Working Title: County 4-H Program Coordinator – Multiple Openings
University Job Classification: Extension Program Associate 3, civil service appointment.
Application Deadline: Positions will remain open until filled with applications received by June 25, 2019, given priority
4-H Program Coordinators lead and manage the full range of the 4-H Youth Development program in a given county. This individual has full responsibility and authority to steward the program development, human resources, and financial aspects of the 4-H Youth Development program in the county. A Bachelor's degree and four (4) years of related experience are required.
This position works with community partners (schools, organizations, volunteers, youth, and interns) to lead, manage and steward the 4-H Youth Development program. The position will recruit, supervise, and train volunteers; develop outreach and educational materials; plan, organize and evaluate youth programs; coordinate events; facilitate data collection’ promote and market the 4-H Youth Development program, and manage budgets. Responsibilities will be prioritized based upon the County 4-H Program Coordinators' percentage of time and additional staffing available for the local 4-H program.
Locations and Percentage Times:
Carver County (Cologne) – 100%
Clay County (Moorhead) – 100%
Fillmore County (Preston) – 100%
Freeborn County (Albert Lea) – 80%
Jackson County (Lakefield) – 100%
Kandiyohi County (Willmar) – 100%
Mower County (Austin) – 100%
Nicollet County (St. Peter) – 100%
Roseau County (Roseau) – 50%
Stearns County (St. Cloud) – 100%
Wabasha County (Wabasha) – 100%
Washington County (Stillwater) – 2 positions both at 75%
Wright County (Buffalo) – 100%
Program Leadership and Development--40%
â— Ensure the county program is moving toward the statewide 4-H program outcomes.
â— Engage youth and volunteers in needs identification, program planning, program implementation, and evaluation to advance the goals of the program in the county.
â— Provide leadership for local governing boards and committees.
â— Use research-based curriculum to create and implement learning opportunities in a variety of settings.
â— Initiate club development. Maintain and ensure accessibility and quality to all youth through a full range of 4-H Club experiences (community, after school, site-based and project clubs).
â— Provide opportunities for reflection and public recognition (i.e. County Fair or Showcase Event).
â— Coordinate youth and volunteer involvement in regional, state and national 4-H Youth Development program and opportunities.
â— Build and strengthen youth and adult relationships which ensure positive youth development.
â— Build relationships with partners (youth, volunteers, interns, businesses, community-based organizations) to help advance 4-H program goals.
â— Understand and educate others about recent, research-based youth development philosophy and foundation of 4-H.
â— Utilize research and evaluation results to ensure quality programs.
â— Collaborate with colleagues in county, regional, and state positions to ensure quality youth programs.
â— Contribute to regional and state 4-H program teams.
â— Follow and implement University of Minnesota, Extension, and Minnesota 4-H Youth Development policies and practices.
â— Recruit, place, supervise, and support volunteers, interns, and part-time 4-H staff in management and delivery roles.
â— Develop intentional methods of reaching new volunteers
â— Build capacity of volunteers to lead 4-H clubs (after school, site-based, community-based)
â— Cultivate relationships with youth and adult volunteers and interns through a support system consisting of effective orientation, recognition, and evaluation
â— Establish and support a volunteer development system which builds the long-term sustainability and capacity of the 4-H program
â— Facilitate local volunteer training.
â— Ensure the volunteer screening process is implemented and up to date.
â— Address problems that arise with volunteer roles.
â— Develop a communications plan and ensure effective communication with families.
â— Promote and market the 4-H youth development program.
â— Communicate the value, impacts, and outcomes of the 4-H youth development program with local stakeholders and media.
â— Collect and ensure the entry of data for program reporting.
â— Guide budget development and accountability process for the county 4-H Program.
â— Incorporate best practices into the financial management systems for the protection of paid staff and volunteers and the integrity of the county 4-H Program.
â— Generate and manage revenue to enhance educational programming, including fees, contracts, program agreements, and sponsored projects or grants.
â— Ensure all fiscal policies are followed, including reporting for tax purposes.
1. Bachelor's degree.
2. Four (4) or more years of relevant experience including any combination of the following or a combination of related education and work experience to equal eight (8) years:
a. Paid employment with a youth development organization.
b. Paid employment with an organization/business not related to youth development when work included responsibilities related to the position. (Transferable related experience typically includes the following):
planning and coordinating events and/or educational activities;
community organizing/partnership building;
board leadership and/or management;
budgeting and managing finances;
managing conflict, risk and/or policies/rules;
writing and distributing marketing and communication materials.
c. Intensive, relevant learning experiences related to the position while pursuing or after receiving Bachelor’s degree. Examples include student teaching, internship, volunteer abroad, emersion program, and completion of a Master’s degree in a related field.
d. Volunteer leadership/participation in a youth organization as a college, high school, or middle school student. (Three months of experience for each year of involvement with up to one year of experience credited for volunteer leadership/participation.)
3. Valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation for job-related travel.
4. Personal cell phone that can be used, as needed, for work purposes.
5. Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule, including evening and weekend work, as needed.
Degree in education, sociology, youth development or related field.
Evidence of college-level coursework in youth development, volunteer development, program development, and/or project management.
Evidence of experience with a youth development organization.
Evidence of experience across multiple areas defined in the required qualifications.
Demonstrated experience in applying youth development principles to an educational context.
Demonstrated experience in planning, organizing, problem-solving and successfully completing multiple tasks under pressure of a deadline.
Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals, organizations, and/or communities representing new, culturally diverse, economically diverse, and/or underserved audiences.
Bilingual in English and another language commonly used in Minnesota.
Respectful and professional communication style, with good verbal and written communication skills.
Experience using computers and distance technologies for data entry, creating documents, doing internet searches, communicate, participate in web-based communication and training, and/or market and deliver educational programming.
Internal Number: 330801
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