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As part of MSU Extension (MSUE), the Children & Youth Institute (CYI), and with support from the 4-H Staff Development & Supervising Educator, District Director and Institute Director, this position provides leadership and oversight for growth and management of local 4-H programs, volunteers and youth participants. Through your supervising educator, you will work in concert with the CYI to ensure alignment of programs with overall goals of the Institute and organization.
As a team member of the Children and Youth Institute, you will recruit, select and train 4-H program volunteers and oversee program/project promotion, expansion and evaluation activities. Through your efforts, you will ensure that audiences are reached through traditional and newly developed programs, while providing local leadership in strengthening public understanding that 4-H is for all youth. You will provide information and opportunities for learning through the use of technology, mass media, group meetings, workshops and individual contacts.
In this position, you will conduct direct programming with youth and adult audiences, recruit and train volunteers to conduct direct programming with youth and will gather and analyze data for impact evaluation efforts. You will work closely with your District Director and MSU Extension leadership to develop and implement strategies for addressing local risk management issues in the areas of child safety, financial management, volunteer management and programming that is in alignment with MSU policies and procedures.
Operating independently, you will ensure that program delivery follows established guidelines and meets the goals set for reaching the desired number of youth locally and statewide, and you will be responsible for initiating efforts to expand Extension programs to the unreached, including limited resource families, youth, minorities, and the disabled. Additionally, you will be responsible for communicating information about newly implemented and existing 4-H programs and activities (progress, objectives, target dates, problems addressed, etc.) to your supervisor, District Director and Institute leadership.
Working collaboratively, you will be responsible for preparation and submission of the county 4-H youth development program plan, annual report (ES-237) and other necessary reports. You will be provided with professional development to help you attain and retain program knowledge and delivery skills that will be useful as you engage in other responsibilities associated with your position, such as leading and advising local 4-H groups in securing and managing funds, and conducting regular, financial management training to 4-H councils, committees, clubs, etc. Through your work, you will create, promote and represent MSU Extension in activities, meetings, etc. in a manner that reflects collegial connection with the community, the research and knowledge of the University, and the goodwill of MSU Extension.
Office location for this position is negotiable. However, there will be space available to work from the Montcalm County MSU Extension office.
Characteristic Duties/ Responsibilities
Provide leadership for county-based 4-H Youth programs through 4-H clubs, after school programs, short term/special interest programs, planned youth mentoring, and/or school enrichment efforts.
Ensure that MSU Extension Volunteer Selection Process procedures are followed in concert with the addition of any volunteers engaged in programming.
Train local 4-H volunteers to reach and involve the youth, adults, and families, from diverse backgrounds, with non-formal “learning by doing” experiences.
Attend and act in an advisory capacity at 4-H Leaders’ Council and other program committee meetings, leading volunteers, and members in coordination of county-wide projects and ensuring that all MSUE and 4-H policies are followed.
Leadership of local volunteer management; ensure on an annual basis metrics are achieved to identify, recruit, select, train, and assist volunteers to teach and advise youth in various programs and activities.
Understand and support the Children and Youth Institute’s efforts in diversity, equity, inclusion and Civil Rights, including the availability of 4-H Youth programs and activities, with a special emphasis on removing barriers from participation and reaching diverse populations, including but not limited to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status, socio-economic class and other human differences.
Work collaboratively with the District Director, Extension Educators, and other program partners to identify, implement, and disseminate the organizations educational priorities across the state and within communities.
Use program development and advisory committees and conduct needs assessments in conjunction with local program partners to plan, organize, implement, and evaluate youth development programs, identify needs, opportunities, and carry-out programming that is relevant to the needs of county residents.
Provide leadership, management and oversight of all county-based financial resources related to 4-H programs.
Other duties or projects as assigned by the supervisor.
This is a full-time, end-dated appointment, renewable annually based upon continued funding.
Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
Bachelor’s degree and two years of experience in program development and management in 4-H or other youth development program.
Volunteer management and experience supervising volunteers or of others.
Combination of education and specific, relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of degree.
Demonstrated success in program development and delivery to diverse audiences/communities and proven ability in establishing and working with a diverse network of constituents and community members across race, color, gender, national origin, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, veteran status, socioeconomic class, and other differences.
Ability to demonstrate sensitivity, knowledge, and use of appropriate approaches, skills and techniques, which reflect an understanding and awareness of social, cultural and economic diversity of the target population served.
Experience and proven ability working productively with a team serving in both leadership and contributor roles.
Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
Proficiency in use of technology (e.g., Microsoft Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook for mail/calendaring, distance technology, etc.) for day-to-day work, record keeping, reporting, and team-based communications.
Travel in local and surrounding communities and occasional long-distance travel is required as a regular part of this position.
Other skills and/or physical abilities required to perform duties of the position.
Non-formal education teaching experience.
Demonstrated drive and initiative, with proven ability to manage multiple responsibilities and tasks simultaneously.
Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain partnerships across diverse audiences and/or communities.
Prior experience performing work in support of external contract and/or grant requirements.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.
Required Application Materials
Four (4) professional references including at least two (2) prior or current supervisors.
Generally 40 hours Monday through Friday, with some nights and weekends needed.
Description of End Date
12 months. This is a full-time, end-dated appointment, renewable annually based upon continued funding.
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