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Extension Educator – 4-H Youth Development Coordinator (WCREC)

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Click on the “Apply for this position” button above or below; or sign on and complete or review existing Information Form. You will be required to attach the following documents: - Cover Letter - Resume - List of three professional references - Unofficial (or official) transcripts, or grade report listing courses taken, the institution where they were taken and final grade, must be attached to the online application (as “Other Document”), or attached to an email and sent to jmackin1@unl.edu, or faxed to 402-624-8010. Please make sure to black out your social security number before you send or upload your transcripts/grade report.

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title Extension Educator – 4-H Youth Development Coordinator (WCREC)
Department/College/Unit West Central Rsch & Ext Center-0944
Requisition Number F_160234
Posting Open Date 10/13/2016
Application Review Date:
(To insure consideration, please submit all application materials before review date)
09/25/2017
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Description of Work

Focused Expertise Assignment (Approximately 100% of time):
The leadership assignment for this position is District 4-H coordination (100%):
1. Lead, coordinate, and provide oversight for the WCREC 4-H Youth Development programing provided by UNL Extension faculty, staff, and volunteers.
2. Foster and nurture development, delivery and evaluation of high impact, innovative educational programs and products that address current youth development needs and interests.
3. Provide strategic direction for comprehensive educational Positive Youth Development within content areas including Science; Agricultural Literacy; Healthy Lifestyles; Leadership/Citizenship; and Career Development.
4. Coach and mentor 4-H Educators, Assistants, support staff and volunteers providing timely and strategic professional development opportunities.
5. Lead regional efforts for 4-H member, leader and volunteer recruitment.
6. Create new and strengthen existing partnerships with school systems, business and industry, UNL State 4-H office, and other relevant educational and service agencies.
7. Collaborate with other youth-serving organizations to implement positive youth development initiatives.
8. Engage with a variety of stakeholders/groups to stay on top of evolving, critical issues for 4-H Youth Development and engage Extension professionals in conversation and action regarding these issues.
9. Actively participate as a team member of the 4-H Youth Development state staff and appropriate issue teams.
10. Assume statewide leadership responsibilities for 4-H Youth Development as assigned by the State 4-H Program Administrator and the WCREC Director.
11. Pursue financial resources to support expanded Extension programming in 4-H Youth Development, in urban and underserved environments.
12. Engage in educator and assistant position definition, search, orientation and professional development process to acquire and develop key talent to support our 4-H Youth Development focus.
13. In concert with UNL State 4-H office, WCREC, IANR Media and University Communications, lead a communications effort that informs key stakeholders of important 4-H Youth Development programming accomplishments.
14. Encourage and support 4-H programs designed to identify and recruit potential students for the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
15. Use innovative technology strategies for planning, developing, managing, delivering and assessing innovative 4-H youth programs.
16. Participate in professional development opportunities that enhance personal knowledge and skills in areas related to Positive Youth Development as well as skills related to leadership, teamwork, program development, evaluation, resource acquisition, etc.

Some travel is required. Must meet driver standards according to UNL policy and have a valid driver’s license. Criminal history background check will be conducted.

Minimum Required Qualifications

• Master’s degree required; one degree in youth development, agricultural or science education, or closely related field. Master’s degree must be completed by start date.
• Successful experience teaching in a formal or non-formal setting.
• Demonstrated communication skills (publications, presentations, web and social media).
• Experience and demonstrated ability in working with youth and youth organizations including understanding of positive youth development and youth program management.
• Experience working with individuals, coworkers, partnering organizations, and teams to accomplish individual and/or group goals, as evidenced by college, career, and/or community activities.
• Minimum of two years’ experience working in youth development programs.

Preferred Qualifications

• Outstanding leadership skills as demonstrated by roles in college, career, and/or community activities.
• Ability to utilize electronic and online technologies for educational program delivery.
• Understanding of different ethnic and socioeconomic audiences and a commitment to developing and delivering both inclusive and targeted programming.
• Successful experience in developing financial support for educational programs including grant writing, fund generation, contracting and/or cost recovery efforts.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and programs.
• Demonstrated experience/training in the recruitment, training, mentoring and management of volunteers.
• An understanding and appreciation of education research.
• Demonstrated ability to network with schools, agencies, businesses, communities and other youth organizations to support youth development.

Pre-Placement Driving Record Review Required
Criminal History Background Check Required Yes
Posted Salary
How to Apply

Click on the “Apply for this position” button above or below; or sign on and complete or review existing Information Form. You will be required to attach the following documents:
- Cover Letter
- Resume
- List of three professional references
- Unofficial (or official) transcripts, or grade report listing courses taken, the institution where they were taken and final grade, must be attached to the online application (as “Other Document”), or attached to an email and sent to jmackin1@unl.edu, or faxed to 402-624-8010. Please make sure to black out your social security number before you send or upload your transcripts/grade report.

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact

Jodi Mackin, 402-469-0273, jmackin1@unl.edu

Job Category Faculty Non-Tenure Leading
Job Category (old) Faculty Non-Tenure Leading
Job Type Full-Time
Position funded by grant or other form of temporary funding? No
If Temporary, indicate end date
Planned Hire Date TBD
Appointment End Date

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Describe your teaching experiences.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * What qualities do you have that make you an effective team player?

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Describe your volunteer management skills and experiences.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Identify the formal classwork (class name and credit hours) and/or professional development/continuing education (title and hours of education) that you have completed in the past 5 years relevant to the position for which you are applying.

    (Open Ended Question)

Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document