and relevant industry stakeholders.
  • Develop new and enhance existing fee-based methods for generating financial support with the goal of youth livestock and equine programming becoming autonomously funded (with the exception of faculty line salaries).
  • Execute other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Animal Science Department Head.

Job Requirements

Candidates should possess the following minimum/required qualifications:

  • Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Animal Science or a closely related field. Knowledge or experience in the field of youth development, or a willingness to learn.
  • Practical knowledge pertaining to animal agriculture.
  • Experience showing/exhibiting livestock and/or equine.
  • Experience in event planning and logistical coordination of large-scale events.
  • Must be highly motivated and self-directed, able to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Must be able to meet overnight travel requirements for this position.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently through written and oral methods, and resolve conflict professionally.
  • A working knowledge of Microsoft Office.
  • Practical experience with the use of social media and web-based technologies as a teaching tool.
    The ideal candidate will also possess the following preferred/desired qualifications:
  • Demonstrate ability to engage and inspire a wide variety of audiences through creative programming, curriculum development, and event planning.
  • Defined vision of a successful livestock and equine youth development program.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, affinity for networking, and demonstrated high level of confidence and poise when engaging an audience.
  • Proven ability to multi-task in a highly organized manner; excellent attention to detail.
  • Experience with strategic planning, budgets, and fund development for program success.

Information and Application Process Instructions


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Applicants with dual-career considerations can find university jobs such as professor jobs, dean jobs, chair / department head jobs, and other faculty jobs and employment opportunities at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and at other institutions of higher education in the region on

To obtain more information or to submit your resume you can contact Dr. Jennie L. Ivey, Search Committee Chair as shown below. If you apply for this position, please say you saw it first on Thank you.

Dr. Jennie L. Ivey, Search Committee Chair
UTIA Department of Animal Science
2506 River Drive
Brehm Animal Science Building
Knoxville , TN 37996
Phone: 865-974-3157

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