4-H Youth Development Educator

Moberly, MO
Feb 08, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Description

MU Extension 4-H Center for Youth Development provides leadership and expertise with developing communities of young people across Missouri who are learning citizenship, leadership, and life skills, 4-H is publically supported by county, state, and federal partners, as well as private resources to enrich the learning experiences of both youth and adults.

This position is responsible for providing local leadership and development of Youth Futures programs in Boone County.  Since 2002 the 4-H Youth Futures College Within Reach Program, developed by the University of Missouri Extension/4-H Center for Youth Development and Lincoln University Cooperative Extension, promotes college as an attainable goal for high school youth who are not typically encouraged to attend college, such as first-generation college students.  4-H Youth Futures is an extensive college orientation program that includes on-going local mentoring and programming, college visits and a college orientation conference on the University of Missouri (MU) campus.   The goal of the program is to help underserved, underrepresented, vulnerable youth attend college and graduate.

Position is grant funded.  Currently secured funding until January 31, 2018

Characteristic Duties:
Organize, lead, deliver, and evaluate Youth Futures programs to high school youth in a non-formal educational setting such as 4-H clubs, afterschool settings, day camps, summer school, fairs, etc.  Additionally, this includes organizing, conducting, managing, and evaluating 4-H educational events, contests and programs.

Create and maintain relationships with partners, ensuring continued growth and impact of the programs; including recruiting and training volunteers

In collaboration with colleagues, work to develop strategies for fee generation.

Participate in training and development opportunities appropriate for the position and youth development.

Advocate for positive youth development in Boone County and MU Extension.

Ensure compliance for internal reporting and external funding requirements.

Ensure compliance with federal requirements for using 4-H name and clover emblem.

Conduct all activities in accordance with the Civil Rights Acts, Title IX, Rehabilitation, Americans with Disabilites Act and local, state, and region affirmative action plans.

As with all positions, involvement with other duties and responsibilites may be expected in order to support the mission and purpose of MU Extension.

Position will require flexable hours including weeknight and some weekend availability.  Overnight travel will also be needed to fulfill the responsibilities of this position.


Bachelor’s degree with minimum of 24 hours of upper-level coursework in one or more of the domains of the 4-H Professional Research and Knowledge (PRK) taxonomy for youth developments.  Domains are youth and adult development, learning strategies and education, organizational systems and resource management, community partnerships and volunteerism.

Ability to understand, synthesize and communicate relevant information to diverse audiences including experience working with under-served audiences, in particular, isolated youth, minorities and/or low income.

Ability to work with a minimum of supervision in an unstructured setting and to supervise others.

Must be able to pass and maintain a criminal background check and child abuse neglect screening.

Additional Preferred Qualifications
Two or more years of experience which demonstrates knowledge and skills in youth development principles.

Ability to effectively use informaiton technology including a variety of Windows based computer software programs.

Access to reliable transportation and ability to move 30 pounds.

Ideal candidate will also have successful experiences in (position specific).

Successful candidate will also demonstrate the following:  

Effective and innovative teaching strategies that engage others.  Must be able to integrate new and emerging technology into teaching strategies.  

Effective listening, written and oral communication skills including public speaking and presentation abilities.  

Organizational skills, interpersonal skills, problem-solving abilities and collaborative leadership experiences.  

Flexibility, resiliency, and the ability to operate with minimal guidance.  

Positive outlook, high personal standard of excellence, and passion for the vision, mission and values of MU Extension.


$14.42 - $18.02 per hour.

Application Materials

Use the online application and be prepared to submit a cover letter, list of 3-5 references, all academic transcripts, and resume.

Review of applications and consideration of rank, if applicable, will begin November 17, 2016 and continue until position is filled.

For questions regarding the on-line application process contact MUHRS@missouri.edu or call 573.882.7976.  For technical problems with the on-line application process contact Helpdesk@missouri.edu or call 573.882-5000.  For questions regarding this position call 573.882.4721 or email hrdext@missouri.edu.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is not eligible for University benefits.  Individuals in non benefit eligible positions may choose to participate in the Tax Deferred Annuity Plan (403b).  For information about this plan, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving  the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


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