Working Title: Extension Educator – 4-H Youth Development (multiple openings)
Appointment: Assistant Extension Educator (9625ST), Academic Professional (P&A)
Reports To: Regional Extension Educator
Application Deadline: October 22, 2019priority deadline; positions open until filled
** Please Note: This position is not eligible for H-1B or Green Card sponsorship. **
Locations and Percentage Times
Chippewa County – 80%
Le Sueur County – 100%
Mower County – 100%
Nobles County – 100%
Ramsey County – 100%
Roseau County – 50%
Wadena County – 100%
Washington County – 50%
Watonwan County – 75%
Program Development and Delivery – 40%
Engage youth, volunteers, and partners to create a program plan that reflects the demographics of the county/tribal community, addresses local needs and opportunities, aligns with the strategic direction of the MN 4-H Youth Development program and leads to program growth and sustainability.
Design and develop high quality, culturally-relevant, impactful programs that support youth in learning and leading.
Convene and facilitate planning meetings with youth, volunteers, and partners.
Develop/adapt lesson plans and teach/facilitate youth/adult learning using relevant content and pedagogy/andragogy.
Plan and manage the delivery of 4-H clubs, camps, after school programs, showcase opportunities, and other events and activities.
Plan and manage 4-H experiences during the county fair, providing opportunities for recruitment, education, judging, and public recognition.
Coordinate youth and volunteer involvement in regional, state and national 4-H programs and showcase events.
Identify and implement strategies to diversify program participation, ensuring programs and processes are welcoming, accessible, and inclusive of youth, volunteers, and staff with varying backgrounds and experience.
Develop and support community partnerships that extend programmatic reach and expand programmatic impact; complete program agreements.
Establish and maintain an effective staffing plan including partners, volunteers, interns, and seasonal employees.
Determine fiscal resources needed for each program and identify potential funding sources.
Utilize established evaluation tools and processes to inform future program design, improve effectiveness, demonstrate value, and market the program.
Volunteer Systems – 35%
Establish and support a volunteer development system that builds the capacity and long-term sustainability of the 4-H program.
Identify needs/opportunities for volunteers to serve in management and delivery roles; recruit and place individuals in these roles.
Ensure the volunteer screening process is implemented and up to date.
Cultivate relationships with and build capacity of volunteers through a support system consisting of effective orientation, training, utilization, recognition, and evaluation.
Teach and/or facilitate training for volunteers and community youth workers.
Address problems that arise with volunteer roles.
Program Operations – 15%
Manage and monitor compliance with organizational policies and procedures.
Recruit, orientate, supervise and support interns and seasonal employees.
Guide and monitor operations of local governing boards (4-H federations/councils) and county/tribal committees, ensuring compliance with requirements for group exemption status.
Oversee and ensure completion of chartering process for 4-H Federation/Council and 4-H clubs/groups.
Manage established processes for youth enrollment, volunteer enrollment, event participation, and program agreements.
Ensure potential and current participants have full access to programs, services, and facilities.
Plan for and manage risk-utilizing resources and established procedures.
Manage use of facilities and equipment, including completion of required inventories and agreements.
Maintain organized records and provide reports.
Communication and Reporting – 10%
Develop and maintain respectful working relationships with youth, families, volunteers, colleagues, community partners, and other stakeholders.
Develop/adapt and implement a year-round promotion and marketing strategy that attracts youth, families, and volunteers from diverse backgrounds and leads to enrollment and retention.
Develop/adapt and implement a communication plan with program participants, families, volunteers and partners that utilizes effective and contemporary approaches, including current electronic technologies.
Distribute marketing materials created for regional, state, and national 4-H educational programs and events.
Write content for various media sources (e.g., newspapers, radio, newsletters, web, social media) to promote programs, report on programs, and educate the public.
Collect data and prepare reports and presentations to share the public value, impacts, and accomplishments of 4-H Youth Development with local stakeholders.
Salary commensurate with education and experience.
Reimbursement for travel and subsistence is available in accordance with University policy.
Bachelor’s degree in a subject/discipline relevant to the programmatic responsibilities of this position.
Experience (paid or unpaid) leading, teaching, and/or managing programs for youth.
Evidenced ability to effectively communicate in English using oral and written communication methods (e.g., publications, presentations, web, social media).
Experience effectively interacting with people from various cultural backgrounds, including race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity.
Ability to work evenings and weekends.
Use personal vehicle and cell phone for work, to include applicable driver license and vehicle insurance.
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.