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4-H Program Director, Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center

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Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: 4-H Centers and Admin.
Location: Front Royal, Virginia
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science

Job Description

Since 1981, the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center has offered year-round, research-based programming to the youth and families of Northern Virginia. In addition to its acclaimed camps, the Center hosts a variety of corporate retreats, festivals, team building programs, and outdoor recreation. In February 1976, 229 acres of the original Remount Depot Station located on highway 522 outside of Front Royal were deeded to Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for the creation of a youth development center. This center became the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational and Conference Center.

The Northern Virginia 4-H Educational and Conference Center serves 19 Northern Virginia Counties plus the City of Alexandria and reaches thousands of young people each year through its 4-H junior and special interest camps, environmental education programs, and ropes/challenge course programming. More than 5,900 youth ages 5-18 are involved in the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center programming annually. Additionally, nearly 800 4-H teen and adult volunteer leaders support, supervise, and teach those youth. 4-H camping is cooperative group living in a natural environment that focuses on developing life skills, social, spiritual, mental, and physical development in young people.

The Program Director’s primary responsibility is to oversee 4-H Center programming— to plan, conduct, supervise and evaluate educational programs for youth and adults. All youth programs will be conducted in accordance with the Virginia 4-H Program guidelines, the Virginia Department of Education’s Standards of Learning guidelines, and the American Camp Association’s standards for camps and conference centers.

The Program Director is responsible for taking the initiative to promote the use of the 4-H Center in cooperation with Cooperative Extension for programs to serve, in this priority: (1) 4-H youth, (2) other youth, and (3) adults (e.g., Road Scholars, individuals, organizations, professional groups, businesses, churches, schools, and other groups which can benefit from programs offered by and through the 4-H Center).

Required Qualifications

Must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree (BA or BS) in a relevant discipline from an accredited college or university. Knowledge and experience in planning and budgeting, conducting, and evaluating Extension or non-formal education programs in a residential camp-setting; knowledge of child and human development; excellent communication skills; basic knowledge in educational technologies and their appropriate use in the development and delivery of educational programs; program marketing skills; knowledge and willingness to involve and manage volunteers in program development and delivery.

Preferred Qualifications

A master’s degree is preferred. Knowledge of American Camp Association accreditation standards and experience in 4-H positive youth development programming. ACCT Challenge Course Practitioner and Certified Lifeguard.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience

Review Date

September 15, 2022

Additional Information

Must have a driver's license check.
Must have an acceptable and safe driving record.
Must provide own transportation on a daily basis.

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

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