Advertised Employing Department: 4-H Youth Development
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
The Department of 4-H Youth Development with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is seeking qualified candidates for an Extension Program Specialist I/II – Leadership and Civic Engagement Specialist.
The Extension Program Specialist will provide support to the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Leadership and Civic Engagement priority topic area, guiding development, implementation, evaluation and capacity building related to quality K-12 youth citizenship and leadership programming. The position will include the following responsibilities:
- Lead the Leadership and Civic Engagement Program Priority Area team. This includes identification of program priorities, educational product development, professional development, and evaluation of outcomes from programming efforts. The successful individual will work with a team of individuals to ensure quality, relevant citizenship and leadership educational products are accessible to youth. - Lead the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, an annual event planned by the State 4-H Youth Council in partnership with 4-H staff and volunteers. This position advises the 4-H youth, staff and volunteers who work to carry out the conference to ensure educational objectives are achieved. - Lead the State 4-H Youth Council, an elected body of youth who serve as ambassadors to the Iowa 4-H Program. Organize and lead the quarterly youth retreats as well as collaborate with 4-H staff and volunteers who help to carry out the educational objectives of the State 4-H Council. - Lead the Global Citizenship program area. Provide direct programming at the Culturally-based Youth Leadership Accelerators and other events to increase understanding of global citizenship, create cultural awareness and expose youth to global civic engagement.
This position will be filled at either the Extension Program Specialist I or II level based on the qualifications of the successful candidate. In addition to the duties above, an Extension Program Specialist II will be expected to create and deliver more comprehensive and complex educational products for K-12 youth; identify and implement innovative ways to meet employee and clients' needs; take an active leadership role in the development of interdisciplinary partnerships and resource development; and provide leadership/supervision and subject-matter expertise.
The successful candidate will have strong cultural competency, communication, time management, and event coordination skills. The successful candidate must also possess an understanding of best practices related to non-formal education, experiential learning and Positive Youth Development. Outstanding organizational skills, ability to vision and strong attention to detail are also necessary in order to be effective in this role. The duties of this position require willingness to work evenings and weekends.
Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree and 1 year of related experience; OR a combination of education and related experience totaling 5 years.
Preferred Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree in Youth/Child Development, Education or related field; Additional years of experience; Experience with youth outreach; Experience with working with diverse audiences; Experience with developing, implementing, and evaluating innovative positive youth development programming; Experience with volunteer development; Multi-lingual language skills.
Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 36,000 students are enrolled and served by over 6,200 faculty and staff (see www.iastate.edu). Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,0...00, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted the best college town in the nation (see www.visitames.com). Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.