4-H YOUTH DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR (100%)
Position Description and Position Vacancy Announcement
COOPERATIVE EXTENSION VISION: To be a thriving, well-known and sought-out educational resource that reflects the rich diversity of the state.
COOPERATIVE EXTENSION PURPOSE: We teach, learn, lead and serve, connecting people with the University of Wisconsin, and engaging with them in transforming lives and communities.
WORKING TITLE: Dane County 4-H Youth Development Coordinator (100%)
OFFICIAL TITLE: Associate Lecturer
GEOGRAPHIC AREAS SERVED: Primarily Dane County and occasionally extending beyond county boundaries for specific commitments and team programming.
OFFICE LOCATION: Dane County UW-Extension 5201 Fen Oak Dr. Madison, WI 53714
TYPE OF APPOINTMENT:
This position is a fixed-term academic staff appointment in the University of Wisconsin-Extension’s division of Cooperative Extension. Fixed-term academic staff appointments are made on an annual basis, with renewal possible.
As an academic staff member of the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension, employed with Dane County, the 4-H Youth Development Coordinator is an educational leader in teaching, accessing and applying research findings in the social, human and behavioral sciences. The 4-H Youth Development Coordinator organizes community resources in support of the inclusive positive development of youth, specifically in areas presently underserved by the 4-H Youth Development program.
The 4-H Youth Development Coordinator is part of the 4-H Youth Development team that works together to create and support an integrated, vibrant 4-H Youth Development program that meets the unique and changing needs of a growing and diverse population in Dane County. The Coordinator ensures equitable access to effective programs through building long-term relationships with culturally, racially and ethnically diverse communities. This will include networking and collaborating with community organizations and other relevant groups, insuring inclusiveness, and developing educational opportunities for youth and adults that are culturally relevant.
INITIAL POSITION FOCUS:
Dane County is the second largest county in Wisconsin and is increasingly becoming more diverse. Families with children are the fastest growing type of household in the county. African Americans, Latinos and other populations are measuring significant gaps from whites in all wellness measures. The Race to Equity Report revealed the profound and persistent racial disparities in health, education, child welfare, criminal justice, employment, and income that exist in Dane County. These racial disparities compromise the life chances of many children and families and may prevent children from growing up healthy and successful.
4-H Youth Development programming in Wisconsin engages youth in community development and the greater community in youth development through supporting youth-adult partnerships and fostering environments that support youth organizing for community change. The Dane County 4-H Youth Development Coordinator is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with underserved communities in Dane county in order to develop a sustainable youth development program. The Coordinator will also create and implement a plan of action which includes both direct programming as well as working with organizations and groups who serve diverse youth.
PRIMARY DUTIES/ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Reach and engage diverse audiences in ways that are inclusive and do not discriminate to ensure full access to programs, facilities and educational services
- Design, deliver and teach culturally relevant community-based educational programs through a variety of methods
- Conduct and collect ongoing assessments of community educational needs
- Contribute as a productive member of the UW-Extension Dane County team to develop strong, integrated Extension youth programs
- Create a plan of work that integrates research and community needs
- Conduct and report on program evaluations to improve program effectiveness and demonstrate value to programmatic and funding partners
- Regularly prepare educational and promotional materials using appropriate technology
- Collaborate with program-related community coalitions and partnerships
- Identify, recruit and develop volunteer leadership necessary to carry out the position’s plan of work
- Build, strengthen and sustain trust-based relationships to promote cooperative and respectful work environments
- Develop and maintain relationships with programmatic and funding partners in ways that effectively communicate Extension’s value
- Regularly consult with and report to Extension partners at the county and state levels to ensure accountability
- Develop and follow a professional development plan to ensure proficiency in priority content, current research and relevant competencies
- Be responsive to evolving position, program, office and organizational needs; perform adjusted or additional duties as requested
- Contribute leadership, as needed, to ensure effective Extension office operations
- Make individual arrangements for transportation adequate to meet position responsibilities and essential job functions
- Assume weekly travel throughout the county and occasional travel within the state
- Work evenings on a regular basis and occasionally on weekends, as needed, to meet local needs
The 4-H Youth Development Coordinator aligns the work of this position with Cooperative Extension’s purpose and vision in ways that contribute to supportive workplaces. Cooperative Extension’s values of community, discovery, inclusiveness, relationships and respect guide the 4-H Youth Development Coordinator in achieving the position’s primary outcomes.
The 4-H Youth Development Coordinator is expected to contribute to Cooperative Extension’s scholarly environment as appropriate for the position. Standards of scholarship excellence are expected to be maintained throughout the academic staff member’s Extension career.
The 4-H Youth Development Coordinator actively participates in the shared governance and policy development of the institution, personally or through representatives, to ensure representation in matters affecting academic staff.
The 4-H Youth Development Coordinator meets the position’s reporting accountabilities and performance expectations in collaboration with the SW Regional Director (hiring authority), 4-H Youth Development State Program Office, Dane County Department Head, and the Dane County Extension Committee. To fulfill reporting accountabilities and performance expectations the 4-H Youth Development Coordinator will work in close cooperation with and under the program leadership of the Dane County 4-H Youth Development Educator.
The primary accountability relationships for this position are with the Southwest Regional Director (hiring authority), Dane County 4-H Youth Development Educator, Dane County Department Head, 4-H Youth Development State Program Office, and the Dane County Extension Committee.
TO BE CONSIDERED ELIGIBLE FOR THIS POSITION, YOU MUST MEET ALL OF THE FOLLOWING MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
- Bachelor’s degree with coursework in educational principles, curriculum development, program evaluation and/or the cognitive and social development of youth and adults
- Demonstrated skills in planning, implementing or teaching educational programs
- Experience working in urban settings
- Experience in youth related programs
- Ability to work at a community level and partner with others to address educational needs
- Experience effectively interacting with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity
PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- A minimum of two years of professionally related experience with a focus on youth education, developing community partners or volunteer development
- Demonstrated educational program development skills including planning and implementing programs; evaluating learning experiences; and communicating program impact and value to stakeholders
- Demonstrated skills in interpreting, utilizing and applying evidence-based information and research findings
- Knowledge of adult learning principles
- Effective group facilitation skills
- Successful experience developing volunteers and managing volunteer-delivered programs
- Experience developing effective partnerships or coalitions with community partners and local governments
- Successful volunteer or paid experience working with people from diverse backgrounds and experiences
- Ability to effectively communicate in a second language (Spanish or Hmong)
- Demonstrated skills in building and maintaining professional work environments
- Strong interpersonal relationship and problem-solving skills in a team setting
- Effective communication and presentation skills using a variety of methods and technologies
- Ability to promote Cooperative Extension and its programs through various media and public relations strategies
- Knowledge of Cooperative Extension’s legacy as part of the U.S. system of land-grant institutions, dedicated to service in the public good
Individuals who demonstrate increasing capacity in the following organizational competencies, as indicated by the examples listed below, are likely to experience higher levels of success within their Cooperative Extension positions:
Inspires respect and trust; Practices strategic, shared and ethical decision making; Clarifies expectations and accepts feedback; Shows personal responsibility and follow through on commitments; Adapts well to change or unexpected events in the work environment; Finds solutions; Is willing and motivated to learn.
Works in ways that support mutually beneficial partnerships, including being tactfully and diplomatically responsive to others and maintaining confidentiality; Understands group and team dynamics; Gives appropriate recognition to others; Chooses appropriate Extension roles in conflict situations; Manages interactions successfully through an awareness of one’s emotions and those of others.
Recognizes, understands and appreciates the culturally different ways in which others express themselves; Treats others with dignity, respect and consideration; Demonstrates active, intentional and ongoing engagement with diversity through programming and outreach efforts.
Listens and seeks clarification; Adapts and varies communication to fit cultural contexts and circumstances; Demonstrates effective communication technology skills and presentation skills; Writes clearly and informatively; Possesses skills to strengthen others’ understanding of Extension’s value.
POSITION DESCRIPTION CLARIFICATION:
This position description is not intended to be comprehensive in nature given the changes in primary duties/essential job functions and position expectations that can occur over time in response to emerging and assessed community, program and organizational needs. Changes to this position description are subject to the approval of the Cooperative Extension Human Resource Development Office and those to whom the position is accountable.
State of Wisconsin benefits (http://www.uwsa.edu/hr/benefits/newemp/orientwrs.pdf), including retirement, vacation, sick leave, health insurance, and other insurances.
Salary range: $38,000 - $42,000 annually
As an affirmative action employer, UW-Extension provides equal opportunity in programs and employment; and is strongly committed to maintaining a climate supportive of respect for differences and equality of opportunity. UW-Extension does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, disability, sex/gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, religion, marital status, identity as a veteran, disabled veteran, Vietnam veteran or any other military service, arrest record or non-program related conviction record. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.
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