Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Program Associate I for 4-H Youth Development. This position reports to the STEM 4-H Agent, Department of 4-H Youth Development, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, in cooperation with Marine and Coastal Sciences. The Program Associate I is responsible for providing professional leadership and supports to the state 4-H Youth Development Program, targeting youth in grades K-13 (one year out of high school) and related to the 4-H Mission Mandate – Science, Technology Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM). This position is funded by a three-year educational research grant.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Responsible for program planning, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs.
Responsible for implementing a new state 4- H youth development program based on 4-H STEP after-school clubs and related educational activities for youth grades 4-8.
Oversees implementation and support of academically relevant programs that target under served audiences.
Utilizes scientific data sets in teaching and learning.
Oversees volunteers development and leadership (including recruitment, screening, training supervision and evaluation of volunteers
Responsible for program marketing and public relations; and creation/support of needs-based culturally relevant programs that target under served audiences.
Actively participates in appropriate departmental, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and University administrative functions.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree in science, education, human/youth development, or related field; Or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
A minimum of two years post degree related professional experience.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Possess a valid NJ Driver's license and successful completion of the National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course.
Initiative and creativity – ability to start and complete a project with minimal supervision; self-directed.
Experience or course work in youth development programming, volunteer management, working with diverse audiences, and/or collaboration/coalition building.
Experience in team-based work environments and excellent communication skills.
Ability to communicate with a broad range of stakeholders (scientists, families, youth).
Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe, and Social Media platforms.
Experience in working with diverse audiences.
Personal organizational skills – the ability to set priorities and manage multiple job tasks.
Successful completion of a background investigation
Conflict resolution skills
Marketing/public relations skills
Grantsmanship and other resource development
Computer, printer and related software including but not limited to Microsoft Office suite and 4-HOnline in collaboration with ES237 reporting system
Email for communications and research, locally and nationally
Equipment related to teaching (laptop, LCD projector, VCR, etc.)
Working knowledge of current and changing electronic technology
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Ability to carry demonstration supplies, presentation equipment and class materials.
This position is funded by a three-year educational research grant from the National Science Foundation focused on Short Term Educational Programs (STEP) clubs in NJ, using predominantly marine science and technology content.
Ability to travel throughout NJ and occasionally to Ohio, Colorado, and Pennsylvania in accordance with Rutgers University policy
Ability to work daytime, evenings and weekends, as needed
Clean Driving Record
Posting Number: 19ST4613
Location: Cook (RU-New Brunswick)
Internal Number: 104497
About Rutgers University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities. As it was at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey's land-grant institution and one of the nation's foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people's lives.