4-H Youth Development Extension Regional Specialist
Employee Type: Faculty
Position Number: 119861
Work Location: Wenatchee
Summary of Duties: The WSU Extension Youth and Families Program Unit is seeking a dynamic, inspired, and highly qualified professional to provide leadership, vision, educational programming, planning, development, implementation, reporting, and direction for the Chelan, Douglas and Grant Counties 4-H Youth Development Program in collaboration with staff, volunteers, youth, partners, and the community.
This position will provide multi-cultural Extension programs. Preference will be given to candidates with experience working with diverse populations and who are bilingual in English/Spanish.
Evaluate the needs of the community and plan, implement, and evaluate educational outreach programs to meet those needs.
Provide leadership in planning, developing, and implementing dynamic 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 programs that lead to scholarship for advancement in tenure and promotion.
Acquire both financial and human resources through grants, contracts, fee-for-service, and gifts to support the development and delivery of programs.
Develop, implement, report, and maintain an in-depth evaluation system to measure the outcomes and impacts of the 4-H Youth Development Program.
Maintain current knowledge of issues, best practices, and evidence-based programs in youth, family, and adult education to ensure that program outreach effectively includes diverse and underserved people and meets the needs in the region.
Identify opportunities for volunteer development in the leadership of 4-H clubs, 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), Civic Engagement, and Healthy Living Programs.
Oversee the use of appropriate social media, mainstream media, and marketing tools and resources to promote and advertise youth 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.
Monitor program activities to ensure program outreach effectively includes diverse and underserved people and communities; and provide leadership for local civil rights compliance.
Responsible for fiscal management of 4-H program funds.
Supervise and support 4-H 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.
Maintain ongoing communication with the WSU Youth and Families Program Unit Director and the State 4-H Youth Development Associate Director.
Required Qualifications: Earned Masters degree in youth development, social sciences, human development, family and consumer sciences, volunteer development, guidance and counseling, leadership development, education, or an appropriate field of study at the time of application.
Two years of demonstrated ability to work effectively with volunteers, adults, and youth, in the development, delivery, and management of youth programs.
Ability to communicate ideas effectively through written, verbal, and technology when relating to a variety of audiences.
Competency in using electronic outreach methods and equipment for extension and daily work activities.
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.
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 Carnegie 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 i...ts 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.