WSU Extension Benton-Franklin Counties Leadership/Volunteer Development Assistant Professor
Employee Type: Faculty
Position Number: 040604
Work Location: Other
Summary of Duties: The WSU Extension Benton-Franklin Counties Leadership/Volunteer Development Assistant Professor is a full-time, 12-month, promotion-track faculty position within the WSU Extension Youth and Families Program Unit.
The WSU Extension Youth and Families Program Unit, in collaboration with the WSU Extension Agricultural and Natural Resources Program Unit is seeking a dynamic, inspired, and highly qualified professional to provide leadership, vision, educational programming, planning, development, implementation, reporting, and direction of the Benton/Franklin Leadership/Volunteer Development programs including 4-H Youth Development, Master Gardeners, and other volunteer-led programs in collaboration with staff, volunteers, youth, partners, and the community.
Provide leadership in planning, developing, and implementing dynamic volunteer programs to extend program capacity through effectively collaborating with volunteers that demonstrate enhanced leadership and teaching skills, positive self-esteem, effective communication skills, sound decision-making ability, and other life skills in program participants.
Build innovative programs that lead to scholarship for advancement in rank and promotion.
Acquire both financial and human resources through grants, contracts, fee-for-service, and gifts to support the development and delivery of programming.
Develop, implement, report, and maintain an in-depth evaluation system to measure the outcomes and impacts of programs.
Maintain current knowledge of issues, best practices, and evidenced-based programs in leadership and volunteer development to ensure that program outreach effectively includes diverse and underserved communities and meets the needs in the region.
Evaluate the needs of the community and develop curriculum and integrated educational outreach programs to meet those needs.
Identify opportunities for volunteer development in the leadership of: - 4-H school enrichment, short term projects, focused youth education, and community-based organizations. Particular emphasis will be on expanding youth participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), citizenship, and healthy living programs. - Master Gardener clinics, community outreach, in-school educational activities, seminars and workshops, and other educational horticulture and plant science activities.
Oversee the development and utilization of appropriate social media, mainstream media, and marketing tools and resources to promote and advertise the Benton/Franklin Leadership and Volunteer Development programs.
Build and maintain cooperative, respectful, trusted, collaborative working relationships with team members, county partners and stakeholders and statewide Extension faculty and staff in an environment that fosters diversity, collegiality and the ability to work in a multi-cultural setting.
Lead and support diversity and social justice initiatives; monitor program activities to ensure program outreach effectively includes diverse and underserved communities; and provide leadership for local civil rights compliance.
Provide leadership for fiscal and budget management, and monitor accounts to ensure proper spending.
Supervise and support 2 paraprofessional Extension Coordinators and program staff to ensure program delivery aligns with the Policies and Procedures of the Washington State University Extension including Washington State 4-H Positive Youth Development and Washington State Master Gardeners.
Maintain ongoing communication with the Youth and Families Program Unit Director, Agriculture and Natural Resources Unit Director, State 4-H Associate Director and the State Master Gardener Coordinator.
LINE OF RESPONSIBILITY
This WSU faculty member is responsible to the WSU Youth and Families Program Unit Director, with programmatic accountability to the 4-H Youth Development Associate Director and WSU Master Gardener Coordinator/Director. This position works collaboratively with the WSU Extension Benton and Franklin County Directors. This position works as a member of a multi-disciplinary team of Extension educators and support staff in other county Extension offices, the State 4-H office, as well as department-based Extension Specialists and Researchers.
Required Qualifications: Earned Masters degree in social sciences, human development, guidance and counseling, organizational management, leadership development, volunteerism, education, youth and adult development, horticulture, agriculture, or an appropriate field of study at the time of application.
Two years of demonstrated ability to work effectively with volunteers in the delivery of exceptional education programs.
Documented experience in volunteer development i.e., recruitment, placement, education, recognition, conflict management, and retention.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus. With a new President (Dr. Kirk Schulz began as the University’s 11th president in June 2016) and a new Vice President of Finance and Administration (Stacy Pearson started in March 2017); the University community is energized and excited.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carne...gie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with its Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.