Extension 4-H Program Coordinator

Job description

Job no: 693409
Work type: Extension, Support Staff
Pay Grade: 63
Major Administrative Unit / College: Michigan State University Extension
Department: Extension Children And Youth 10058941
Sub Area: EXPA- Ext. Prog Assoc
Salary: 40000.00
Location: Monroe
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Extension Program Associate-EXPA, MSU Extension- EXPA, Advising/Counseling, Agriculture, Education/Training, Non-Union
Working/Functional Title

Monroe County 4-H Program Coordinator

Position Summary

As part of MSU Extension (MSUE), the Children & Youth Institute (CYI), and with support from the 4-H Staff Development & Supervising Educator, District Director and Institute Director, provides leadership and oversight for growth and management of local 4-H programs, volunteers and youth participants.

As a team member of the Children & Youth Institute, you will recruit, select and train 4-H program volunteers and oversee program/project promotion, expansion and evaluation activities that foster inclusion by recognizing and valuing diverse perspectives, skills and experiences, while working to create equal access to programming. In this position, you will conduct direct programming with youth and adult audiences and gather and analyze data for impact evaluation efforts. You will support the Children and Youth Institute’s efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion, with a special emphasis on reaching diverse populations, and will work in conjunction with your supervisor, program participants and community partners to attain both short-term and long-term goals and objectives. Through supervising educator, you will work in concert with the Children & Youth Institute to ensure alignment of programs with overall goals of the work team, Institute and organization. Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are essential elements vital to the culture MSU Extension endeavors to cultivate.

Characteristic Duties/ Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership of local volunteer management and ensure metrics are achieved to identify, recruit, select, train and assist volunteers to teach and advise youth through programs and activities that promote equal access and inclusion of diverse perspectives, skills and experiences.
  • Ensure that MSU Extension Volunteer Selection Process (VSP) procedures are followed.
  • Engage local 4-H volunteers to reach and involve the youth and families with non-formal “learning by doing” experiences. Be able to involve youth and adults from diverse backgrounds.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships intra- and inter-organizationally.
  • Attend and act in an advisory capacity at 4-H Leaders’ Council and other program committee meetings, leading volunteers and members in coordination of county-wide projects and ensuring that all MSU Extension and 4-H policies are followed.
  • Understand the commitment to equal access and opportunity and to diversity and inclusivity.
  • Understand and implement Civil Rights policies and compliance regarding the availability of 4-H Youth programs and activities.
  • Conduct needs assessments in conjunction with local partners to ensure programming meets the interests and needs of participants and includes the engagement of Michigan’s diverse residents across race, color, gender, national origin, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, veteran status, socioeconomic class, and other differences.
  • Establish and use program development committees and/or advisory committees that apply a DEI framework to identify needs and opportunities and carry-out programming.
  • Apply a DEI lens when planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating youth development programs that are relevant, inclusive and accessible to the needs of county residents.
  • Initiate efforts to expand Extension programs that foster inclusion by recognizing and valuing diverse perspectives, skills and experiences, and work to create equal access to programming for the unreached, including limited resource families, youth, minorities and the disabled.
  • Work to identify and remove barriers from participation in MSU Extension programs.
  • Operate independently, ensuring that program delivery follows established guidelines and meets the goals set for reaching the desired number of youths locally and statewide with emphasis on reaching diverse audiences.
  • Work collaboratively with District Director, Extension educators and other partners to identify, implement and disseminate the organization’s educational priorities across the state and within communities.
  • Provide leadership, management and oversight of all county-based financial resources related to 4-H programs.
  • Prepare and submit necessary information and documentation to ensure adherence to MSU Extension administrative policies, procedures and deadlines.
  • Other duties or projects as assigned by the supervisor.
  • Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
  • Bachelor’s degree and two years of experience in program development and management in 4-H or other youth development program.
  • Volunteer management and experience supervising volunteers or of others.
  • Non-formal education teaching experience.
  • Combination of education and specific, relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of degree.
  • Demonstrated skills and professional development from the last five years related to cultural competency and inclusive excellence.
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity, knowledge, and use of appropriate approaches, skills and techniques, which reflect an understanding and awareness of social, cultural and economic diversity of the target population served.
  • Demonstrated success in program development and delivery to diverse audiences/communities, and proven ability in establishing and working with a diverse network of constituents and community members across race, color, gender, national origin, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, veteran status, socioeconomic class, and other differences to assist with program development and outreach.
  • Understanding of and ability to implement Civil Rights principles and compliance standards.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience and proven ability working productively with a team serving in both leadership and contributor roles.
  • Proficiency in use of technology (e.g., Microsoft Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook for mail/calendaring, distance technology, etc.) for day-to-day work, record keeping, reporting, and team-based communications.
  • Ability to lift and carry educational materials, equipment, etc. up to 25 lbs.
  • Travel in local and surrounding communities and occasional long-distance travel is required as a regular part of this position.
  • Transportation is the responsibility of the employee.
  • Other skills and/or physical abilities required to perform duties of the position.
  • Desired Qualifications
  • Demonstrated drive and initiative, with proven ability to manage multiple responsibilities and tasks simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain partnerships across diverse audiences and/or communities.
  • Prior experience performing work in support of external contract and/or grant requirements.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

    Required Application Materials
  • Current resume/CV.
  • Cover letter.
  • Four (4) professional references including at least two (2) prior or current supervisors.
  • Special Instructions

    This position is a full-time, end-dated appointment renewable annually based on continued funding.

    Work Hours

    Generally 40 hours Monday through Friday, with some nights and weekends needed.

    Description of End Date

    This position is a full-time, end-dated appointment renewable annually based on continued funding.

    Advertised: Feb 17, 2021 Eastern Standard Time
    Applications close: Mar 9, 2021 Eastern Standard Time

     

     

     

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