Working Title: County 4-H Program Coordinator
University Job Classification: Extension Program Associate 3, civil service appointment
Crow Wing County-100%
Le Sueur County-100%
Application Deadline: Review of the application will begin April 2; position will remain open until filled.
4-H Program Coordinators lead and manage the full range of the 4-H Youth Development program in a given county. This individual has full responsibility and authority to steward the program development, human resources, and financial aspects of the 4-H Youth Development program in the county. A Bachelor's degree and four (4) years of related experience is required.
Leading, managing and stewarding the program includes each of the following responsibilities, with the amount of time available for each responsibility dependent upon the County 4-H Program Coordinators' percentage of time as well as the amount of support staff time purchased by the county.
Program Leadership and Development-40%
*Ensure the county program is moving toward the statewide 4-H program outcomes.
*Use the U of MN Extension 4-H Youth Development Program Planning Model.
-Engage youth and volunteers in program planning
-Identify program needs.
-Develop, implement and evaluate programs, in conjunction with volunteers, to advance the goals of the program in the county.
*Provide leadership for the local governing board (Federation/Leadership Council, Advisory Team) and county committees.
*Use research-based curriculum to create and implement learning opportunities in a variety of settings.
*Initiate club development. Maintain and ensure accessibility and quality to all youth through a full range of 4-H Club experiences (community, after school, site based and project clubs).
*Provide opportunities for reflection and public recognition (i.e. County Fair or Achievement Day).
*Coordinate youth and volunteer involvement in regional, state and national 4-H Youth Development program and opportunities.
*Build and strengthen youth and adult relationships which ensure positive youth development.
*Build relationships with partners (youth, volunteers, interns, businesses, community-based organizations) to help advance 4-H program goals.
*Understand and educate others about recent, research-based youth development philosophy and foundation of 4-H.
*Utilize research and evaluation results to ensure quality programs.
*Collaborate with colleagues in county, regional, and state positions to ensure quality youth programs.
*Contribute to regional and state 4-H program teams.
*Recruit, supervise, and support short-term and part-time 4-H staff, interns, and volunteers.
*Follow and implement University of Minnesota, Extension, and Minnesota 4-H Youth Development policies and practices.
*Recruit, identify & place volunteers in management and delivery roles which support the 4-H Youth Development Program
*Develop intentional methods of reaching new volunteers
*Build capacity of volunteers to lead 4-H clubs (after school, site-based, community-based)
*Cultivate relationships with youth and adult volunteers through a support system consisting of effective orientation, recognition, and evaluation
*Establish and support a volunteer development system which builds the long-term sustainability and capacity of the 4-H program
*Facilitate volunteer training in the county.
*Ensure the volunteer screening process is implemented and up to date.
*Address problems that arise with volunteer roles.
Marketing, Recruitment, Evaluation & Reporting-15%
*Develop a communications plan and ensure effective communication to families and stakeholders.
*Promote and market the 4-H youth development program.
*Communicate the value, impacts and outcomes of the 4-H youth development program with local stakeholders and media.
*Collect and ensure entry of data for program reporting.
*Provide financial guidance and oversight of the county 4-H Program
*Guide budget development and accountability process for the county 4-H Program
*Incorporate best practices into the financial management systems for the protection of paid staff and volunteers and the integrity of the county 4-H Program.
*Generate and manage revenue to enhance educational programming.
*Ensure all fiscal policies are followed, including reporting for tax purposes.