Assistant Professor / Instructor

General Description of Position: The Department of 4-H Youth Development is seeking an Assistant Professor/Instructor to provide leadership to the volunteer program in order to assure a continued, safe, well trained and diverse pool of volunteers that is sufficient to sustain and expand 4-H programs statewide. Information about the Department:

Kansas 4-H is the youth development program for K-State Research and Extension. Through 4-H's educational mission, we help youth to learn by doing. In 4-H, we are committed to providing positive experiences for as many young people as possible. While 4-H is a network of families that grows great kids, it is more than that. 4-H helps youth to learn life skills and to reach their full potential in becoming engaged adults who make valuable social and economic contributions in their communities.

4-H is a unique organization, in that it is the only youth development organization with oversight and sponsorship by the federal government. At the federal level, 4-H is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture, through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

The federal government partners with the land-grant university of each state. In Kansas, that is Kansas State University. K-State Research and Extension administers the 4-H program in cooperation with local Extension governing units located in all 105 counties.

Diversity and Inclusion: Kansas State University embraces diversity, and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university established the Office of Diversity, led by the associate vice provost for diversity and a dedicated staff.  Additionally, each college has a designated Diversity Point Person to provide insight and guidance.  

Kansas State University received the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, award from Insight Into Diversity magazine for the past three years.  Multicultural students account for 15 percent of our student population, a university record and continuing trend.

Job Description: Training and Development:
  • Leads state efforts to train Extension professionals in research-based volunteer development, placement and retention strategies and practices.
  • Provides technical assistance to Extension professionals in the area of volunteer development, placement and retention strategies and practices.
  • Collaborates and leads a team of Extension professionals to plan, implement, and evaluate required orientation and training for new and existing 4-H volunteers.
  • Supports local unit efforts to recruit new volunteers, including those from under-served and underrepresented communities, and provides training in the area of inclusive and culturally competent volunteer recruitment, development, and retention in partnership with Extension Specialist, New Youth and Adult Audiences.
  • Communicates training expectations with Extension professionals work with them to develop a plan to execute the expectations.
  • Monitors and tracks volunteer training requirements.
  • Maintains appropriate training and support materials.

Partnership Building:

  • Establishes and maintains relationships with Extension agents, 4-H specialists, other campus faculty and volunteers to plan, execute, and evaluate educational programs that are effective in volunteer development.
  • Serves as faculty liaison to Kansas Association of 4-H Volunteers.
  • Works collaboratively with other state Extension volunteer development specialists, University researchers, and Extension professionals in developing and implementing multi-disciplinary activities.
  • Regularly communicates with and serves as a resource to current partnerships (including corporate, community, government and academic organizations).
  • Develops and maintains a relationship with campus constituent groups.
  • Partners with clubs and interest groups at community colleges, private colleges and other regent universities to enhance 4-H volunteer recruitment efforts.

Project Management: 

  • Leads management, refinement, and continued implementation of 4-H Volunteer Screening Process including policies and procedures to support 4-H programs in all units.
  • Collaborates with Extension professionals to proactively identify 4-H program volunteer needs in-order to develop volunteer placements that meet those needs.
  • Promotes and supports internship, practicum, and research placements that advance the Kansas 4-H mission, vision and priorities.
  • Develops policies and procedures for staff to implement using the ISOTURE model (identify, select, orient, train, utilize, recognize, evaluate  volunteers).
  • Leads recruitment, retention and inclusion of volunteers among under-served and underrepresented communities.
  • Helps maintain risk management practices relevant to 4-H volunteers.
  • Helps maintain an accurate and relevant web presence for the Volunteer Screening Process and development program.

Grants and Contracts:

  • Develops new and sustains existing grant funding that supports volunteer recruitment, training, placement and retention. This includes grants from state, federal and foundation partners.

Required Minimum Qualifications:
  • PhD  in youth development, human development, non-profit and leadership studies, education, or a closely related discipline.  (Will consider Master's degree holders for Instructor position)
  • Demonstrated competence in building relationships and working effectively with individuals, groups, and colleagues
  • Demonstrated leadership in understanding and working with diverse populations, and/or strong evidence of cultural sensitivity.
  • Effective sales and customer service skills in working with and listening to clients'/constituents' needs
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively (oral, written, and understanding skills).
  • Demonstrated competence in volunteer education program development and delivery.
  • Demonstrated competence in program assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Demonstrated competence with growing external constituent partnerships and leading collaboratively.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Experience in working with and supervising volunteers.
  • Demonstrated use of computer and technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs.
  • Willingness to perform programming and research in local communities (travel)
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience recruiting, developing, managing, recognizing, and retaining volunteers in an organized volunteer management system as well as in an organized youth development program.
  • Managerial or Supervisory Experience
  • Teaching experience in informal educational settings.
  • Demonstrated record of leadership in competitive grant writing, fund development and marketing.
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Submit cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references.

****Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment****

Screening of Applications Begins: May 22, 2017 Salary Range / Pay Rate: $65-90,000 Instructor, $75-90,000 Assistant Professor Equal Employment Opportunity: Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.  Background Screening Statement: In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University may procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.